Baby Aki now getting his operation, thanks to viral photo of his dad selling banana cakes to raise funds

  • Baby Aki – whose father sold banana cakes to raise funds – is now in India to have his liver transplant operation
  • Many people donated to help after their story went viral
  • Even the Philippine government gave financial assistance including President Rodrigo Duterte

The power of social media – when put to good use – is truly amazing.

Image from Jabee Imano Galindes via Facebook

The trending photo of the father who was seen selling banana cakes for the liver transplant operation of his eight-month old son Baby Aki paved the way for their wish to come true.

Banana Cakes for Baby Aki

The heartwarming photo of baker Antonio Detablan holding his son while selling some homemade banana cakes in a street in Laguna went viral, and touched many hearts on social mdeia.

The photo was uploaded by Jenny Sumalpong, founder of Liver Transplant Operation Babies Phils (LITRO); captioned: “This breaks my heart. They are selling banana cakes to raise funds (P1.6 million) for Baby Aqui’s liver transplant.”

Image from Jabee Imano Galindes via Facebook

Apparently, Baby Aki was diagnosed with Biliary Atresia, which is a rare disease of the liver and bile ducts, and his father’s efforts to raise funds for him truly touched many hearts.

The baby and his parents are now in India for the much-needed procedure.

According to an Inquirer story, Baby Aki will have his operation at the Apollo Hospital. His donor will be his mother Jabee Imano Galindes.

As of posting, Baby Aki and his parents are still waiting with regards to the date of his operation.

Just recently, Baby Aki’s mother posted on her Facebook account that their boy celebrated his first birthday in the hospital.

Image from Jabee Imano Galindes via Facebook

She mentioned in her interview with Inquirer that they were surprised when the nurses gave Baby Aki a birthday cake.

The family expressed their gratitude to everyone who helped them in making their son’s operation possible.

She said President Rodrigo Duterte and senator-elect Bong Go provided their hotel accommodation, while Senator Nancy Binay and her friend – who wished to remain anonymous – assisted on their travel expenses.

The whole procedure is worth P1.6 million which they have acquired from the total amount of donations they received from everyone who helped.

Source: Facebook Inquirer Facebook Virtual Pinoy

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