In a family of seven, I am the second child among the five children of my folks. My folks are full pledged grandparents already and they are ecstatic whenever there are family get togethers and their grandchildren are around, creating such a beautiful chaos in the house.
Our family is not that well off, but my folks managed to get us all five in finishing our respective degrees in college. All five of us have our own families. Our eldest and I each has a daughter, while my brother, the third sibling, has one boy. The fourth sibling has two kids, a boy and a girl. The fifth sibling is the one close to my heart, with one special baby girl, with a very rare case of PKU.
She was born last August of 2017, and underwent with the usual procedures for newborns, that is the Newborn Screening Test. It was through this procedure that we found out about her condition, the Phenylketonuria or PKU. Its hard to explain her condition, coming from zero background on such medical terms/conditions. All I know, is that her Amino Acid Phenylalanine do not breakdown easily, which accumulates in her blood. Having high levels of those could be harmful for dear Margaux. If untreated, it could lead to mental disability or even brain damage.
We regularly visit her doctors to also monitor her development and her Phenylalanine level. Her condition entails a special diet wherein she cannot be given anything that is rich in protein. Since she's mostly milk now, its a special milk that would give her the needed nutrients, with less of the protein.
PKU is so rare, that this has no cure actually, just that expensive special diet. Margaux's parents are both carriers of this condition that has been carried on to her. If she would be having another sibling, they would have the same condition as well.
With her special needs, financially my sister cannot sustain in providing the special milk for Lil Margaux. As much as we want to always assist her financially, we also have our respective needs and expenses for our own families.
Family is very important to me, and its the very reason that keeps me going in life. Your support will ensure that her special diet will be well provided, assuring her full development as she grows.
I do look forward to get in touch with support groups on PKU, so I could also raise awareness of this condition to parents who are not so familiar or even aware about it.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you in advance for supporting us with Lil Margaux!
You may send your love support for Lil Miss Margaux thru the following:
BDO Account #: 003600323703
Account Name: Neferteri Jezra Atillo
BPI Account #: 1129 0993 44
Accoun Name: Dety Jane Atillo Maroto