The family of Tim Tebow, in 1985, was living in the Philippines as missionaries with four children. His mother Pam Tebow contracted amoebic dysentery, and fell into a coma. Doctors gave her strong drugs to combat the infection.
At this time she found out that she was pregnant with her fifth child Tim. Sadly, those drugs caused the placenta to detach from the uterine wall, depriving the unborn baby Tim of oxygen. When Pam realized she was pregnant, doctors stopped the drugs they had given her and said that the high doses of medicine had already damaged the baby.
Pam was advised to abort the baby because he will not survive, or even if he did, he would have serious problems. In addition her own life was in danger.
Tim’s parents went to the best doctor in their area. The doctor told Pam in a slow monotone that “An abortion is the only way to save your life.”
As Tim says in his book, “According to [the doctor], the ‘mass of fetal tissue’ or ‘tumor’—me—had to go.”
After Timmy was born, the doctor who delivered him said only a small part of the placenta was attached, but it was “just enough to keep your baby nourished all these months.”
After birth, both Pam and Tim faced serious challenges. Pam said, “We were concerned at first because he was so malnourished.”
God did a miracle. And this baby became the famous athlete we all know today.
Tim received a new life and now he is in turn helping the people in the Philippines. Tebow is aiding the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. His foundation has created a donation link on its website to collect funds. The Tim Tebow Foundation has also made the Philippines one of the primary beneficiaries of his outreach programs.
Currently his foundation is working with CURE International to build an orthopedic children’s hospital in Davao City. In addition, it is working with his father’s foundation, the Bob Tebow Evangelistic Association, on church planting and orphan care in the Philippines.