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Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children

by Cast Your Nets Ministry Inc
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Life Changing Care for Disabled Filipino Children
Princess Claire and her Mother
Princess Claire and her Mother

Dear Friends and Supporters: 

We are very excited at Cast Your Nets Ministry as this Friday, September 13th, two of our children will be travelling to Davao for life changing medical procedures.   Paul John and Princess Claire will go to Tebow Cure Hospital where they will receive prosthetic legs provided by Limb Kind Foundation from Oceanside, NY.  The Limb Kind Team will be travelling to Davao to provide and fit prosthetic limbs for disabled children in the Philippines.  

Princess Claire 

Princess Claire is a precious 10-year-old girl that we met at our clinic in February of this year.  She is from the city of Bayawan on Negros Island and she was born with two incomplete legs which ended just below her knees.  She has lived her whole life with this condition, her family made her leg covers which pad the end of her legs and enable her to stand without feet.  This prosthesis will allow her to walk and experience life at the same height as all her schoolmates and friends.  We are excited to see the progress she makes with her new prosthetic legs! 

Paul John 

Paul John is a 14-year-old boy who lives in the mountain town of Mabinay, Negros Oriental.  When he was 9 years old, he was walking home after school and decided to wait for some friends.  He sat on a roadside guard railing as he had done many times before, but this time a large sugarcane truck came by and lost control and hit the railing and dragged Paul John for about 100 feet underneath the truck.  This resulted in the amputation of his leg very near his hip.  When he got out of the hospital, his mother vowed to him that she would become his second leg and do everything she could to help him.  We met Paul John and his mother about two years ago and we have looking for the opportunity to get him fitted with a prosthetic leg.  

We are so thankful for the opportunity The Tebow Cure Hospital and Limb Kind Foundation have given us to help him and Princess Claire!  We want to say Thank You to our donors, with your donations we are able to provide transportation for these children and their guardians to receive this life changing treatment.  Stay tuned for follow up reports on these two children when they return!

Paul John and his Mother
Paul John and his Mother
Paul John
Paul John
Princess Claire
Princess Claire
At Cebu Airport
At Cebu Airport

To Our Friends and Supporters.

On May 26th, we began our journey from Dumaguete City, to Davao, Mindanao with four children and guardians headed to The Tebow Cure Hospital.  Our patients were Michael, Jolls, Jolika, and Mark, each of whom we met at our clinic on February 1, 2019.  The group was led by Rhonda Jurasinski of Cast Your Nets Ministry, and Tricia Maceren of Bear Much Fruit Ministry in Dumaguete. 

Travel to Davao

The group met on the evening of May 26th in Dumaguete and proceeded to the port where they boarded the overnight ferry to Cebu.  Upon arrival in Cebu, the group met our driver and was transported to breakfast and then to a local mall to hang out and have lunch as their flight to Davao was scheduled late that afternoon.  After lunch, they were driven to the Cebu airport where they caught their flight to Davao and arrived in Davao around 5:30 PM.  They were met at the Davao airport by one of our partner ministries, Seeds of Dignity, and were transported for dinner and then to check-in at Tebow Cure Hospital.

Treatment and Surgery

On Tuesday, each child was examined and evaluated for surgery by the medical staff at the hospital.  Jolls and Mark each suffered from elbow problems that impaired the use of one arm.  Michael had one leg that was shorter than the other due to a motorcycle accident he was involved in several years ago.   Jolika’s case was the most involved, she was born with web fingers, and with one leg that was deformed and had only grown to a few inches below the knee and no foot.  Surgery was scheduled on Wednesday for all four children.

Both Mark and Jolls received successful surgery on their elbows, after appropriate recuperation time both should be fine and regain use of their arms.  Jolika had here fingers separated, and leg stump modified for a prosthetic leg in the future, we will be scheduling her for a return visit as soon as her stump heals properly. Michael received successful surgery to straighten his leg and insert some metal parts in his knee.  Michael needed to stay 2 weeks longer for additional needs.

After a day of recuperation on Thursday, the patients were released on Friday, May 31st for travel back to Dumaguete City.  

Follow-up

We will continue to monitor each patient to insure they receive the proper follow up care.  In addition, we will be scheduling Jolika for a return visit to The Tebow Cure Hospital for fitting of a prosthetic leg so she can begin to walk like other kids her age.  Michael is staying in Davao until June 15th to monitor his healing, begin physical therapy and have follow up X-Rays to plan his next surgery to complete the process. Overall, it was a very successful trip for these children, and they will be able to lead more productive and normal lives as they mature.  We are currently planning more trips in the future and we will continue to keep you informed as they happen.

Many thanks to all our supporters and donors for making this possible!

Selfie on Plane
Selfie on Plane
Arrival at Davao Airport
Arrival at Davao Airport
Smiling after surgery
Smiling after surgery
Leaving Tebow Cure Hospital
Leaving Tebow Cure Hospital
Arrived back home on Negros Island
Arrived back home on Negros Island

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Our Children for Travel in May
Our Children for Travel in May

Hello Again from Negros Island, Philippines.

We have been very busy classifying and prioritizing the 50 plus eligible children that came to our clinic in February.  We have received input from medical professionals, our partner agencies, and the families themselves to select our first group of children for travel to the Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao.

Prioritization Process

Out of the 88 cases we saw at our clinic, approximately 50 of those are eligible for treatment with surgery or casting.  We are working with the Cure Hospital organization to establish a community-based casting clinic for the 20 plus children we have that were born with clubfoot disorder.  This will take 4-6 months to establish so we have chosen to wait on treatment for these children until this is up and running, more on this later.  Out of the remaining children, we have now selected four children for travel to Davao on May 24th.  We will have two children with elbow issues, one with a leg deformity caused by a motorcycle accident when he was a child, and one child with web hands, and in need of a stump preparation for a prosthetic leg.  We have also begun selecting children for a second trip in June or early July.

We have purchased tickets for air travel for all our May cases and planned for additional sea and land travel for the trip.  In addition, we have assisted in airfare for one case to travel to Davao for a one on one assessment by the doctors prior to surgery.  We have also purchase government sponsored health insurance for two families as is our agreement with our partner.  Once we get these cases to the Tebow Cure Hospital, all treatment is provided free of charge.  Please note that most of these cases were prioritized by age, as most of these children will reach age eighteen soon and would no longer be eligible for free treatment by our partner foundation’s rules.

Community for Clubfoot Based Clinic Children

I mentioned above we have 20+ children with clubfoot disorder that are seeking treatment.  The treatment for clubfoot disorder requires a child be casted and re-casted every week for 4 to 12 weeks prior to surgery.  Currently we would have to bring each child and a caretaker to Davao for this period resulting in an extreme hardship on the family.  Many times, parents and caretakers are forced to deny treatment for their child in favor of care for all the family members.  If we can establish a local clinic, this would cut the time away for treatment from twelve weeks to one week.

The Tebow Cure Hospital is interested in training a casting professional that would be based at a local hospital in Dumaguete.  This week we met with the management of a new medical facility in Dumaguete and discussed this concept.  Later this month, the management of the Tebow Hospital will be sending them a framework for this concept and follow this with a face to face meeting to workout details.  We are praying for a great success here!

Visit from Donors

In April, we were blessed to have a visit from some of our donors and supporters, Mark and Pam.  They were able to visit with most of our partner organizations and many of the children we are working to treat.  It was very heart warming to see them interact with the children and parents first hand.  Thanks Mark and Pam for all you do for us!

Mark and Pam Interact with Children and Parents
Mark and Pam Interact with Children and Parents

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Early Arrivals
Early Arrivals

Hello from Dumaguete City, Philippines! 

On Friday, February 1st, we conducted a medical clinic for physically disabled children in Dumaguete City located on Negros Island in the Philippines.  With the help of our partners, we were able to examine 87 children with a variety of disabilities and began to form a plan of treatment for those that can be helped!

Preparation

Over the last 18 months, we have transported and supported three children to the Tebow Cure Hospital in Davao for surgery to correct orthopedic issues.  During that time, we have worked to build a partnership with the management at the hospital, and they expressed to us their desire to expand their ministry to different islands in the Philippines.  In October, the Director of the Tebow Cure Hospital offered us a chance to partner with them to hold a clinic on the island of Negros.

Once a date was set, we approached two local ministries in the area, Little Children of the Philippines (LCP), and Bear Much Fruit Ministry (BMFM) to help us find children in the area with a need for these services.  Both organizations have a long history of family support in Dumaguete city and the rural areas of Negros Oriental.  We agreed on a sign-up system and developed promotional materials to inform the communities.  Additionally, Cast Your Nets Ministry took on the task of informing local government agencies and to canvass the nearby island of Siquijor.  Through these efforts, we were able to pre-register 85 children for the clinic day.

Clinic Day

The team from Tebow Cure Hospital arrived the day before the clinic and we were able to meet with them at the venue and make final decisions for the clinic process.  We also had the chance to discuss the future of the hospital to expand its services to other areas, and what assistance they could possibly offer us and the children in the future.

On February 1st, patients started arriving around 7:15 am and our volunteers didn’t miss a beat even though we were starting to register 45 minutes early.  The hospital team began to see patients around 8:00 am and worked until 4:15 pm with a short 45-minute lunch break.  As mentioned above, they were able to see and evaluate 87 children and minister to their spiritual and emotional needs.  Of those 87 children, we had several children (around 20) that were born with club foot disorder, several that suffer from cerebral palsy, five or six that will need orthotics or prosthetics due birth defects or accidents, and a variety of other conditions.  Due to planning and organization by all partners, we were able to process those that traveled long distances by bus or ferry and get them back on the road as quickly as possible.  All our partners did a tremendous job and we thank them for their efforts.

Follow-up Plans

Now that the children have been evaluated, we are beginning to work with our local partners, LCP and BMFM, to formulate treatment plans and a schedule for those that require surgery.  We are also engaging in talks with Tebow Cure Hospital to develop an efficient and workable process to treat the large number of children with club feet.  Normally, this is treated with a four to eight-week casting process followed by surgery, and requires the child and a guardian travel to Davao and stay the entire time as the casts are changed each week.  As you can see, this would require a long stay for several people and would cause numerous family issues for those left behind.  No matter the outcome of these talks, it will still be necessary to transport and house several children in Davao for surgery or treatment.  Your donations are so valuable to us in this process!

Thank you for your support!

New Born with Club Feet
New Born with Club Feet
Group From Dauin Waiting to Go Home
Group From Dauin Waiting to Go Home
Our Turn to Go In!
Our Turn to Go In!
Waiting To See Doctor
Waiting To See Doctor
Partners Teaming Together
Partners Teaming Together
 

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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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