Michael Buble's wife Luisana Lopilato breaks her silence on son's successful cancer treatment
Actress Luisana Lopilato has spoken for the first time about her son Noah’s battle with cancer since their return to Argentina following successful treatment at an LA hospital.
Luisana and her singer husband Michael had only released two statements on Facebook over the past five months since three-year-old Noah’s diagnosis.
Today, she opened up her heart about the emotional months that followed the devastating news as she confirmed: "Thanks God, my son is well” and thanked the public and colleagues for their support.
She said: "When things like those that happened to us occur, your take on life changes.
"It happened to us. Now I value life much more, the now and the today.
"I would like to thank people for their support, for the prayers they said, for their love.
"And I want them to know that they reached us and that it helped us a lot to come through this.
"It’s difficult for me to speak about this, it’s very recent and I’m still a bit sensitive about the subject.
"But the love is daily, when people stop me in the street.
"It’s wonderful to know that you’re accompanied in life and that people love you."
Luisana, 29, spoke in person for the first time since confirming on her husband’s Facebook page last November that their eldest son had cancer.
She spoke in Buenos Aires at a press conference to mark her return to a movie she interrupted filming of to concentrate on helping her son get better.
She flew back to the Argentinian capital last month with Michael, Noah and their youngest son Elias (one).
Looking happy and relaxed despite the turbulent last few months, she admitted: "My son’s recovery is a long process as you all know and he has to continue with check-ups.
"But we are very happy. We are looking forward to thinking about the future, to seeing our children grow.
"Seeing Noah grow and being happy gave me the strength to return and finish this film."
She added: "My faith in the fact God had a miracle helped me. I became strong so my son would get better. I transmitted that to all my friends and family.
"As a family we were always very united and we fought this together. We did everything we could for our son, so he would come through this."
Thanking her colleagues on her new film for giving her the chance to finish a project "she loves and loved from the beginning", she admitted: "In the end, when all the lights go off, what’s important is what we have at home."
Luisana’s sister Daniela and brother Dario have publicly spoken briefly over the past few months.
But most of the information on Noah’s health has come through the two statements his parents released.
They confirmed he had cancer in a first Facebook post last November, admitting: "We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US.
"We have always been very vocal about the importance of family and the love we have for our children.
"Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well."
In February, after an Argentinian journalist went on TV to say Daniela had told him in a text message: "The cancer has gone" after chemotherapy and an op to remove Noah’s tumour, they said in a second statement: "We are so grateful to report that our son Noah has been progressing well during his treatment and the doctors are very optimistic about the future for our little boy.
"He has been brave throughout, and we continue to be inspired by his courage.
"We thank God for the strength he has given all of us. Our gratitude to his doctors and caretakers cannot be put into words.
"We’d like to thank the thousands of people that have sent their prayers and good wishes to us. As we continue this journey, we are greatly comforted by your support and love."
Noah is understood to have been diagnosed with liver cancer although his parents have never spoken about what type of cancer he has been treated for.
Luisana is expected to fly back to Los Angeles with Noah for a check-up in around a fortnight’s time.
Like his wife Michael, 41, cancelled his work commitments including plans to host the Brit Awards following their son’s diagnosis.
The locally-produced movie in Argentina which Luisana is now finishing is called ‘Those Who Love, Hate.’
It is set in the 1940s is an adaption of a crime novel by Argentinian poet and short-fiction writer Silvina Ocampo and her journalist and fiction writer husband Adolfo Bioy Casares.
A homeopath escapes a passionate love affair in the film by running away to a remote coastal area, only to be reunited with the woman he wants to forget - played by Noah’s mum - through a quirk of fate.
Luisana’s brother Dario confirmed late last month Noah had flown back to Buenos Aires with his parents and his brother Elias, one, even though he was not pictured with them at the airport.
He said: "The only thing I can say as their uncle is that I’m over the moon to be playing with my nephews again.
"We are living this moment together. Luisana and Michael are going to talk later and I prefer to let them speak.
"But the important thing is that we’re all together here in Argentina. What can I say! It’s a blessing from God."