Raymond would like to thank everyone on behalf of my family (especially second son – Jaemon Looi)! We are so grateful for your love, not merely be our angelic intercessor but to be a blessing for us in practical way (love offering). You made us understand, realize, and experience the true meaning of walking in the Gospel journey without worries. Your offering not only cover Jaemon’s surgery but also paid for every stage of the pre-surgery treatment. Every time when I shared about the testimony of Jaemon on stage, the touch is deeper and deeper.
Jaemon Looi’s first surgery was great. He was born without any supports of lateral nasal cartilage, it was totally collapse. Doctor reminded us prior to the surgery that the stage of uplifting the nose was not now. Therefore, do not expect that the nose will be lifted after the surgery. However, God’s grace for us is so shocking! The lip repair surgery was very successful and Jaemon’s nose had be lifted up. Since then, his breath is smoother and at the same time he will receive no more peculiar looks. Even though the lip is not as in the good shape as it suppose to be (normal upper lip shape), the nose is still snubby from some angles; my wife and I are so grateful for the result! The fact is, God used the skillful hands of doctors to restore 80% of the Jaemon’s lip and nose. Comparing to the pre-surgery look, the result is surprisingly well. Glory, thanksgivings, praises unto our victorious Lord!
Thank God that He has chosen us to be Jaemon’s parents and let us experience the supernormal and the presence of God. We had never thought of life is so fragile and yet can be so strong. The most beautiful thing is none other than giving the life testimony, to be the help and blessing to many families (live under the darkness and fears). Many brothers and sisters came to Raymond in tears and said, “Both of you are so brave and great parents!”. Raymond’s response would be “The love of parents, if you were me, you would do the same.” We are not great parents but we decided to let God’s glory be upon this incident. The initial stage was not easy at all, we thank God that we didn’t make the wrong move. As we looked back, there would be no such beauty without God’s intervention. “Thank you for willingly and bravely share this experience, we are so blessed. Many Christians who had such experience would never mention even a word to others..” There was a sister encouraged Raymond. We realized that our life testimony had encouraged those brothers and sisters who are weak. It is so joyful to be used by God! Give all glory to the Lord!
Jaemon Looi has been growing up and now is about 9 months old. We are still concern about what the doctor mentioned before that the “center system development” of the severe cleft lip baby will be affected, it is like a thorn in our heart. So far, the outer response looks normal and the pediatrician think so. However, the development of a child’s heart and brain will take a longer time to tell if it is stable.
Jaemon started to take some soft cereal food. It is a good progress but cleft lip and palate baby is unable to take the food smoothly. Only half of the food are taken while the other half was sneezed out from the nose, it is really breaking our heart! Thank God that on 28th February, it will be the second general anesthesia surgery for Jaemon – Palate Repair surgery. This will solve the above mentioned problem and will be the preparation for his pronunciation too. Even this is a normal surgery but any general anesthesia will carry certain risks. We urge brothers and sisters continue to pray for us and the son. Jaemon will go through surgeries and treatments until he is 17 years-old. This is the second stage of the total six surgery (6 surgeries, 4 orthodontics treatment).
Cleft lip and palate baby’s hearing will be affected as well. The ENT(ear,nose,throat) doctor has verified that our son’s right ear is accumulating liquid. If it is not well managed, the accumulated liquid will be thicker like glue and become hardened. That will greatly affect the hearing. Therefore, half an hour prior to the palate surgery, there will be an ear surgery by clearing up the liquid and inserting a tiny tube (Grommet) to prevent any further liquid accumulations. This will be a long journey and the burden is heavy. We afraid not for God has brought us through the hardest part and we had testified God’s faithfulness. We will continue to live a wonderful life through the strength of our Almighty God!
At last, thank you once again for the intercession, love offering and care from church and brothers and sisters. Raymond will continue to update you Jaemon’s condition. We need your continued prayer for Raymond, Jaemon, Family and Ministry. May God use us to be a vessel to Glory Him and a blessing to others!
The Lord’s servant, Raymond Looi