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Mark John's Story
“We went back and forth between Davao and our town three times looking for help from another hospital in Davao. We stayed with relatives when we were in Davao, but then their house burned down, so we couldn’t come back. The other hospital never… Read more
“We went back and forth between Davao and our town three times looking for help from another hospital in Davao. We stayed with relatives when we were in Davao, but then their house burned down, so we couldn’t come back. The other hospital never scheduled us for surgery, and a friend, Dr. Catbagan, recently told us we needed to come to the CURE mobile clinic near our home. We were so happy to be scheduled so fast! Mark John is also really excited for surgery, sometimes his hand swells and he cries in pain. We don’t want him to suffer anymore, we really feel pity towards him,” Mark John’s mom, Mary Ann, tells an exhausting account of how much she and husband, Joselito, have gone through to seek help for Mark John. He was born with amniotic bands on his right hand and toe.
Amniotic bands are an inborn condition, caused when fibers in amniotic fluid wrap around limbs in utero, causing rubber band-like indentations on limbs. However, there is no known cause. Amniotic bands restrict the flow of fluid out of an area. In Mark John’s case, this has caused his little hand to swell numerous times, as evidenced by his wrinkled, stretched skin. His toe is a smaller issue, but if left untreated he may have issues down the road with it as well. So, we’re so happy he’ll have both treated at CURE!
Mark John comes across as quiet and timid, possibly partially due to being the youngest of three siblings. Once you get him warmed up, though, he’s quite the talker! “I like to run around with my older sister Jessa Mae. She’s my best friend. I like being the youngest, but I would like a little brother or sister too!” At this, Mary Ann and Joselito laughed and adamantly shook their heads “no!” He continues, “I also like playing with trucks. I’m in Grade 1, and my favorite subject is math. When I grow up, I might want to be a doctor. And, I’m really excited for surgery so my hand won’t hurt anymore!” We invite you all to join in this sweet family’s excitement and be a part of Mark John’s long awaited surgery and healing!
We're pleased to tell you that Mark John's hand hasn't swelled since. Except the scarring that was expected to show, he's healing well. The only thing prescribed by our doctors were olive oil, coconut oil, or "any kind of oil that will make his hand look pretty." We won't see him back for quite some time, but he's welcome to pop in whenever he wants!
We were as thrilled as Mark John to see him back in the clinic! So far, there has been no issues with swelling on his hand, but we sent him down to physical therapy to learn how he can use movements to control it's swelling if it ever happens. For now, we will continue to let his arm heal and we'll see him back in a month!
We have been keeping a close watch on Mark John to make sure that the swelling isn't out of control. So far, he remained stable and got discharged this weekend. Before he went, he heard from your "get well letters" and he responded, "Thank you!" Yes, we agree with Mark John- thank you for praying and encouraging him throughout his time of healing! We'll see him back again soon!
It’s safe to say that Mark John won’t be hanging in the playroom today. Unfortunately, his hand began to swell significantly last night, but the good news is that it has stopped and went back down. “It looked like a grapefruit!” Dr. Dave joked this morning, which was a slight exaggeration, but it was a serious concern for a while. He’s diligently keeping it elevated today, thanks to some additional help from a sleeve tied to an IV pole. We’ll keep him a few more days to be sure everything stays stable. Please keep sending prayers his way!
We found Mark John in the playroom again this afternoon! He was playing the car game again, and no pun intended, he was once again winning...singlehandedly. His left hand is pretty swollen, so he was making due with just his right hand. He was still dominating though! We'd like to keep an eye on his swelling for one more day, so he'll probably go home tomorrow. He doesn't seem to mind too much, it'll just give him more time in the playroom!
Mark John singlehandedly won the race car game today when he spent his morning in the playroom. He seems to be doing OK and recovering well. Before that though, he woke up to the sweet sound of worship in the ward as we shared the word of God for encouragement. So, feel free to be a part of that and send Mark John some encouragement through a Get Well letter!
Mark John didn’t exactly show off his pre-surgery excitement this morning, but we’re sure it was there deep down. His toe took seconds to release, and then it was on to his hand. Between his wrist and fingers, he underwent nearly two hours of cutting and sewing, but all his bands are now released. Hand surgeries usually result in a few sore days, so please pray for rest and minimal pain. We’re so thankful to supporters like you who help make his and other kids’ healing possible!
Mark John was really itching to get up to the playroom today, but he had some “housekeeping” tasks to do first. One of those was to have his photos taken for his story. He’ll also see the doctors today, and have some lab work done. There's a long pre-surgery checklist to complete. But we’re confident we’ll see him up there in the days to come, but one more task to get out of the way is surgery tomorrow. Please be praying!
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