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Searching for the girl born without limbs (arms or legs)
That’s me holding Baby Angel Grace on the second photo.
What would it be like to be born without hands, without arms, without feet, and without legs? What would you miss out on?
Or what if you have a baby who has no arms and legs? What would you do?
Hardly anything, if you ask Rosalie Gamayon.
Rosalie was preparing some items when I met her in November 2006.
She had to see the city mayor of Tagbilaran, Philippines to ask for help for her baby.
When she was about to change the clothes of her baby, I saw for the first time the real condition of Angel Grace.
Baby Angel Grace, who was then three years old, was a limbless girl- mainly torso. She was born without any arms or legs.
I looked at Angel Grace. She was small and adorably cute. She cried a lot.
I accompanied Rosalie to the city hall, but the Mayor was not around. She was told by the staff to come back the following day.
“The Mayor is supporting my baby. He is generous to give milk and diapers,” Rosalie said in local dialect.
Rosalie said she was born into poverty in the northern part of Bohol. She experienced considerable hardship during her childhood, saying she went to the city to look for a job. She met the father of her child but he left when he found out that the baby had no arms and legs.
“I didn’t have news about him,” she said.
Rosalie said that there was no medical explanation or warning to suggest that Angel Grace was going to be different from any other baby until his birth.
Angel Grace suffered with a rare condition known as total Amelia. And there’s another problem, Angel Grace was also mute.
During our conversation, Angel began to cry. Rosalie got the bottled milk from her bag and fed her baby.
Rosalie also told me Angel Grace had pneumonia.
Rosalie recalled that when she was pregnant, she liked to eat a lot of eggs. According to her, that maternal impression may be the cause why her baby had no arms and legs.
“She looks like an egg,” she said.
Rosalie was raising her baby alone. She lived with a relative where she helped doing household chores in exchange for a free stay and food.
Rosalie wished her baby would have a good future and could live a pretty normal life.
“I hope she has a good future...she can study...and she can have arms and legs,” she said.
There was no doubt that I did feel sorry for Rosalie for the life she had. Her plight seemed pitiable and desperate. She struggled alone raising a special child.
I asked Rosalie if she ever questioned God for her baby.
“I did. I asked God, ‘Why my baby?...but I stopped questioning the Lord. It’s God’s will,” she said.
I also asked myself why sometimes bad things happen to people. Why God allowed this to happen in Rosalie’s life?
I got the answer from Rosalie. God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, we must remember that God is loving and merciful.
That was in 2006, 7 years ago.
The other day, I was searching for Rosalie and her daughter but I could not find them. The house where she used to stay had a new owner.
But where are they now? Is Angel Grace still alive?
If she is still alive, she would be 10 years old by now.
I just say a prayer for Rosalie and her daughter.