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Saving Up For My Daughter's Surgery

Ever since Joy was born, her parents tried to save up to afford surgery for her cleft palate and lip. Eight years later, these poor farmers still didn’t have enough. Read Transcript


Reporter: JOY LIKES

HAVING HER MOTHER READ TO

HER.

BECAUSE AT AGE EIGHT, SHE

STILL DOESN'T READ VERY WELL

ON HER OWN.

SHE HAS MISSED A LOT OF

SCHOOL BECAUSE OF HER CLEFT

LIP AND PALLET.

SHE IS THIN AND WEAK AND

IS OFTEN SICK.

EVEN NOW SHE HAS TO STAY

HOME FROM SCHOOL WHEN SHE IS

NOT WELL.

I WANTED TO GO TO SCHOOL

BECAUSE I WANTED TO LEARN.

AND THERE ARE LOTS OF

CHILDREN THERE.

Reporter: JOY'S FAMILY

LIVES ON A SMALL FARM IN THE

PHILIPPINES.

HER DAD IS AWAY FROM HOME A

LOT, WORKING ON OTHER

PEOPLE'S FARMS.

THE COUPLE HAS BEEN SAVING

FOR JOY'S OPERATION FOR

EIGHT YEARS.

BUT THERE STILL WASN'T

ENOUGH FOR SURGERY.

WE BARELY MAKE ENOUGH FOR

FOOD AND A FEW BILLS.

Terry: I MET JOY AT A

MEDICAL MISSION THAT CBN

SPONSORED IN THEIR

COMMUNITY.

WE QUICKLY ARRANGED FOR HER

TO GET FREE CLEFT LIP AND

PALLET SURGERY IN MANILA.

THE OPERATION WENT WELL.

AND JOY'S MOM COULDN'T HELP

BEFORE SMILE EVEN AS HER

DAUGHTER WAS STILL IN THE

RECOVERY.

ROOM.

EVERY MORNING SHE GETS UP

EARLY BECAUSE SHE DIDN'T

WANT TO BE LATE FOR CLASS.

SHE STUDIES HARD.

SINCE HER SURGERY, SHE IS

ABLE TO EAT WELL AND DOESN'T

GET SICK ANYMORE.

I AM SO GLAD TO SEE MY

DAUGHTER EVERY DAY.

CBN HAS CHANGED HER LIFE.

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