Saab Magalona's son Pancho to undergo surgery today, May 11

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Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro's son, Pancho, is set to undergo surgery to remove a small silicone catheter from his head.


Saab Magalona and Jim Bacarro entered parenthood in an unconventional way.

Last March 6, Saab returned to social media with the sad news that she and Jim lost one of their twins, baby girl Luna, after her birth in February.

Their son, Pancho, was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, while Saab was in and out from the Intensive Care Unit.

But thanks to the fervent prayers of loved ones and the dedication of doctors and nurses, Pancho and Saab pulled through.

Since then, Jim, Saab, and Pancho have begun their new life as a family.


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On May 9, Jim opened about his side of the story for first time on his Instagram account.

The new dad spoke at length about the hardship and heartache he felt when he began his journey into fatherhood.

Jim began in the post, “My path to fatherhood wasn’t the most conventional to say the least.

“We spent more than 2 months in the hospital.

“After losing our daughter Luna, I didn’t even have time to grieve.

“I would go between 2 ICUs to see Saab and Pancho.

“It was a series of tests and ‘today this is the problem, and we’re not sure what it is, and not sure what to do.’

“No answers and no proposed solutions.

“But somehow, each time I entered one of those rooms, Saab and Pancho would give me a burst of hope.

“I’d come in, Saab would be smiling, just happy to see me, while Pancho would do little things to show he was fighting—a little kick, smirk or yawn would make my day.

“Nothing about this was normal.

“It was beyond our capacity as humans to deal with such a trial.”

At that time, Jim wondered “where God is in all of this: in tragedy, evil, and suffering.”

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But he quickly saw Him through the people that helped his family recover.

He continued in his post, “I found Him there—that somehow Saab and I could manage to kiss each other, smile at each other, and comfort one another amidst this.

“I see Him through Pancho.

“I found God in our parents, siblings, and friends who embraced us, wept with us, and prayed with us.

“I found God in kind doctors like Dr. Gap Legaspi who gave us hope.

“I saw God in all the hard working nurses that went beyond their duty and loved Saab and Pancho.

“I found God in forgiving those who may have caused this. 

“I learned what it meant to be a father the moment I held my daughter, and had to let her go.

“It’s not your typical story of parenthood, but Saab and I are beyond convention and that’s our story.”

My path to fatherhood wasn’t the most conventional to say the least. We spent more than 2 months in the hospital. After losing our daughter Luna, I didn’t even have time to grieve. I would go between 2 ICUs to see Saab and Pancho. It was a series of tests and “today this is the problem, and we’re not sure what it is, and not sure what to do.” No answers and no proposed solutions. But somehow, each time I entered one of those rooms, Saab and Pancho would give me a burst of hope. I’d come in, Saab would be smiling, just happy to see me while Pancho would do little things to show he was fighting—a little kick, smirk or yawn would make my day. Nothing about this was normal. It was beyond our capacity as humans to deal with such a trial. For so long I wondered where God is in all of this: in tragedy, evil and suffering. I found him there—that somehow Saab and I could manage to kiss each other, smile at each other and comfort one another amidst this. I see him through Pancho. I found God in our parents, siblings and friends who embraced us, wept with us and prayed with us. I found God in kind doctors like Dr. Gap Legaspi who gave us hope. I saw God in all the hard working nurses that went beyond their duty and loved Saab and Pancho. I found God in forgiving those who may have caused this. I learned what it meant to be a father the moment I held my daughter, and had to let her go. It’s not your typical story of parenthood, but Saab and I are beyond convention and that’s our story.

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Jim’s Instagram post earned much admiration from his followers and fans, but among all those who responded, it was Saab’s reply that pulled the emotional punch.

In her account, the new mom posted a photo of her and Jim kissing during their wedding reception.

Saab wrote, “Today marks the 7th year since Jim and I shared our first kiss.

“Throughout the many trials thrown our way, we are always grateful that we still get to hold and kiss each other.

“Read his most recent Instagram post to see how lucky I am to have this man in my life.

“Lagi niya ako pinapaiyak, but in a good way.”

PANCHO TO UNDERGO SURGERY. On May 9, Saab revealed on her Instagram that Pancho will undergo surgery to remove a small silicone catheter from his head.

She wrote, "See that little bump on Pancho’s head?

"That’s an Ommaya Reservoir, a small silicone catheter put under his scalp when he was just a few days old.

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"The reservoir was periodically tapped to relieve pressure on his brain caused by the buildup of excess fluids.

"So thankful for everyone’s prayers because he no longer needs the reservoir.

"God is good!

"Pancho will be undergoing surgery to remove it this Friday, May 11, so we ask for more prayers please for Pancho and his amazing doctors."


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