- Hi my name is Mary Gabrielle Cabanas Malabunga, I'm two years old and this is my story. I was born on September 12, 2014. I like singing, I like playing, and more so i like being with my mommy and my daddy. Mommy and daddy are always there for me, they taught me how to say my name and how to say how old i am, they taught me how to sing and how to do all sorts of stuff. Though, i can't do it the way kids my age usually do it. I have my own cute ways of doing things. Everyday I thank God that i was born into this beautiful world that i have yet to explore and that i was given the chance to be born into such a wonderful and lovely family. They are everything to me and I love them with all my heart.
With what happened to my brother, my daddy and mommy were worried that i might be the same as my brother. They did their best to ensure that i won't suffer the same fate as my brother. i underwent tests and scans before and after I was born to make sure that I don't have any complications. But after my first birthday, it came. Suddenly I can't breathe properly, I was rushed to the hospital. I was gasping for air, each breath was harder that the first one. The doctors gave me medicine and it sure did the trick for a while. The doctors performed another set of tests and it showed positive :( It's the same case as my brother. It came as a huge shock to mommy and daddy. I can see it in daddy and mommy's eyes that they are still coping up with the loss of my brother and yet here comes another terrible news. I have a MITOCHONDRIAL DISORDER.
I feel sad and afraid, knowing that i might suffer the same fate as my brother. But, I want to live. I Still want to wake up every morning seeing my mommy and daddy's face. I still want to hear my daddy's voice over the phone when he calls after work. I still want to sing. I still haven't learned how to dance, or how to run, or even how to walk. I still don't want to leave. I want to stay, with my mom and my dad because there are still a lot of things that i haven't learned or experienced. I want to have that chance but right now i can't do it by myself. I NEED YOUR HELP. I need your help so that i can see my mommy's face when i wake up. I need your help so that I would still be here when my daddy comes back home. I need your help so that I can hold both their hands in my sleep and never worry if I would still wake up tomorrow. I need your help so that i can LIVE, PLEASE.
The doctors still don't know what kind of MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE I have, that's why they need us to send a sample abroad. Once we specifically know what type it is, i can proceed to my treatments. But right now daddy and mommy are having troubles financially because they were still recovering from my brother's fight against this disease and now here I am on my way to that same path. Please help us. PLEASE help me save my life.
Attached below are my photos and my brother's