- Iza Calzado penned a letter for her infant daughter Deia Amihan and posted it on Instagram
- The first-time mom revealed that she battled a health issue during her pregnancy last year
- She had contracted a parasitic disease called toxoplasmosis which could cause brain damage and visual impairment to the baby, as well as pregnancy loss
- Fortunately, with the help of her loved ones, Iza was able to overcome the disease
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Iza Calzado has poured her heart out in a touching letter addressed to her baby girl, Deia Amihan Wintle, who was born on January 26 of this year.
The actress reminisced about a significant moment from the previous year when she embarked on a trip to Diesse, Switzerland, with her unborn daughter in tow.
As fate would have it, the then-pregnant star received concerning news that she had contracted a parasitic disease called toxoplasmosis. This revelation came with potential risks for her baby if the infection were to pass through the placenta, including brain damage, visual impairment, and even pregnancy loss.
The actress vividly described a poignant zoom call atop a mountain, as she grappled with the gravity of the situation while the sun set in the background.
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With determination and a mother's fierce instinct, Iza pledged to fight for her daughter's well-being.
Their journey led them to the United Kingdom, where they sought advanced testing and treatment not available in the Philippines. The emotional rollercoaster of frequent tests, waiting for results, and searching for scarce medication became her introduction to motherhood. Through it all, the actress's faith remained unshaken, and her determination paid off as they concluded that Deia was safe from the toxoplasmosis infection.
Finally, Iza expressed deep love and appreciation for her daughter, thanking her for being a steadfast companion in the battle they faced together.
“Dear Deia, Around this time last year, I went on a trip with you in my tummy to a town called Diesse in Switzerland. It was a short healing trip I planned for my 40th birthday. Little did I know that it was God’s way of making sure I would connect with nature, my power and with you because I needed that strength to face what was about to unfold.
“On the evening of August 16, I was told that my recent test results for a parasitic disease called Toxoplasmosis confirmed that it was a recent infection and could be a potential risk for you, if it passed through the placenta.
“Your dad scheduled a call with an expert/specialist in this field and I had to take the zoom call inside Christelle’s car on top of this mountain called Chasseral as the sun was setting.
“As darkness set in, so did the reality of the possible repercussions of congenital toxoplasmasis. I was told there could be brain damage, visual impairment or it could even lead to pregnancy loss.
“For the first time in my life, I felt a very primal urge to fight, not only for myself, but for another human. For you, anak. I remember crying as soon as the zoom meeting was done and stepping out of the car, rushing to the edge of the mountain and, with tears streaming down my face, saying “No. No. No! Lalaban tayo, anak. Lalaban tayo!”
”This was the first time I felt deeply connected to you. I knew that we would fight this together. I knew that God was on our side and he would make sure everything turns out well.
“I am so glad I held on to this faithfully in my mind as we went through our toxo journey. We had to stay in the U.K. because there are no advanced testing or treatments available in the Philippines. The frequent tests, the anxious waiting for result after result, the escapades to find the scarce medication, added up to my introduction to motherhood. Thank God that we concluded that you were safe. The placenta did it’s job to keep the toxo out.
“As I watch you grow into the healthy and strong baby that you are, I marvel at God’s divine timing, plan and His grace. Thank you for being one with me in that battle. We are so blessed to have you, anak. Mahal na mahal kita,” Iza wrote.
Iza Calzado is a Filipino actress, producer, model, and television host. She is popularly known for films such as The Echo (2008), Ang Panday 2 (2011), and Bliss (2017), among many others. Over the years, she has proven to be a dominant force in the entertainment scene. She started her career in GMA-7 but signed a contract with ABS-CBN in 2012.
As previously reported by KAMI, Iza Calzado is one proud momma after Deia Amihan unlocked a new milestone. On her Instagram page, the celebrity mom showcased her daughter's new skill. According to Iza, her daughter held the position 3 minutes longer than the first time she did it. Needless to say, this news delighted Iza, as well as her followers on social media.
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Earlier, Iza and Deia also had a heartwarming moment together and the actress took to social media to share an adorable video showing the said moment. In the reel, the celebrity mom was seen cuddling her lovely little one.
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