This was posted by Marie, one of her sisters on their multiply site:
I remembered something because of your comment. Mama and Dondon went to Dra. Chiong's office and she told them that Dondon will need surgery. While Mama was confident that the surgery will be successful, Dondon was not. He asked Dra. Chiong a lot of questions. Something like, "will I die?" But she assured him that everything will be fine. I think that helped ease his worries, or he just enjoyed asking questions.