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“I am in fourth grade right now and Filipino. Social Studies and Science are my favorite subjects!” Khienze tells us proudly. As young as he is, he already has big ambitions. “I want to become a cop so that I can defend and protect those who … Read more
“I am in fourth grade right now and Filipino. Social Studies and Science are my favorite subjects!” Khienze tells us proudly. As young as he is, he already has big ambitions. “I want to become a cop so that I can defend and protect those who are helpless!” he tells us.
At first glance, you would think that Khienze is the shy, quiet type of kid but once you get him talking, he can be very chatty! Khienze has been under the care of his loving grandparents, Liza and Heracleo, since he was very young. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, they took on the role of raising Khienze and showering him the care and love he needs! “Khienze has been with us since he was two years old. Initially, we did not see any problem with his legs, not until he started walking when he was four,” Grandma Liza told us. “We eventually noticed when he started going to daycare that he couldn’t stand up and balance without reaching for the walls and chairs for support."
Growing up, Khenzie has had challenges and hurtful experiences due to his legs. “I am not able to run as fast as the other kids because I easily trip. Some of the kids would also call me 'bakol' (crippled) and punch me,” he shares with us. “We also hear other people discouraging us from sending him to school because they think it would only be 'useless' because of his condition,” Heracleo adds.
As much as Khenzie’s grandparents wanted to find treatment and means to help their grandson, they were not able to do so because of financial difficulties. Given that Liza is a housewife and Heracleo is a coco farmer, making ends meet can be difficult. “We tried to exhaust all means to get him the treatment he needs. He was prescribed to wear braces but it costs much more than we could pay. We even went to quack doctors here and there, but it was hopeless,” Liza shared.
Thankfully, Liza heard about Tebow CURE from one of her relatives who has received treatment and they found their way here! “We have long prayed for this opportunity and we are grateful for this institution. We just want him to be treated and have a better way of life. We want for him to be successful in the future,” Liza tell us. Together with your support, we can help Khienze live his best life through life-changing surgery!
Khienze's progress has been impressive! He is now able to walk with more speed and balance. Doctor Jun advised Khienze to go on a dip in a pool or beach to further strengthen his feet muscles. We praise God for this great news and we thank all of you for your support! We will see him again during school break!
Khienze finally had his casts removed in clinic today! The vibrating sensation from the cast cutter made him a little uncomfortable but he managed to go through the removal without flinching! Afterwards, he visited physical therapy together with Grandma Liza and Granpa Heracleo where they were taught some stretching and strengthening exercises! Please pray that Khienze’s legs will gain strength over time so he can get back to standing and walking in no time!
Thank God it’s Friday and thank God, Khienze is finally set to go home! “I loved my stay here in the hospital!” he told us happily. Before we parted ways, Child Mentor Patricia spent time with Khienze and read him your get well messages. This put a smile on Khienze's face and reminded him that he is celebrated and loved by a lot of people! Afterwards, we said goodbye to him and his grandparents. We look forward to seeing Khienze again in 4 weeks!
We were hoping to see Khienze back in the playroom today but he decided to stay in his room and watch videos while he recovers. As he was resting, Khienze was also able to hear God’s Word and listened to the story of the ten lepers healed by Jesus. In the story, only one of the ten lepers went back to Jesus and thanked Him for his healing. This led Khienze to the realization that he has to thank the Lord for everything that He has done in his life, most especially his successful surgery. Afterwards, Khienze committed not just his healing but his life to Jesus! We prayed for him and celebrated with him as he starts his walk in Christ!
The OR is Khienze's least favorite place at his "new home" here at Tebow CURE. But no worries, he's only spending a couple of hours here for surgery and he is asleep most of the time! Our medical staff is currently working on rearranging and lengthening some of Kienze's tendons which will give him more stability as he walks. Though it's going to take a lot of time in therapy until he gets there, we pray that Khienze recovers well after surgery!
Khienze and his grandparents found their way here at Tebow CURE with the help of CUREkid Kyla and Mommy Evelyn. They were here during Kyla’s follow up last week and they were also given the opportunity to receive the same treatment and healing Kyla did! Now, he is back in preparation for his surgery tomorrow. Khienze spent some time adjusting to his “new home” for the next couple of days and spent some time in the playroom. We ask that you pray for Khienze and his grandparents as they surrender Khienze’s healing to the hands of God and the doctors tomorrow!
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