“Tria, our little missionary, everything will be alright.”
This is our little missionary Tria, 8 year old daughter of our Couples for Christ missionaries Onnel Tolentino and Maia Salcedo Tolentino
Onnel and Maia are faithful and exuberant missionaries for CFC having been assigned to different areas while they were still single. Onnel was a missionary in Taytay, Manila and Mongolia while Maia was a missionary from Agusan, UAE (Middle East) and China.
When they got married they decided to pursue mission work and just when Tria was 10 months old, their family journeyed to Kenya in Africa. They stayed there from 2010-2013.
Tria is her young age adjusted to the missionary life of their family- she got used to many meetings, conferences, mission trips, talks, activities and events that her parents did for CFC. Her toddler years were not ordinary – days and nights were spent doing mission with her parents. They travelled a lot, talked to a lot of people, faced danger and many crisis in their missions.
She was a delight for all our brethren in Kenya, a darling to the priests and a stress reliever for the other missionaries there.
She grew up and fell in love with the mission as well. So much so that at her tender age she would sing and dance in front of people, behave when needed and serve as asked.
It was not an easy life for her and her family and yet they were joyful and peaceful.
From Kenya, her family’s next assignment was in Manila. Onnel and Maia continued their mission work here doing mission work for Ancop and CFC.
Tria became an Ate to Robi and started schooling in Manila.
She is now 8 years old.
Days ago she got fever then, suddenly she couldn’t walk nor talk properly. When rushed to the Medical City they put her immediately in the ICU and diagnosed her with GBS.
“Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system. The first symptoms of this disorder include varying degrees of weakness or tingling sensations in the legs. In many instances the symmetrical weakness and abnormal sensations spread to the arms and upper body. These symptoms can increase in intensity until certain muscles cannot be used at all and, when severe, the person is almost totally paralyzed. In these cases the disorder is life threatening – potentially interfering with breathing and, at times, with blood pressure or heart rate – and is considered a medical emergency. Such an individual is often put on a ventilator to assist with breathing and is watched closely for problems such as an abnormal heart beat, infections, blood clots, and high or low blood pressure. Most individuals, however, have good recovery from even the most severe cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome, although some continue to have a certain degree of weakness.”
Everything went fast and hearthbreaking.
Tria wasn’t able to breathe on her own thus they intubated her and just today she contracted Pneumonia.
It’s a tough battle against GBS.
Medically it is very aggressive and rare that’s why her medication is much complicated.
The Medical fees are too high and for a missionary family impossible to raise.
We ask our friends and family to pray for Tria and share in any way in this challenging times. Tria is counting on our prayers and help. Let us help them raise funds so Tria can be healed, recover and serve with us again.
Our little missionary needs us, let us hold her hand and tell her, everything will be alright.
God is in control!
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Reposting from Sis. Grace Acla of SFC – UAE