Jherwin gets a chance to be a normal little boy
Jherwin was born on January 3, 2017 in a remote village in the Philippines. His parents noticed a small lump on his bottom which was the size of a quarter but there was no hospital in this tiny village. With the support of their community, the family traveled by bus to Naga City to meet with a pediatric surgeon. The small fragile Jherwin needed surgery to remove the lump but his impoverished parents could not afford to pay for the surgery even with help from their friends and family members. They returned home sad and disheartened.
In two short months, the aggressive lump grew to nearly the size of Jherwin’s head. In desperation, Jherwin’s family returned to Naga City and sought help from Queen of Peace Orphanage. Without help and an operation, the mass would continue to grow and Jherwin would be paralyzed.
All Children covered all of the costs related to Jherwin’s urgent surgery and recovery. On March 28, 2017 Jherwin successfully received the surgery that he so desperately needed.
Fast forward to March 2018, Jherwin returned to Queen of Peace for his first annual checkup. All Children’s field consultant Tanya Diaz reported that Jherwin’s improvement is amazing. He is a very active 15-month old who now is able to play with other children.
We will continue to monitor Jherwin’s progress each year and support his journey. Because we care, a child who faced certain paralysis is racing toward a life filled with possibilities.