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Habiba from Niger on Today
Habiba took a break from her physical therapy and joined us for an art therapy session where she decorated this frame for a picture of herself! It was a chance for us to sit down with her and explain that we're all made in God's image and He loves us even more than we can imagine!
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Yacouba from Niger on Today
Our man is completely done with his healing process, but since he's still hanging around waiting for his sister to be all healed up, we're going to keep posting photos of him because just look at that beautiful face! We were also able to pass on several of your get well messages to him and his mother today which made their day!
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Gloria from Niger on Today
Gloria has traded her wheelchair in for a walker! Every step puts a little stress on her leg which, in turn, helps it heal stronger. Soon she'll be able to have the cage off and, Lord willing, we can talk about her next leg!
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Hadiza from Niger on Today
Today we were able to read Hadiza a bunch of your get well messages and this was her face as we were reading them to her! She loved the attention and her mother valued all the kind words and prayers you have all sent. Thank you so much for loving this little soul so well!
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Chimwemwe from Malawi on Today
Chimwemwe is doing well and was enjoying the sunshine outside while Ruth and the other moms helped sift through some rice to get it clean for lunchtime! We're continuing to cast him, and Dr. Maina says of the current casts, "Whoever did this did a good job!" Shoutout to Physio Diana!
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Nisha from Malawi on Today
"They should continue praying for me that I should be healed. Before I went for surgery I wasn't in pain but now it hurts a bit," Nisha said after hearing her get-well messages this afternoon. We also discovered that Nisha's family is Muslim, so we asked her what they did for Eid, the break-of-fast celebration at the end of Ramadan which was celebrated last Friday. "Palibe. [Nothing]" she said. Miriam, her mom said, "We just eat what we always eat. We had financial problems so we couldn't celebrate this year. Ever since I started coming to the hospital with Nisha I cannot go to work so we need to depend on my husband's salary and don't have the extra from the odd jobs I do."

We asked how she felt since CURE is a Christian hospital. Miriam says, "It's the way the world is, if the hospital is a Christian hospital but everyone's allowed to come, that's good, it's not a reason for me not to come. To the people who are donating, I'm thankful for the help, if they didn't help, Nisha would be disabled forever."

Please continue praying for Nisha and Mirriam as Nisha has treatment here at CURE, and pray that as a Christian hospital we'll be able to show Jesus' love to Nisha and her family!

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Meshack from Kenya on Today
Meshack had to have his cast cut today. It was simply too tight. God created our body in an amazing way and sometimes healing is just a bit messy -- like when you swell and your cast has to be cut to make room for the swelling and make you more comfortable. But when the end result is healing, it’s all worth it! Please pray for Meshack as he waits for his swelling to come down.
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Hadija from Ethiopia on Today
We found Hadija and Bayu, our limb reconstructor, doing their daily routine! Bayu was turning her frames as usual and making her smile by making different faces, so that she wouldn't think about her leg. We are so thankful for our staff that make extra efforts to bring out our kid's smiles and that Hadija is progressing with her healing!
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Nisha from Malawi on Yesterday
Nisha just came out of theater and is a bit blurry eyed but smiling! They removed the wire and she's doing well. We asked her mom about the driver since we meant to ask yesterday, and she says, 'We still don't know who it was. The police have the details but we don't know why they won't give them to us. We have a report, but still don't know who it is, and they aren't helping us." Please pray that justice will prevail for Nisha and her mother.
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Manuel from Malawi on Yesterday
Manuel's back for his weekly wound checkup and came in with his adorable little brother Joel (sorry we didn't get a snap of him!) He had a bit of an abscess near the stitches that needed to be drained, but fortunately there was no pus, just blood, and he said it didn't hurt. They gave him some more honey for dressing the wound and Dr. Saf joked, "Now, you need to use this for your wound, not for eating!"
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Meshack from Kenya on Yesterday
Meshack underwent a successful surgery and when we went to visit him in the ward, he was deep in sleep! His mother Sabina informed us that he didn’t want to see anyone approaching his bed. He is afraid of doctors, and all staff who work at the hospital. When we went to the ward, we tried our best to make him smile and indeed he smiled for us! His mother was happy to see that too! Meshack is recovering well after surgery and he is even playing around with a balloon, a sign to show that he is not in too much pain. Let's continue to pray that all will be well during his recovery and even as he gets discharged soon!
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Nkandu from Zambia on 2 days ago
It's show time! Nkunda proudly showed off his right leg which is now free of clubfoot! Dr Moyo said that when he goes back home, he needs walk on the newly healed foot to strengthen it for a couple of weeks. After that, it will be the appropriate time to do another operation on the left foot. With your continued prayers and support, Nkandu's right foot is clubfoot free and we will be moving to left leg soon, so we want to say thank you for your support towards Nkandu!
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Chimwemwe from Malawi on 2 days ago
Ruth, Chimwemwe's mom says, "The baby's doing fine. His first casts though were slipping, so he needed new ones, but then the second casts were too tight and he was crying so much. They gave him medication, took off the casts and put on a third set of casts, and these are better!" We're already having difficulties with poor Chimwemwe's casts, it's definitely an art form to cast chubby legs! Please pray it will get better.
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Meshack from Kenya on 2 days ago
Someone has finally come for their next surgery for just a bit more foot correction! As Meshack waited for his surgery this morning, his mom enlisted the help of two birds sitting on a tree outside to help distract him. We’re not so sure about Meshack and hospitals, or maybe it’s him who isn’t so sure of them. Because of Meshack’s turbulent mood, another patient waiting to go to theatre assured him by saying something like, “I don’t cry when I go to theatre. You shouldn’t cry either!” We’re not sure how her advice went when it was time for theatre for our guy, but we’re hoping that regardless, this is the last time Meshack will have to endure a trip to theatre!
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Nisha from Malawi on 2 days ago
"I'm doing okay. I don't have any pain but the cast is very itchy!" Nisha said when she came in for a checkup with the doctors. "I'm not going to school right now and I won't be writing my exams so I'm worried because I'll have to repeat this grade. Please pray that I heal quickly so I can go back to school." Nisha's going to be readmitted for a few days just so they can take out the wire holding her bone from when it broke.
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Habiba from Niger on Jun 15, 2018
It's been six months and five days since Habiba first came to us and she is almost unrecognizable now! Her legs are straight and her wounds are healed up. And to boot, the doctors have made the call that she actually will not need that walking boot we were talking about! She's still using a walker to get around, but even that won't last long!
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Hadiza from Niger on Jun 15, 2018
Hadiza has spent this week hanging out with her mother and sister and healing up. She's not a super fan of having to sit still with the big cast on and today her big complaint was that her leg was really itchy, but she couldn't scratch it. Please be praying that she stays strong over the next few weeks that this cast has to be on!
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Gali from Niger on Jun 15, 2018
Gali's wounds are all healed up and the bandages off. We had a chance today to hang out with him and encourage him with several of your get well messages. Since he's deaf, we mimed most of them and we think he got the point ... or at least we hope he did! We also managed to snap a new after photo of him and just look at that difference from when he first came to us ten months ago!
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Nkandu from Zambia on Jun 14, 2018
Else, our Playroom Volunteer is helping Nkandu solve some mathematics problems! He truly enjoys being with books, so much so, that he moves around with them. Wherever he goes, the books go to! We are still waiting for the way forward on what is next for him but the foot that he had surgery on previously looks really good. Thank you for your prayers and support for Nkandu, please continue as we expect that he will soon have surgery on his other foot!
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Chimwemwe from Malawi on Jun 14, 2018
Meet Chimwemwe! He's a chunky baby who came back with our outreach clinic to Thyolo yesterday! He's been casted for clubfoot at his local hospital but they've had a really difficult time with his legs because the casts are just constantly falling off of! Please pray that we have better luck here at CURE Malawi!
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Enock from Kenya on Jun 14, 2018
“I was telling him to color in the lines,” Mama Enock told us today. Enock has had himself quite the time! He was scheduled to come for mobile clinic in three weeks, but then a bummer thing happened - the screw in his arm started coming out. “He’s too sad,” his mom said this morning. Enock’s eyes even got a bit misty. We brought him coloring books and that helped distract him. Plus -- he gets to go home and share the crayons with his family at home. His mom told us he loves sharing! Thankfully for Enock, his day was cheered by the fact he didn’t have to go to theatre and there is no infection and his bones have fused okay. We’re hoping to still see him at clinic in a few weeks! Pray for him in these next weeks because he needs to do physio to help with his range of motion.
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Andrew from Malawi on Jun 14, 2018
Andrew is back for a wound inspection and was looking a bit teary after the bandage came off but still grabbing at everything as usual. Nolia says, "He was doing well, he's been playing, until yesterday when the dressing on his stomach from the skin graft fell off, then he started crying. I was supposed to come on the 19th but when I saw that the dressing fell off I decided to come a bit early."
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Nkandu from Zambia on Jun 13, 2018
He is back and guess what was at the top of his to-do list at the hospital? It was of course going to the playroom where he quickly grabbed a book started to read - his favorite thing to do at CURE Zambia! The playroom ministry has played an impactful role in Nkandu's healing journey, it has ignited the desire in him of wanting to learn more! He will see the doctor tomorrow and that is when we will know what's next for him, we will keep you posted!
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Trevor from Kenya on Jun 13, 2018
Somebody wasn’t feeling so well today. Trevor was having issues on the inside of him that involved toilet runs, so when he saw the doctor, the doctor suggested that his mama keep him hydrated. Hopefully it’s a simple bug that will pass soon. Having to travel back to Nairobi with a sick kiddo isn’t a fun thing for anyone, but hopefully they made it okay! We’re not sure if the doctor asked Trevor to stick his tongue out or if that was original Trevor, but regardless -- please pray he’ll feel better soon. He had another cast put on today, and he’ll come back for more casting on the 25th.
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Maliana from Malawi on Jun 12, 2018
Maliana's back and showing off her gorgeous smile! Physio Janet says her hand is doing really well. Apparently her ring finger's first joint is a bit out of place, so she may be coming back in a year to have that operated on according to Dr. Linda. We're not sure why the wait, but we trust that the doctor knows best! The syndactyly has healed well though and now her fingers are all separate!
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