A Life with Diabetes
11-year-old Trish, a sponsored child in the Philippines, was diagnosed her with Type 1 diabetes after being rushed to the hospital after she went into cardiac arrest. Her sugar level was four times higher than normal. After being revived at the hospital, she slipped into a coma.
“That was when I screamed and said, ‘I give up’,” confessed Evelyn, Trish’s mother. “Joel [the student center director] came to the hospital and convinced me to hang on and to put my hope in God. I know that if Trish was not a sponsored child, I would have left that day from the hospital and given up.”
Trish woke up weeks later but to incredible pain and loss of eyesight. Her recovery is slow going and costly but through life-saving surgery funds, Trish’s medical costs were covered and she can continue with her physical therapy. Even though she can’t attend the activities at the child development center, the staff and her friends visit her regularly.
Evelyn wrote to Trish’s sponsor:
“I never show her that I am sad and depressed because of her present health situation. We are not hopeless. We put our hope in God.”