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“When we found out that Daniel is scheduled for surgery I was excited but fearful. I feel excited that he’s going to be better but fearful since I do not know what the outcome will be. But one thing is for sure, I will give 100% of what I’ve … Read more
“When we found out that Daniel is scheduled for surgery I was excited but fearful. I feel excited that he’s going to be better but fearful since I do not know what the outcome will be. But one thing is for sure, I will give 100% of what I’ve got to make him feel better,” shares Daniel’s mom Marilyn.
Daniel is quiet but he stands out right away with his cute dimples as he shows his shy smile. He says, “We have a class called Music, Arts, and Physical Education and that’s my favorite subject! This class has the mix of things that I want. But when I’m at home, I play basketball with my friends!” Marilyn adds, “He can move really fast and runs fast, too! Daniel is the oldest of three. He has two little siblings named Edwin and Hannah. Hannah his sister, will also need surgery just like Daniel. It’s not as obvious as the deformity on Daniel just yet. When Daniel was a year old, we noticed a little curve on his legs and it got worse as he grew older. In 2013, he was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta and we were asked to pay a huge amount for surgery which we could not afford. I am really thankful that their school principal recommended us to come to Tebow CURE’s mobile clinic and we get the help that we wanted.”
“I’m nervous for my surgery,” admits Daniel. But he told us that he remembers a guy in the Bible who has the same name as his. He says, “Daniel was surrounded by lions. He prayed and the lions did not budge, they did not eat Daniel.” We asked if Daniel could relate to the guy in the Bible in any way. Daniel answered, “not really.” Little does Daniel know that he’s just as brave as the Daniel in the Bible as he faces one of the biggest lions- his surgery. We are praying for Daniel and his healing! We ask that you join us, too!
Daniel was one of our guests of honor at Night to Shine a few weeks ago, and he’s looking phenomenal! We were actually amazed at how well he's doing. He’s walking slowly, but unassisted, we’re so excited to see his progress! He’ll continue to heal, but Night to Shine was all about celebrating his victory so far!
The shuffle continues as Daniel stepped up from the bars to a walker. He still needs to gain more strength to reach his maximum healing. Surely, he is doing his best to get to that point while he juggles home-schooling as well. Right now, basketball is still beyond reach for now, but we are positive that he will get there in no time! Watch Daniel work out in physical therapy here– https://youtu.be/HcFM9P6ImhM
Look at these straight legs! Daniel was nervous to stand up, but with Chin’s encouragement and support, he got on his feet and shuffled along the bars for a bit, slowly but surely. Now, he just has to keep on shuffling along, building strength and gaining confidence!
Daniel was finally up and out of bed today! He went to physical therapy where Chin showed him some light exercises to keep his pain and swelling down. His leg is still puffy, but it’s not enough to stop him from going home today. Please be praying for the entire family, especially for mom Marilyn who now has the unenviable task of caring for both Daniel and his sister Hannah, who is still in casts from her recent surgery!
If you haven't met Daniel's awesome mom, here's a picture of Marilyn and him just hanging out in the ward this morning. Daniel says there's still some pain in his leg, but that the pain is bearable. His ward neighbors are headed home today but Daniel still has one more day to stay!
Look who's chilling like a boss? Although he's not completely pain free, Daniel managed to give us a shy smile this morning. He knows what to expect the second time around and it has helped him recover in a more calm manner. We are proud of him for taking this next step. Marilyn also stuck around to give Daniel the best care which has helped him through his recovery!
Daniel recovered so quick that he was back in the OR to get started with his left leg! Like the last time, it was not an easy task and it took hours of cutting, drilling, and putting in the screws to fit the SIGN nail in. This method worked well on Daniel's right leg and we look forward to seeing its results for the left one. Four hours later, Daniel is out of surgery! We hope that you team up with us once again as we pray for his recovery!
Who could miss Daniel with those cute little dimples? He's back and looking better! His leg looks incredibly straight, he was even amazed to see how great it looked! He's been cleared to start putting some weight on it. Soon enough, he will be ready for the next one. But for now, we are celebrating a beautiful result from a successful surgery!
As promised, Daniel was discharged over the weekend and got to go home! We'll continue to pray that he can rest well and continue to recover, thanks for being a part of his prayer team!
Daniel’s still hurting, but improving. It might get a little lonely for him today, since most of our patients are being discharged. It looks like he’ll leave tomorrow though, so not too much longer for him. Dr. Jun tells us that he wants to try and get Daniel’s other leg done in the next few weeks, so Daniel (and Dr. Jun!) won’t have to deal with the anticipation of it. Please keep praying for Daniel as he recovers, especially for God to give him peace as he awaits his next surgery.
Well, we have a correction/clarification to make! Since Daniel was sound asleep yesterday, we didn’t poke around too much, so we missed the fact that only his right leg was straight. Due to the length and intensity of his surgery, the decision was made to only do one leg, then the left will be tackled soon. Daniel’s pretty nervous about going through all this again, but Alex spent some time doing PT with him today, and encouraging him as well. He told him (paraphrased), “It’s hard now, and it hurts a lot, but in a few weeks, you’ll be healing and you’ll forget how it is right now.” Please pray that Daniel can stay encouraged and that the pain will go away quickly!
Hmm…we’re not sure which Daniel had the bigger challenge. Our Daniel might be willing to trade his current situation for being in the lion’s den, he’s really hurting today. It’s completely expected, but it’s still hard to see. “There has been a lot of crying,” Marilyn told us as Daniel slept soundly, which is a good sign that he’s finding some comfort. Please keep praying for Daniel, we’re anxious to see him back to his happy self!
Dr. Jun took some extra time to “mentally prepare” for Daniel’s surgery this morning. He’s completely capable and has done the same procedure countless times, but big surgeries like this are always a little stressful, no matter how much experience you have. Here’s a preview of what was happening, basically Daniel’s leg bones were cut into segments, and then strung on a metal rod. Once the bones heal together, they’ll be straight! Since the surgery ran long, we ducked out, but will show you the “after” tomorrow, and let you know how our cute dimpled friend is doing!
The long haul of Daniel’s healing journey started with taking pictures today at the huge X-ray machine. Even in spite of that, he holds a smile on his face as Nurse Cyra assists him through his blood test. Daniel’s leg deformity will be a challenge to fix, but we trust that God will give our medical staff wisdom on how to treat him throughout his healing. Please pray for Daniel!
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