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Reynaldo from the Philippines on Today
Reynaldo stood tall today as he walked in with his "almost" straight feet. His left foot needs a little work, but exercise and nice, firm, high-cut shoes should do the job since we do not have AFO braces available in his size. Reynaldo and his dad Reynaldo paid attention to all of Dr. Jun's instructions, which shows their determination to see Reynaldo become fully healed!
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Chisomo from Malawi on Today
Chisomo got his shoe today and was wearing it! It's quite an apparatus - he has a knee brace on too. Now that he has it, he and his mom can go back to Lilongwe!
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Tresford from Zambia on Today
The kids are enjoying their afternoons these days because they get to hangout in the playroom doing different fun activities. Here Tresford is seen stacking his boxes which he seems to enjoy! Please be praying for him and all the other kids in the ward that their stay in the hospital will be one of healing and also fun as they do different fun things in the playroom.
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Stella from Malawi on Today
Stella's doing well! She was chilling out back this morning and has been hanging out with the other kids in the ward!
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Mayamiko from Malawi on Today
Mayamiko came in today for a research project about the outcomes from frames on clubfoot! Unfortunately she's one of the ones who hasn't had as good an outcome, her feet are still tight and it looks as if her clubfoot is reoccurring. Dr. Karolina had us take a video of her walking to show Dr. James when he is back from vacation, and instructed her dad to bring her to their local follow up clinic as she is most likely going to be booked for another operation. When clubfoot is treated in infancy with casting there is a very high, over 90% success rate and low rates of reoccurrence, but for older children like Mayamiko the outcome is usually not as good. We are working to raise awareness in Malawi about how easy it is to treat this condition as long as you get help early! Please be praying for her, as she still has difficulties walking and can't go to school everyday because of it, and will probably need another surgery.
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Josephy from Malawi on Today
Josephy is back for the first time since October 2016 and giving us his skeptical baby face again! He was supposed to come to follow up appointments since then, but his dad moved to Mozambique for work and took Chikondi and Josephy with him. Unfortunately while he was away, he outgrew his braces so his clubfoot has come back a little, but it's super mild and Physio Patrick says he should be fine now that they've given him new braces that fit! He'll be back November 17th for another checkup appointment, please pray they can make it!
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Faith from Malawi on Today
Faith has finally figured out how to say the name "Avanell" without tripping up - she's calling me by my real name more than she calls me "Chimzy", her nickname for me, now! I asked her to tell me a story and she ended up telling me a story about me! https://youtu.be/2xaU6_BagD0
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Hadiza from Niger on Today
Hadiza went in to get a new splints and bandages put on her legs today!
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Gloria from Niger on Today
Gloria has been walking a little bit around the guest house, but today she's taken to walking around the whole hospital! It's a challenge for her as her two legs are very different lengths right now, but we'll fix that when we straighten her second leg!
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Souraya from Niger on Today
With Souraya's little wound all healed up, she's been told she can go home as everyone prepares for her next steps!
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Gregoire from Niger on Today
Our man's wounds are healing up nicely and he's been told he can go home and finish up his healing there!
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Ahmed from Niger on Today
Ahmed has now been to four out of four of his physical therapy appointments (called "massage" by the kids)! We've had to physically carry him to two of them and there has been plenty of crying, but he has made it through them all! He even has moments of having a good attitude about it. You can see him in this video applying lotion to his legs right before our therapist begins!
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Seid from Ethiopia on Today
Seid was so excited to be able to play with something new today, clay!
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Abdu from Ethiopia on Today
Abdu was having a blast today, making clay sculptures, with our volunteers in town from the states!
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Dave from the Philippines on Today
Poor Dave had a rough cast removal today, the whole noisy experience was a little traumatic for him, even though he's gone through it before. That chapter is finished though, and to reward his courage, he got two lollipops, one for each cast that was removed! He still couldn’t get out of here quickly enough, and once he made a quick stop in physical therapy, he was free to head home. We’ll see him back in a month though, so he’s not out of the woods yet!
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Catherine from Malawi on Today
We are doing research on long-term outcomes of frames on clubfoot cases and asked all of the kids who have had frames for clubfoot since 2008 to come in, and Catherine and her mom were one of the ones who came in! We haven't seen her since 2013! From a clinical standpoint her feet aren't perfect, but the treatment she has had at CURE has not only changed her life, but also her family's life after taking turns being her guardian at our hospital. This is what her mom, Margret, says.

“My family has really changed for the good! My husband used to be a chain-smoker and he was very difficult. The peace was imaginary at home; we never had this peace and love. After he was a guardian at CURE for Catherine, he stopped smoking! On top of that, my husband looks so handsome and smart. He is always caring. I totally believe that all the changes in my family came because of Catherine’s condition. I can say that all things worked for good of my family and my daughter. Catherine’s grandmother [who was an herbalist] threw away all her traditional medicine and she is a strong woman of faith. I am so happy to see my family coming together in love, peace and joy! I would love to thank all the donors who have been pouring out from their pockets for my daughter and my family, God bless you all.”

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Trinity from Malawi on Yesterday
Trinity's gone home today, but not before she got a balloon to play with! We'll miss her but she lives nearby and we'll see her again August 14th. Please be praying for her while she heals at home!
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Faith from Malawi on Yesterday
Faith's doing well - she was in physiotherapy again though, which means no big smiles today!
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Stella from Malawi on Yesterday
Stella's hand looks well, but she'll have another wound inspection on Friday just to make sure she's all set before she heads home! Today she was enjoying some time in physiotherapy, playing with all the toys!
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Chisomo from Malawi on Yesterday
Chisomo should be getting his shoe/AFO today, if it all turns out well. He was having some fun talking to Trinity and her mom Naomi before they headed home. Hopefully Chisomo will be going home soon too!
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Gadissa from Ethiopia on Yesterday
Gadissa was too busy focussing on his puzzles and learning numbers!
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Tariku from Ethiopia on Yesterday
Tariku and Feresenbet were having fun and enjoying their time playing with play-doh!
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Tresford from Zambia on Yesterday
When the days are tough, And the going gets rough, There's nothing that mother's love cannot do, To encourage you to get through!
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Trinity from Malawi on 2 days ago
Trinity didn't go into the operating room today. Because of the small complication with anesthesia from last time, they figured it would be better to complete the cast in the casting room, even though it caused her a bit more pain it was safer for her. She has a little fever now and seems kind of sad so please be praying for her!
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Chisomo from Malawi on 2 days ago
Chisomo is still here! Turns out he was going to have an accommodative shoe made at CURE but they ran out of supplies so they were going to send him to get one in Lilongwe. However, then we got supplies again and they started making it. One way or another, he's here while they're making it, but physio Patrick thinks it should be done by tomorrow!
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