“Two years ago the doctors didn’t expect him to live more than a year,” Yenny said.
“Three years ago it was just so difficult, a more terrible time (where) we just expected negative things, but we never thought about positive things.”
Although they are committed parishioners at St Ambrose’s Church in Newmarket, which is part of the Jubilee parish and where they married, Alex and Yenny said they never knew about the Head Start Program until a fellow parishioner encouraged them to apply.
Their application was successful.
“We got the house in the moment that we were most needing it because of Gabriel,” Yenny said.
“Of course it was a real good boost for our savings, but it was more the help, that we didn’t have to rush to pay rent, or bills.
“We had time to look after our son.”
Over time Gabriel’s condition has started to improve – there is fat under his skin, his hair is growing and he is even starting to swallow small items.
“We thought that just he was going to be with us two or three years, but he’s still here,” Yenny said
“Now he’s looking like me, he’s a mini me,” Alex added.
Yenny said the Quinn House helped her family to grow in faith and live “day by day” with Gabriel.
“I cannot express my gratitude to what happened with us,” Yenny said.
The support from the parish has also been overwhelming.
“Not just to have economical support, but that people are praying for us,” Yenny said.
“Everywhere we are, people know Gabriel; people don’t know Yenny and Alex, they know Gabriel.”
And, as per the Head Start Program’s aim, the Malavers were able to buy their first home, a three-bedroom unit in Herston that’s close to Lady Cilento Hospital for Gabriel’s treatments.
Around the same time they received another miracle, finding out they were expecting a second child this year.
“We didn’t expect to have that because after Gabriel, I was pregnant again but I had a miscarriage,” Yenny said.
“The doctors at the hospital said that we wouldn’t be able to have more babies because I have just 2 per cent of the normal eggs that every woman has.
“And now I am pregnant.”
The Malavers are planning to give back to the community by opening their home to struggling families.
“In the future if I buy a bigger house we will help other people in the same way that (the Jubilee parish) helped us,” Alex said.
Yenny encouraged all parishes in the Brisbane archdiocese to adopt the Head Start Program in their own communities.
“Not just encouraging to apply but they can try to do exactly the same,” she said.
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