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He waited Six Years for Healing

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One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic has taught the world is how to wait. We are all waiting in some capacity. Waiting for the virus numbers to decline, waiting for stores and business to reopen, waiting for travel restrictions to lift, waiting for medical treatment – the list goes on and on. In different ways, we can all understand the hopelessness that accompanies long periods of waiting.

Children with disabilities in underserved countries understand waiting all too well, and many feel hopeless that anything will change for them. Many children that eventually make it to CURE hospitals have been waiting for years to find treatment – treatment for their burns, broken bones, cleft lips, and clubfeet. The good news is that we can help them! We can restore their hope and lift their spirit.

One of these children is Yetbarket from Ethiopia. Like many children have done, he broke a bone while playing. What is different about Yetbarket’s story is that he waited six years before he received treatment, and his leg healed horribly wrong. While playing soccer with friends, Yetbarket tripped and broke his tibia, one of the bones beneath your knee. His family took him to a traditional healer in their area. When this did not result in any improvement for his leg, they began looking for medical alternatives. A former patient of CURE Ethiopia eventually met Yetbarek and convinced him to make the long journey to the CURE hospital. By this time, the way Yetbarek’s leg healed inhibited him from many normal daily activities, including playing soccer with his friends.

In June 2019, Yetbarek arrived at CURE Ethiopia for treatment. He had surgery shortly after he arrived and began the long healing process. Since his leg was so out of position, it was put into a frame, and periodic adjustments were made to get it back into the correct position. In September, Yetbarek was discharged to go home and heal from there. After some check-up appointments, he had is frame removed, and a cast was put on in December. 

In February 2020, Yetbarek’s cast was removed. What a wonderful change to his leg and confidence! He is now in sixth grade and loves school. He already speaks two languages and was learning a third language while at CURE Ethiopia from the other children there. With his improved self-confidence, this bright young man is set up for a promising future!

Currently, there are more than 5,000 children with treatable disabilities on our waitlist in need of life-changing surgery.  Together, with our CURE supporters, we are restoring hope to these children – hope that has been absent in some children for not months, but years

Before and after surgery pictures of Yetbarek

COVID-19 has made it difficult, but not impossible to help these children. Please consider supporting a child’s surgery by clicking here or sending a get well message to a child in our hospitals right now.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Corinthians 12:27

About The Author

Stacey Korecki

Stacey serves as a Writer for CURE International. In this role, she writes and edits content for marketing communication pieces. She joined the CURE team in November 2019 and feels blessed to be working for an authentic, change producing organization that is Christ-centered.  Previously, she worked in Fund Development at Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity and focused on developing marketing communications materials, managing donor events, maintaining the Salesforce database, and creating content for social media platforms.  Stacey obtained her Business Marketing and Literature degree from Indiana University, Bloomington. Stacey lives in West Michigan with her husband Steve and three children.  When not attending her children’s sporting events or choir concerts, she likes to spend time on photography, hiking and exploring, playing tennis, and trying new restaurants.

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