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“Shane is very obedient. It’s one of my favorite things about her. We’re very close. I’ve raised her since she was six months old, when her parents separated. Her mom has another family, and dad works in Manila as a guard. She is an only ch… Read more
“Shane is very obedient. It’s one of my favorite things about her. We’re very close. I’ve raised her since she was six months old, when her parents separated. Her mom has another family, and dad works in Manila as a guard. She is an only child, and will be starting Grade 5 soon. She started school early, and is one of the youngest in her class!” Grandma Alicia tells us proudly about her granddaughter Shane.
”We live eight hours north of Davao, but we have been able to stay with my sister who lives nearby for the past few months. Shane has had five castings already, and now it’s time for surgery. Her foot has never been checked by a doctor before.” Alicia continues.
Although Shane tells us that it’s “hard to walk sometimes”, and “I want to wear sandals!”, she hasn’t let her clubfoot hold her back. “I like school, especially Filipino. My best friends at school are Sheena, Princess, and Angela. We like to read together. When I grow up, I want to be a doctor so I can help kids.” We’re sure with her drive, any goals she makes are within her grasp, and we are thankful to our donors that help make it even easier!
Shane made the long trip back to Davao for her cast removal today! Her cousin was on hand to capture it all on video, so he could send it to Shane’s dad who works in Manila. When asked, Grandma Alicia couldn’t remember how many casts Shane has gone thru, but knew it was “a lot!” Fortunately, “a lot”, which turned out to be six casts, means that she’s done with wearing them, this was her final removal! She did some stretching in physical therapy, but wasn’t quite ready to take those first steps yet. We’ll see her back soon, and we have no doubt she’ll be back on two feel by then!
All of Shane’s hard work paid off again today when she was discharged to go home! After a few months of staying locally, she and Alicia get to go to their true home, eight hours north of Davao. Hopefully Shane can get registered for school while they’re back, her biggest wish at the moment, and we’ll see them again next month!
Alicia appeared distressed yesterday after Shane’s cast removal. We asked what was wrong, and she sighed, “They can’t do surgery, because her foot’s not straight yet!” She misunderstood the purpose of the castings, which is to get the foot in a good position, not a perfect position, and thought that all their hard work had gone to waste. We reassured her that they were fine, and that surgery would finish the awesome job they had done so far. After a successful surgery today, Alicia will be happy to know that all their hard work has indeed paid off, and Shane’s clubfoot is history! It takes a lot of trust for our patients and their families to allow us to treat them, and we’re so thankful that they do, because it leads to success stories like this!
Shane will have surgery tomorrow! She had her fifth cast removed, so she gets a bit of relief from wearing one until after surgery. She’s a little disappointed that she will miss the first day of school enrollment, she already can’t wait to get back to school! The family has made sacrifices all around. Alicia tells us, “We weren’t able to vote this year, because we were away from home.” Healing involves the entire family, and we’re grateful that Alicia is willing to do whatever is needed to help Shane be clubfoot free!
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