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Ezra from Kenya on Today
Ezra is a sweet boy! Today was a bit scary for him. The doctor asked him to walk barefoot without any orthotics on his feet. Ezra was very afraid and unstable. He’s been wearing his orthotics for years now, which give him the confidence that he needs to walk. Without them, he’s a bit unsure of things. Over the next three months, Ezra will start to practice walking without them. One day with them, then the next without. This will be the case until he gains confidence. When he comes back to mobile clinic on March 8th, hopefully he’ll be ready to say goodbye to his orthotics and say hello to confidence! Please pray for Ezra in this!
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Gloria from Niger on Today
Dr Negrini took some time during rounds this morning to explain to Gloria the next steps and what they need to work on together in order to succeed. It is slow going, but we are getting there!
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Imassane from Niger on Today
Imassane stopped in for her follow-up today and is looking great without that cast on! Her foot still has a little residual clubbing, but the doctors are excited about the way things are heading. They've instructed her to walk without her walker any more, and Imassane is heading home to strengthen up. Once school lets out in May, Imassane is scheduled to return for her next surgery!
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Safia from Niger on Today
Safia stopped back in for her follow-up appointment today. She got her cast off and her leg is healing up nicely although it is still fragile. She had a new, smaller cast put on and went on her way. It was a great little visit with this wonderful young lady, and we were pumped that we got to deliver a bunch of your get well messages to her!
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Lucy from Kenya on Today
Our good friend Lucy came for are check-up today. She was in the company of her little sister, Esther and her mum. Clinic was quite busy today, so we had a lot of catching up time with her as she waited for her turn be reviewed. When she finally got to meet the doctor, some good news was waiting for her; her feet's healing is on track, she is doing so well that she doesn't have to come for review for another six months. Today being thanksgiving there is so much to thank God for around this lovely girl Lucy. We are thankful for her family who is so faithfully committed to her healing, process always showing up for clinic and following the doctor's instructions . We are thankful that after a year out of school, she will be resuming school in January. We are also thankful for friends like Nancy, another one of our CURE kids who had the same condition as Lucy. She called her today and had some very good word of encouragement for her. We're also very thankful for all of you out there who have walked with her through this journey, with your very encouraging get-well messages and prayers and most of all, we are thankful to God for how far He has brought this lovely girl so far.
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Gojam from Ethiopia on Today
We found Gojam outside playing and having fun! We are so happy she is feeling better and enjoying her time at the ward!
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Alfred from Uganda on Today
Alfred and Rita came back to CURE on Tuesday. Alfred was admitted with a failed ETV/CPC. His doctors have been making a plan and their is a high probability he will have surgery tomorrow. Alfred and Rita have both settled in the ward after spending a night at the hostile because the ward was full. Alfred had a front row seat to the chapel. He clapped along during the worship songs he seemed to like them a lot. Please be praying for Alfred that his upcoming operation will be successful, and for him to regain the abilities he has lost.
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Loveness from Malawi on Today
Loveness is doing well today! More good news - she gets to go home tomorrow! We're glad we managed to get a smile out of her before then. She'll need to have the frame on for about three months before we can take it off, and we'll be lengthening her leg about two centimeters - which won't take that long. The three months is so that everything heals! Please be praying for her as she travels tomorrow!
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Kazungu from Uganda on Today
“They are going to operate tomorrow,” said Angela. Kazungu and Angela have had a good day. Kazungu is very happy and eager to meet new people. Yesterday, he made friends with Dr. Justin who picked him up during ward rounds, which he enjoyed. Today, they have been sitting along the walkway leading to the OR, it is a prime position for Kazungu to get high fives and handshakes. Please be praying for tomorrow's operation to be successful.
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Bulko from Ethiopia on Today
Bulko is doing great and is walking well with her walker! She is growing, so she needs a revision surgery on her tibia. We will see her in January when she returns for her admission.
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Nejat from Ethiopia on Today
Nejat was so excited when she told us about her new baby sister, "I want to name her Eldana, but my parents say no", said Nejat. She needs another bone grafting and we will see her in the middle of January for an admission. Please keep this sweet child in your prayers!
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Ednan from Uganda on Today
“We are here at least happier. I fear the shunt so much I fear to touch him like he might break,” said Esther. Ednan is being transferred out of the ICU and back to the ward. His breathing is improving, he is still feeding out of an NG tube, but his doctors have no major concerns. “I will not attempt to breastfeed till the stridors are gone. When I breastfeed the stridors come back,” said Esther. “Pray we don’t get more stridors and that he heals completely."
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Lester from the Philippines on Today
No one's mad at anybody in the exam room this time. Lester was pumped to be reunited with Dr. Tim who was impressed with how he's healed. Dr Tim said, "[Lester] didn't have any motion on this hand when I met him, so there is much improvement now. It's not perfect, but we'll take it!" Lester will need to keep up with his exercises, which he religiously comes to all the time. We'll see him again in a few months to keep track on the growth of his "macho" muscles!
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Edith from Kenya on Yesterday
We kept seeing this girl around clinic today, and eventually had the opportunity to share a bench with her and start talking. She’s eight years old, named Edith, and she’s lovely. It wasn’t until after we’d spent time with her, even taken her photos, and then had her leave clinic that we realized she’s Edith, our CUREkid! We’re thankful we got to see our girl, and that she’s doing so well that she doesn’t need to come to clinic until July of next year. Please pray for the next eight months of her life, that they would be filled with joy and Jesus!
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Emmy from Kenya on Yesterday
We got to see Emmy’s dad today! Gosh, we love him. We especially love his dedication to Emmy. Sadly, we didn’t get to see Emmy, though. We think she was at home. Her dad came to sort something with CURE, so he came alone. The good news is that Emmy is scheduled to come to mobile clinic on January 10th, so that’s not too far away for us to see our girl!
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Margret from Malawi on Yesterday
Margret's back in physio! She says she's feeling a lot better than on Monday - they gave her a ton of antibiotics and they seem to be working, even the wound looks better! She is also getting a bit of a foot drop from not walking enough, so that's why she's back to physio!
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Kazungu from Uganda on Yesterday
Kazungu and Angela arrived at CURE yesterday and have been admitted. Kazungu has had a CT-scan, blood work and a CSF tap. Kazungu made a friend with the ward clerk, Sam, who played with him this afternoon. Back home is Kazungu’s older brother Nassim who is three years old he is missing Kazungu. “He is crying. He wants this one back,” said Angela. Please be praying for Kazungu’s upcoming operation to be successful!
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Gloria from Niger on Yesterday
Gloria's surgery turned out to be quite complicated and took much longer than was expected. That's the bad news. The good news is it all worked out! The infection has been cleared out from her leg and the external fixator was successfully installed. She's resting up in the ward now. Please continue praying for emotional strength for both Gloria and her mother, Abigail. They've been here a long time and it's hard to be in a strange country, with a strange language, strange food, and so on. It's wearing on them, but we are making progress!
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Ednan from Uganda on Yesterday
“They are going to put a shunt in him, I fear the shunt,” said Esther. Ednan is now in the PACU waking up from surgery Dr. Justin and Dr. Kerry successfully placed a shunt! He will be moved to the ICU later in the day. Ednan and Esther received a couple get-well messages, which were a comfort to Esther. Back home, Edgar is anxious as he wanted to come to the hospital but Esther told him they were okay. Prior to the surgery several staff members prayed for Ednan that he would have a successful surgery and for him to grow up well. Please join them in praying for Ednan to recover well from the operation!
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Rabiatou from Niger on 2 days ago
We're glad we updated you when we did as Rabi's X-ray showed only good things and she's left us for the time being! She's been discharged to go stay with an aunt of hers who lives nearby. We were thrilled seeing how much better she was doing yesterday, we and can't wait to see her progress when she stops by next!
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Gloria from Niger on 2 days ago
In the time since we've last updated you on Gloria, her leg has still refused to fuse the two parts of her bone back together. On top of this, her leg has become infected. Gloria will be heading back into surgery tomorrow to clean out the lingering infection, and to received an external fixator that will essentially force her bone to heal back in place. It's not as elegant as letting her body heal herself, but since her body is not doing it's job, this will work just fine and allow us all to start thinking about the future again!
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Ednan from Uganda on 2 days ago
“Let’s put them on the (surgical) list for tomorrow,” said Dr. Peter during morning ward rounds. Ednan and Esther are doing well except for Ednan’s striders, which have kept both of them up all night. This morning Esther read her bible in Micah 7:8-10 specifically. The passage gave Esther a lot of strength. “Those who are asking where is your God will come back and ask what did you do,” said Esther. Please continue to pray for Ednan that tomorrow’s operation will be successful, and pray for strength for Esther.
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Loveness from Malawi on 3 days ago
Loveness is doing well! Physical therapist Ndapile says she's working on walking. Unfortunately, the "shoe" part of her frame is a little bit shorter than some of the metal bits so she was slipping about a bit, so the physical therapists are adding another pad to the bottom of her shoe so it's easier to walk.
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Margret from Malawi on 3 days ago
Margret is back for her four-week check-up. Unfortunately, Dr. James' fears were realized, and she's managed to get a bad infection. It doesn't look like her family was cleaning the frame very well, so she's been admitted for a week to have IV antibiotics as well as regular pinsite care for at least a week. We'll try to teach her dad how to clean the frames again and hopefully he'll understand how important it is now! Unfortunately, it's very hot and dusty down in Chikwawa so even with the best care there's a risk of infection. Please be praying for her! She's getting a bit sick of the frames and wants to go back to school and play, but they need to stay on for a couple more months before all the bones will be healed enough for that.
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Gojam from Ethiopia on 3 days ago
Our beautiful Gojam is doing great! She had a dressing change today, and her foot is healing well!
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