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Jhezzel's Story

“When I grow up, I want to become a teacher. I get to practice my teaching skills on my kuya (big brother) when I teach him Math,” says Jhezzel.

Jhezzel’s big brother Jheremel is her best friend. She spends most of her time at home wat… Read more

“When I grow up, I want to become a teacher. I get to practice my teaching skills on my kuya (big brother) when I teach him Math,” says Jhezzel.

Jhezzel’s big brother Jheremel is her best friend. She spends most of her time at home watching TV and playing the tablet with him when she doesn’t play the role of the teacher. She’s sweet and charming and also very respectful to her elders. She adds “po” at the end of her sentences––a sign of respect in a Filipino culture.

”We’ve been asking for many opinions on what to do with my daughter’s situation. She’s had five fractures in her lifetime. We finally found a local doctor who can treat her, but it would cost us around $3000 to have surgery. By the time we get that money, we won’t be able to find the means to eat. Thankfully, we were referred to Tebow CURE,” shares Jhezzel’s dad Ramon, who does his best to provide for his family.

“On our first visit at Tebow CURE, Jhezzel was recommended to drink calcium supplements, so she’s strong enough to have surgery––a rod will put her bones back together through surgery. She’s able to stand but she can’t really go anywhere from there,” adds Jhezzel's mom Melissa.

Jhezzel is diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta, which is a genetic bone disorder, also known as the brittle bone disease. There is no way to reverse the diagnosis but Tebow CURE can help make her brittle bones stronger by putting them together with strong rods.

“I’d like to be able to walk someday,” is one of Jhezzel's biggest hopes in life. Through surgery, we can provide a way to fulfill Jhezzel’s dream! Thank you for giving the means for Jhezzel’s life changing surgery and we ask that you pray for her as she starts her journey of physical and spiritual healing!

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Dec 20, 2019

Jhezzel snuggled closely with Doctor Jun as they had a chat in clinic. So far, Jhezzel is doing well and is able to stand and walk with the help of a walker. She just needs to continue taking her calcium supplements as she continues with her recovery. Before going home, she was given a box filled with goodies as a Christmas present from one of our partners! We will check on her progress when she visits us during her summer break next year! Photo of Jhezzel

Oct 03, 2019

Jhezzel was proud to show us her artwork in the playroom today! She is back at Tebow CURE for another follow up appointment. When it was her turn to be seen by the doctor, Jhezzel told Melissa, “If I have one more cast change, I will really cry!”. Thank God, this was not the case for her! She had her last and final cast removed and she was all smiles about it! Doctor Shelley gave some more calcium supplements to help her bones grow and heal faster. We are excited to see her again in two months! Photo of Jhezzel

Aug 08, 2019

Jhezzel was happy to be at clinic today for two reasons: 1. She was given some sweets by Doctor Jun and 2. She heard some good news from Doctor Jun! “It’s amazing that Jhezzel’s bone healed up as it is rare for brittle bone disease to heal completely," he told us. He decided to put a cylindrical walking cast on Jhezzel’s leg to support and to help stabilize as she starts walking. She will finally be able to use a walker to help her with her balance! Please pray that she will continue with her progress and recovery. Photo of Jhezzel

Jun 28, 2019

Beautiful Jhezzel had her hair all dolled up and was wearing her traveling clothes this morning, because she's headed home! She won't be back in school quite yet, and her walker will have to wait for a while since she's not allowed to put weight on her leg. But, she'll keep practicing her writing as she heals at home over the next handful of weeks, and when we see her again, hopefully she can start adding activities back into life! Photo of Jhezzel

Jun 27, 2019

Jhezzel is thankfully back to her smiley, relaxed self today! The fears of yesterday are behind her, and she showed us that she’s written even more prayers in her journal. Even though she’s missing some school, she’s definitely practicing her handwriting, (which is gorgeous by the way!), and praising God all at once! She still has at least one more day in the ward, which gives her plenty of time to continue on her healing path in a relaxing environment. Photo of Jhezzel

Jun 26, 2019

Jhezzel wrote in her journal that she was a little worried about surgery, but was thankful that God would be watching over her, and she would no longer have fear. She has been one of our most relaxed patients ever, so everyone was surprised to hear her crying as she awoke from surgery this morning. Occasionally a patient will have a rough wake up due to anesthesia, and poor Jhezzel was the recipient of that experience today. Fortunately, our team was on hand to calm her back down, and she must have remembered the words she prayed earlier, because she fell back asleep quickly and has been comfortable since. Please pray as she continues to recover from surgery, and that God’s peace will continue to be with her. Photo of Jhezzel

Jun 25, 2019

"She's going to school now! And her dad made her a walker! Look!" Mom Melissa pulled out a photo of Jhezzel using her personalized walker! It was such a nice reunion with Jhezzel and her parents. They are back to a familiar place and resting in the ward as Jhezzel gets read for for a rod removal with revision surgery tomorrow! As Jhezzel remembers what it's like to go into the OR, we know our job is to be praying for her! Photo of Jhezzel

Apr 25, 2019

Jhezzel was smiley as ever today, we wouldn’t have guessed that she was in any pain. She’s been having some discomfort, and the culprit in the hardware in her leg, which has “shifted”, causing her bones to be slightly misaligned. There’s no clear answer as to why this happens, but she’ll be back in June for surgery, where we’ll replace it and make sure everything is lined up again. Then, she can focus once again on healing! Photo of Jhezzel

Nov 29, 2018

Jhezzel's sweet and charming character brightened up our morning as she patiently waited for her turn in clinic. Dr. Ray Ray sent her to X-ray which showed that her bones healed well. When able to, Jhezzel was cleared to stand with full weight. We will keep an eye of her as she heals and ask that you continue to pray for Jhezzel's bones to become stronger! Photo of Jhezzel

Oct 19, 2018

She's all packed and ready to go! Jhezzel brushed her hair and smiled at the camera. Even though they planned to leave early for their 7-hour trip, Ramon, Melissa, and Jhezzel hung out in the ward until the mall next door opened. They wanted to buy an extra pillow so Jhezzel's legs could be propped up during their travel. Her healing journey will continue at home, please pray with us that even though we are far away, God hears her desire to have stronger bones every day! Photo of Jhezzel

Oct 18, 2018

More smiles from this beauty! Jhezzel spent a ton of time coloring in the playroom today. After a while, she was ready to go back and crawl back into bed, telling us that her legs hurt. We were impressed at how long she managed to be out and about! Also, a fun fact! We found out Jhezzel’s secret for her perfect, silky smooth hair. Ramon is a hairdresser, and he does all of her haircare! She's getting the royal treatment all around! Photo of Jhezzel

Oct 17, 2018

“It feels like I’ve been in surgery all day!” sighed an exhausted Dr. Shelley at the end of Jhezzel’s surgery. Her surgery wrapped up around 1 pm, but it was a long, intense procedure. The entire staff was tired, but it was all worth it when we saw Jhezzel wake up with a smile, believe it or not! Meanwhile, Melissa and Ramon waited and worshipped upstairs with the Spiritual Ministry team, and expressed their gratitude for God’s timing. They were told by others that this would be the perfect age for Jhezzel’s surgery, but didn’t think they could afford it, and then found Tebow CURE Hospital! So indeed, the entire family is being impacted, physically and spiritually! Photo of Jhezzel

Oct 16, 2018

It's a dark, stormy afternoon here in Davao, and we weren't sure if Jhezzel and her parents would make it to the hospital! We're happy to report that they did, and we didn't waste any time getting to know her, before she was even admitted. Despite the unfamiliar surroundings and long journey today, Jhezzel was friendly right off the bat. She's excited for surgery tomorrow, and excited at the thought of being able to walk soon! Please keep her in your prayers, tomorrow's a big day for Jhezzel and her family! Photo of Jhezzel

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