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“Philip is a sweet boy. Sometimes when we don’t get along or I reprimand him, he would immediately give me a hug and a kiss and apologize right away. This melts my heart and I couldn’t stand getting upset at him for so long,” Mommy Tessie t… Read more
“Philip is a sweet boy. Sometimes when we don’t get along or I reprimand him, he would immediately give me a hug and a kiss and apologize right away. This melts my heart and I couldn’t stand getting upset at him for so long,” Mommy Tessie tells us about her relationship with her son, Philip.
Philip is a ten year old boy who has a zest for life. He is so passionate about living to the fullest and it is evident in how he tells us about his interests and likes! Drawing, writing, learning mathematics, singing in church choir, and chatting with his friends Angel, Johnny Boy and Anna are just some of his preoccupations!
At first glance, Philip may seem to be just like other kids his age but unlike the rest, he finds it more difficult to walk and do certain activities because of his left foot. “We have observed that Philip has a hard time walking and balanacing when he was two years old,” shares Tessie. Philip has a condition called a “tendon contracture” wherein his tendon is tight, causing him to walk on tiptoe. “We also did not bother seeking medical treatment anymore because aside from lacking financial resources, we would hear discouraging remarks from others. They would tell us, 'Do not try to change what God has given you. If God gave you a son with a disability, so be it.’” she adds. Due to his condition, Philip would often feel rejection and isolation from kids his age. “Others would call me “kimpang” (lame) or they would exclude me from joining dance presentations,” Philip shares.
Little did Philip know, his situation would change when one day, he was seen by a provincial government worker while playing. "The worker went to our house and told us that Tebow CURE Hospital will hold a mobile screening in our city and my son can be given an opportunity for treatment. We were so happy when Philip was enlisted to come to your hospital for surgery!" shares Tessie, recounting their experience.
With your continued support and partnership in what we do, we can all help give Philip a chance to live his life to the fullest through life changing surgery and sustainable treatment!
Philip’s eyes were red and swollen when we met him this morning. “He has had his last medication at 3 am that’s why he is crying,” explained Tessie. Thankfully, the nurses gave him his next dose to ease the pain not long after. When he was feeling much better, he visited Physical Therapy where he was taught how to use crutches. He will not be allowed to put his full weight on his casted leg yet so he will need to walk with some support and assistance. Afterwards, Philip and Tessie were told the good news that they can now go back home! The nurses gave them Philip’s medication, they packed their bags, and went back home with joy and thanksgiving in their hearts! Philip will see us again next month to check in with us!
Philip's procedure was quicker than his trip to Davao. Dr. Jun took a couple minutes to lengthen Philip's Achilles tendon, so his foot can now rest flat. Philip's foot has been wrapped up in a cast, but when in comes off in a few weeks, he won't have to tip toe around anymore! Though it may seem like a minor surgery, every procedure that a child goes through is a big deal, leading to a transformed life physically and spiritually! We pray to be able to encourage Philip as he heals!
We met Philip and Tessie 3 months ago during our mobile screening in their hometown and finally, after 9 long hours of traveling, they have arrived at Tebow CURE! Although tired and exhausted, they are all smiles and excited for Philip's surgery. Please remember to keep them in your prayers that they will experience God's peace as they go down the OR tomorrow!
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