Written by Femina Laya Canua, writer for Operation Blessing Philippines; Photographed by Frederick Deserva, volunteer photographer
In a long queue at a medical mission registration area, a young skinny boy was cautious with his left arm wrapped in small cartons held tightly with a cord. The young boy’s name is Jerrimy.
His mother accompanied him to the medical mission site, in partnership with the JAC Liner Inc., with a hope of getting free check-up and medicines for his ailing arm, after a week that he had the accident. When asked what happened with Jerrimy’s arm, the 11-year-old boy said, “That was Saturday after Holy Week when we were aboard a boat and getting nearer to the port I tried to stop the boat with my hands.” He paused for a while and said, “Then I heard a crack and felt the pain.”
Jerrimy’s father works as a salt farmer, a fisherman and a pond caretaker to provide for his family. Jerrimy’s mother stays at home and attends to their needs. Although they are caretakers of a fish pond, it is still difficult for their family to put enough food on the table with their earnings of PhP200 ($4).
“Once we got on the mission site, I felt the pain in my arms. I feel afraid thinking that I would not be able to use my arms again,” the young boy said.
“When we were waiting for our turn at the medical mission, I was afraid to hear what the doctor would say with Jerrimy’s condition.” Jerrimy’s mother continued, “I was thinking that there is already a blood clot inside his arm or what will I do if the doctor would recommend that his arm be amputated.”
The volunteer doctor ordered Jerrimy’s arm to be x-rayed. Operation Blessing then assisted Jerrimy and his mother to the Western Pangasinan District Hospital.
The result showed that Jerrimy’s arm has a bone fracture and he just needed a cast. Operation Blessing helped by providing the arm sling and vitamins for Jerrimy.
“I am excited to play basketball again and make a kite fly high,” Jerrimy talked about his hobbies.
“Thank you, Operation Blessing, for assisting us and attending to the needs of my son,” his mother said.
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