About a week ago, I received an email about a girl named Abigail. The email was much like the others that I routinely receive from parents or Good Samaritans seeking care for a child in need. Libby, Abigail’s mother, needed urgent care for her daughter. As usual, I connected her with directors at our nearest hospital and hoped we could help.
What was different this time is the email that I received last Thursday from Libby:
I am writing from CURE – Kenya, where my daughter Abigail had her surgery on Tuesday morning. I am in awe of the medical care available through the CURE Hospitals. We had planned to take Abi to the UK for treatment, but due to the deterioration in her condition we had to find a hospital within Africa where her surgery could take place a.s.a.p.
The care we received here is equal to that we would have received in the UK, but the atmosphere of the hospital, the Christian love and commitment to excellence shown by the staff and the prayer and welcome we received here, would mean that I would recommend to others to come to a CURE hospital rather than go to Europe for treatment.
I thought in all African hospitals you would have to wait for hours, find it difficult to get a nurse when you needed one, provide your own food and bedding and generally have to pray hard to make sure you don’t leave sicker than when you arrived! Here in CURE Kenya, there is obviously a standard of Kingdom excellence which is adhered to, from the cleaning and catering staff, right through to the surgeons – all demonstrate the excellence of the King and his values of love and service.
I cannot speak highly enough of all I have experienced here and want to thank all at CURE for the amazing work you are doing.
God bless, Libby
Her kind words were encouraging and are a testament to the hard work and expertise of our hospital staff, the solid leadership of CURE’s home office, and the committed support of you, our donors and friends.
But, Abigail’s journey to CURE started much before any emails I received from her mother Libby. You see, when Abigail was just 14 days old she became both an orphan and an amputee. A massacre at the refugee camp where she lived on the outskirts of Bujumbura, Burundi, left hundreds killed and hundreds more injured. The organization that Libby and her husband work with in Burundi was asked to take in some of the orphaned babies. Two babies were taken in by the organization, but the third baby, little Abigail, had been found shot in the arm and trapped under her dead mother. Because of the special attention and medical care that Abigail would need, Libby and her husband adopted her.
Despite all she went through at such a young age, the resilient, happy Abigail coped well and has grown into a out-going, joy-filled child.
Last week, she began to have problems with the stump of her amputated arm. For a little girl who has already experienced so much, CURE was pleased to provide treatment that could keep a smile on her face. Abigail surgery was successful and she headed home with Libby last Friday. Abigail and Libby’s story is an example of exactly why CURE exists—to provide expert medical care to children in the world’s poorest countries who have nowhere else to turn.
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