No parent wants to hear that their child is sick. Sadly, Michael Bublé and his wife, Luisana Lopilato, understand this all too well in light of their son, Noah’s, cancer battle.
Lopilato, a native of Argentina, was in the middle of filming Those Who Love, Hate when she decided to take Noah for a checkup at a local clinic. She feared he had caught the flu but doctors, initially, diagnosed him with mumps and said they would go away on their own.
When Noah’s pediatrician followed up a few days later, he said he was concerned that Noah might have an infection, prescribed antibiotics and suggested he undergo a full round of testing to be on the safe side.
In an interview with Argentinian TV host Susana Giménez, Lopilato explained that, during an ultrasound, they “found something in his belly. They didn’t know what it was yet, or if it was tumor, but that day I decided to take a flight [to the United States].”
The 30-year-old mother tried to get ahold of her husband but Bublé was promoting his new album in England and didn’t answer his phone. They had previously agreed that, if there was an emergency, they would “seek medical help in Los Angeles as a midway point between her family in Argentina and his in Canada.”
That night, Lopilato and Noah got on a plane and headed to California without 41-year-old Bublé even knowing there was a problem. “It was all from God — I don’t know how to explain it,” says Lopilato. “If we hadn’t done that ultrasound to find out if he had mononucleosis … it would have been so much worse.”
“There were nights I couldn’t sleep, that I prayed to God,” Lopilato shares. “Because it is a long process — but thank God the worst is over. For any parent, it’s devastating to receive news like this. It was very heavy. We received all the prayers, all the calls. The only thing that got me through it was faith, from the very beginning.”
Lopilato went to church every week and prayed each night for strength. As he fought the disease, Noah’s morale was boosted by daily visits from superheroes dressed like Batman and Spider-Man.
Now the family, including 3-year-old, Noah, and 17-month-old,Elias, are taking it one day at a time and focusing on each other.