Centennial Baptist Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
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!
We met up with Judith and Micheal at the Mbarara clinic. Judith hasn’t seen any change with Micheal since his surgery and everything looks normal, however, he has been crying a lot. We will see them again at the next clinic in Mbarara in October. Please continue to pray for them.
J-Vie is back with his mom and dad for his physical therapy appointment! This was his second time in therapy so he knows what to expect. He stood up but didn't take a step, unlike the first time. He wasn't disappointed though, he understood that it is a new thing for him. Hence, he's a bit scared to take a step. On the bright side, he is standing at home, so that's going to help build him up more courage to keep going in his therapy! Thank you for praying for J-vie! We will keep you posted on his progress!
J-Vie was back today for his cast change, he was really hoping he wouldn’t need a new set, but after an x-ray, the decision was made to put him in casts for one more month. The removal was a bit rough, the gauze pads under his cast were sticking to his skin, and it was actually some of the worst pain he’s experienced, believe it or not! We are amazed at how straight his legs are though. He was upgraded to cool green fiberglass casts this time, which will allow him to start walking with crutches. We’ll see him next month for hopefully his final cast removal!
Meba did so well, she was able to check out and return home yesterday afternoon! We look forward to catching up with her in September, during her next visit, and hope she can shoot 3-pointers better than before! In this x-ray collage, you can see the adjustments made to her broken arm. God is good!
Meba's surgery went quite well. Dr. Mesfin did a wonderful job making sure she would have a quick recovery. We asked Meba what she wants to do when she's fully recovered and she says she can't wait to play basketball again! Thank you for the prayers and get well messages!
Tsehay has been recovering well and is quite happy. Here she was taking a stroll outside and enjoying the bit of sun we had over the weekend! Tsehay has been discharged and we look forward to seeing her for her next procedure in September. Please keep praying for her!
Here Meba is getting observed by Dr. Mesfin who will operate on her this afternoon! Dr. Mesfin says this is a one operation scenario. She will need just 6 weeks of healing and her left elbow fracture malunion will be fixed! Please join us in praying for her surgery!
We were hoping to see Eliud and his grandmother today, but clinic is almost over and they have not showed up yet. The story has been the same for a while, he has an underlying condition which means he needs to be on close observation as the doctors monitor his legs. We are not sure when they will show up again, so for now, our best bet is to keep looking out for them and when we see them we will let you know.
Quiet Daniel spent some time before his check up sprawled out in the playroom playing video games. He had a cast change, but we got a glimpse in between, and his foot is looking fantastic! Even though he can’t walk yet, he’s been going to school, which we’re happy to hear. We’ll see him again in about a month for the final removal, when he can start walking, yay!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
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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