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  • Be Inspired: 3 Stories of Love, Hope and Family

    What happens when life deals you an unexpected blow? Interviewed in 2012, three couples share their stories of trials, and how they turned them around.
  • Bennii Obana

    “My wife almost lost her life after giving birth.”
    Bennii Obaña, 45, with Anette Castro-Obaña, 36
    Son: Andreo Elias, 2 years old

    When Bennii and Anette learned that they were expecting a child soon after they got married in 2010, they couldn’t be happier. Anette wasn’t scheduled to give birth till June 25, but on June 3, she had stomach pain and was rushed to the hospital. They had to do an emergency C-Section because her placenta had ruptured and was separating from the uterus, endangering both mother and child.

    Soon, baby Eli was born. But Anette suffered acute renal failure; her kidneys shut down due to the abruption of the placenta. Bennii and family started a prayer vigil and a blood drive for Anette, who spent eight days at the hospital. It was also during this time when Bennii found out he hadalmost lost both Eli and Anette within hours of each other.

    When they were finally back home, Anette had to continue dialysis. Since there wasn’t enough improvement in her kidneys and her blood pressure was dangerously high, they were told to prepare for a biopsy and kidney transplant—or a lifetime dialysis.

    On the night of July 26, Anette and her mom arrived home from her dialysis. A few hours later, Anette was throwing up and complaining of chest pains, so Bennii and her mother decided to take her back to the hospital. On their way there, Anette’s mom was suddenly panicking and calling out to Anette. Ignoring the red light, Bennii slammed on the horn and floored it all the way to Makati Medical Hospital. Anette’s heart had stopped. She had a cardiac arrest caused by an electrolyte imbalance.

    Thankfully, the doctors were able to revive her and Anette recovered very well. She stayed in the hospital for about three more weeks to undergo rehabilitation and dialysis. On top of it all, Anette was diagnosed with acute tubular necrosis, a common cause of damage to the kidneys. Unfortunately, this condition is irreversible and they hope to find a suitable kidney donor soon.

    The most difficult part of the situation was watching my wife go through all of it!” Bennii recounts.
    “We were just barely seven months into our lives together when she had the heart attack.” But all that’s happened has only brought them closer. What has helped tremendously has been the support, love, and talent family and friends have given them.

    “It’s amazing to see how people are stepping up to the plate for us,” recalls Bennii. Despite their ordeal, the Obana family looks forward to a healthier life and a lot more laughter ahead. They continue to pray and be thankful, finding joy in life and in each other despite its challenges. “We wake up smiling and go to bed smiling,” Bennii explains. “One of the best things in life is waking up every morning to see Anette’s and Eli’s eyes.”

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