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“We hoped for a long time for Vience to be healed. I’m so happy to grab this opportunity, we’re so grateful.” Mary Joy tells us through happy tears. There is no translatable word for the joy she expresses, it goes beyond “happy” or even… Read more
“We hoped for a long time for Vience to be healed. I’m so happy to grab this opportunity, we’re so grateful.” Mary Joy tells us through happy tears. There is no translatable word for the joy she expresses, it goes beyond “happy” or even “very happy”, it probably enters “ecstatic!” territory.
Mom Mary Joy continued as she fought back more tears, “I don’t want Vience to be bullied at school. Sometimes he doesn’t want to go, and it’s such a waste because he’s in honors classes. We noticed that his legs were bent when he began to walk. We took him to the local government hospital, but the doctor told us that since they believe it is not inborn, there was nothing they could do. We couldn’t afford treatment anyways. Now, he suffers from pain sometimes, especially after playing. We came to CURE’s mobile clinic near where we live. [CURE Outreach Team members] Alma and Marvin came to our front door to ensure that we could come to clinic, because there were too many people at the clinic before ours, and we weren’t able to be seen. I’m so happy!”
Despite the challenges and bullies in his life, Vience has a soft spot for others, and shows kindness instead of retaliation. “When kids bully me, I just ignore it. I have a lot of friends at school, and I like to give them food. I feel bad for them because they don’t have as much. I’ll going into Grade 4 soon. I like to write, and I try to do whatever the teachers tell me to do. I participate in extra projects at school, like making puppets. When I grow up, I want to be a pilot and fly a really nice plane!”
Vience is equally excited about the prospect of healing. “I want surgery to fix my feet and legs. I play basketball now, but I’ll still play after surgery!” He has a great positive outlook on life, and we’re ecstatic to be a part of God’s plan for him! And, we’re thankful to our outreach team for going the extra mile to make sure that Vience made it to clinic, and healing could begin!
Vience is back together with Mommy Mary Joy and his brother Joshua. His x-ray showed that his bones have healed well and he no longer needs his implants! He will be back in a bit for a quick OR visit to remove the rods in his legs during his school break. For now, Vience will continue to drink calcium and Vitamin D supplements to keep his bones strong and straigth!
It was a fine sight to see Vience smiling and standing tall without any casts and walker today! Doctor Jun showed Vience and Mommy Mary Joy his x-rays and we were all astounded to see his bone growth and straight legs! He will have to continue taking up Vitamin D and calcium supplements to aid his healing and recovery. We are happy to hear that Vience is finally back to his normal routine which includes going back to school and playing with his classmates and friends, all thanks to your partnership in what we do! We will see him again next year to check on his progress!
Vience finally said goodbye to his casts! He shed some tears as he was not used to walking without casts, but with the help and encouragement of our physical therapy interns, Vience faced his fears and started walking like a champ! Mommy Mary Joy was happy to see her son’s progress and was taught some exercises for Vience to practice at home. He will be running and playing in no time thanks to your support and prayers!
Vience got a cast upgrade today! His old casts were transformed into walking casts and he headed straight to physical therapy. Vience shed some tears, but he was brave to stand and get up out of his wheelchair! Six more weeks and we hope to get Vience's casts off completely! Please pray that Vience will be diligent with his exercises at home and become stronger the next time he comes back!
“I was up on the playroom and I am not feeling any pain!” Veince was a lot more chatty today! He’s been using his wheelchair and will continue to do so when he gets home. Thankfully, their local government was able to provide transportation for them! This means he won’t have to squeeze into and deal with public transportation on the way home! God truly provides for all of his needs! Vience caught up reading all of his Get Well messages before headed home. It was encouraging for him to know that there are so many of you helping kids like him to have a life-transforming surgery!
"The pain isn't as bad and he is getting better sleep," was Mary Joy's update for us today. We talked in whispers in the ward as to not wake Vience up. She looked a lot more rested too, which was good. Most of the time, caretakers carry the burden of their children's pain, and we saw that in Mary Joy. With many of the get well messages that you sent for Vience, we told her that people from all over the world are praying for her. Thank you!
It's definitely a "day after surgery" kind of day. Vience is really sore, but he has some of the best medicine available, which is mom Mary Joy. She is doing an amazing job of patiently icing his legs and doing whatever she can to help him feel as comfortable as possible. "He's in pain, but he's getting some sleep" she told us, and we're hoping that she'll get some time to rest soon too! Please keep praying for Vience and Mary Joy as they tackle his healing as a team!
We knew Vience’s surgery was going to be involved when we saw piles of tools and the c-arm x-ray machine in his operating room today! Mary Joy was still excited, but understandably, the nerves began to set in. Anesthesiologist Dr. Cruz comforted her as she stayed with Vience as long as she could. We know that God is our ultimate comforter, but we’re thankful that he has people on earth, like Dr. Cruz, who are a tangible examples of his love for us. Once Vience was sound asleep, Dr. Jun got to work. He made a few cuts in Vience’s lower leg bones, and then inserted straight rods to keep the bones straight as they grow back together. This is the first step of a long road towards healing, but all the hard work will be worth it!
“I couldn’t pass this opportunity up. This is a chance for my son to be healed and I am filled with joy!” Mary Joy told us when we reunited with her and Vience in the ward today since the mobile clinic. She’s grateful to know that there are people supporting them and providing for their needs when she willingly agreed that we can share Vience’s story for all the world to see. Today, Vience walked towards the beginning of his healing journey. Please keep him in your prayers! https://youtu.be/h1_rhrnp8VY
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