Love Radio’s DJ Nicole Hyala and her husband could not help but get emotional after opening up about the near-death battle of their 8-year-old daughter with viral encephalitis, or inflammation of the brain.
In a 44-minute vlog posted on June 6, the DJ, whose real name is Emmylou Gaite-Tiñana, recalled the moments when their daughter Princess was hospitalized in April in what they thought as a simple fever.
Before this, Hyala revealed that they already noticed that their daughter, who is usually energetic, was sleeping more and more each day, which they found strange.
The couple then had Princess be checked by a neuro-pediatrician, which is when they found out that she had viral encephalitis.
“Nagulat kami kasi akala namin lagnat lang, ‘yun pala brain inflammation,” Hyala said. “Actually napakarami naming tanong, ‘Bakit si Princess? Bakit ganoon?’ And it was really painful to see her there.”
“Sabi nga namin, hindi namin wini-wish na mangyari sa kahit sino itong nangyari sa amin kasi sobrang sakit, sobrang hirap,” she continued.
Their daughter was eventually transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU) at St. Luke’s Hospital as her condition worsened. Hyala and her husband said they turned to faith as the radio personality recalled her “moment of surrender.”
“Grabe ‘yung pagkapit namin sa Diyos. Hindi namin siguro maitatawid ‘yung mga minuto at ‘yung mga araw kung hindi kami nagdadasal,” the radio DJ said.
She also revealed that she had a “moment of surrender” one day when Princess was already out of the ICU but still confined in the hospital’s regular room.
The day after, the couple was surprised to see that Princess, who previously agitated and easily irritated, was already showing signs of recovery.
“God gave us a miracle. And every day, she started recovering. Every day, may bagong development sa kanya,” she said.
“‘Yung doctors, unti-unti na nilang sinasabi sa amin na, ‘Alam mo, Mommy, akala namin talaga hindi magre-recover si Princess. Of course, meron kaming ginagawa para sa sakit niya, but we do not want to attribute itong paggaling niya sa paggawa namin. We attribute it to God,'” she recalled.
Hyala also revealed that their hospital bill reached PHP 2.3 million but they only paid PHP 39,000 as the rest was covered by health insurance.
“Alam mo ‘yung kulang na lang halikan mo ‘yung lupa? Lord, thank you,” Hyala’s husband said.
“Kasi hinanda mo pa rin kami. Kahit ang sakit-sakit ng nangyari sa amin, pinaramdam mo pa rin sa amin ‘yung mahal mo kami. Kasi hindi mo alam kung saan mo dadamputin ‘yung P2.3 million.”
Toward the end of the vlog, a smiling Princess joined her parents and thank those who prayed for her.
She is still undergoing physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, according to the parents.