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“We’ve had a couple opportunities to get Art’s clubfeet fixed, but there were some hindrances through the important people of our lives. Opinions like ‘he won’t be able to walk again,’ or ‘I will never forgive you if his feet become w… Read more
“We’ve had a couple opportunities to get Art’s clubfeet fixed, but there were some hindrances through the important people of our lives. Opinions like ‘he won’t be able to walk again,’ or ‘I will never forgive you if his feet become worse,’ stopped me from helping my child. But this time around, I am eager. Nothing will stop me from getting my child’s feet fixed,” says Art’s mom Helda.
We think the third’s time a charm since this is the third opportunity that crossed Art and Helda’s path for healing. Also born with neglected clubfoot and a single mom to Art, Helda didn’t feel alone this time around with local health workers and Tebow CURE partnerships helping her walk through this process. “All I dream for Art is to get his clubfoot fixed. It will help him get a job one day. We all know that even if you have great skills, there’s a tendency that you don’t get hired because of disability,” shares Helda.
One day, Art wants to become a police officer. He’s seen enough TV shows with cop superstars that he knows that’s what he’s going to do. Someday, he’ll fight for what is right and stand up and fight for people who get teased because of their disability. “I’m in school and I write in school, but I don’t really have a favorite subject. I just want to play!” says Art.
We are excited that Art is here and is ready to start his healing journey! We pray that their hearts will feel God’s love as we share Jesus through our words and actions!
We had a hard time catching up with Art during his visit today! He was all over the place! A bribe of sweets was the only way to get him to be still. After that, he became Nurse Jhun's buddy, given that he was carrying a bag of treats with him. He's not quite done with his treatment, he still needs to continue wearing the braces at night, and since we don't have AFO braces available just yet, he's required to wear more stabilized shoes to keep his feet from going back to their old position. Please keep praying for him!
Art found his way on the “cast free” side of life once again, and while he was pretty serious about the whole thing, he was happy enough to invite us to come visit him at home as he was leaving! He cried throughout his cast removal, as per normal, but found some brief distraction on Christine’s phone again. He’ll continue to wear braces at night, so he still has a little ways to go, but being cast free again is reason for celebration!
We are excited to see Art wearing a pair of shoes! Unfortunately, there's a slight relapse on both feet that we couldn't shrug off. We had to put him in a cast which was not fun at all. It's a good thing that Christine brought something fun for him to watch so he forgot the process right away. We know that he bounces back quickly but we ask that you continue to pray for Art during this setback!
As long as Art was in the playroom today, he was all good. He spent some time eating bubbles, telling us they were “not yummy." He then proceeded to keep eating them. Then after his cast removal, he got some cool braces in physical therapy to keep his new straight feet aligned. Art's cast removal was a difficult process for him, but he rebounded quickly and is a huge step closer to being completely clubfoot free!
We had a reunion with Art this week! Our clinic was on the road to his hometown, where Helga and he came by to share their Tebow CURE experience. He's still in a cast for now and will continue to heal at home until he comes back for another follow-up!
Art was buried back behind the tablet today, but it provided a good distraction from his pain. He's doing better overall, but still hurting off and on. We managed to pull him away from his gaming for a brief moment to show him and Helda before and after pictures of Cristan, another clubfoot CUREkid who got his casts off yesterday! He heads home today, and before long we'll be showing other kids pictures of his straight feet!
Yay! No more sleep interruption today! We caught Art swaying side to side as he pretended to swerve and drift in a car race. It was the only activity which diverted his attention away from feeling the pain in his feet. So far, it is working. We stopped by to say "Hi" and share the word of God, which has been comforting for Helda as well. If Art continues to do well, he will head home tomorrow!
Someone's not happy for interrupting his sleep again this morning to go to surgery and we are sorry for always coming in the wrong timing! The good news is that every interruption means Art is one step closer to healing. With full focus on Art's feet and occasionally turning the operating theater to a concert theater as he sang a few lines while working, Dr. Jun successfully performed Art's surgery! Thank you for praying for Art and we will try not to interrupt any more of his sleep while he's in recovery!
Although Art was quite not in the mood when we interrupted his sleep to draw a blood sample, he was a true champion for not crying! "We left at 3 AM from home, that's why he's so tired," says Helga. Not too long after, Children's Mentor Ella came by to give out snacks and Art was in a better mood! He was more awake and waved "Hi!" to the performers on TV, which got the entire room giggling! We think it's going to be a fun week as we hang out with him, but we ask that you pray for his "not-so-fun" surgery tomorrow!
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