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Arianne from PhilippinesToday

Sassy Miss Arianne was back in form this morning! We walked past her room, figuring we’d give her a bit more rest before visiting, and she motioned for us to come in. She’s feeling great, so great in fact that she’s decided that it’s time to go home, and is letting us know it! Hopefully tomorrow, but until then she can blow bubbles and watch TV, which she says is her favorite part of being here. And, you’ll all be happy to know that Arianne’s uncle has been faithfully feeding Kuringmundo the Kitty, we know you were all waiting to hear the news! Thanks for praying for Arianne and for following her progress!

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Ndadabwa from MalawiToday

Ndadabwa is feeling great after having surgery only yesterday - hooray! Thanks heaps for your prayers! We stopped by his bed and found out that he is from the same district as our CUREkids Coordinator, Thandy. So those two had a great little chinwag about their home, and turns out they have a bunch of mutual friends. When you're far from home it's always nice to have someone who knows the places that you know, so we're super thankful for this connection! Please continue to pray for Ndadabwa as he heals!

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Estery from MalawiToday

We love a good surprise! Our surgeons snuck Estery onto the theater list today instead of Thursday like we'd planned! OH YES. The frames are well and truly off, and we caught up with Estery back out on the ward after the procedure. We decided a happiness scale was the way to go here, so we asked whether her happiness was as big as a car, or her house, or this hospital. She told us it wouldn't even fit inside the hospital - HUUUGE!!

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Christine from KenyaToday

“I am hoping you brought me sausages,” Christine told her dad when he came back today to visit. Instead, he brought an apple, and she seemed just as excited. Though her dad had to leave again today, Christine spends time with her mom, enjoying the sunshine and her lollipop. We are grateful that her healing is going well and that she’s not in any pain today.

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Loudel from PhilippinesToday

Loudel is back and healthy! She had an x-ray to confirm that her lungs are clear, so she’s ready to go. She’s actually pretty excited to be here this week, because, she told us with a wry smile, she’ll miss her school exams the end of this week! There’s positive in everything! Please be praying that this time around there are no more delays or hangups!

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Arianne from PhilippinesToday

Arianne’s hip and knee release procedure was a success today! Both of her legs are wrapped with long-leg casts, but as thick as they are, they still didn't keep her warm enough, since she was shivering in the recovery room. We got her a heating blanket, and it didn’t take too long to keep her warm and cozy. Arianne is now resting in the ward with Grandma Esther, and we are continuously praying that God will increase her mobility because of this surgery!

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Christine from KenyaYesterday

Christine returned today after a long time, and she was happy to be here! Because she is still growing, her bone continues to grow despite the amputation. Our surgeons shortened the bone that was protruding through her skin and stitched her back up. For as long as she is growing, this will be a continual procedure.

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Estery from MalawiYesterday

Estery is having both frames removed on Thursday and she is JUST SO EXCITED!!

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Ndadabwa from MalawiYesterday

Our man Ndadabwa is back! He was straight into theater first thing this morning to have his right foot operated on, now that his left one is all sorted out. He's still pretty out to it after surgery, but we caught him with his eyes open and even got a little smile! Please pray for him as he recovers, we'll have a chat to him tomorrow and let you all know how he's feeling!

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Meri from UgandaYesterday

Meri has been transferred back to the ward after spending a weekend in ICU. Today she was in the laboratory for several tests. She is also on salt solution therapy to improve her sodium levels. Hanifa has made many friends in the hospital, so she's blended right in and is doing well. Please continue to pray for this family!

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Arianne from PhilippinesYesterday

We were hanging out with Arianne, who had just gotten off the phone with her uncle, reminding him to feed her cat, which is interestingly named "Kuringmundo" meaning "wild cat". Arianne doesn't say much unless you talk about her best friend Cookie. Yes, she says she's sweet, just like her name sounds. We said we were going to call Cookie to tell her that Arianne is here at the hospital, but unfortunately she doesn't have her number. What a bummer! We will try and call her uncle again tomorrow and maybe he can get Cookie's number. When we went up to the playroom, she went back to her quiet self and only answered questions with a nod and looked pretty content with the activity sheet and crayons. Please pray for Arianne as she goes through surgery tomorrow!

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Estery from MalawiJul 31, 2015

We love this expressive face! You're pretty much guaranteed to know exactly what Estery is thinking at any given time just by looking at her face. Thanks for continuing to encourage and support her, not long now until her treatment comes to an end!

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Aselefech from EthiopiaJul 31, 2015

When we went to the ward to see Aselefech, she was just relaxing in her wheelchair, reading a Bible. She had a cast change today and is doing really well!

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Meri from UgandaJul 31, 2015

We asked Hanifa how she was doing, and she said, “Happy, because Meri will be helped today.” Meri went into surgery for an irrigation and reservoir placement. During the irrigation, the CSF fluid was bloody, so a sample was taken to the lab for testing. Meri will be moved to the ICU, where she will spend the night. At this time, the next course of action hasn’t been determined, but please keep Meri in your prayers as she recovers and a plan is made for her!

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Elizabeth from ZambiaJul 31, 2015

Elizabeth walked on her crutches to the doctor's office! This was great to see! The doctor was so happy with her progress so far, he discharged her. She's definitely excited to go home and says she will keep exercising her legs. We can't wait to see her next time she comes, and we believe she'll make great progress! Please keep praying for Elizabeth!

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Gideon from ZambiaJul 31, 2015

Gideon is recovering well after his eye surgery. Although he is struggling to keep his eyes open during the day, as there is a lot of light, he tries to open his eyes in the evening. Mirriam has continued to administer eye drops, and this is really helpful for Gideon. Please keep praying that he continues to make great progress!

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Muthoki from KenyaJul 31, 2015

It is thankfully such a better day for Muthoki. We got to see her real smile as she laid in the sunlight, her bagged packed, waiting to go home. No longer having to be nervous about her uncomfortable procedure, this girl is back to her old self and we are happy for her getting discharged today!

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Hara from PhilippinesJul 31, 2015

Look at this beautiful young lady that came to the clinic today! Hara is back and got her final casts off! Dr. Valera said that her wounds are fully healed! Praise the Lord! She is on her way to physical therapy to work on some strengthening exercises. As for now, she is excited to get back into the groove of things and catch up with school work. Once she’s caught up and mentally ready to go through another procedure, she will come see us again for her clubfoot surgery. Things are looking great for Hara, and we thank God for what He’s doing in her life. Thank you for being a part of Hara’s healing!

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Jess Ryan from PhilippinesJul 31, 2015

Jess Ryan’s hip was x-rayed today, and the doctors took a look at his healing. He’s doing great! He’s still walking with crutches, but it’s more as a balance support than anything at this point, he’s almost ready to go solo. His smile is as big as ever, and little bro John Vincent is still as cute as ever! He got a new haircut, and looks like a big kid now, so we had to include his picture, as usual! We’ll see them back in about 8 weeks, thanks for all the prayers!

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Estery from MalawiJul 30, 2015

Estery and all of her friends! You can tell they all love having their photo taken, and are eagerly awaiting the results. Also - medical update - Estery should be good to go have the frames removed next week. We're all so excited!

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Meri from UgandaJul 30, 2015

Hanifa told us she's seen an improvement in Meri since they have been in the hospital. After 2 blood transfusions, Meri is stronger than when she first arrived here. Last night, Meri was suffering from a low grade fever, but besides that, she is doing well. Hanifa was given a couple of outfits from a mother who was leaving the hospital, which made her very happy. Overall they've had a quiet day, and Meri’s surgery hasn’t been scheduled yet, but please keep praying for them as they prepare for it!

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Muthoki from KenyaJul 30, 2015

Muthoki is back with us once again, but this time she is not so thrilled. She came in for our clinic and was admitted into the hospital. Today she is getting the rod in her leg removed as it has begun to protrude through her skin. She is on our hearts today and we are hoping to see her brighten up after her procedure.

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John Carlo from PhilippinesJul 30, 2015

Today was a day full of excitement for John Carlo! One, because he went to physical therapy this morning and was able to stand up for the first time after surgery! Two, his neighbor Jess Ryan, who’s also a CUREkid here at Tebow CURE, came in for a follow-up. John Carlo was so thrilled to see Jess Ryan walk in the playroom. It was like a “bro reunion” and the two immediately got on to a race car battle on the PlayStation. Finally, since both of the boys are neighbors, he also gets to go home with his buddy today! Yes, definitely lots of things to be joyful about. We praise God for all of these, especially because he has 6 more weeks on that cast! This boy has gone through a long haul, but we are praying that God will continue to bring healing in his life. Thank you for being a part of John Carlo’s healing and we will see him in two months!

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Boubacar from NigerJul 29, 2015

Sitting on the ground outside and enjoying the fresh air, having a delicious donut for breakfast with good friends around, Boubacar has found a good recipe for happiness!

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Rachida from NigerJul 29, 2015

Rachida is patient! She’s staying at the Case de passage while she’s waiting for healing! She enjoys her time here!

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