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Jim Bacarro On Pancho Defying Odds: 'We Were Ready To Raise And Love A Blind Child'Pancho continues to defy doctors' expectations and surprise people everyday.by Kitty Elicay .
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Now two years old, Pancho has continued to defy the odds and doctors’ expectations, and the Bacarro family continues to inspire others by sharing their son’s achievements — big or small — on social media.
On Sunday, November 8, 2020, Jim shared a particularly heartwarming post: A note he had written in February 2019 when Pancho was just a year old. At that time, every doctor told the couple that their son “probably would never see, walk, or stand up.”
But in his note, Jim wrote, “I believe Pancho will see.”
He also alluded to a passage from the Bible at the start of the note. “’As you have believed, so let it be.’ …I just need to keep praying and talking to God that no matter what comes our way to discourage us, we have to believe.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
In his Instagram caption, the dad recalled that at the time, he and Saab had already accepted the fact that Pancho would not grow up like other children. But of course, their son continued to surprise them with each passing day.CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
“My testament to that truth is not the first time he [Pancho] showed signs of vision. It was when Saab and I were ready to raise and love a blind child. Getting ready to share the world’s beauty with Pancho through music, our hugs and kisses,” he shares.View this post on Instagram
“I believe Pancho will see.” I wrote this in Feb 2019. He was already 1 year old and every doctor said he probably would never see, walk or stand up. He’s defied all those expectations. Now, as soon as he sees a guitar, he points, says guh and demands to play it. As soon as we walk into a room, he smiles and says our name. It’s said that God will provide if you have faith. My testament to that truth is not the first time he showed signs of vision. It was when Saab and I were ready to raise and love a blind child. Getting ready to share the world’s beauty with Pancho through music, our hugs and kisses. To find strength , love and hope during such an uncertain time is the greatest testament to a God that will take care of us. So whatever you’re going through right now, just believe. Happy Sunday!
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Pancho Bacarro’s origin story
In a video that the couple uploaded earlier this year, Saab revealed more details about their son’s condition. Many already knew that she and Pancho fought for their lives when Saab gave birth prematurely in 2018, losing one of her twins, a baby girl named Luna, in the process.
But in the video, Saab also shares that Pancho’s doctor told her “to prepare because Pancho will have 100% have some form of disability.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
By the time he was a year old, Pancho still could not make eye contact or follow objects with his eyes. Tests showed that there was no problem with his eye structure, though doctors thought that his brain injury (where he had to undergo surgery at two weeks old) could have affected his vision. They also thought he might be blind.
"Just as Jim and I were slowly trying to accept it, he suddenly followed a toy with his eyes. Then he started reaching for it," Saab said.
She adds, “Pancho continues to show cognitive skills that exceed expectations. He’s made a number of his doctors cry.”
A year later, Pancho continues to defy everyone’s expectations. “Now, as soon as he sees a guitar, he points, says guh and demands to play it. As soon as we walk into a room, he smiles and says our name,” Jim writes on Instagram.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
The dad hopes that he could inspire others who are going through the same thing as their family, or anyone who is facing challenges in life.
"To find strength, love and hope during such an uncertain time is the greatest testament to a God that will take care of us. So, whatever you’re going through right now, just believe,” he writes.
Read more about Jim and Saab's learnings as new parents by clicking here.
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