Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Happy Easter!

Jésus ressuscité
Seek Him not among the dead: He is risen 
as He said... Alleluia! 

There were three baptisms on Easter Eve.
A 16 year old patient received her first Communion.


In the tender compassion of our God
 the Dawn from on high shall break upon us
 to shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death 
and to guide our feet into the way of peace....  

Thank you for your prayers and continued support to the mission!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Surgery on Good Friday

We had been waiting for the right time for the final surgery that would remove the mass from Jane's face. The neurosurgeon in Davao who first operated on her advised us to wait, saying the time has not yet come.  

On March 20, 2013, we visited her because she had been complaining of headache and had developed fever.  We brought her to a local neurosurgeon who said she needed surgery because the CT scan suggested that there might be something wrong with the VP shunt.  The neurosurgeon said he would also like to remove the mass on her face.  The plan was that she would be discharged from the hospital with a replaced shunt and without the facial mass.  We asked Jane to pray for the success of her surgery and for the conversion of sinners.  The preoperative x-ray showed pneumonia so she had to be treated first before being cleared for surgery.  On Good Friday, she was brought to the operating table for the replacement of her shunt.  The neurosurgeon could not completely remove the old shunt so he simply cut it and scheduled Jane for another surgery.

On the eve of Easter, she was wheeled back to the operating room.  An abdominal incision was done to remove the other part of the shunt that had migrated through her peritoneum and attached to her intestine.  Her peritoneum had to be cleaned and repaired.

Since her birth 4 years ago, she had already gone through 4 major surgeries.  Yet the mass on her face remains.  Her new neurosurgeon would like her to recover first from her recent surgeries before operating on her face.  She is usually a cheerful girl but this time she barely smiles.  She is still in pain.  We hope to see her smile again soon.  May her little sacrifices be acceptable to God.  Please help us pray for her intention.