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  • Saab Magalona's Kids, Pancho And Vito, Were Both Down With Pneumonia

    Thankfully, the kids are both home and feeling so much better, even their parents.
    by Rachel Perez .
Saab Magalona's Kids, Pancho And Vito, Were Both Down With Pneumonia
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  • There’s seems to be sickness bug everywhere, inflicting both parents and kids alike. Just recently, Saab Magalona Bacarro revealed that her sons were hospitalized due to dengue and pneumonia.

    “We can finally breathe!” the mom of two announced on Instagram yesterday, October 23, 2019. It was Saab’s first post on the social media platform after a long while. Her previous post was two weeks ago on October 8, 2019.

    Saab’s firstborn son, Pancho, was admitted to the hospital due to dengue and pneumonia. As the toddler was recovering, his baby brother, Vito, also needed to be hospitalized due to pneumonia as well. The baby boy was confined a day before he marked his first month. Saab gave birth to Vito just last September 16, 2019.

    “Since he’s so young, was very susceptible to complications,” The mom of two explained. When it comes to babies, especially newborns like Vito, getting sick, doctors should be able to monitor their health continuously.


    Pneumonia is an acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs’ small air sacs or alveoli, which become filled with pus and fluid and makes breathing difficult and painful. In babies and young kids, pneumonia can get worse fast, so it’s crucial to spot the signs early and get treatment as soon as possible. (Read here how you can spot pneumonia symptoms in babies.)

    The Department of Health (DOH) has placed the country on national dengue alert since July 2019, due to the alarming increase in cases, most of them young kids. Early treatment is also vital to properly manage the symptoms and prevent complications. Read here how you can spot dengue symptoms in babies.)

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    “It’s been such a horrible few weeks for us seeing our kids in pain,” Saab shared. Thankfully, the Bacarro boys are home. Pancho went home from the hospital with Saab’s husband Jim Bacarro last Saturday, October 19, 2019. Saab and Vito were able to go home yesterday, October 23, 2019.

    The mom of two was so relieved, not only because her kids are no longer sick, but also because finally, all four of them can all stay in one room again. “Can’t wait to all be in the same room again after two weeks of separation!” Saab exclaimed. Pancho and Vito had to stay in separate but adjacent hospital rooms, and she and Jim took turns and switched places often.

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    As if caring for two sick babies under aged 2 is not complicated enough, Saab and Jimm were also down with the flu. “When I say we can finally breathe, I also mean it literally!” she shared. They had no other choice but to soldier on, wear protective masks, and take care of their babies.

    “Another test thrown at us and, by the grace of God, another test that we were able to overcome as a family,” Saab wrote with gratitude. “Wishing everyone good health, especially this season,” she added.

    Less than a week ago, celebrity moms LJ Reyes and Rica Peralejo Bonifacio shared the struggle of caring for sick kids. Stay healthy and safe, everyone!

    Click here to read about a crucial habit that can protect your family from getting sick.

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