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Hajira from Malawi on Today
Hajira's back for another checkup on her spine at Queens Hospital and possibly that MRI we mentioned. Hajira says, "I'm much better than before, now I can walk. I'm even able to walk without the walker sometimes. My back is good too. We went to 500 miles the week before last to get my AFOs. Now they want to book me at another hospital to check my back." "What do your friends and family think of your feet?" "They are happy my feet are straight. My friends who used to laugh at me are at school, since I haven't gone back yet I don't know what they'll say. I'm excited to go back to school, I think they will be surprised!" Please pray that Hajira's appointment at Queens Hospital goes well! We just heard that the only MRI machine in Malawi broke on Friday so things are up in the air. Please pray, as all the hospitals in the country rely on this one MRI machine, including CURE Malawi when we have our occasional patients with spine-related issues like Hajira!
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John from Zambia on Today
John had a dressing change today! This has left him confined in bed with his legs elevated and he seems not to like it because it is preventing him from going to play with his friends in the playroom! He's active boy, please pray for patience and that he'll be able to join his friends tomorrow!
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Silvia from Zambia on Today
Silivia stood against our newly painted wall in the ward! Yellow is the new color for the children's ward and very soon an artist will come to draw some Bible scenes on the walls to be reminding the kids about the Bible stories they hear each day! The larger potion of the ward has been painted already and all these creative efforts are meant to make our CUREkids feel loved and cared for!
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Filla from Malawi on Today
Filla just got out of the operating room! The doctors just went in quick to take out a wire that was shifting into the wrong position. He says, "I feel a LOT better! It was hurting before." He still has a while to go before we can take the entire frames off but in the meantime, we're happy he's feeling better!
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Gadissa from Ethiopia on Today
Gadissa is walking well and he is doing great! "Every time I see him I feel he is reborn. I'm so happy and grateful that he has a straight foot now!" Sufiyan, Gadissa's father told us. We will see Gadissa in a year for another check-up!
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Natnael from Ethiopia on Today
Two of our residents, Dr.Michael and Dr.Bahiru, were examining Natneal to see his healing after his surgery as he was busy trying to find something to play with. He was moving around and playing in the examining room. He is doing very well and his wound is healing, today he had a pin removal and got another cast on for the next week. We will see him next week when he returns for a cast removal and some exercises!
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Patience from Uganda on Today
“I’m going with great joy in my heart. I give thanks to the Lord for what He has done for my child. There is great change in the life of the child,” said Harriet. She is especially happy that Patience is opening her eyes and that she is feeding better. Prior to leaving this morning she received many get well messages encouraging her and telling her she and Patience are being prayed for. Patience and Harriet will return to the hospital in August for a follow up appointment. Please be praying for Patience that her operation will have been successful.
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John from Zambia on Yesterday
John was playing with Benson who followed him to his bed! He really enjoyed playing with the balloons and he will be going for a dressing change tomorrow in the operating room, please continue praying for him!
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Hadiza from Niger on Yesterday
Hadiza had her first follow up appointment and is doing great! She's still complaining of a little pain, but her surgery wound has healed up great. She also got the chance to participate in our CURE Niger fashion show! She had to be pushed by our spiritual staffer Salamatou, but she made it up and down the runway! To top it all off, she was discharged soon after! She'll be back in just over a month for another follow up.
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Ellina from Malawi on Yesterday
Ellina has been discharged but is still not talking to us! Isaki says, "You always come at the wrong time! She just had a wound dressing again and isn't talking. I'm leaving today - the place I work has been calling, so I need to get back to work. You should pray for a safe trip home, and as I said before, it's been a long time since I've been home and things are not well, so you can pray that God will give me wisdom so that things can be better." We'll see her in Lilongwe on September 10th, and on her way home she'll stop by 500 Miles for a splint.
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Kennedy from Malawi on Yesterday
Kennedy and his mom have headed home today! Dr. James was confident that his mother was doing the turns and cleaning correctly and they only have a couple days of turns, so he told her she could take him home. We caught a photo of him with his giant grin doing some physiotherapy with Diana, but he disappeared before we could say goodbye! He'll be back next week though for a checkup since he lives nearby. Please be praying for him.
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Lorina from Malawi on Yesterday
Lorina went home on Friday but she got a couple of lovely messages from a Vacation Bible School in the US (with a photo of a golden retriever) so we made sure to read that and her other messages to her before she left! This was her response. https://youtu.be/27Iyy0JQaPc
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Habiba from Niger on Yesterday
Habiba has once again gone home, but not until after she and her sister Rahaatou got to jointly, as they do everything, be in a fashion show! They modeled some clothes made by a local seamstress and had a great time. Right now, they're scheduled to be back here for a follow up appointment in three months!
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Gloria from Niger on Yesterday
Gloria is still walking around, strengthening her leg. Thankfully she got to this point in time for a fashion show we hosted here at CURE Niger! Gloria got to model a dress made by a friend's mom in America that was shipped over here just for her!
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Lonjezo from Malawi on Yesterday
Lonjezo is back for another checkup! Ivy says, "I came two weeks ago because she was in pain. One of the bones was broken so they casted and they've just removed it. Now they're going to check the x-ray to make sure everything is okay and then they'll tell me more." We went and looked at the doctors notes later - she's all good, just will come back in four weeks for another checkup!
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Yacouba from Niger on Yesterday
Just another update to let you know Yacouba is still here and still doing great and his sister is almost done! Also, how cute is this face with those tear filled eyes and little smile after a good cry!
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Patience from Uganda on Yesterday
“I only want prayer for the child to grow up… and prayers for my family,” said Harriet. Patience had a good weekend and is being transferred out of the ICU today, she had no seizures over the weekend and her temperature has improved greatly. “Patience is now fine, only observing the feeding,” said Dr. Agatha. Harriet was able to talk to Samuel which encouraged her he has been praying for Patience. Please join Samuel in praying for Patience that she will soon get to go home.
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Aldrin from the Philippines on Yesterday
Just when you thought Aldrin’s smile couldn’t get any bigger, he surprises us again! Visiting physiotherapist Shelby fitted him with a new pair of high tech braces today, and it’s a whole new world. These give more support, but allow him to bend his knees. Right now, they’re adjusted so he can only bend them slightly, but as he gains strength, he will be allowed more flexibility. Claire got the tutorial on how they work, in case they need to be adjusted before he returns next month. Big day in Aldrin’s world!
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Silvia from Zambia on Jul 13, 2018
Silvia and Charity are spending a lot more time together! Their friendship is getting stronger by the day. Our girl will be having a follow up appointment next week please continue praying for her!
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John from Zambia on Jul 13, 2018
These two boys have so much in common! First, they have the same first name John, and second, they have similar conditions except for the other John is just on one leg. Their beds in the wards are close by and they are new buddies! During our morning devotion in chapel, pastor Harold preached on contentment and he quoted from the book of Philippians. It's amazing how kids come together to play with each other and have a good time despite having physical restrictions they have due to the casts but they find ways to play together and have fun anyway. Our takeaway was that they are content with their current physical condition and the play continues!
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Wondemeneh from Ethiopia on Jul 13, 2018
Wondemeneh is doing very well, his wound is healing and everything looks great! He got a neighbor and his name is Hadus, they spent their day joking and talking!
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Lorina from Malawi on Jul 13, 2018
We got a picture of Lorina and her mom for you since we realized yesterday that we haven't posted any photos of them together! They've been discharged home but before they left Storyteller Avanell made sure to give Lorina a mandasi (donut) since she couldn't have one before her surgery! She sweetly said "Thank you" in very good English! They'll be back in three months for Lorina to have more of the medication, but in three weeks she'll be going to 500 Miles for a special orthotic called a clamshell to hold her leg in place while it heals. Please pray she makes all her appointments as it's very important for her healing!
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Ellina from Malawi on Jul 13, 2018
Ellina wasn't too thrilled again today - she's happy her frame is off, but after a wound dressing was back into a glum mood! Please pray that she'll cheer up some and enjoy playing with her friend Sharon and be distracted from the pain!
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Filla from Malawi on Jul 13, 2018
So thankful for Bessie and the rest of our physiotherapist team who keeps an eye on the kids frames and makes sure they're turned every day! We asked Filla if he's made any new friends since we chatted Wednesday and your prayers have been answered! He's friends with Chindikani and Kennedy, who's name he forgot! It's amazing how many of the kids play together every single day and yet don't know their friend's name! Filla says, "We've been playing bao (a mancala game) together and also going to the playroom together."
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Hadija from Ethiopia on Jul 13, 2018
Play time! Beyan and Nefissa are Hadija's friends, and they gathered around Nefissa's bed to play cards today! There was a lot of laughing and fun being had!
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