A Smile can be the Best Medicine

“Problems are everywhere. I have my own, but you can choose to walk around without carrying a frown,” Melba shares with a smile.

Melba is a pharmacist at the Tebow CURE Hospital. With her office at the entrance to the hospital, she sees people coming and going from the hospital every day. Melba has been seeing patients since Tebow CURE’s first-ever free clinic. “I teared up during the very first mobile clinic because I didn’t realize that there are so many kids with deformities just within the city. I wondered how I would feel if that happened to own my kids,” Melba thoughtfully explained.

Melba remembers a particular clubfoot patient who came in for screening one day. “I saw a student before his surgery. He told me that he wanted straight feet as a gift before graduating from college. I encouraged him to pray for it. After he recovered from surgery, he came back for a follow-up and made sure to stop by my post. He showed me how he can walk and has straight feet – all before his graduation!”

It’s a privilege for Melba to be a part of the team that provides healing to CUREkids. “My heart was so touched that I become a part of the process. I see kids running around when they are done with treatment. It makes me happy to be a part of an institution that helps kids without their families bearing the weight of financial responsibility. Sometimes people say, ‘This [disability] is what God gave us and that’s okay.’ But I think that’s because they don’t have the financial means to have the proper treatment.”

Since October 2014, Melba has been working in the pharmacy department at the Tebow CURE Hospital. One thing she appreciates about her job is the good work-life balance. This job allows her to spend more time with her family and to attend church together on weekends. “Sometimes I work late and wait for orders from the nurses well into the evening, but at the end of the day, I’m fulfilled and content.” She describes her work as “God’s design” and enjoys being able to have a flexible work schedule. 

Though Melba works in the background of the treatment process, she plays a crucial role. “My job may not look challenging, but without medicine, operations would not be performed. We are all part of the healthcare team. Some of our patients have never seen their prescriptions, and educating them about dosage and giving instructions are all part of my job. When you love your job, it is fulfilling!”


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About the Author:

Hope Kim serves as a Storyteller at CURE Philippines, which means she gets to play with kids, chat with their parents, and put their stories into pictures and words for the world to see. She was first involved with CURE U, CURE’s University program, at the University of Florida, as a student advocate of CURE’s healing stories. Her passion for CURE’s mission brought her back to her motherland, meeting her husband and lifetime editor-in-chief, Josiah. Through the stories she captures, she hopes to see and serve people as Jesus did and inspire others to do so as well.

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