Wendy Valdez thankful for successful operation of newborn son with spinal defect

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Matagumpay ang operasyon sa bukol sa likod ng two-day-old son ng dating aktres na si Wendy Valdez. Bago pa man isilang ang panganay niyang anak, na-diagnose na itong mayroong spinal bifida o depekto sa spinal column. 


Hindi naging madali para kay Wendy Valdez ang pagsilang ng panganay na anak nila ng asawang si Normann Garcia.

Bago pa kasi isilang ang kanilang supling na si Emmanuel "Seth" Garcia, na-diagnose na itong mayroong spina bifida.

Ayon sa webmd.com, "Spina bifida is a type of birth defect called a neural tube defect. It occurs when the bones of the spine (vertebrae) don't form properly around part of the baby's spinal cord."

May cyst o bukol din ang sanggol sa ibaba ng spine nito.

Sa kanyang Instagram post nitong weekend, ibinahagi ni Wendy ang kanyang saloobin nang malaman nilang mag-asawa ang kundisyon ng kanilang anak.

Saad sa post ni Wendy noong Huwebes, June 8: “God is good even in our son's birth defect.

“When God promised to give us children, I thought we will have twins at once, instead we had only Seth.

"We were so excited, but in just 4 months, our excitement turned into pain when instead of knowing his gender, we saw that our child has cyst at the bottom of his spine.

“The doctor would not tell us what he knew, and we saw how his face dropped after that ultrasound. He told us to update him with whatever the scan will let us know.

"I walked in confusion and tears. I did not know what our child has, or what was going on.

“The next scans, ultrasounds, and check-ups were consisted of bad news after bad news.

"As I read in google, what the doctor could not confirm to us straight in the beginning, I have cried in so much agony to God.

"My son has spina bifida. A neuro defect that may be prevented by taking folic acid before you get pregnant. I’m glad I did take folic acid even before we got married.

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“If not, I would have blamed myself for what happened to Seth.

"My knowledge of who God is, made me understand that He is in complete control no matter what. Children born on the streets do not even have anything to eat sometimes, and yet they can be born normal and without any complications.

“What we heard were consistent. Your child needs operation.

"Since its sacral spina bifida, it may affect his bladder, his bowel movement, and worst he may never walk. His brain may be pulled down by the cyst and may make him autistic or have his brain affected, or have hydrocephalus.

“If he can't be operated, he may have infection that can cause him to have cerebral palsy...I had a day, when I was just in so much anguish.

"God promised Seth to us, but it seemed like He was being taken away so soon. Or our dream of us enjoying him became tortures of worry and fear.

"Questions were coming into my head. Why do the wicked prosper?

“Why people who don't want children would have them? Why people who deliberately disobey God have normal children? Am I being punished because of my past? How will our child live? How could we take care of him? How can we make him accept his condition? Will we have enough money and strength to support him?

"These thoughts would have paralyzed me if not for the Lord and His promises. All those were hard for me to swallow, so i chewed on God's promises instead. He would send me hope through a site of moms who have children like mine. They showed me photos of their children. They were moms of hope. And one by one, the treasures engraved in my heart were becoming useful as I recall them in my sorrow.”

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Pagpapatuloy pa ni Wendy, “God is in control; He will never leave me nor forsake me; He is good; His ways are higher than our ways; He went ahead of us in this.

"I read the story of the man who was born blind for the glory of God to be revealed. And just like Abraham who got Isaac after waiting so long, one day He was asked to give his son and sacrifice Him back to God. It was a journey of a deeper level of trust in who God is. Holding tight in His promises, when we don't understand what He is doing.

“In great pain, He gave me the grace to praise Him that we are counted worthy to suffer for the name. For His glory. I know that God is our healer and He can heal. We pray for healing every day, and we ask for others to pray for our child as well. But our hope is in God, not just in His healing.

“That no matter what He allows to happen, He will never leave us nor forsake us. We will overcome because Jesus already endured being forsaken by the Father, so we would not be separated from Him. That He will give us the grace to be the parents that Seth needs. That He will be with us in this.

“The holy spirit has led me to understand that no one really knows what the future holds except God. He may take Seth tomorrow, or later, He may take us first, and Seth may live long. Some sons or daughters may seem normal, but their hearts are so far from God that it seem hopeless for them be transformed. Some may be taken by sin to death. Some by sickness or accident.

“That even if we want what is perfect for our children, and we would stop at nothing to protect them, things can happen. Things out of our control. Things we may never understand. So me and my husband chose to pray and surrender to who God is. Focus on Him and not on our circumstances.

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“We chose to be excited, and I chose to enjoy my pregnancy after we have surrendered everything to the Lord. Not because everything is going to be alright and perfect in the end, but because I know that our perfect God is always on our side, in whatever comes our way.

“His grace will be sufficient and He loves us, and He holds us in the palm of His hands. And in our family's story and Seth's life, His glory will be revealed. In this difficult path, we have clung to God even more. His promises are our oxygen of joy, and Jesus our ultimate hope. We don't know whether Seth would be completely healed or not, but we know that God will be there. I have enjoyed every moment that Seth would move in my tummy. Every scan, he would move a lot as if he would tell me, ‘Mom I’m ok and is excited to see you.’

“We thank the Lord for our son and He has led us to become closer to each other too. At first, I did not want to do any maternity shoot or baby showers because I know we would spend so much in his operation, but God knows better to bless us. People and blessings He would send our way. And Seth is to be celebrated just like any other baby. A reward like what the Lord says.

“God is good, not only in answered prayers; not because He will grant all our desires; make everything ok and make us happy. God is not a genie. Rather, God is good because He gave us Jesus, so we can have our ultimate joy in Him alone. He gave us freedom from death and sin; He will transform us; in love, discipline, pain, and yes, even in suffering.

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“He will save us from ourselves and our selfishness. He is good, because if you really are His child; He will stop at nothing to make Him your ultimate love and satisfaction alone. So that whatever He gives, you can hold it loosely, and not let that take your heart away from Him.

“He loves you that much, because He knows He is really what you need. Not what the world says you need. Unfathomable. A love so different from how most people think love should be.

“How amazing is joy when it is encountered while things seem to fall apart? It is not because of what we have, or how happy we are. It is really because of Christ in us, that our hearts can smile and keep moving in the storm.

“Life need not be perfect for it to be enjoyed. Instead, our hearts should be perfected in the Lord so we can live in His joy.”

????God is good even in our son's birth defect. ???? ????????When God promised to give us children, I thought we will have twins at once, instead we had only Seth. We were so excited, but in just 4 months, our excitement turned into pain when instead of knowing his gender, we saw that our child has cyst at the bottom of his spine. The doctor would not tell us what he knew, and we saw how his face dropped after that ultrasound. He told us to update him with whatever the scan will let us know. I walked in confusion and tears. I did not now what our child has, or what was going on. ???????? The next scans, ultrasounds, and check ups were consisted of bad news after bad news. As I read in google, what the doctor could not confirm to us straight in the beginning, I have cried in so much agony to God. My son has spina bifida. A neuro defect that may be prevented by taking folic acid before you get pregnant. Im glad I did take folic acid even before we got married. If not, I would have blamed myself for what happened to Seth. My knowledge of who God is, made me understand that He is in complete control no matter what. Children born on the streets do not even have anything to eat sometimes, and yet they can be born normal and without any complications. ???????? What we heard were consistent. Your child needs operation. Since its sacral spina bifida, it may affect his bladder, his bowel movement, and worst he may never walk. His brain may be pulled down by the cyst and may make him autistic or have his brain affected, or have hydrocephalus. If he can't be operated, he may have infection that can cause him to have cerebral palsy...I had a day, when I was just in so much anguish. God promised Seth to us, but it seemed like He was being taken away so soon. Or our dream of us enjoying him became tortures of worry and fear. Questions were coming into my head. Why do the wicked prosper? Why people who don't want children would have them? Why people who deliberately disobey God have normal children? Am I being punished because of my past? How will our child live? How could we take care of him? How can we make him accept his condition? (Continued in comments...)

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“IN JESUS' MIGHTY NAME.” Isang araw matapos isilang ni Wendy ang panganay na anak noong Sabado, June 10, sumailalim kaagad ang sanggol sa isang operasyon upang matanggal ang malaki nitong bukol sa likuran.

Sa pamamagitan pa rin ng Instagram, humingi ng dasal si Wendy para sa matagumpay na operasyon ng anak.

Saad ng dating Pinoy Big Brother housemate, “Help us storm the heavens with prayers as our little prince undergo operation at 10am today. 

“Father we ask for your hand to annoint our doctors who would facilitate in the surgery of Seth. May you guide their hands, na sana po walang matamaan na nerves at maiclose po ang lesion on his back without affecting any other areas of his brain or body.

“May the operation be a success, and please embrace Sethy so he would not be in pain. Surround him with your angels, and sana po gumaling sya agad para mayakap at mahalikan na namin sya, and maiuwi po sa bahay.

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“We ask for your mercy and grace Lord, and lead us to trust always in the goodness of your character with whatever you allow to happen, in Jesus mighty name. 

"Salamat po sa lahat ng nagdadasal kasama namin."

Help us storm the heavens with prayers as our little prince undergo operation at 10am today. Father we ask for your hand to annoint our doctors who would facilitate in the surgery of Seth. May you guide their hands, na sana po walang matamaan na nerves at maiclose po ang lesion on his back without affecting any other areas of his brain or body. May the operation be a success, and please embrace Sethy so he would not be in pain. Surround him with your angels, and sana po gumaling sya agad para mayakap at mahalikan na namin sya, and maiuwi po sa bahay. We ask for your mercy and grace Lord, and lead us to trust always in the goodness of your character with whatever you allow to happen, in Jesus mighty name. #weLoveYouSeth #SethyAngMuntingPrinsipe Salamat po sa lahat ng nagdadasal kasama namin. ?

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“THANK YOU JESUS.” Matapos ang ilang oras, nag-post muli si Wendy upang ibalita na naging matagumpay ang operasyon sa kanyang anak.

Pahayag niya, “Wala nang bukol si Sethy! Thank you Jesus.

"We didn't realize how big his cyst was until we saw the photos shown to us by his neuro surgeon.

"It was difficult for me to pray out loud for him this morning because I can't help but cry. 2 day old and he goes through this.

“Thank God for our spiritual family who prayed with us, and for everyone of you who prayed with us. We are grateful. Salamat po. We know that the Lord hears our prayers. Salamat po sa pagmamahal at pagdadasal kay Sethy.

“Doctor said, the operation went well and they will continue to monitor his recovery. Hindi na mabigat ang likod ni Sethy.”

(Swipe to see his before and after op photo) Wala nang bukol si Sethy! Thank you Jesus. ???? We didn't realize how big his cyst was until we saw the photos shown to us by his neuro surgeon. It was difficult for me to pray out loud for him this morning because I can't help but cry. 2 day old and he goes through this. Thank God for our spiritual family who prayed with us, and for everyone of you who prayed with us. We are grateful. Salamat po. We know that the Lord hears our prayers. Salamat po sa pagmamahal at pagdadasal kay Sethy. ????Doctor said, the operation went well and they will continue to monitor his recovery. Hindi na mabigat ang likod ni Sethy. ???? Jeremiah 29:12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.

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Kalakip ang larawan habang karga-karga na ni Wendy ang anak, sabi pa niya sa post: “Thank you Lord that I am finally able to hold my son. Soon makakauwi din tayo anak. #EmmanuelSethGarcia

"It was January since we found out about everything that may happen to Seth and I journaled every word and assurance that God would give us, and every lesson I would learn. 
Sharing to you my journal, a day before I went into unexpected labor and delivery.”

????Thank you Lord that I am finally able to hold my son. ???? Soon makakauwi din tayo anak. ???? #EmmanuelSethGarcia ???? It was January since we found out about everything that may happen to Seth and I journaled every word and assurance that God would give us, and every lesson I would learn. Sharing to you my journal, a day before I went into unexpected labor and delivery. ???? 06/10/2017 12:56 PM ???????? Even in pain, nothing is wasted with God. May it be for my faith muscles to be used; trust in Him and who he is, to be fully grasped; idols of the heart removed; my heart being transformed; people who are going through the same situation to be encouraged; to be humbled, to be strengthened, while tested by fire; to show His power in my situation; to inspire others of the joy I have in Christ, no matter what; to prepare my character, to help save many lives; and for His glory and power to be revealed. All for Him. And it overflows through an unfathomable love, for all His children. Equipped in fire, and made to be gold, for the glory of His name. What I know now, is that what I am allowed to go through is what I had to go through because God is in control, and He knows what He is doing. ????????Genesis 50:20 even if it was meant for evil, God meant it for good. For the saving of many lives. So be it. ????????Just like what Jesus said before the cross. "Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine." - Luke 22:42 ????????James 1:2-4 Profiting from Trials 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ????????God is maturing us and sanctifying us through suffering. (From my devotional) ???? - God prepares ordinary people for extraordinary purposes through suffering. - C.S. Lewis ????????Ephesians 2:10 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do ????????2 Chorinthians 4:17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison,

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