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Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020

by Cast Your Nets Ministry Inc
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020
Life Changing Care for 20 Filipino Kids in 2020

Ministry Update During Corona Virus Crisis

Greeting from The Philippines!

Effects of Corona Virus on Ministry Efforts

As we mentioned in our update of February 26th, we “partially” completed our first surgical trip in early February.  I say partially because we traveled to Davao with four children, all received necessary surgery but two children from the same family had to remain in Davao for follow up treatment and therapy.  The two children that travelled home to Dumaguete are doing fine, both have had their casts removed and are currently receiving physical therapy at our partner organization, Little Children of The Philippines.

The Maghanoy family (mother, father, and two teenage children) who we left in Davao have now been stranded there due to community and island shutdowns throughout the Philippines due to the spread of the corona virus.  The family was due to fly back to Dumaguete around early March, but by that time most inter-island passenger travel had been restricted to prevent spread of the virus.  In one way, the boys have benefitted due to the time extension in Davao as they were able to receive addition medical attention and physical therapy at Tebow Cure Hospital, but that now has been shut down.  This is causing emotional and financial stress on all concerned.  Cast Your Nets Ministry is supporting the family remaining on Siquijor with food and monetary support during this time.  We are also sending financial support to the NGO where they are housed to help offset their food and transportation costs.  Moreover, the family is just tired and wants to come home, but it looks like they may have at least another month before things improve.  Please pray for the Maghanoy family and their well being through this tough time.

Also, we have currently paused all planning for future trips until we have a clear picture of post-corona virus situation.

Progress on Clubfoot Clinic

During our clinic in Dumaguete in February 2019, we identified 19 children that were born and now living with Club Foot Disorder.  As the current treatment for this involves four to eight weeks of serial casting, followed by surgery, this would require at least a two to three month stay in Davao which would prove to be a great hardship on most families. We have been working with the management of the Tebow Cure Hospital to find a location for a casting clinic in the Dumaguete area.  With that, we could do all the pre-surgical casting in Dumaguete and limit the time away for surgery only, usually just one week.  On February 26th, the Director of the Tebow Cure Hospital travelled to Dumaguete and we met with him and our partners at Little Children of The Philippines and we identified a location on their property for our clinic.  We discussed modifications for the facility and key issues about management of the clinic and a verbal agreement was reached.  We now are in search of a qualified person to train for this task.  We are very excited as this brings us one step closer to making this a reality.

Thanks to all who have donated to us and please rest assured that we are taking all precautions necessary to keep the ministry functioning through this difficult period.  Please keep us in your prayers!

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Greeting from the Philippines!

Travel

On February 2nd, we began our first trip to the Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao city.  We escorted four children and their parents for surgery which will give them hope to walk and improve their lives.  Our patients were brothers Jiu (15 years), Jairus (10 years), Ryan Paul (7 years), and Angel Marie (4 years), each suffers from cerebral palsy to various degrees.  

Sunday afternoon we joined Jiu and Jairus at their home in Siquijor where we travelled to the port of Larena and ferried to Dumaguete. In Dumaguete, we met with Ryan Paul, Angel Marie and their mothers for a light dinner and escorted them back to the Dumaguete port.  From there, we boarded the mid-night ferry to Cebu.  We arrived in Cebu on Monday around seven in the morning and took a shuttle to the airport to eat breakfast and catch our flight to Davao.  We arrived in Davao around two in the afternoon and were picked up by one of our partners and shuttled to the Tebow Cure Hospital for check in.  All went well and all our patients were in their rooms by three o’clock.  Later that evening, each child was examined in preparation for surgery.

Surgery

On Tuesday, Dr. Valera began performing surgery on our children, Angel Marie was first starting at eight o’clock and followed by Ryan Paul, then Jairus and then Jiu.  By four o’clock all the children were finished with their procedures and were back in their rooms, much to the relief of their parents.  There were a few minor complications during surgery and recovery, but nothing of great significance and all the procedures were successful.  Angel Marie and Ryan Paul were laughing and playing by days end, Jiu and Jairus took a little longer as they had their procedures later in the day and their surgeries were more complex.

Follow-up and Return Travel 

All the children spent Wednesday and Thursday in the hospital, and all were checked out on Friday.  Due to the complexity of their surgeries and the need for follow up visits at the hospital, Jiu and Jairus are required to remain in Davao for five to six weeks.  They were transported to a local non-profit agency for care and housing during this period and this agency will also transport them for follow up visits with the hospital.   We are anticipating that the medical staff will soon be removing their surgical casts and support rods and fit the boys with walking casts so they may become mobile and be able to travel back to Siquijor in mid-March.  We have kept in touch with Jiu and Jairus’ parents and have had to assist them with some healing concerns.  Thanks to Tebow hospital for being so responsive and assisting the families with these problems.  We hope to finalize plans for their return home in the next couple of weeks.

Ryan Paul and Angel Marie spent Friday night at the hospital and were moved to a hotel on Saturday.  We took them to a local mall which they enjoyed very much! On Sunday morning, we caught an early flight back to Cebu City.  From there, we took a five-hour shuttle ride to Santander port where we took a short ferry ride back to Dumaguete.  Ryan Paul and Angel were reunited with their families and went home to prepare for school on Monday. In the upcoming weeks we will be taking them to a local surgeon to have all their casts removed so they can resume physical therapy.  We will keep you posted on their progress.

We want to say Thank You to all our donors for making these life changing procedures possible for these needy children and families!

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Cast Your Nets Ministry Inc

Location: The Woodlands, TX - USA
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Project Leader:
Joel Jurasinski
The Woodlands, TX United States
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