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EXCLUSIVE: She's a real-life angel! Father of Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio says his daughter is a 'blessing' and reveals that she's the reason he continues to fight his 20-year battle with MS: VIDEO

Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio (second right) has faced the heartache of watching her father Luis (left) battle Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years. Pictured above, Luis and Ambrosio pose with Ambrosio's sister, Aline (second left) and mother, Lucilda (right)
  • Victoria's Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio has faced the heartache of watching her father Luis battle multiple sclerosis for 20 years
  • Ambrosio, 35, does her best to support her father and keep him positive
  • Luis, who lives in Erechim, Brazil, FaceTimes his daughter and his grandkids, Anja, seven and Noah, four, every day
  • He says the FaceTime calls are a 'blessing' that get him through each day
  • Luis reveals that Ambrosio wanted to be a doctor when she was younger
  • He says an ear-pinning surgery gave her the confidence to start modeling
  • Ambrosio has in the past told of how she is 'freaked out' by cosmetic surgery after the ear-pinning procedure left her in severe pain
  • Luis says that Ambrosio's visits to Brazil are rare with her busy schedule, but she was able to travel home for Christmas last year 

The father of supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio has revealed how his daughter is a real-life 'angel' who has helped him survive a 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis, Daily Mail Online can reveal.

While the Victoria's Secret Angel's modeling career has soared, she has secretly faced the heartache of her father's disabling disease and has done her best to support him and keep him positive.

Luis Ambrosio suffers extreme discomfort on a daily basis through MS and is hoping for a 'miracle' when results to a new treatment he is undergoing are revealed next month.

And today - in an exclusive interview with Daily Mail Online - he reveals how his world-famous daughter is the reason he's able to continue fighting the unpredictable condition.

Luis says daily FaceTime calls with Ambrosio and his two grandchildren, Anja, seven and Noah, four, are a 'blessing' that help him get through each day.

'Alessandra has always been there for me, no matter where she is in the world, she is an angel,' he said. 'Alessandra FaceTimes me just about every day to see how I am.

'It’s great to see her and I get to speak to the grandkids too, and ask about their homework. Speaking to the grandkids, all of them, is a blessing.'

Luis is filled with pride over his daughter's achievements and sheds some light on the modest upbringing of the 5ft 9in model and actress who has appeared in multi-million dollar ad campaigns for the likes of Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Christian Dior as well has appearing in a string of hit movies and TV shows.

Daily Mail Online has also unearthed a never-before-seen school photo of Ambrosio aged eight-years-old when the icon-to-be told her elementary school teacher she had ambitions of becoming a life-saving doctor NOT a famous model.

Whatever her dreams as a child, the woman, who today is regularly branded one of the world’s sexiest, still displays a loving, caring side that makes her the apple of her father’s eye.

And dad Luis says his daughter was so worried that his MS is hereditary that she had her own children tested - thankfully they were given the all clear.

He also reveals the Brazilian beauty stopped smoking due to health concerns and for the sake of her two young kids.

And it was her father's battle with MS that inspired Ambrosio to become an ambassador for the US-based National Multiple Sclerosis Society in 2010.

MS is a disease of the central nervous system which disrupts the flow of information within the brain and between the brain and the body.

It affects 2.5million world-wide and 400,000 people in the United States. There is no known cure.

Ambrosio said of her ambassador role: 'My dad lives with Multiple Sclerosis, I travel the world and no matter where I go I meet people living with MS.

'You never know the beauty of movement until you lose it. MS stops movement.'

For Luis, 57, who lives with his wife and Ambrosio's mom Lucilda, 56, in Erechim in southern Brazil - the small town where they raised the 35-year-old beauty and her younger sister, Aline, 32 - he blames four decades running two gas stations for his condition.

He believes the fumes from the fuel and the stress of the job are major contributing factors.

Today Luis still manages his two gas stations in Erechim, working 11 hour days to make sure they are being run properly.

Speaking from his home, he said: 'When I was diagnosed with MS in the late 1990s my world fell apart. It was devastating.

'I felt the ground disappear from beneath me. It was a horrible time. My world just ended.

'I do think it could have been working 40 years at the gas stations that caused it. Maybe it has been the fumes from the fuel and the stress of the job.

'I also had an aunt who had it so we did worry it could be hereditary. Alessandra got her two children tested and they are okay, thankfully.

'Obviously Alessandra and her sister are fine. They never worked at the gas stations.'
Luis said MS mainly affects his right leg and although he is able to still drive he says he has to 'think' to make the limb work properly.

He says he is currently trying a new treatment involving taking large amounts of vitamin D, which, he says, has helped him get a 'little better'.

He is taking 200,000 IU (international units) of vitamin D a day in specially made pills prepared by a pharmacy in São Paulo.

The six-month course of pills ends in June at which point doctors will be able to tell whether they have worked in tackling the disease.

'We’re all hoping for a miracle, of course,' he said.

'I have to be careful not to have any dairy products because it can damage the kidneys, but apart from that it’s not too much of a problem.

'I’ll be tested when the course ends to see if it has been a success.'

Luis said seeing her father with MS was an eye-opener for his daughter who now takes her and her family’s health very seriously.

'Alessandra has now given up smoking for the sake of her kids,' he said. 'She used to have the odd cigarette but now she doesn’t.'

He added that he hopes mom-of-two Ambrosio will have more children.
'Alessandra has always said she wants four or five children so we’re hoping she has more, but she isn’t pregnant at the moment,’ he gushed.

Blaming his daughter’s stratospheric career for a lull in new grandchildren, he said: 'She is just so busy right now.

'Her sister is trying to have more children but not Alessandra. One day, we hope she does of course.’

Luis remembers his daughter being ‘gifted’ from a young age growing up in Erechim and her potential as a model was clear to see.

But he recalls how the young girl always wanted to be a doctor not a model.

Although very pretty as a child, Ambrosio didn’t have the confidence in her looks because of her ‘jug ears’, her dad recalls.

'When she was younger she never said she wanted to be a model, it was always about being a doctor,’ he said.

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