Ogie Diaz recounts youngest daughter’s struggle to live despite being born premature
Nothing can break parents’ hearts more than the possibility of their children being delivered unsuccessfully. That is what comedian Ogie Diaz experienced last year when his youngest daughter, Meerah Khel, was born prematurely.
Diaz shared the struggles his youngest daughter faced in order to fight for her life in a Facebook post he shared last Friday, Aug. 24.
“Kilala n’yo ba ang batang ito na ipinanganak nung Feb. 9, 2017? Premature baby, 680 grams lang na nagtagal sa tiyan ng mama niya nang anim na buwan lang,” he wrote. Despite being openly gay, Diaz has remained faithful to his partner, Georgette del Rosario, with whom he now has five children with. “Isang dangkal lang ang laki. Apat na buwang nakatira sa ospital at ilan din yung nakakabit na aparato sa katawan niya na nagsilbing jumping rope niya sa loob ng incubator.”
(Do you know who this kid is who was born on Feb. 9. 2017? Premature baby, weighing 680 grams who spent only six months on her mother’s womb. Only one handspan long. She stayed in the hospital for four months and some of the many apparatus attached on her body served as her jumping rope inside the incubator.)
Kilala nyo ba ang batang ito na ipinanganak nung Feb. 9, 2017? Premature baby, 680 grams lang na nagtagal sa tiyan ng…
Diaz said that it was noticeable how his daughter didn’t give up, struggling to fight alongside his parents and the doctors at Delgado Hospital. He highlighted the fact that his daughter experienced a lot of trials just to be able to see the beauty of the world. Because of this, she is seen as a miracle by her parents.
Diaz also shared with fans some photos of his daughter, documenting her experience. He said: “Dyusko, anak. Kung pwede lang kitang palitan diyan, kaso di naman ako kakasya diyan, hehe. Bilib ako sa yo. Kinaya mo.”
(My God, child. If it is possible to exchange places with you, I would, however, I won’t fit in there. You amaze me. You did it.)
In other photos, Diaz and del Rosario were seen doing the Kangaroo Father and Mother Care. Also known as skin-to-skin care, the technique is said to help make babies stronger, and at the same time, fosters bonds between babies and parents.
During Meerah’s second month in the hospital, Diaz took a family photo together with del Rosario and their now five daughters.
When Meerah was released from the hospital, she had to wear glasses. Diaz revealed to fans via the comments section of his post that Meerah is due for an eye operation next week.
Just like what Diaz said, Meerah has overcome so much at such a young age. With a long list of trials she has overcome, her dad’s fans look forward to seeing her conquer her upcoming eye operation. JB
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