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“We became pregnant with Jairus when we lived and worked in Dubai. We found out while I was still pregnant that he had spina bifida. Since we had no insurance in Dubai, and medical costs there are very high, I started doing research to find a hos… Read more
“We became pregnant with Jairus when we lived and worked in Dubai. We found out while I was still pregnant that he had spina bifida. Since we had no insurance in Dubai, and medical costs there are very high, I started doing research to find a hospital in the Philippines that could do that surgery after he was born. He had surgery when he was just two days old here in Davao. Then he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, and had another surgery to place a shunt. He still has clubfeet, and when we started looking for a good pediatric surgeon, Google brought us to CURE! Jairus has been wearing braces for several months, but Dr. Valera told us recently that we could proceed with surgery,” shares Jairus’ mom Marilou.
She continues, “Jairus doesn’t talk much yet, he’s around three languages at home, so he gets confused! He has been diagnosed with very minor autism, so he’s just a little delayed, but he’ll catch up. I hope someday he can be a doctor, and help children like him. Hopefully he’ll go to school religiously. For now, we limit his time watching TV, we only let him watch certain YouTube videos, and we don’t let him spend much time on the computer or tablet. He is very busy and curious, and has neighborhood friends, so he learns that way.” Jairus is also a new big brother! His little sister Jamesha was born just a few weeks ago, and Jairus is quickly learning how to be an awesome sibling. “We bought him a Mickey doll to be his “baby”, so he can learn to adjust. He likes to give her little pinches, but he’ll learn!” Marilou says with a smile.
It’s been nearly a year since we’ve seen Jairus, and a lot has happened! First of all, he’s grown a ton, and with that, has slimmed out considerably. He’s very mobile now, but still wears his braces diligently. Today’s visit will be his last for now, the family is moving…to Canada! Mom Marilou tells us that they wanted to be sure that everything was in order with Jairus’ care, and he’ll continue treatment once they move in July. We’ll miss this sweet family, but we’re excited for their next adventure, and look forward to updates from the other side of the world!
Jairus' parents team up well to make sure that he's getting the proper treatment towards his healing. While his mom pays attention to the medical details, his dad keeps up with his playful energy! Jairus will continue to practice and train his feet to walk with AFOs as we watch him grow in the next couple of months!
No more casts for our buddy Jairus! Obviously, he didn't look pumped during the process, so the entire team took effort to distract him from the cast cutter noise until he's completely cast free! He's back to wearing AFO's and chasing bubbles again! After three months of exercising, we're excited to see his happy face back!
We said, "Hello" again to our little buddy today! Jairus is back for a cast change where our Executive Director's wife Chris entertained him with animal sounds during the process. He paused to listen to her at times and appreciated much of her presence especially when Chris brought bubbles with her! In a few months, we hope to hang out with him again for another follow-up!
Jairus welcomed our special guests today with his sweet smile and giggles! But we also had to say goodbye to him as his little sister Jamesha got to welcome him back at home. We thank God that he's doing well enough to be discharged today! Thank you for all of your prayers as we hope to see his grin back in a couple months!
Just as the sun came out this morning, Jairus and his happy self was up too! He was having a ball with bubbles and enjoyed some time reading his Get Well Letters right before he soaked in some video time. It might be safe to say that Jairus is healing well and will be on his way home soon!
Jairus was his happy self coming into the operating room today! He was a little fussy when it came time to actually go to sleep, but woke up smiling and chatting with us, telling us all about the baby in his belly! While he was snoozing, Dr. Reyes and Dr. Dimples teamed up to do tendon transfers on both ankles, which will get his feet pointing in the right direction. Please pray that this is the last time he sees the operating room for a while!
We got a kick out of Jairus' adorable grin while playing with the beach ball! He's so full of energy and so personable to everyone. He's been to clinic a couple of times for a check-up as we followed his AFO treatment until it's time for him to have surgery. We're looking forward to getting to know him and hear more about his baby sister during his stay. But most of all, we are thankful that his time for surgery has finally come, which means he's one step closer to being fully healed!
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