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Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 19
"I can feel my leg now, there's no pain, but there's a little discomfort from the pins stuck in my bones. I feel alive sitting next to this window and breathing in the fresh air. Sometimes, when I see the other kids in wheelchairs, I wish I could ride in one too and go out to see the sunshine, but I am not discouraged, I know that time is coming!" Mazuba shared with us. We are thankful for the small joys of sunshine and fresh air and are praying toward the greater joy of being mobile again!
Malitina gave us a small smile when she saw her photo today! Poor child is still stuck in bed. We got a better look at her splint and it's actually attached to her leg (usually it's bound around the waist but the wound on her side was too long) so it's hard for her to move. The good news is that her graft is looking alright and the doctors gave her the okay to start walking around, If it hurts too much they'll try to figure out a different splint situation. Please be praying for her!
Ahmad's surgery went stunningly yesterday! It was essentially to fine tune the muscle relocation surgery he had done last time where a muscle was moved from the back of his knee to the front in order to keep his leg from contracting back the way it was. Our man is a little bit muted today and just wants to go back to the guesthouse!
"Look at me, I can walk without my crutches!" That was what Gebyaw told us when he saw us this morning! He is walking around the ward and he is doing very well! He went back home today but we will see him in a couple of months for another checkup!
"We will do whatever it takes to save his leg", Doctor Moyo assured us, " The wounds are clean, there are just a few parts that have a few dead cells and we will make sure all gets better." This is the news that Godfrey was delighted to hear. He is happy that despite news that the fight with infection had become intense, all indications are that we are winning! This is the grace of God.
Quinghie has grown taller since the last time we saw him, we almost didn't recognize him! Apparently that's a mutual reaction since he was back to his shy self turning his back on us and didn't want any pictures. So while he was playing with other CUREkids during mobile clinic, we snuck in a picture of him from the back just to let you know that he's doing well. Next step is to wear orthopedic shoes, which is still on their way to the Philippines. We'll call him once the shipment has arrived!
Justine came back for review today and chatted with one of our visitors from Woodmen Valley Church! He was bleeding under the cast and that was making him very uncomfortable, so doctor cleaned his leg and put a new stronger cast on him. Other than that, his healing has progressed very well!
Our beautiful friend Elemes has been discharged home today! She's still around this afternoon and since she lives far away she'll probably leave tomorrow morning. She gave us a funny face to share with you before she left though! Her next follow up appointment will be in Lilongwe at our local clinic there so we don't know when we'll get a chance to see her again, but please continue to be praying for her health and healing!
Malitina is looking a bit better today and gave us a *very* small smile when we went over and said hello to her! She was playing on her dad's phone - she's mostly on bedrest at the moment, we haven't seen her up and about yet. We're glad her dad is taking such good care of her in the hospital! Often it's the moms and grandmoms who come to watch over the kids in the hospital and we admire the dads who come out and are willing to do anything to get their babies healthy again!
Thom came back today for a quick physiotherapy session and is gone again! He'll be back in two weeks. Ndapile says his knee and hip are really weak and he really needs to do his exercises - he's not really working hard enough to build up strength. Ndapile warned him that if he didn't do his exercises he might need an amputation and she said he was a bit more motivated after that! It doesn't seem a likely outcome for Thom, but sometimes a stern warning is the best way to get the older kids to do the exercises their muscles desperately need to keep working! Please be praying that he'll do his workouts consistently at home!
Today, Mazuba talked to us about how he feels when he looks at his leg, all torn up and bandaged. Although the doctors have done a great job cleaning the wounds, infection has been almost inevitable, and he feels bad and scared! But the comfort is that the doctors are doing everything they can, and hopefully will come up with a solution that will better the quality of his life. Please keep praying for this young man!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 19
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