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Francis from Malawi on Today
"Francis always feels very free in our family. We are very close!" Saujati, Francis's mom told us when we asked her about her relationship with her son. We always catch them snuggled up together in his hospital bed. Francis seems to love hanging out with his mom over any other activity, but he does really like his teddy bear and playing with the wheelchairs! His favorite snack is corn puffs and he loves to drink Frozy, a local brand of soda. Francis says he doesn't miss his siblings, but he was happy to talk to them on the phone the other day!

He had a fever yesterday, but is feeling much better today thanks to the nurses. He will be going in for his next wound inspection Monday morning! Saujati says, "Please keep Francis in your prayers and that his siblings are behaving!"

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Faith from Malawi on Today
Immediately after surgery Faith was pretty despondent and in pain, but now she's back to her usual spunky, sassy, crazy self and says, "My foot doesn't hurt! Give me those markers!" Storyteller Avanell is leaving at the end of the month and since Faith is going home tomorrow morning and won't be back until October 9th, this is the last time they will see each other! As a going away present, Avanell gave Faith a pack of cards. Faith gave Avanell a smack on the tongue (right after this photo was taken). Please be praying for both Faith and Avanell as they travel home!
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Gloria from Niger on Yesterday
Gloria was pleasantly surprised when she woke up and saw that her whole cage was gone! She was discharged this morning and is already walking around the hospital cage free! She says thank you to all of you for your kind prayers and get well messages.
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Sarah from Malawi on Yesterday
Sarah is doing fine today! She has been reading her books as she is preparing to start Secondary School! She says she has a little bit of pain on her wound but that is not stopping her from concentrating on her studies. She had her wound dressed this morning, please be praying for her to get well soon as their schools are opening soon!
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Martha from Kenya on Yesterday
Martha came for physiotherapy today. Rosemary told Amos, the physiotherapist, that Martha complained of pain during physio sessions back where she stays. Amos figured that it was being done in a more aggressive way and this would cause Martha to feel a lot of pain. Amos went ahead to show Rosemary the proper way to do it and Martha was even smiling the whole time because she didn’t feel any pain. We are going to see Martha again in a month and we are so happy that she is now walking, sometimes even without her crutch!
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Danica from the Philippines on Yesterday
"Thea, can you please give me a push?" asks Danica. "Weeee! Yayyy! Weeee!" are the sounds coming out of Danica throughout her time in their playroom. We're so happy to know that she's having a lot of fun while waiting for her turn in clinic. And although we are sad that it was such a quick visit, Danica goes home with a smile on her face and a recommendation to continue taking Vitamin D. Overall, Danica is healing well and we'll continue to keep watch on her progress!
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Obert from Zambia on 2 days ago
Obert's had a successful surgery and a couple of dressing changes and now he is going back home with a foot in the right shape! He is leaving today and he will be back after some weeks, we really thank you for your prayers for Obert, please pray for a safe journey back home!
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Nkandu from Zambia on 2 days ago
Nkandu is finally going back home after another successful trip to the hospital! It's good to see that his foot is healing up well. He will be back in the next couple of weeks. We thank you for your prayers, kindly pray for a safe journey back home!
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Lucy from Kenya on 2 days ago
“Do you dance in Sunday School? Do you dance to play or to thank God?” we asked Lucy today during clinic. Lucy doesn’t say much, but she’s always happy to see us, and today was no different! We did learn from her mama that she’s been dancing in Sunday School, and we’re happy for that! Our girl is doing well, but her orthotic was having an issue, so these two ladies came back to get that sorted. We’ll see Lucy next on Monday for a shoe raise, and maybe when we see her next, we’ll dance to thank God together!
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Martha from Kenya on 2 days ago
Martha and Rosemary are back at CURE Kenya once again! After seeing the doctor, they thought she might need a brace to help her right leg out some. After consulting with our ortho techs, they discovered it wouldn’t help. Martha is in need of some padding in her orthotic though, so at least we can help with that! And we’re so thankful that Martha is walking! Rosemary told us that she can even walk without support on smooth surfaces. Martha is coming back tomorrow for physio, so we’ll be seeing more of these two lovely faces and find out about Martha’s physio progress!
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Maryanne from Kenya on 2 days ago
Maryanne passed her waiting time this morning by eating chapati (Kenyan flatbread) and then went for a cast removal. She found the pin removal process and post-cast removal to be a pain, but she was rewarded with a new kind of cast after this. This new kind of cast allows her little feet to peek out which means now she can walk on those feet that are peeking out. God is so good to our girl -- she’s making progress! We will see her next on September 26.
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Ephraim from Zambia on 2 days ago
Ephraim is back for a cast removal and he has also been given a Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) to support his leg! At first he had some troubles to put his foot on the ground, but after several attempts he managed and he is able to walk on it with crutches. He will be back again for a follow up in a couple of months!
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John from Zambia on 2 days ago
John was saying his good byes today! He will be leaving tomorrow and will be back after a couple of weeks. They have stayed with us for a long time and it's good that their stay has been healing both physically and spiritually, a number of spiritual counseling sessions have really helped his mother! Thank you for your prayers for John and we will see him soon!
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Hadija from Ethiopia on 2 days ago
We found Hadija in the play area watching movies and having fun with all the children in the ward! Fun with friends is an important part of the healing process!
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Gloria from Niger on 2 days ago
It was more like a mechanic's shop than a surgical room for Gloria's procedure. There were wrenches all over the place. But incredible news! The plan was to just remove part of Gloria's cage, but the doctor ended up removing the entire thing based on how strong her bone has become! Now cage free, Gloria can continue to walk on her leg and the medical staff are discussing the possibility of finally starting on Gloria's second leg in as little time as two weeks!
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Massaouda from Niger on 2 days ago
Massaouda had yet another appointment with the nurses in the bandage change room today and we have some good news! Massaouda is all healed up so she is done with her bandage change routine. After getting the news, she went to see the doctors who agreed her thumb is all healed up, but would like to wait about two more weeks in order to let her skin toughen up before we start discussing the next surgery. Overall, it's a great day for Massaouda and to make it even better, we were able to deliver a whole bunch of your get well messages! Thanks for loving this young woman so well.
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Francis from Malawi on 2 days ago
Francis came running up to Storyteller Alexis, wrapping both big casts around her legs and hugging her tight this morning. His mom, Suajati says, “I am never going to be able to get him out of here! You should just keep him!” We all laughed. She told us that Francis LOVES the hospital! We always catch Francis dancing, jumping and doing splits on the floor. He loves to show off his snacks and his new stuffed animal teddy bear. He hasn't given it a name yet. Francis is scheduled for his next wound inspection Monday, please continue to keep him and his mom in your prayers!
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Faith from Malawi on 2 days ago
Faith is having her surgery today! She's been just as quirky as ever... we asked her, "Are you nervous about your surgery?" "Yes." "Yes? Why?" "No." "No, you're not scared?" "Yes!"... We're not sure what that means but either way you can pray for her operation!

Dr. Maina explained, "Faith's talus (a bone between the ankle and the tibia) isn't curved like ours, it's flat. The curve is what helps us move our foot up and down, but because hers is flat the foot is stuck in a downward position. We're going to make a cut in the tibia and fix it with wires - then the foot will be in a flat, walking position instead of pointing downwards." It sounds like she still won't be able to move her foot up and down, but it will be in a much better position for walking well! Dr. Maina also remarked before we left, "Do you know what Faith's last name means in the local language? It means 'my friend'"... obviously friendliness has run in the family for a long time! Please continue to pray for her!

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Flyma from Zambia on 2 days ago
Flyma is back! His bandages were changed and the wounds cleaned. His father says he is doing very fine, even when he is home he doesn't complain of any pain. He was not admitted but he will be back for a follow up appointment with the doctor after two months!
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Obert from Zambia on 3 days ago
The starvation to get ready for the operating room usually robs joy from our kids! But today Obert had a plan to conquer it, he gathered and spent time with other kids while waiting for his turn and they kept themselves entertained by playing checkers! He had the final dressing change before going home tomorrow and he will be in for a follow up appointment in a couple of weeks. Thank you for your continued prayers for our boy!
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Nkandu from Zambia on 3 days ago
Nkandu had his final dressing change today before his departure for home! He will be back in a couple of weeks, his leg healing very well. Thank you for your prayers for Nkandu!
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Gloria from Niger on 3 days ago
Gloria is heading back into surgery to get some of her cage removed from her leg! Here you can see Dr. Jean Francois explaining the plan to her this morning. Will you please be praying as we all hesitantly get excited by this big step forward??
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Souraya from Niger on 3 days ago
Souraya was here once again for another bandage change. While she was waiting to be called, she had a visit from our spiritual staff (who she's paying attention to in the photo) who prayed for her and spent a little time playing with her!
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John from Zambia on 3 days ago
John had a dressing change today! He will be discharged tomorrow and be back home to recover soon. His follow up appointment is after some weeks, he's looking forward to being at home after being in the hospital for awhile!
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Wondemeneh from Ethiopia on 3 days ago
Wondemeneh was looking at his x-ray during follow up with Dr.Mesfin today! He is doing well post surgery and his wound is healing but it still needs some more time to heal completely. He will have a dressing change everyday for the coming week and we will see his progress next week. Please keep him in your prayers!
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