Guess which adorable toddler is FULLY FUNDED for BOTH of her club foot surgeries with Dr. Bheki?
Oh yes, that would be sweet little Wes! We introduced her in our last Global Giving report.
Thankfully, Wes and mother Nadine are now in a more 'permanent' home after moving around from place to place. We are praying for this same, stable environment to continue during and following both of her surgeries, to help maintain the pair's physical comfort and emotional support during this time of change.
From Stephanie, on the ground in Haiti: Wes is defined by joy every time I see her lately. She has reverted to the happy self she was when I first met her over 6 months ago. Wes loves saying 'dadada', occasionally 'mama', and a 'bah' sound when she comes over to kiss you. Her emotions are finely in tune with her mother's; her joy is an indicator that Nadine is also doing well. We are all encouraged by the investment of time, talent and prayers being poured into and over them! I'm always on the edge of my seat as I observe her unbalanced walk. Each step is a near fall as she does her best to move around. I just love her perseverance and know that this strong personality will endure these surgeries and rehabilitation! We are prayerfully looking forward to surgery number one and watching God's plan emerge for her.The Red Thread is anxiously awaiting the date for Wes's surgery. Dr. Bheki's surgical team has been delayed in their travels due to the violence and unrest in Haiti. Not only are we concerned for the safety of the incoming team, but also for Wes, her mother and travelling companions as they move into Port-au-Prince for the procedure. Of course, we will let you know as soon as those arrangments are made and Wes's first foot is corrected.
Although Wes is fully funded, there are SO many children just like her that are still in need of surgery. Donations are still being accepted in Wes's honor. Your continued support is deeply appreciated by those who will receive treatment due to your generosity. Please share this report with friends and family so they can follow Wes's story as it unfolds.
THANK YOU! We couldn't do it without you.
You have supported precious children in China over the last several years. You should be justifiably proud of:
- funding the hospital stay and ongoing care of little WZX, who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus
- providing monthly care for ZZT following surgery for hydrocephalus
- supporting JH following tethered cord surgery
- donating to give monthly care to DXX (now Charlet, who has found a forever family in the U.S.), who was born with spina bifida and hydrocephalus
- contributing to monthly care for WXR, who had surgery for spina bifida and serial castings for club foot.
These children will carry your love and care with them in their healthier, stronger bodies for the rest of their lives.
As we're sure you realize, a liaison and communications link is a vital part of getting these children the surgeries and follow-up care they need. At this time, that link is no longer in place; we are closing out this project with the fervent hope that we will re-establish a liaison. When we do, we know that you, our partners, will join our effort again.
Life is different with Kyle. It’s a kind of different that many other families understand, though. And those are the families Jacob’s Fund serves.
As a supporter of Jacob’s Fund‘s project, “Give Equine Therapy to Children with Disabilities,” we know that you like to keep up with “our kids" because your heart is with these families as well.
Kyle is one of “our kids;” he receives hippotherapy at Hilltop Equestrian Center in West Alexandria, Ohio.
Kyle is 8-1/2, but his severe autism means he and his entire family are “stuck in toddlerhood.” He’s still nonverbal and, though a tall boy from two tall parents, he still needs his diapers changed. Unable to communicate, he often becomes frustrated.
Stressful? Yes. Challenging? Certainly. And to be honest, sometimes sad.
But Kyle isn’t a burden, as his mom, Kelli explains. Her blog about life with Kyle is titled “Not Just Anyone” because Kyle is not just anyone, but an exceptional blessing.
So what has your support for this exceptional blessing meant over the last year and a half, and what does it mean as he continues hippotherapy at Hilltop Equestrian Center?
Well, we’re rooting for Kyle to become verbal, both for the delight of hearing him communicate and because it will greatly lower his frustration level. And since he’s been receiving hippotherapy, he’s begun to enjoy vocalization and he has started to refer to people and objects using the same vocalization each time. He’s also recently learned to wave “Bye.”
Hippotherapy reinforces Kyle’s learning at his new school for children with autism. Amy, his therapist, is excited about Kyle’s progress. “He’s made so much progress! Especially with sequencing and attention to task. Now we’re working on letter identification.”
Kyle is delighted by his favorite videos, riding under bridges and through tunnels, eating pizza, laughing and screaming as his family makes calls on him with the referee penalty flag he got for Christmas. He enjoys his special needs Sunday School class (and the elevator ride he takes to get there). And he delights in giving hugs and affection, sitting on Mom and Dad’s laps. When Daddy tickles him and “wrestles” with him, his laughter delights his family as well.
And he’s a speed demon, always wanting his horse to go faster. Amy, his therapist, has had to change his horse because he needed more horsepower.
Kyle’s progress is exciting. His continued hippotherapy is an essential part of his ability to make gains with verbal, mental, and musculoskeletal skills.
Your support helps Kyle move forward, be it with the great speed that Kyle loves to ride or in smaller increments. You plan an important role as you continue to support Kyle and all our Jacob’s Fund kids.
We’d love to hear your ideas on how we can work together to reach more people like you, who support children with disabilities through hippotherapy and therapeutic riding. Just click the Comment button and give us your ideas.