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Trevor from Kenya on Today
Somebody wore a very serious face today when we saw them. Somebody brought the car they’d been given the last time they were here. Somebody made friends with people who had phones in their hands. Can you guess the somebody? Yes, yes, of course you can - it’s Trevor! He’s doing just fine but needs physio to help him stretch his knees. He did some of that physio today, and he’ll come back again on February 2nd for more. He might even bring his twin brother next time which we would love!
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Martha from Kenya on Today
The lovely Martha came to CURE today with her guardian. Martha is a shy smiler, but we caught a bit of her smile and she was also wearing a pretty dress! Amidst all this, Martha and her guardian got some answers regarding her continued treatment. An X-ray was taken to see if she needed surgery on her hip, but it turns out that she doesn’t, just her clubfoot. Her guardian will be in the area next week and hopefully will be able to get Martha’s surgery scheduled. Please pray that it will be soon because Martha needs to have a special plastic surgery on her arms at another hospital too!
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Viola from Uganda on Yesterday
Viola and Namubiru have had a somewhat uneventful day. Namubiru and Viola spent the morning outside the ward with their friends, then in the afternoon, Namubiru was taught how to dress Viola’s back which is still a little infected. Namubiru seemed a little fatigued today and is looking forward to going home. Viola and Namubiru received a get well message telling them they were being prayed for, please join them in praying for Viola's back to heal well!
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Yadmekew from Ethiopia on Yesterday
Yadmekew came in for clinic today and he was advised to build up weight bearing on his left leg and come back in two months time to stop the growth of his left leg so that he may have more symmetrical feet when he’s done growing!
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Gadissa from Ethiopia on Yesterday
Gadissa is back for follow-up and doing well. Check out those straight feet! Dr. Rick encouraged him to continue to walk and we’ll see him back in six months time for another check-up!
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Nisha from Malawi on 2 days ago
Nisha came in today for her wound dressing and Storyteller Volunteer Francine read some get-well messages to her! One memorable one is from another 12-year-old named Chloe who sent a photo of herself and wrote about her own personal experience with surgery. It's always great when kids from the States can relate to our kids here! This is Nisha's response to Chloe's message:

"Chloe, you are beautiful. Please continue praying for me. I hope I can meet you someday so I can play tennis with you. [We asked her "Can you play tennis?" And she says, "No, but I will learn."] How did you deal with the pain from surgery for six months? Please also pray for my mom, she is home sick with malaria."

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Viola from Uganda on 2 days ago
“I want my baby to get well and for us to be able to go home. I also want to be able to be able to take care of the baby and to be able to go back to school,” said Namubiru about her prayer requests. Viola had a seizure yesterday and has been put on anticonvulsants. She is continuing her antibiotics and, besides the seizure, she seems to be improving. Namubiru hopes she will be able to go back to school and become an elementary school teacher. Namubiru and Viola have had a quiet day. Nambiru did laundry early in the morning and spent the day with Viola and some of her friends in the hospital. Please be praying for Viola to stop having convulsions and for her infection to be cured.
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Faith from Kenya on 2 days ago
This is the face you make when you wake up to such good news as, “you are being discharged today. You can go home!” We knew for a fact that Faith had received some good news when we could hear her all the way from the corridor singing. When we got to her bed, she had so much joy that she transferred some over to her ward cubemates. Faith can now go and will recover in the comfort of her home. We thank God for this. Friends, please continue praying that her recovery is smooth and that she remains as positive as she is for the rest of her life.
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Tariku from Ethiopia on 2 days ago
Tariku and his friend Engdaw were having fun while waiting for Tariku's turn to be called to the operation room. He is having a tendon transfer and a cast wedge today. Please keep him in your prayers!
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Viola from Uganda on 3 days ago
“Viola has been crying all night. I think she feels pain from the incision site,” said Namubiru. Viola continues to be on antibiotics today and this marks her seventh day of 14 on them. Over the weekend, there was pus discharge from her incision site which was cleaned and redressed. Her doctors seem confident that the antibiotics will clear up the infection. Overall though, Nambiru, Viola, and Fausta had a quiet weekend. Their highlight was the church service. “I learned a lot from the sermon and praying to God for help. We also thanked Him for making these days,” said Namubiru. Namubiru is now healthy and able to take care of Viola on her own again. Because of this, Fausta is going home today. After her mother left, Nambiru spent some time with the other families in the ward and read a couple get well messages they received. Please continue to pray for Viola that her infection will go away and she won’t develop hydrocephalus.
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Bulko from Ethiopia on 3 days ago
Our sweet one is doing great and she is going back to the Alemachin house to continue her recovery. We will see her in a couple of weeks for another checkup!
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Zeynab from Niger on Jan 12, 2018
The medication did it's work and Zeynab is feeling great today! The doctors have given her the AOK to be discharged back to the patient guesthouse with all her friends today. But not after she got a fun visit from Salamatou and Tante from our spiritual department!
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Souleyman from Niger on Jan 12, 2018
Souleymane's smile is back! He's feeling miles better today! The pain is receding and he's getting used to having a cast on his leg. The doctors say he's doing great as well and he can go home to finish up the healing process! We'll be seeing him in a few weeks for his follow up appointment.
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Faith from Kenya on Jan 12, 2018
Our little friend Faith is recuperating well. Her appetite is not very good at the moment but at least she was able to take some porridge and is getting her strength back. One of our Storytellers, Elvis, spent some of his time playing games with Faith which helped her ignore some of her pain!
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Nisha from Malawi on Jan 12, 2018
We've marked Nisha as in the hospital since we see her every day as she comes in for wound dressings! She's doing well but obviously tired of coming in every day!
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Hajira from Malawi on Jan 12, 2018
Dr. James is also happy for Hajira to go home, so she's been discharged! She'll be back in three months for the operation for her feet. Dr. James is trying to arrange for ponseti for her feet locally, casting will make her foot more flexible and bring it into the right position. If she can't get casting in her home village, when she comes back she will need to get it done here and will be in the hospital for another few months.... so hopefully she can get it done locally for her sake! Either way, we're sure she's thrilled to head home!
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Viola from Uganda on Jan 12, 2018
“Viola is good going to ward,” said her nurse, Ruth. “There is some difference compared to yesterday. Yesterday she couldn’t nurse, today has tried,” said Namubiru and she continued, “I have been praying that my baby will be better and they will discharge us when the baby is healthy.“ Viola is now off oxygen, yesterday she was on and off oxygen as her nurses weaned her off and closely monitored her saturation levels. If there is room in the ward Viola will be transferred out of the ICU which Namubiru is very excited about. Please join Namubiru in praying for Viola to become healthy.
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Faith from Kenya on Jan 11, 2018
Faith went in for surgery today and we are happy that it was successful. She is in some pain which is making her quiet, but we know that God will see her through her recovery process and she will have her smile back very soon. Before the surgery, Dr. Theuri prayed that God would use him and his team to help Faith become a normal child again and use both her legs. We would love for you to join the prayer team that she has for her complete healing!
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Ishmael and Rahim from Malawi on Jan 11, 2018
Yunusu is another boy who Andy brought in to CURE for treatment from Zomba! He and Rahim were waiting while Rahim's big brother Ishmael had his casts put on on Tuesday. Please be praying for Rahim, who has a sore throat. The boys will have another set of casts on Friday!
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Surafel from Ethiopia on Jan 11, 2018
Surafel was discharged home over the Ethiopian Christmas holiday. We look forward to seeing him at clinic in February for a check up!
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Hadiza from Niger on Jan 11, 2018
Hadiza has made it back to us a few days early for her follow up appointment. We're not doctors, but we think she is looking great! She'll be staying in the guest house and catching up with everyone until her appointment next week.
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Souleyman from Niger on Jan 11, 2018
Souleymane and his grandmother spent some time with Tante from our spiritual department today! They had some good talks and a good time of prayer. Overall, Tante just wanted to let them know that they're not alone in all of this. Medically, Souleymane's body is doing what it should be. Emotionally, he is a little muted. He's still a tad uncomfortable, but getting better!
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Zeynab from Niger on Jan 11, 2018
Dr Negrini spent some time with Zeynab during the morning rounds today. She's in a good amount of pain so he's upped her pain medication just a little. She should be feeling better very soon!
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Hajira from Malawi on Jan 11, 2018
Prof. Mkandawire came in and saw Hajira today! She had the sutures taken out of her back and he's happy for her to go home. He wants to see her again in three months but she'll wait around until Dr. James sees her tomorrow morning for ward rounds before we plan her return date, since she might have her foot operation sooner or later than that! Thanks for praying for her!
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Faith from Malawi on Jan 11, 2018
Faith came in for more physiotherapy yesterday and while she was waiting, came into our office and was distracting me (Storyteller Avanell) again! We asked her how her exams went and she says, "Give me a present because I passed exams!" She has also apparently ruined her playing cards by letting them fall to the bottom of her bag and get ripped! Oops.

Physio Diana says she's doing pretty much the same as last time, and her ankle's really stiff so they need to be more diligent about exercising it or else she has to go back and see Dr. James about it. Hopefully that's a good motivator! https://youtu.be/oLfso7YCezQ

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