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About Ervin

Ervin was born normal, but at 9 months old, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. The result was a severe cough, becoming underweight, difficulty breathing, frequent vomiting, and finally his feet began to bend. As any other mother would be, Rosemary was alarmed. She sought for advice. Her confidants’ advice ranged from going to different hospitals to holding special prayer meetings to performing or attributing it to witchcraft. Luckily for this Christian family, witchcraft was not amongst the options that they considered.

From my own assessment, Ervin is very bright, but a bit reserved. He doesn’t talk much and remained silent and cooperative through the entire interview. His mother confirmed my impressions, telling me that he is naturally quiet and very intelligent, however she was not able to take him to school as early as she would have wanted because of her desire to correct his condition first.

After several hospital visits, they were directed to CURE, and this past January, Ervin went through his first operation. Rosemary says she has seen marked improvement, so they’re both very optimistic about his second surgery. “I want to go back to Kijabe,” he usually tells his mom, “and have my other leg straightened so that I can be like the other kids in my class.” That statement has changed from past tense to present tense, and now his future is looking even brighter than before.



  1. 01/16/2014 We missed him when we visited Kisumu on Tuesday, because he did not show up for his appointment. We hope he will be there when we go back there in a few months.
  2. 12/02/2013 With Ervin's condition, it takes a while to notice much progress. As we examined him last month- there was evidence of a bit of bowing and external rotation and that means there is need for additional surgery for him. He will need to come with X-rays during our next visit to his home town to help the doctors decide on the way forward.
  3. 10/04/2013 They did not show up at the clinic again, we believe they are still thinking about if and when they want another surgery. God willing we will be looking out for them again in November.
  4. 01/22/2013 Ervin and his mother came for the clinic today, but the doctors held off on talks of another surgery. He will be kept under observation for another six months before we see him again.
  5. 01/07/2013 Ervin and his mother came for the mobile clinic in Kisumu when we visited it last. The doctor’s think that he might need additional surgery, so we hope to ascertain that when we see him again.
  6. 09/14/2012 Ervin's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 11/23/2012
  7. 09/14/2012 Ervin is leaving us today! We will see him again for a check up at our mobile clinic in Kisumu ! : ) !!
  8. 09/11/2012 Ervin is in recovery at CURE Kenya
  9. 09/11/2012 Ervins surgery went great! Doctors were able to cut the tibia and fibula, add a pin and make the lower leg straight!
  10. 09/11/2012 Ervin is receiving treatment at CURE Kenya - He his heading back everybody! Pictures and updates to come, stay tuned!!
  11. 09/11/2012 Ervin has arrived at CURE Kenya - SURPRISE SURPRISE!!! Look who just showed up for surgery!!
  12. 07/03/2012 Ervin's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 10/23/2012 - He missed his appointment today and the number that his guardian gave us was switched off today when we tried calling her. But he has not missed too many appointments so I am not too worried. Either way, I pray that he is well, and would appreciate if you too, whispered a prayer for him. Hoping to see him during our next clinic in Kisumu come October.
  13. 05/08/2012 Ervin's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 07/03/2012 - Today was the first time that Ervin missed his clinic, but I want to trust that he is doing well. Please whisper a prayer for him and hang on until the next clinic where hopefully I will have something to report.
  14. 03/13/2012 Ervin's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 05/08/2012 - Ervin and his mother were faithful to their appointment, as always. His cast was all worn out, the doctors were happy about his progress, there was good alignment and correction. He might need another surgery to remove the rod on his leg later this year, but I will keep you posted. Thanks for hanging in there.
  15. 01/18/2012 Ervin's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 03/13/2012
  16. 01/18/2012 Ervin and his mom were in hospital early. He had his cast removed, then the doctors checked his wound and confirmed that it was healing well. Miriam our physiotherapist then put him on a short leg cast. We see him again in March in Kisumu.
  17. 11/20/2011 So he definitely got his cast change, but doctors wanted to make sure his leg didn't swell so he ended up staying Friday. But all was well yesterday, so he and his mom headed home! You're support is so appreciated, and I hope you'll continue praying for his healing till we see him again in the new year!
  18. 11/20/2011 Ervin's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 01/17/2012
  19. 11/17/2011 Ervin really makes you work for a smile, so I felt pretty accomplished about capturing his grin today. He'll get a cast change tomorrow & if everything looks good, he'll be given the "ok" to head home!
  20. 11/15/2011 Ervin is in recovery at CURE Kenya
  21. 11/15/2011 His surgery went so well! Here's a picture overview of what happened...doctors removed his bowed tibia, cut it into a couple pieces (some of which they turned around to create a new straight bone), then put a rod through the realigned pieces & put it back in his leg. Not kidding. If that doesn't put you in awe of how God designed our bodies to heal, I don't know what will :)
  22. 11/15/2011 Congratulations! Ervin's funding goal is met!
  23. 11/15/2011 Getting ready to head in to surgery!
  24. 11/14/2011 Ervin's treatment date has been changed to 11/15/2011 - I just knew that scheduling would be tentative...he's been bumped to tomorrow :)
  25. 11/14/2011 Look who's here! Ervin and his mom made it here safely, and he's scheduled for surgery today, but stay tuned for updates!
  26. 11/14/2011 Ervin has arrived at CURE Kenya
  27. 11/02/2011 14th November is drawing nearer, so in less than two weeks we hope to see Ervin, please be praying for him as he prepares to to come to CURE for his surgery and more so for his support.
  28. 09/22/2011 I might not know what Ervin needs today, but I'm pretty sure prayer wouldn't hurt! So if you have a minute, please talk to God on his behalf :)
  29. 08/19/2011 Meet Ervin :)


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Jamie Lise

Sep 20, 2012


i hope you get the treatment you need to help you enjoy being a child again….

Olivia Drew

Sep 20, 2012

I hope you great better im praying for you….

Ka Lee

Sep 20, 2012

Hi Ervin,
I hope you get well soon so you can enjoy the world with everyone!

Love from a friend!…

Selena Daniels

Sep 20, 2012

i hope u get well …

Michaela Dannielle Mason

Sep 20, 2012

Hi honey! I wish you always smile! And may all your dreams come true! Be a good boy! Michaela….

Kristine Huhta

Sep 20, 2012

Keep strong Ervin. thinking of you always :D from a 8th grader minnesota USA…

Kat Sanchez

Sep 20, 2012

Hello Ervin, i wanted to stop in and tell u hello nd hope that u are happy! =)…

Abbie Bempa

Sep 20, 2012

all the best…

Bethany Firman

Sep 19, 2012

I hope you get well Ervin…

Debbie Donckers

Sep 18, 2012

you are very cute and adorable i hope one dqay i could actually meet you and we could start talking by the way im 13 how…

Twist Morgan

Sep 17, 2012

Hi, sweetie. You are absolutely adorable. I can’t express how happy I am for your surgery. I’m positive it will go…

Taomi Lytle

Sep 17, 2012

The Lord has blessed you Ervin , God loves you and church is where over 60 people pray for you every sunday, yes we do….

Simone Goldfarb

Sep 17, 2012

Ervin I wish you the best. I hope your leg becomes in the best shape it can be. I’ll keep you in my prayers….

Jennie Mason

Sep 17, 2012

Hello Ervin….I pray that you will get well soon. God bless you….

Holly Helton

Sep 17, 2012

good ,luck…

Sharna Porter

Sep 17, 2012

Hello Ervin, I hope that your care goes well and your up and playing soon! sending you prayers and lots of hugs and…

Kayla Anthony

Sep 17, 2012

I hope you feel better soon!…

Princess Lewis

Sep 17, 2012

get will…

El Linder

Sep 17, 2012

dear Ervin may god bless you may he heal all your wonds an make you stronger….

Kadian Basden

Sep 17, 2012

i hope you get well…

Chantdell Shearer

Sep 17, 2012

i hope you have a wonderful recouvery and get better soon…

Belle Bee

Sep 17, 2012

Hey Ervin! I just wanted to send you good luck and tell you God is watching over you :) I am praying for you right now!…

Chantdell Shearer

Sep 17, 2012

i hope you have a wonderful recouvery and get better soon…