"Our Daughter Alyssa was a full term normal baby born on August 18, 2005 via elective c section. She had achieved her developmental milestone appropriately until age 12-15 months.
A week before her first birthday, I brought her to a well baby check-up and received her due vaccination. After receiving the shots, she develop low grade fever, became restless and in pain as a normal reaction for few days from the
Between the ages of 15-18 months, I have noticed her inability to talk with very little or no eye contact, and diminishing reaction to other toddlers. She only focused to the television set and seemed to not hear our verbal commands.
Because of the publicity about autism that time, I brought her to her regular pediatrician to have her evaluated that gave her Speech and language delay diagnosis.
As a concerned mother and because of her continuing regression in her speech and behavior, I went out again to look for a doctor that specializes on autism to find out the problem of Alyssa.
On June 20, 2007, a Neuro-Developmental Pediatrician by the name of Dr. Mintz saw Alyssa and tried to evaluate her in his office.
Because of Alyssa's uncooperativeness and unusual behavior for a 20-month old baby, Dr. Mintz asked me several questions about her behavior at home and with other kids. He concluded Alyssa with the diagnosis of Pervasive Developmental Disorder,Childhood Autism. I broke into tears knowing that this kind of problem has no cure.
I had a chance to speak with my colleague at work whose son had the same disorder. My co-worker shared with me the services available in the community and so Alyssa has received Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Speech therapies while I was desperately looking for a second opinion of another specialist.
On October 31, 2007, I met with Dr. Barbie Ziemerman-Bier, an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and a Neuro-Developmental Pediatrician who diagnosed Alyssa with Autism/Regression. She was given vitamin supplements and advice for longer hours of ABA and Speech therapies to work on her imitation and language speech development. Despite of the continued therapy, we did not see much improvement on her speech and behavior.
Because we believe that healing is a grace from God and there are those who can be an instrument of that healing power of God, we attended the 7PM Healing Mass of Fr. Fernando Suarez on April 11, 2008 at St. Veronica Church in Howell NJ.
My whole family and Auntie Julie waited for 3 hours before the 7 pm mass started, we lined up outside the church and was seated at the choir loft because the main floor of the church was already filled with thousands of people who attended the mass.
After Fr. Fernando Suarez celebrated the Mass, Alyssa was cranky and had been crying for more almost 2 hours during and after the mass. We were asked by the staff of Fr. Suarez and Fr. Jeff to move closer to the altar so we will receive the blessing from Fr. Fernando. While Fr. Fernando was praying over on Alyssa, she immediately stopped crying and was relieved from her restlessness.
After the healing took place, Alyssa started bubbling again with words â€śmama and dada.â€ť We continue to pray for big progress on her and slowly she regained her eye contact to us, started and tried to express herself, became more alert, and started to play with her sister Samantha.
On Aug. 7, 2008, I brought her to Dr. Barbie Zimmerman-Bier for a follow up check-up, she observed that Alyssa could follow simple directions with a 15 â€“ 18 word vocabulary.
These improvements were not existent at all before the Fr. Fernandoâ€™s healing mass. Our family attended again a Healing Mass of Fr. Fernando Suarez at the St. Veronica Church in Howell, NJ on Mar. 31, 2009 to express our thanks to the Lord and to Fr. Suarez for the very encouraging developments.
On Oct. 21, 2009, Alyssa was seen by Dr. Tyrone Bentley, an Assistant Professor at UMDNJ who took over the position of Dr. Barbie Zimmerman-Bier. Dr. Bentley noted that full features of autism are not met.
Alyssa was evaluated by the Franklin Township Public School of New Jersey on Mar. 1, 2010. â€śAlyssaâ€™s performance on the Kindergarten Readiness Test indicates that she exhibits kindergarten readiness skills that fall within the average rangeâ€ť per the school report. Her Pre-K Progress Report from the Fall of 2009 to the Spring of 2010 showed very good results. She is now a normal kid and in regular Kindergarten at the St. Augustine of Canterbury School, Kendal Park, New Jersey.
We believe that Alyssa was healed by the Lord through the hands of Fr. Fernando Suarez. We continue to pray every day to express our thanks to the Lord Jesus Christ and through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary for the miracle that happened to Alyssa and to our family.
God Bless to Everyone!