Remember the little boy from the orphanage with the terrible scabies infection? Well, he was back yesterday for his surgery to correct a rotational deformity of his legs. His scabies infection was treated and all the areas scabbed over. He was looking like a much happier kid.
A beautiful young lady named Salome was back for her second club foot repair – in older kids, they usually do one foot at a time, so the child has one to walk on. Look at how normal and straight her right foot appears – it was just like the left one a few months ago. She is so excited to be at CURE for her final corrective surgery.
Below is the 12-year-old boy who had severe burns to both his legs as a small infant. His legs were extremely malformed and contracted from the burn scars. I had shared the pictures in a previous post. He has come back many times for dressing changes. Today he came back to have his open wounds, which were now looking very healthy, covered with skin grafts. Definitely a happy day for him (and us).
The little girl below is age 10. When she was very small – no one knows exactly the age, because her parents are not around – she had severe burns to both her hands. The fingers on both hands were completely welded together and contracted down to the palm of her hands, making both hands almost entirely non-functional. A very skilled visiting hand surgeon from the US meticulously separated each finger from the others and from the palm of her hand, being sure that each finger had the nerves, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and skin it needed to function. I didn’t have my camera handy when the dressing was off – sorry – but it was looking amazing. I have pictures of the hand that is not yet repaired and also of the repaired hand in the cast and a picture of her beautiful, sleeping face while she was anesthetized.
13 Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:13-14
One of my favorite parts of my job at CURE is laying my hand on these precious heads just before surgery (the anesthesiologist always gets the best part of the patient – the head) and the entire surgical team saying a prayer over them. It feels very good to be placing their care in the hands of Someone much bigger than we are.
Originally posted at: http://ethiopia.thebernards.org/2011/10/14/progress-report-on-a-few-patients/.
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