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Jhon David's Story

“Just like any other parent that wishes what’s best for their child, I hope and pray for the best for John David,” Mom Roliza tells us.

John David is a sweet boy who loves to play and watch movies. “Batman! Spiderman!” are some of … Read more

“Just like any other parent that wishes what’s best for their child, I hope and pray for the best for John David,” Mom Roliza tells us.

John David is a sweet boy who loves to play and watch movies. “Batman! Spiderman!” are some of his favorite movies to watch! At a very young age, he already knows how to show his love and affection to Mom Roliza and that is one thing she likes about John David!

When John David was born, Roliza was filled with joy and sadness—joy that she finally got to see the baby she had been carrying for 9 months, and sadness since she was told immediately after delivery that her son had clubfeet. “I felt pity for my son that he has to live a difficult life with clubfeet. But I later realized there is more to be grateful to God (for) since John David is so handsome, and he doesn’t have neurological problems,” Roliza recounts her experience.

After having learned about John David’s condition, Roliza felt discouraged since she could not afford to go to a specialist but only relies on her mom, a fish vendor, for her and her kids’ day-to-day living. Just as Roliza was about to lose hope, John David was seen by Seeds of Dignity, a partner organization that refers patients to Tebow CURE Hospital. John David dreams of becoming a pilot someday but for now, we are looking forward to seeing God answer Mom Roliza and John David’s long-term prayer for help and healing!

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Jan 30, 2020

We thought it would be awhile until we hear from Jhon David again, but our friends from Seeds of Dignity (SOD) showed us how he’s doing as they visited him at his home. With his new set of braces, Jhon David is moving faster than he was before. With his grit, SOD thinks he wants to become a wrestler! He’s definitely a character, even at home! We miss having him around, but we’re happy to hear that he’s doing well! Photo of Jhon David

Jan 13, 2020

Jhon David is back after spending the holidays with his family back home. Since he is not the typical clubfoot case, his feet are more prone to turn back in again. He was glad that his casts were finally removed and let out a giggle as Roliza washed his feet! Afterwards, he was given a pair of splint casts while waiting to have his own brace made prevent his clubfoot to relapse! Photo of Jhon David

Dec 13, 2019

We missed this little charmer! David was back this week for a cast change. He’s been complaining about some pain in his left foot. Apparently, he had pus from his wound site but nothing too serious. Doctor Jun advised to have him switch to a short leg cast on his right leg and keep a bandage on his left leg until his wound dries up. Afterward, he was glad to eat Jollibee (local fast food) spaghetti given by our receptionist, Frances. “This is an answered prayer because he’s been pointing to every Jollibee store we pass by on our way here,” Roliza shared. We will see Jhon David next week. Please pray for his wound to dry up and that he can go back home in time for Christmas day! Photo of Jhon David

Nov 08, 2019

Would you look at that grin! It didn’t take long for Jhon David to get back to his normal excited self! God heard our prayers and Jhon David was definitely filled with energy today! In fact, he’s ready to leave, not only to go back to Seeds of Dignity’s care center, but actually all the way home to their island! We gave lots of hugs and hi-fives today as we said goodbye to Jhon David! We will miss having him around but we will see him back just before Christmas. And just to be sure his casts stay until then, we double wrapped them as we hope to see it intact when he comes back! Photo of Jhon David

Nov 07, 2019

It’s a thumb-sucking-stay-in-bed kind of day for Jhon David. He was very uncomfortable with his casts all night so our nurses loosened them up a bit to accommodate the after surgery swelling that was happening which is relatively normal. When he wasn’t feeling any better this morning, he went back down tp the OR for a full on cast change. We think the process worked since he then snoozed all afternoon with mom Roliza. For a kid who is always on-the-go like Jhon David, we understand this part of the process is challenging. Please pray for the pain to go away! Photo of Jhon David

Nov 06, 2019

Jhon David was the first in line to undergo surgery today. As usual, he was super chill and even watched cartoons on his tablet while being wheeled down the OR. Sadly, he couldn’t bring it with him inside so he had to hold off his viewing later. As soon as he started to doze off, the medical team started the surgical procedure with a prayer. Doctor Shelley did a tendon transfer to help make Jhon David’s feet flexible and stay in its proper position. They finished up by putting his feet in casts which need to stay on for six weeks. Please continue to pray for Jhon David’s healing and recovery that he will be one stop closer to being clubfoot-free! Photo of Jhon David

Nov 05, 2019

Jhon David is back for another admission! This afternoon, he was visited by his friends from our partner organization, Seeds of Dignity. He will have another procedure tomorrow to ensure that his clubfoot wouldn’t relapse. For some kids, being hospitalized multiple times can be a traumatic experience but we thank God that this is not the case for Jhon David! Thank you for allowing us to be the second home of kids like Jhon David where they can experience and know Jesus’ love and care for them! Please remember to keep his surgery in your prayers! Photo of Jhon David

Oct 28, 2019

Jhon David is back, this time with no meltdown, as he was back to crawling and playing in the playroom! He was scheduled for another cast change today and did some coloring with Mommy Roliza while waiting for his turn. He will need to undergo a few more cast changes until he can say goodbye to casting for good! Photo of Jhon David

Oct 24, 2019

Don’t be fooled by this grin! Jhon David had a meltdown all morning because he couldn’t get on his feet! Slowing down frustrated him, but it will build some character—patience! Though he was upset, he got over it right away when he went up to the playroom and hung out with our friends from Engineering Ministries International. Jhon David heads back to our partners at Seeds of Dignity today, but he’ll come back to see us again next week! Photo of Jhon David

Oct 23, 2019

“Can I go to the playroom?” was the first question Jhon David asked this morning! However, his playroom visit had to be held off for another time as he is scheduled to visit another place in the hospital today, the OR. Before going inside, Jhon David was calm and relaxed and even showed us a smile! After a tendon release and transfer was done to correct Jhon David’s feet, he was put in casts to ensure that his feet will stay upright and in place as he heals. We thank God for the successful surgery and we thank God for people like you who constantly support and pray for Jhon David during his healing journey! Photo of Jhon David

Oct 22, 2019

After multiple cast changes and weekly visits in the playroom, Jhon David is now admitted and all set for his second surgery! He spent the whole day hanging out and playing in different spots at the hospital -- CUREkid Ara Jane’s room, Physical Therapy, Playroom, you name it! “I will let him play all he wants because tomorrow after surgery will be a different case,” Roliza told us. We ask that you include Jhon David and Roliza in your prayers that they will continually experience God’s peace and claim God’s promise of healing in their lives. Photo of Jhon David

Oct 07, 2019

While waiting for Nurse Ken to remove his casts, Jhon David was busy tinkering with the cutter and making some buzzing sounds while pretending to split his casts in half! We are pretty proud of Jhon David for how far he’s come in his treatment! He has had his final cast change today and will be given a schedule for his second surgery in the next couple of weeks! Photo of Jhon David

Sep 30, 2019

Jhon David has been with us for a pretty looong time already and by now, he’s probably been to every corner of the hospital. Today, his (casted) feet and toy car led him to the function room where he enjoyed eating his hard boiled egg while waiting for his turn in clinic for his eighth cast change. Today, they were told the news that Jhon David will only need to have one more cast change until his surgery! Please continue to pray for Jhon David and Roliza that they will continue to entrust Jhon David’s healing to God as they prepare for his second OR visit! Photo of Jhon David

Sep 23, 2019

Despite being put in casts, Jhon David is unstoppable! We saw him this morning with his casts all brittle and soft on the knee part, a sign that he has been crawling and playing too much! He showed us a smile while enjoying his time in the playroom and proceeded with his usual cast changes no sweat! So far, Jhon David has been positive and happy all throughout his treatment, thanks to your prayers and support! Photo of Jhon David

Sep 16, 2019

Jhon David has had his fourth cast change today and switched from his regular green-colored casts to purple ones! So far, Jhon David’s feet are responding well to the weekly casts. As the cliche goes, “Good things take time” and we admire Jhon David and Roliza’s perseverance as they patiently pray and wait for Jhon David’s complete healing. Please include Jhon David and Roliza in your prayers for their family back home and that they will also be safe while they are away. Photo of Jhon David

Sep 09, 2019

Jhon David was pretty chill observing Nurse Jhun remove his casts, which is surprising since most kids his age are terrified of the cast cutter. While waiting for his cast change, he spent his time in the playroom! So far, Jhon David’s treatment is going very well! Photo of Jhon David

Sep 02, 2019

“Jhon David was complaining about some itching and discomfort last week,” Mommy Roliza told us. Although it is hard for toddlers to adjust of having their feet in casts, Jhon David is blessed to be surrounded by people who encourage him and “distract” him from this transition! Geraldine and Mommy Roliza huddled around him and cheered him on as he had his casts changed today! Afterwards, he spent some time playing and making friends in the playroom! Photo of Jhon David

Aug 29, 2019

Jhon David headed straight to the playroom, first thing in the morning today! He had a good time playing with Geraldine from Seeds of Dignity just before he heard the good news that his incisions have healed and he is able to start with his weekly casting for his clubfoot. Although the healing process might take a while, Jhon David is not bothered at all since this means he gets to have more playtime in the playroom! Photo of Jhon David

Aug 19, 2019

“Hey! Come here! Let’s play!”, Jhon David exclaimed while inviting us to “cook” and “drive” with him in the playroom. Although he was back earlier than expected, it was a good thing that they went to clinic and Doctor Shelley was able to check on his sutures. We were pleased to hear that Jhon David’s wounds are healing up and Mommy Roliza was reminded to keep an eye on Jhon David if he starts tinkering with his leg and finger. We thank all of you for praying for Jhon David’s successful first procedure and we ask that you continue praying for him as he starts with his clubfoot treatment through casting next week! Photo of Jhon David

Aug 15, 2019

Jhon David was trying to suck his operated finger last night! Good thing Nurse Aileen secured his bandage and gave him a pacifier instead to keep Jhon David from tinkering with his newly operated finger. He spent this morning hanging out in the playroom watching “Ice Age” and, not long after, we said goodbye to him! He will be staying at the lodging house provided by our partner organization, Seeds of Dignity and we will see him again in two weeks. Please pray for his healing and recovery so he could start with his clubfoot treatment! Photo of Jhon David

Aug 14, 2019

Today is finally the day Mom Roliza and John David have been waiting for! Although there were some tears while going down the OR, John David finally calmed down and dozed off! Doc Shelley decided to work on the amniotic band releases on John David’s finger on his left hand and left leg first before correcting his club feet. This was done by making an incision and removing the abnormal tissues that constrict John David’s limbs, allowing his fingers and legs to stop swelling and grow back to normal over time. Once Doc Shelley was done, she put John David’s leg in a splint to keep the bandage in place. After he has healed for a couple of weeks, John David will undergo series of casting to treat his club feet. Although the process is long, we are thankful that John David is one step closer to his healing! We thank all of you for praying! Photo of Jhon David

Aug 13, 2019

We were glad to see John David at Tebow CURE Hospital this morning! We saw him hanging out inside the closet as he was getting himself acquainted with his “new home” for the next couple of days. He also had a visitor this morning which he wasn’t so happy about. Che took some blood tests of John David to make sure he is ready for his surgery tomorrow. There was some crying, but John David was back to his happy self watching cartoons in no time! We ask that you cover him and Mom Roliza in prayer as they trust God for John David’s healing! Photo of Jhon David

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