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Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 22
We missed Stephen's last appointment in May, but we are happy to let you know that he his doing great! He was here today for another review, and his leg has healed very well. He is now walking upright with just a slight limp. We were happy to see how much progress he has made! "Next year I am finishing high school!" he told us with a smile on his face. He'll be back in May next year and we look forward to seeing him again then.
We finally had a chance to deliver Eda's get-well messages! We went to her bed and she was so happy today! She was drinking a milk-based energy drink and seemed to be enjoying it a lot! We read her messages and she loved hearing from people who are supporting and praying for her overseas!
Eda went into theater today to have the wound to her humerus sealed up a little more. With the osteomyelitis (infected bone), the opening they make to take out the infected bone is left open, packed with sterile material and regularly dressed and cleaned. It's necessary in order to make sure the bone heals correctly. However, her humerus was a bit too exposed so the doctors had to close up the wound more. It's painful, so be praying for her!
Adija was playing in the playroom today! She was pretty intent on her coloring. We're so happy to see that she can use her right hand to color now, and look forward to the day when her left will be healed enough to do the same! We will start doing regular dressing changes soon!
We caught Adija taking a nap today... on the wrong end of the bed! She was cat-napping so she woke up, we walked over to tease her about it, and read her some get-well messages! She read one of her messages all by herself, although Thandy had to translate what it meant!
Eda isn't feeling very well today. She's in a lot of pain. Unfortunately, we seem to have terrible timing when bringing her get-well messages, this is the second time we've loaded them on the computer to deliver them, but she's been in too much pain to really be able to pay attention. Please be praying that she'll feel better!
Thank you so much for praying for Eda! We were out of the office for most of the day yesterday at a clinic, and so we couldn't do updates, but Thandy stopped by Eda's bed quickly before we left and she said she had a really restful sleep! Her mom was so happy that she slept well! She's definitely improving and she feels even better today. We're so happy she's not in as much pain and can sit up a little more!
Guess who we found on a trip to one of the local village clinics? Makina had his final checkup, and is now walking free and clear without crutches! He's walking to school now, enjoys his new disability free life, and hopes to start playing soccer soon! We were also excited to have the opportunity to give him a photo of himself in the hospital we printed up a long time ago, Makina has come such a long way! Unfortunately, the access to internet is extremely limited in the villages, so we weren't able to deliver the last of his messages, but we told him that he had a lot and that all of you were sending well-wishes and praying for him. Thank you so much for your prayers and support through Makina's journey! We are so excited for what the future holds for him!
Alisson is back, along with his infectious grin! His grin almost faded though during the process of taking the pins out of his elbow, but it happened so quick before he could even think about shedding a tear! Alisson’s elbow has healed up well, thanks for all of your prayers! He’s not entirely done yet, Alisson still needs to go through physical therapy so he can gain his mobility back!
We got to be part of another milestone in Jyzyl’s life today, we went with him to buy his first pair of shoes, ever! We had a huge entourage of sales people following us, Jyzyl just always has a way of drawing a crowd. After trying on a few pairs, he found a pair he liked, and they have velcro closures, which means he’s able to put them on and take them off by himself. We’ll see him again in January, so it’ll be up to him over the next few months to exercise and build those leg muscles so he can walk. We’ll update you all again then!
Eda is in a lot of pain today. We got a photo of her smiling while Thandy distracted her with the picture of herself on the website, but she is definitely not feeling to well. She had an x-ray right before we visited and moving around left her in tears. She's such a cheerful, happy girl and we're sad she's having such a hard time. Please be praying that she'll have a peaceful sleep tonight and that the pain will ease. Tomorrow, she will start regular dressing changes, which can also be pretty painful.
Adija had a successful surgery today, thanks for praying for her! The burn contracture had the fingers on her left hand permanently curled so she couldn't extend them. Doctor Linda, our hand specialist, released the contracted skin and took a skin graft from her stomach to cover the excess areas on her fingers. Please continue to pray for a quick and painless recovery.
We met Meshack at clinic today! He was in the company of his mother and they both had lovely smiles on their faces, as always. The doctor was happy with his leg, it has healed very well. Doctor Maina who reviewed him, also told his mother that now they should start planning on coming back to CURE for surgery number two to correct Meshack’s clubfeet. It was such a joy hanging out with them today. We look forward to hosting them again soon at CURE. Let’s pray for them, as they plan to take the long journey back to CURE Kenya.
Kaye dropped by clinic today to collect a new pair of braces for his foot. He was delighted to get the new pair as the old ones were in tatters. As always, he had his shy smile on! He told us that tomorrow is his last day in school this year, then they will have break for Christmas. Though he was a bit shy to tell us what he has planned for the holidays, we wished him the best! We are hoping he will tell us all about it in January when he comes for his next appointment.
Medina came in today hoping to hear from the doctors that she could throw away her crutches, but that didn't happen. Instead, they told her to use them for another month and she was a bit sad about that. Besides that, she is doing very well and we will see her in three months for another follow-up. Please pray for good progress!
Eda had her surgery today! It was a major operation, and she was in for about 4 hours! Our surgeons first removed the infected humerus bone in her upper arm so that it can heal back normally. Then they opened her thigh and removed a large chunk of the infected femur near the fracture. Because putting a plate or something inside her leg could cause further infection, they instead put a frame on the outside of her leg. The frame is screwed into the bone, which helps to stabilize it and later encourage it to grow back together. Please be praying that her femur and humerus grow back quickly and that she won't be in a lot of pain!
Rachida left two weeks ago, and we just heard that she probably won’t be coming back. The doctor said it was too early to operate on her again, and he determined that she doesn’t really need another procedure. It may change, but as we know now, her treatment is over! Please keep her in your prayers!
Quinter is back! This lovely girl showed up today at the Kisumu clinic accompanied by her mother. Unfortunately, things are not looking so good for Quinter. The leg that was operated on has curved again, and the metal rod that had been fitted is now protruding. The doctor told her mother that her leg needs some urgent attention. She will be coming back to CURE next week on Wednesday to have the rush rod removed and a new one fitted. We looking forward to hosting her again next week. Please pray for her as she prepares for another surgery!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 22
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- 92.1% Program Expense CURE hospital and specialty program expenses
- 1.2% Administration General and administrative expenses
- 6.7% Fundraising
Why I Support CURE
Chris is excited to join CURE for the same reason most of us are part of it: Seeing the Kingdom of God at work in kids lives. "Kids right now who can't walk, they're being carried, who can't go outside because their faces look different… they get to be kids again. Because of CURE… because of you and me and everyone else involved, kids will be kids again, and be able to walk and run.Chris Tomlin