MIRACLES don’t usually happen to Dolores “Dolly” Suzara, 75. And when it did, it was brought to her by a white image of the Sto. Niño, which she believes saved her from a near-death experience.
Suzara is one of the pioneer organizers of the Sinulog when it started in 1981, so it was logical for her to seek the intercession of the Holy Child in her time of need.
Last Sept. 19, she had difficulty breathing and was rushed to the hospital, where she was found to have suffered from asphyxiation. She stayed in the hospital for a month, 20 days of which were spent in the intensive care unit (ICU).
To aid her breathing, doctors had to insert a tube to her lungs through her mouth but it failed to help her recover fully. The doctors then recommended a tracheostomy, a surgery performed to insert a tube to the lungs through the neck.
Even with her tiny frame, Suzara said she never had major health concerns and never had to be hospitalized, that is why the idea of surgery frightened her. (more)