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Souleyman from Niger on Today
Souleyman had some more encouragement and prayer today from one of our Spiritual Team members, Balki. And while he's still not feeling super hot, he's doing well and the doctors have said he can go home! We'll be seeing him in a few weeks for his follow up appointment.
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Zahara from Niger on Today
We have some GREAT news for you today! Zahara is officially infection free! She's still hanging out here and staying in out guesthouse while she has regular physical therapy sessions. It's intuitive for most people, but learning how to use your newly straight leg after years of having knock knees is no joke!
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Balki from Niger on 2 days ago
Just a little portrait of Balki and her family in the doorway of our guesthouse where they're all staying. Every day Balki's lip looks better and better! She's got an appointment coming up with the doctor soon where we hope to hear she has the all clear to go home so please join us in praying for that!
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Nadia from Niger on 2 days ago
Nadia did indeed see the visiting specialist and we were told that while the stiffness in her leg is indeed something to work on, it's not a surgical issue which is good news. This means Nadia just needs to keep on doubling down on her physical therapy exercises to get her full range of motion back! With this good news and renewed sense of determination, Nadia has once again headed home!
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Bekri from Ethiopia on 2 days ago
Bekri had another cast change and his wound from his operation is healing and showing great progress! He got another cast on and we will see him again next week when he returns for his check-up!
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Yetbarek from Ethiopia on 2 days ago
Yetbarek came back to CURE Ethiopia for his check-up and he is doing well! Dr. Tewodros told him the frame he has on did a wonderful job straightening his leg and the time to remove it is near. We will see him after six weeks when he returns to do just this!
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Alfred from Malawi on 2 days ago
Alfred is having a fun Friday playing hide and seek behind the mattresses! He loves running around the ward with his new friends, all of them chasing Storyteller Lexi for a balloon. Alfred is full of smiles and high-fives and wants to let you know he LOVES nsima (Malawi's staple food). Alfred has recovered well from his previous operation and his arm has quickly gone from dysfunctional to functional! He'll be continuing his physical therapy this afternoon, and though painful, he loves now being able to flex his arm and move his elbow. Thanks for keep Alfred in your constant prayers!
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Souleyman from Niger on 3 days ago
This little man was hurting today. Our nurses and his mom are working together to make him feel as comfortable as possible, but it's still rough. Please be praying for him and we're passing your get well messages on to him to give him a few glimpses or encouragement!
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Maclifa from Malawi on Oct 17, 2019
Maclifa's surgery was a success and his hand is healing straight! Today he has the biggest smile on his face and is really liking his new cast. Maclifa will have a wound inspection next week, but while he's hanging out around the kid's ward he plans on playing lots of Bao (board game) with his new friends. Please join us in continuing to keep Maclifa in our prayers while he patiently waits for his wound inspection!
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Enala from Malawi on Oct 17, 2019
Enala is going home! She will be able to walk while she is away and will continue bandage changesd at her local clinic. Before leaving, she was given one balloon to play with now and another to take home that she hid in her hand tucked into her mom's back. Enala is super excited about her balloon and loves bouncing it against her little head. We're glad she's slowly warmed up to the hospital over time and hope she's not so scared the next time we see her in January 2020! Please keep Enala in your prayers while she recovers at home.
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Souleyman from Niger on Oct 16, 2019
Even though Souleyman has been into surgery a few times before, this one seemed a little rougher than normal. He wasn't quite his usual, joyful self and was a little afraid and apprehensive. Our staff did a great job at keeping him comfortable as they're fully aware it's never a fun process. The good news though is that his surgery went great! Since the curve in his leg was only small at this point, it wasn't difficult to go in and correct the curvature. Souleyman has a big leg cast on at the moment, but a nice straight leg underneath the plaster!
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Sinide from Ethiopia on Oct 16, 2019
Sinide has come back to CURE Ethiopia for another check-up to see the progress of her healing and it is looking promising! She told us, she has been walking with her crutches and everything is going well. She still needs another operation on her leg to completely straighten it and we will see her next week when she returns for her admission!
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Eshetu from Ethiopia on Oct 16, 2019
Eshetu is doing well and continuing his healing! He has a frame turning and cleaning everyday and his leg is showing slow and steady progress. Today we found him laughing and having fun with his new neighbor and friend Zahara!
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Degaga from Ethiopia on Oct 16, 2019
Since Degaga has a full leg cast on both his legs, there's not a ton he can do. Wheeling around the ward and spending some time in the playroom watching movies has become his main daily routine. Overall, he is doing well and continuing to get better, but please be praying he's able to keep his spirits high as he's healing up.
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Feyisa from Ethiopia on Oct 16, 2019
Feyisa is done with his frame treatment! He has had the frames on for the past three and half months. They've done a great job straightening his feet. And, as we had updated you, he started the frame removal last week with his left foot and, yesterday, he had a frame removal on the right foot. Both of his legs are now wrapped up in long leg casts. From here on out, it's just a waiting game as his body heals up so the doctors have discharged him! He'll head home with instructions to come back in six weeks when we'll check in on how he's doing!
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Souleyman from Niger on Oct 15, 2019
This young man is back! The good news is that his left leg is still doing great. The bad news is that his right leg has a slight bend in it that needs to be sorted out before it becomes a major issue like his left leg was. Please be praying for this little guy as he prepares for his surgery!
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Maclifa from Malawi on Oct 14, 2019
Maclifa is having his first surgery today! The doctors will be releasing the burn contracture on his left hand. He was nervous going into the operating room, but excited for his new straight hand and arm. Please keep Maclifa in your prayers while he undergoes surgery!
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Alfred from Malawi on Oct 14, 2019
Alfred is in the operating room! The doctors are releasing his wrist to align and straighten his hand. Last week he showed us how he is finally able to move his elbow in ways he couldn't before and we can't wait to see him doing that with his wrist. Alfred is one happy kid and had no fear going back into the operating room today. Please keep him in your prayers during his surgery and that he has a smooth recovery.
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Enala from Malawi on Oct 14, 2019
You may not be able to tell, but those two little eyes are definitely looking at you! Enala is still super serious, but slowly starting to lighten up. Today we caught her playing copycat with Storyteller Lexi while she was waiting for her blood to be checked. Enala has been having a few complications with her bloodwork and the doctor and nurses have been checking on her every two hours. Nothing to worry! This little one is a champ and may even get to go home soon. Enala is recovering well and her mom thanks you for all the prayers you've been sending!
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Ashley from the Philippines on Oct 14, 2019
“I feel nervous about the cast removal,” Ashley told us this morning at clinic. We encouraged her that it wouldn’t hurt as it’s been three months since her surgery. She shed some tears as her casts were removed but we are glad that the worst part is already behind her! Doctor Rayray gladly congratulated her as she was “graduating” from cast changes and referred her to Physical Therapy. She excitedly wore her new pair of white shoes and spent time with PT Intern James doing some gait and ambulation training. We will see her again in a month to check on her progress!
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Gloria from Niger on Oct 11, 2019
So a big update on Gloria's ongoing progress! We previously mentioned how Gloria needs to see a specialist we don't currently have here at CURE Niger. There was some talk of her going home to Sierra Leone and coming back in the future, but this was ultimately decided against. The plan now is that Gloria will fly to CURE Ethiopia where she can not only receive the final surgeries she needs, but also have the attentive follow up care she needs to finally beat these bow legs! It'll be a big transition, but Gloria is excited about becoming this world traveler! We're currently in the process of applying for a medical visa for Gloria and once it's granted, she'll be on another plane heading to continue this adventure God has her on!
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Nadia from Niger on Oct 10, 2019
As anticipated, Nadia is back here at CURE Niger! She's here to see a visiting doctor we are currently hosting and while she waits, she got to play with a community service group from a local high school. They taught her the true anxiety that can only be brought on by a good game of Jenga which she loved! We love all the volunteers and visitors that work with us here at CURE Niger to give our patients the best experience possible!
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Zahara from Niger on Oct 10, 2019
Zahara joined in a group art therapy session today where they made and painted shields! SImilar to the many Bible verses that talk about how the Lord is our shield and protects us in the face of evil!
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Fati from Niger on Oct 10, 2019
Fati stopped back in for her check up! The doctors say she has healed well and she finally has gotten her cast off which is absolutely a cause for celebration! She'll have another follow up appointment in one month, but is free to go until then! Before she left, she joined in one of our group art session where they made shields similar to the many Bible verses talking about how the Lord is our shield and protects us!
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Zourkaleyni from Niger on Oct 10, 2019
Zourkaleyni is back with us! His right foot is fully healed and it's time to start working on his left foot. Before he gets surgery, the doctors are doing a procedure to help his foot get the best correction possible. What happened is they bent his foot as straight as it would go and then casted it in place. This will help to stretch the soft tissue in his foot (muscles, tendons, etc) and less invasive work will need to be done in surgery later on. Since it's been rainy here a little bit, Z came up with the idea to wrap a plastic bag around the bottom of his cast so he can walk around without getting it wet!
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