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Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 19


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Nafiou from NigerToday

So the skin graft that Nafiou received last week came from his thigh and you can see the bandages here. Our man's got a bit of a limp, but is no worse for the wear and making the best of a tough situation!

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Rachidou from NigerToday

It's movie day here at the hospital and, if you look closely, you can see Rachidou (in the green) up front and centre!

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Ahmad from NigerToday

Ahmad has been here so long that he feels like one of the family. While the ward isn't the most fun place to hang out, he does have a constant stream of our staff coming in to check on him and hang out as we can see here!

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Baraou from NigerToday

Our spiritual staff has a few Christian videos in Baraou's language and they put one on for everyone today. Baraou was tied to the screen!

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Nadia from NigerToday

Our little lady went back into the OR today. While she did get put to sleep, it wasn't a proper surgery. The doctors needed to manipulate her leg in order to ensure that it continues to heal properly and, since it would have been a very painful procedure, it was easier for everyone if Nadia was asleep for it!

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Mazuba from ZambiaToday

"I can feel my leg now, there's no pain, but there's a little discomfort from the pins stuck in my bones. I feel alive sitting next to this window and breathing in the fresh air. Sometimes, when I see the other kids in wheelchairs, I wish I could ride in one too and go out to see the sunshine, but I am not discouraged, I know that time is coming!" Mazuba shared with us. We are thankful for the small joys of sunshine and fresh air and are praying toward the greater joy of being mobile again!

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Calvin from UgandaToday

“He is taking milk well, no vomiting, only the wound is paining him,” said Grace. Calvin still has his NG tube in but is nursing well. His doctors are observing him today to see if he can continue to eat well, after today's observation they maybe discharged. “I think Thursday or Friday any day this week they could send us (home),” said Grace. Please continue to pray for Calvin that his pain will go down and he will keep eating well so that they can return home.

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Tesfanesh from EthiopiaToday

We just love seeing this beautiful smile! Tesfanesh is walking very well with her new Ankle-Foot Orthosis and everything looks great. She told us she misses her parents and siblings so much and she wants to go home soon. She will return in six weeks to see Dr.Tim, and if everything looks good, her wish will come true! Please keep her in your prayers!

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Abdu from EthiopiaToday

These two brothers love playing! Today they were having fun wrestling with each other!

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Abush from EthiopiaToday

Look at Abush with his new Ankle-foot orthosis(AFO), he is walking well without crutches and is looking strong! He will return in six weeks for another checkup!

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Daniel from EthiopiaToday

Daniel is doing great! He is here with us for his operation. Today he is having a Tibia Corrective Osteotomy on his right leg, please keep him in your prayers!

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Lonjezo from MalawiToday

Lonjezo is actually still coming here to CURE for daily wound dressings! It sounds like she doesn't live near enough to a hospital to get her wound dressed there, so her grandmother has come with her so she can learn how to do the dressings at home. They'll be coming in daily for a week while her grandma learns, so we've marked her in the hospital until she actually heads off!

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Calvine from MalawiYesterday

Calvine is not looking very happy with granny Jacinta after she force-fed him the medicine to help him fall asleep! He's going in for his next operation today, please be praying for him. We'll post photos tomorrow!

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Abel from EthiopiaYesterday

Abel is doing great! He came in for an ingrown toenail removal. The procedure went really well and now he can walk without pain and discomfort. We will see him in two weeks for a checkup!

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Nadia from NigerYesterday

We promise you that Nadia is a smiley young lady, but she always tries to hide it when the camera is around. Today we managed to catch one!

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Baraou from NigerYesterday

Baraou had another relatively calm day just hanging out with his mom.

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Nafiou from NigerYesterday

Nafiou either enjoyed chapel so much or was so glad it was over that he immediately started helping out to put away the chairs!

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Rachidou from NigerYesterday

Our man had a date with the physical therapist today where he got this nice little brace which will help train him to keep his newly released wrist straight after years of it being contracted!

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Ahmad from NigerYesterday

Ahmad's surgery went stunningly yesterday! It was essentially to fine tune the muscle relocation surgery he had done last time where a muscle was moved from the back of his knee to the front in order to keep his leg from contracting back the way it was. Our man is a little bit muted today and just wants to go back to the guesthouse!

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Calvin from UgandaYesterday

Calvin had a tough night with fevers and vomiting, but Grace is doing well and seems happy that the surgery is finished even though she is tired after a sleepless night. Today they were transferred from the ICU to the ward which is much more comfortable for the patient's parents. Please continue to pray for Calvin that his recovery will go well.

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Calvine from MalawiYesterday

Calvine is enjoying some time running around physio with the giant ball! We were kicking it gently to him and it's bigger than him so he giggled and braced himself every time! This morning he was fast asleep while Dr. Maina checked out his hands. He's going in for surgery tomorrow to have his little finger released from the other two, please be praying for a quick and successful surgery!

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Gebyaw from EthiopiaYesterday

"Look at me, I can walk without my crutches!" That was what Gebyaw told us when he saw us this morning! He is walking around the ward and he is doing very well! He went back home today but we will see him in a couple of months for another checkup!

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Abdu from EthiopiaYesterday

Abdu couldn't help but laugh when he saw his brother Seid being camera shy!

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Mazuba from Zambia2 days ago

"We will do whatever it takes to save his leg", Doctor Moyo assured us, " The wounds are clean, there are just a few parts that have a few dead cells and we will make sure all gets better." This is the news that Godfrey was delighted to hear. He is happy that despite news that the fight with infection had become intense, all indications are that we are winning! This is the grace of God.

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JV Boy from the Philippines2 days ago

Well, look who is up on his feet taking a few steps?!? We have waited for this moment and while we are all excited, JV Boy is just as chill as he was in the beginning. We can tell that he's worked so hard to get to this point. Although he still has some ways to go gain his strength back, we are pumped to see his progress! "This is only a miracle that God can do," says Dr. Jun.

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