Tebow gives 5-Y-O burn victim newfound hope

Friday, August 11, 2017
Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Tim Tebow headshotThe Tebow CURE Hospital in the Philippines has provided miraculous healing that other local medical facilities could not offer for a five-year-old girl who was severely burned when her house accidently burned down several years ago.

The tragic fire drastically changed Jocy’s life forever – as well as the lives of her entire family – when she was caught in flames accidently spread by one of her older sisters who was playing with a broom.

“The flame quickly spread to a nearby bed and the mosquito net above, which then spread to the rest of the house, burning it to the ground,” the Tim Tebow Foundation recounted last week. “Her sister escaped with minor burns, but unfortunately Jocy didn’t get out before suffering severe burns to her arms and back.”

Bringing hope where the was none …

Unfortunately, the Tebow CURE Hospital was not around yet – being built in Davao City, Philippines, in 2014 – so the best care local hospitals had to offer was topical treatment for her severe wounds.

“The family rushed her to the emergency room, but all the local clinic could do was apply ointment to the burns,” the Foundation’s account of the incident continued. “Without proper treatment, her burned skin contracted as it healed, leaving her arms and hands severely deformed.”

Years of hopelessness ensued, as relatives and doctors alike were prepared to watch Jocy suffer through lifelong struggles brought on from her burn injuries.

“For the next three years, the family had just accepted that Jocy might never go to school, and might never ride a bike,” the report informed. “All of the doctors they saw were not able to help her – and even if they had been, the family could not afford the cost.”  

However, the hopelessness lifted when a local charity informed the family about the new hospital former NFL star and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Tim Tebow built in Davao City – made possible with funds from his Tim Tebow Foundation.

“Jocy was admitted to the Tebow CURE Hospital and underwent an intensive burn repair surgery,” the Christian charity informed. “After healing and physical therapy, Jocy is now able to use her shoulders and arms. She is able to color and draw and ride a bike … one of her greatest desires.”

Jocy’s mother, Judith, is now beside herself with joy, seeing her daughter able to enjoy the things in life that she was only able to watch from the sidelines before her treatment.

“Now, I can see Jocy’s very happy,” she told the Christian nonprofit. “She’s happy all the time.”

Celebrating life and healing

Tebow – who is currently playing for a minor league club in Major League Baseball’s New York Mets’ organization – is the is founder and chairman of the Tim Tebow Foundation. After doctors at a hospital in the Philippines advised his missionary mother to abort him as a preborn baby due to complications in her pregnancy, Tebow has been a devout pro-life advocate who strives to help afflicted and physically challenged children receive physical and spiritual healing.

“We want to fight for kids, like Jocy, who can’t fight for themselves, because every single person is worth it” the professional athlete shared on his foundation’s website. “They are worth love – they are worth us giving what we have for them.”

He wants his hospital to be a beacon of Jesus Christ’s love and healing for the entire South Pacific island nation.

“Ultimately, what is more important? … What is going to be bigger?” Tebow continued. “What is going to be better than giving someone hope, and that is what is happening every day at the Tebow CURE Hospital.”

The Tebow CURE Hospital has performed more than 1,230 life-transforming surgeries since its opening in December 2014 for Filipino children whose parents were unable to pay for the care they desperately needed – care that ranges widely, according to the patients’ needs.

“[The Tebow CURE Hospital specializ[es] in orthopedic surgeries, [as] children come in with conditions like cleft lip, clubfoot, bowed legs, untreated burns, and hydrocephalus – and they leave healed physically and spiritually,” the foundation’s website states.

The Tebow Foundation has joined hands with other faith-based organizations to share the love of Jesus Christ and help disadvantaged and disabled children reach their full potential.

“Tebow's hospital … is a partnership between his foundation and the Christian organization, CURE International,” The Christian Post reported. “The head of the Tim Tebow Foundation has been vocal about creating a humanitarian legacy.”

For years, Tebow has shared his vision about his foundation being known for the people it has helped – not about himself.

"I hope that when I'm 90 years old, I've accomplished a legacy that isn't all about me,” the Christian athlete told People magazine not long before his hospital in the Philippines opened. “I hope it's a legacy about the people who our foundation helps."

He was eager to spread the news about all the children his CURE Hospital would treat to help them live richer, fuller lives in Christ so they could be living testimonies to share His love.

We’re about to open a hospital in the Philippines – I can’t wait … I was born there,” he added when sharing back in 2014 with People. “We’ll have this hospital where we can help kids who are hurting; healing them physically but encouraging them emotionally and spiritually, as well. We can make a difference in their lives.”

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