Centennial Baptist Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 29
Eliud is back this week, and this time for surgery! Today being Thanksgiving, we are thankful that Eliud’s mother was able to get him here. Surgeons corrected both of his legs today, cutting the lower thigh bone of his knocked knee and straightening it, and then cutting the upper tibia bone of his bowed leg to straighten it. Eliud was shy this morning, but still managed to smile a little. We will check in tomorrow and see how he is resting!
Salome came for her follow-up today in the company of her brother. She is now on school break and told us she is having a great time at home, helping around with any chores she can. The long leg casts she got a month ago were already broken at the knees, which shows just how active she has been! She had them removed, and her legs are now in better shape for all her exercising, and her hard work is showing! She's gained noticeable strength. She was given long leg braces to hold her legs in place as she continues exercising them. Let’s keep praying for her, that soon she will be walking. We look forward to seeing her again early next year when we visit her school!
Kaye dropped by clinic today to collect a new pair of braces for his foot. He was delighted to get the new pair as the old ones were in tatters. As always, he had his shy smile on! He told us that tomorrow is his last day in school this year, then they will have break for Christmas. Though he was a bit shy to tell us what he has planned for the holidays, we wished him the best! We are hoping he will tell us all about it in January when he comes for his next appointment.
Quinter is back! This lovely girl showed up today at the Kisumu clinic accompanied by her mother. Unfortunately, things are not looking so good for Quinter. The leg that was operated on has curved again, and the metal rod that had been fitted is now protruding. The doctor told her mother that her leg needs some urgent attention. She will be coming back to CURE next week on Wednesday to have the rush rod removed and a new one fitted. We looking forward to hosting her again next week. Please pray for her as she prepares for another surgery!
Eliud showed up after more than a year. Doctor’s got an X-ray and then met with his grandmother Salome. Unfortunately, as his bones grow, they will continue to curve, so he'll have to get corrective surgery every two years until he stops growing. This will just allow him to continue walking. Salome took the news pretty hard, and is unsure how they will manage. For now, he has no surgery dates, but we'll let you know what develops. He has such a sweet smile and it was a joy getting to play with him. Join us in praying for them!
Charity was at clinic today, happy as always and in the company of her mother. She told the doctor that she was experiencing some pain every time she tried to walk without support. The doctor told her mother to get her a walker which she will use to practice walking and slowly strengthen her legs. With enough practice, she will soon be able to ambulate without support. We will see her again in six months and hopefully she will be walking on her own by then. Before she left, she happily posed for some photos showing off her cute smile!
Today we were at Salome’s school for a mobile clinic. A lot has happened since we last saw Salome. After the first cast was removed, she was re-casted and measured for leg braces. The second plaster was removed but she had not collected the braces and this has set her back a few steps in the recovery process as her legs have retracted a bit to their former state. Salome has not yet been able to walk after the surgery. The doctor said that now getting her on her feet is the priority. She was casted again on both her legs to hold her legs in place as she tries to stand. Let's pray that this young lady will find the strength and the will to be able to get back on her feet and that there will be no more setbacks in her recovery. She will come to CURE in a month’s time for the doctors to review her progress.
It’s been a long journey for Joyce and her young mother. Some time after her cleft palate surgery, the palate began to split. Surgeons explained that this can happen from poor care at home or a mishap in surgery. But more likely, they said, it just happened. “About 10% of cases split again,” they explained. Joyce will be sent home over the weekend and we pray this time it’s for good!
We finally caught up with Josephine today at our Machakos mobile clinic. Playful and happy as always, Josephine had a good review with our doctor, who said she is doing very well, and her legs are taking shape nicely. Her next appointment is in a year's time! She was in the company of her mother Scolastica, and as they left, Josephine offered to carry her mother's handbag and pause for a photo with it. Let the year countdown begin and let's pray she continues to get stronger!
Tsehay came today for her follow-up and she is in good condition! She is now walking using her supporting shoe. The doctors say she needs one more operation, but Tsehay and her family does not want the operation to happen. The doctors told them to think about it and if the family decide to have it we will see her then.
Christopher did show up at clinic today, and it was a day well spent! He had so much fun playing with other kids at clinic, making new friends like it was his job. From the minute he arrived, he was out and about playing, and he only sat down long enough for the doctor to examine him. Unfortunately the doctor couldn't make a decision without the CT scan he had asked Chris' father David to get. David again promised to have the scans with him for the next clinic. Let’s pray that this time he will keep his promise so that our doctors can start planning for the next course of treatment for Chris!
“Smiling keeps you young!” Elvie told us this morning. Using that logic, J-Vie will be a teenager forever! He was all smiles today, and while he’s been coming in weekly for physiotherapy, today was just a follow up day for him. After taking an updated X-ray and checking his strength, everyone was amazed at how quickly his bones are growing back together. He’s walking with just a cane now, and he’s about ready to give that up. And that’s definitely something to smile about!
Fanuel is doing great! At his follow-up, he was running around and playing with the other children. The doctors saw him and said he is doing well and told him to continue to do his exercises and gave him a six weeks appointment to see his progress.
Daniel is doing great! This morning the whole family was with us, including his little brother! The doctors saw Daniel and reported that his foot is in great condition and told him to get a supporting shoe and to use it regularly. We will see him in a year for his next follow-up appointment!
It’s hard to believe it’s only been a few weeks since J-Vie had his casts removed. He is progressing quickly, in part due to all the work he’s putting in a home, according to Elvie. He’s taking small steps, but still gets tired easily. The whole family knows it’s a long process, but they always show up with a smile, especially when they’re photobombing pictures, like our resident expert, J-Vie’s dad Joel!
Martha showed up at clinic in the company of her dad, and she was calm and relaxed as always. Dr. Theuri examined her and advised that she come back to CURE to get a revision surgery for her feet, which unfortunately haven't corrected so well from the previous surgery. Martha's brace also had a broken strap, which we fixed up for her. After being very sweet and cooperative through the examination process, her father rewarded her with a piece of candy. Let's pray for this family as they plan to come to Kijabe for the repeat surgery, and that this time, it will be fully successful!
Keya showed up at clinic today, with a wide grin on his face. He was examined by Dr. Josiah, who said that he is doing great, his surgical wound has healed well, and his legs are taking shape. Keya also had his left foot brace fixed, because it had some complications. After his exam with the doctor, we had some time to bond with him, and he excitedly told us, “I'm going back to school on Monday!” This cheerful and very shy young man will continue being in our prayers as he continues to recover.
Dofte and his twin brother came in today for a follow up and they are doing good. After seeing him, the doctors say he still needs another operation on his tibia. He will be back to the hospital on October 14th for an admission. Please keep him in your prayers for a safe return back to us!
While some kids use crutches or wheelchairs to get around while their casts are on, Daniel was walking around as if it were totally normal. His second cast was removed, and his foot looks fantastic! It’s actually one of the best looking “right out of the cast” feet we’ve seen, it was so perfectly straight! As he was checking it out, we asked if he was happy, and he got a huge grin. “Yes!” he told us in his sweet, soft voice. We’re so excited to see what the future holds for Daniel!
The day we’ve been waiting for came! Elvie told us that J-Vie has been standing on his casts, so we asked if he was sure he wanted them off, since he was doing so well with them on. He decided it was worth the risk! So, everyone watched in anticipation as Dr. Tim removed the green casts, it was like Christmas morning! It was just as fun watching Joel and Elvie’s reactions, they were so blown away at the change. After a final x-ray, Elvie asked, “Is it awesome?!” Yep, awesome indeed! Now J-Vie gets to start working on taking steps, he stood a few times in the physical therapy room, and gave it everything he had, until collapsing in the chair from exhaustion. He knows it’ll be tough, but he’s ready to get to work. Stay tuned for those first cast-free steps, coming soon!
You know J-vie is in the hospital when you can hear Elvie's laugh. She’s just so bubbly and never misses to check in with the hospital staff, giving away goodies as her appreciation for our service to J-vie. He is definitely becoming a pro at walking! He’s taking more steps with the help of a walker and takes breaks when needed. We will see him again next week for his follow-up and we’re hoping that his casts will be taken off then!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 29
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- 92.1% Program Expense CURE hospital and specialty program expenses
- 1.2% Administration General and administrative expenses
- 6.7% Fundraising
Why I Support CURE
Chris is excited to join CURE for the same reason most of us are part of it: Seeing the Kingdom of God at work in kids lives. "Kids right now who can't walk, they're being carried, who can't go outside because their faces look different… they get to be kids again. Because of CURE… because of you and me and everyone else involved, kids will be kids again, and be able to walk and run.Chris Tomlin