Before having Uno, I have had two miscarriages due to APAS (Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome) which is an autoimmune disorder that is associated with pregnancy complications, including preeclampsia, thrombosis, autoimmune thrombocytopenia, fetal growth restriction, and fetal loss.
Happily, my third pregnancy was successful and we are very thankful to God for giving us Uno. My husband and I were excited to have our first baby after 10 years. In August 23, 2016 Uno was born on my 38th week. The labour lasted for 24 hours. The doctors tried hard for me to have a normal delivery but to no avail, I had to undergo an emergency c-section because of slow heartbeat of the baby. Everything was normal in the first 48 hours after his birth. However, we noticed that Uno did not take any milk yet he would vomit. He also had frequent burping and he did not poop. At this point, due to failure to pass meconium after 48 hours of birth, the nurse examined our son and discovered an imperforate anus. Simply put, he had no hole in his anus. On that day, the doctors had to put an OGT. He was then scheduled for an emergency double barrel transverse colostomy on the same day. Uno was diagnosed of imperforate Anus High Type without Fistula.
Several days after the double barrel transverse colostomy operation, it was found out that he contracted sepsis. He had to take a very costly and hard to find Antibiotics. He also has to do a procedure that doctors called a “cut down” which means they had to make a small opening on his neck where his IV and medicine can pass since all of his nerves have collapsed. At the same agonising time they had to do phototherapy and blood transfusion due to sepsis.
After more than two very trying months in the hospital, in September 28, 2016 Baby Uno was finally released. Now, he has two operations still waiting on the wings. First is to open his anus and to attach his intestines due to the imperforate anus high type. The second is to close the opening done on his stomach for the initial colostomy. Originally, the operation was needed a month after his release, but since our savings were exhausted, this did not happen. Family and friends have tried to help out but funds are not enough for Uno's second operation. He is now 15 months and still waiting for his second operation which has been delayed due to the expenses we’ve incurred when he was born which we are still paying for under promissory note. I am a full-time mom focused on taking care and nursing our son Uno (as well as our daughter CJ) making sure that he remains healthy despite having colostomy bag still attached to him. My husband manages a van rental business and he doesn’t have a fixed income. Due to the long delay of the operation which the doctors have deemed immediate, we are in need of financial assistance.
We are humbly asking and knocking on your good hearts to help with Uno's operations so that he could live a normal and happy life. Any amount is sincerely appreciated. Thank you in advance, for your support and God bless you.