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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’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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