"Begin today and write in it your goings and comings, your deepest thoughts, your achievements and your failures, your associations and your triumphs, your impressions and your testimonies. I promise you that if you will keep your journals and records, they will indeed be a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grand-children and others throughout the generations. Remember, the Savior chastised those who failed to record important events." --President Spencer W. Kimball
October 12, 2009
Baby Tevita Tonga Fangupo
It's obvious that our family has been challenged this past few weeks with medical issues of some of our close family members, and sad to say.... this tribute is to another very special little guy in our family, Tevita Tonga Fangupo. He is the son of Kina and Christina Fangupo and just recently turned 8 months old. He is the cutest most handsome little guy, who seriously, is always smiling. He's got that sense about him that just lightens up the room, and he can make anyone around him smile just by smiling at them. He's the happiest baby! When Baby Tevita was born, he had a hard time breathing...after doing several tests on him, the doctor's found out that he had several little tumors growing inside his throat, that were blocking his airway making it hard for him to breathe. They did an operation on him a few weeks after he was born, injecting some medication to shrink the tumors. The operation was successful and he was able to go home. He seems to get sick really quickly, and Tina was constantly in and out of the hospital with him, just to make sure he was okay. Other than the issue with the tumors, he seemed to be a very healthy baby. He eats a lot, and is super chunky...thunder thighs and all! Last week, he got sick again and Jr & Tina rushed him up to the hospital. We didn't get the news we wanted to hear, hoping he just caught a cold or something. The doctors said that the tumors had grown back and his airway was blocked again. The doctors told his parents that he's a little fighter, he's been fighting for his life since the day he was born. Our hearts and prayers go out to baby Tevita! He's been in Primary Children's Hospital for a week now, and nobody knows how long he'll be up there. They did another operation on him a few days ago, injecting the tumors with chemo in hopes that they would shrink. So far, no luck. They've given his parents other options, that we don't want to talk about right now, we're all just praying and fasting for a miracle. He's on a breathing tube right now that is sustaining him 100% and will until the tumors shrink enough for him to breathe on his own. Like the doctors said, we all know that he's a little fighter and everything will be okay. Baby Tevita, be strong and keep fighting! Our thoughts and prayers are with you every second of the day! We love you!