Jacob was a janitor. He was earning minimum wage cleaning the administrative offices on the island of Leyte in the Philippines. After taxes, he was taking home $3.85 a day.
His son Jake was born with this encephalocele* and since there are few hospitals in their city, (1 public hospital and 2 private hospitals), he was out of luck. There is not one neurosurgeon on their island.
Then, his wife left. She never said why, she just left her husband and child.
Jacob had to quit his job to raise his bedridden child and would receive rice from relatives.
They tried desperately to get help. They received funds from the local government to go to Manila, but they had no where to stay, and no doctor would see Jake. They gave up and returned.
Jake’s condition got worse… and worse.
Today I found out that one of my Facebook friends said, “Maya is a kind-hearted woman. You should contact her to help him.”
So I received a Facebook message from the sister of the grandmother of Jake. She asked for me to help this little boy.
“Good day! Ms. Maya. I’m from the Phillipines. I have heard from my friends that you help children who are in need. The grandson of my sister needs operation from his eyes. And they cannot afford the operation for they are so poor”
I received a bunch of pictures and I was beyond shocked. I immediately forwarded the pictures to our partner and she then forwarded it to a neurosurgeon who collaborates with Maya’s Hope. He immediately replied that he could operate.
I then asked our partner, “How do we get him to Manila?” We have never flown a child within the Philippines to Manila. But we took the risk.
We flew father and son to Manila a few days ago, and they are now staying at the hospital.
Jake, his son, is scheduled to be operated this Saturday.
Just imagine how Jacob feels.
Let’s make this miracle happen… Let’s raise the $5K for his son to give him this surgery that they have prayed for.
We can do this. Jacob and his son Jake have been waiting 4 years for this miracle to happen.
*Encephalocele, sometimes known as cranium bifidum, is a neural tube defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of the brain and the membranes that cover it through openings in the skull. These defects are caused by failure of the neural tube to close completely during fetal development.