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“I like princesses and Cinderella is who I like the most because she’s pretty. I also like being a big sister because I get to take care of my siblings. At school, I like to write. And when I grow up, I would like to become a teacher,” Liezyl… Read more
“I like princesses and Cinderella is who I like the most because she’s pretty. I also like being a big sister because I get to take care of my siblings. At school, I like to write. And when I grow up, I would like to become a teacher,” Liezyl tells us a few of her favorite things.
With all of the things that Liezyl likes, it is without a doubt that she is very likable herself. “She’s really friendly and she helps watch her little siblings. But sometimes she gets bullied at school and she ends up crying. Liezyl was born with a deformity and she’s part of the “People with Disabilities” or PWD group locally, where we heard about a mobile clinic for children with disabilities like her. She got screened and now we’re here at Tebow CURE for her surgery. Liezyl is able to run and walk, but she gets thrown off balance a lot of times,” Liezyl’s mom Luzminda tells us.
We saw the joy in Luzminda’s eyes when she found hope that her firstborn child will have surgery soon. “To be able to see Liezyl all well and healed” is one of Luzminda’s hopes and dreams for Liezyl. We are thankful to be able to provide for treatment for Liezyl and that’s because we have a generous partner like you!
Liezyl arrived late in the afternoon after traveling from her home which is several hours away. The cast removal was a little more painful and scary than "itchy" this time, and definitely not one of her favorite things. This led to some tears, but the good news is, this was her last removal for now! She may need more surgery in the future, but she gets a break for now. Once her casts were off, the tears dried, and her sweet smile retuned. Now comes more work in the form of physical therapy. She received some instruction on what to work on in the next three months, when she returns for a follow up. Thanks for continuing to pray for Liezyl!
Liezyl and Nurse Tzaddi had a cute conversation as he removed her dressings today. Tzaddi: "Wow, your wraps are dirty! What have you been doing?" Liezyl: "I don’t know…just playing…Ouch! Don't!" Tzaddi: "Ouch? Does it hurt? Where?" Liezyl: "Not yet, but it will! Removing them will hurt! Oh, wait, no, it just itches…" Unfortunately, the hurt started shortly afterward, but her incision wounds are healing well, thus the itching. We got a little sneak peek of her legs, and it’s only been three weeks, but what a difference! Now that we know her wounds are healing, Liezyl was able to trade in her splints for solid casts, which will support her legs better, and she told us after that she wasn’t hurting anymore. She’ll wear this set for six weeks, and hopefully that will be her only set, and she can move on to physical therapy. Please continue to pray for our cute chatterbox!
Our hearts felt like "silver white winters that melt into springs" when we walked into Liezyl's room with her bright face as she said, "You're beautiful!" and continued to be a chatterbox as she asked away about our day. She's definitely a friendly one and we're sad to see her go today. But no worries, she'll be in town and close to the hospital to make sure that her legs will be taken cared of if she has any problems, which we hope not! Thanks for praying for Liezyl! She's one of our favorite kids!
Well, pills are definitely not one of Liezyl’s favorite things! Even though she knew that pain relief would come once she got them down, she bargained with Luzminda, saying they should each take some. Unfortunately, it doesn’t quite work that way! She powered through and finally got them down, and overall she’s doing much better than yesterday, so thank you for all the prayers!
Liezyl’s feeling like the dogs have bitten, the bees have stung, and she’s feeling sad. Her pain levels were understandably high, so she made another trip to the operating room this morning for another nerve block. We’re hoping that she can sleep well today, can dream about more of her favorite things, and later she won’t feel so bad!
“I don’t remember why I agreed to do this!” joked Dr. Jun after the first cut of Liezyl’s incredibly complicated operation. He was reminded after her first leg was successfully straightened as he exhaled and said, “Thank you Lord. God is so good!” Even after years of training, our surgeons know that God is the ultimate healer, and performing surgery is a way of using their gifts as a form of worship. Dr. Jun’s worship this morning resulted in two straight legs for Liezyl, we’re so thankful for God’s healing hand!
Liezyl is happy to be here! We took lots of pictures and had a mini modeling session in the hallway to show off her catwalk skills. We asked if she’d give us a princess smile and gave us a “shy” version of it! We can’t wait to hang out and get to know her more! As our princess goes into surgery tomorrow, we are calling on all prayer warriors to keep her in your prayers during her procedure!
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