My dad, Julio Bernardino da Silva, was in a business trip to Africa while my mom, Yolanda Moreira Teixeira Da Silva, pregnant of nearly 9 months, stayed home anxious to deliver her first baby. She gave birth to me on March, 25th, 1981, followed by a series of post-birth issues due to medical incompetence. In a lot of pain, she had to be rushed back to the ICU two days after being released by the hospital, with severe pain in her abdomen. Her life was threatened upon delivering; doctors had to notify my family the seriousness of the situation. She was fighting for her life.