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“When I grow up, I want to become a soldier. But right now, I’m enjoying my 'multiply class' (Mathematics) in 3rd grade and playing basketball. I hope that my clubfoot will be fixed someday, so I can wear shoes like my dad—I like mine to be i… Read more
“When I grow up, I want to become a soldier. But right now, I’m enjoying my 'multiply class' (Mathematics) in 3rd grade and playing basketball. I hope that my clubfoot will be fixed someday, so I can wear shoes like my dad—I like mine to be in my favorite color - white!” Rodel tells us.
With his sweet and playful personality, Rodel loves to explore and learn about new things. Rodel’s dad, Ruben, told us all about his son. He says, “Rodel has a lot of friends at home and runs and plays with them. He can go up the slope but has a hard time going down. He can’t wear shoes either, so he’s barefoot most of the time. When he was a newborn, we had the opportunity to get casting for him for three months at a local clinic, but he still grew up with clubfoot. I don’t really know what happened and why it became clubbed again. I hope for his feet to become straight and someday see him accomplish his goals and finish school.”
Rodel is able to go to school and travel to Davao to get his clubfoot treated the second time around because of our partners from Cafe Bless International. With your support for Tebow CURE Philippines, we are able to provide sustainable clubfoot treatment for Rodel. We pray that our God, who gives second chances, uses Rodel’s healing story to strengthen his own faith as well as his family’s!
Look at those beautiful feet! It's amazing to see the difference in Rodel's feet since day one! Even though he's not so thrilled with the cast removal and foot adjustment process, he is another cast closer to having surgery! Thanks for cheering Rodel on during this process!
Although this has been a long process for Rodel and Ruben, there's been so many smiles radiating from their faces as they see progress. The smiles from today were just about being here and some came out of being tickled on his feet! It's hard to be away from home, missing family and community, but we try our best to make home environment for Rodel here at Tebow CURE. A few more casts and he will be ready for surgery. Please pray for Rodel as he perseveres!
Rodel has had a lot of cool adventures and new experiences since arriving in Davao, and today, he added another one to his list! He had an x-ray done on his feet to get a closer look at how things inside are moving. Things seem to be back on track, so we were able to do a cast change. We’re so impressed with how calm and cooperative Rodel and Ruben have been while so far out of their element! When Rodel is clubfoot free, all the sacrifice will be worth it!
"His skin does not like the constant cast change, we'll give him a little break and keep those casts on for a bit," said Dr. Shelley. Rodel was encouraged to see a glimpse of improvement on his foot even though there's a bit of skin irritation. It's nothing to be worried about, but we still want to make sure that the irritation does not get worse. We will make sure to keep an eye on him as him and Ruben stay in the city. This past weekend, we got to take Rodel and Ruben to church with us, as Ruben learned and read from the book of Ruth using his own Bible. God is truly at work in Rodel's family!
Another cast down for Rodel! He's been patient throughout the process and has been brave during feet adjustment, but he sees that it's all worth it! "We can already tell the difference," Iona, from Cafe Bless, tells us. Here's Rodel with his sweet smile after another cast change! Ruben says there are many kids like Rodel's case in their hometown, so we pray that his healing journey becomes a testament of God's healing power in their lives and that more kids would find healing at Tebow CURE because of it. Please pray that his feet become more flexible in the following days!
We got to go to church with Rodel and the staff from Cafe Bless International this weekend! He had quite a busy week––reading and hanging out at the beach. Iona, a member of Café Bless, told us how going out of the mountain area to the city has been a big deal for Rodel. But little did they know that Rodel being treated is a big deal to us! Even though he’s only going through casting changes for now, we are already gearing his muscles up to become strong in physical therapy, so he will bounce right back into walking once this process is all over!
Rodel and his dad, Ruben, flew into the city today to start his clubfoot treatment. Nurse Jhun explained the process that includes casting for several weeks, surgery, and then bracing. It will be a long process but Rodel is determined to become fully healed! With the new surroundings, Rodel and Raul have enjoyed seeing and exploring new sites in the city with some staff from Cafe Bless International, even if he's rolling around in a wheelchair with casts on. As Rodel starts his journey with us, please pray that he experiences God's love for him as he heals!
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