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Ezra from Kenya on Today
Ezra is a sweet boy! Today was a bit scary for him. The doctor asked him to walk barefoot without any orthotics on his feet. Ezra was very afraid and unstable. He’s been wearing his orthotics for years now, which give him the confidence that he needs to walk. Without them, he’s a bit unsure of things. Over the next three months, Ezra will start to practice walking without them. One day with them, then the next without. This will be the case until he gains confidence. When he comes back to mobile clinic on March 8th, hopefully he’ll be ready to say goodbye to his orthotics and say hello to confidence! Please pray for Ezra in this!
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Gloria from Niger on Today
Dr Negrini took some time during rounds this morning to explain to Gloria the next steps and what they need to work on together in order to succeed. It is slow going, but we are getting there!
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Imassane from Niger on Today
Imassane stopped in for her follow-up today and is looking great without that cast on! Her foot still has a little residual clubbing, but the doctors are excited about the way things are heading. They've instructed her to walk without her walker any more, and Imassane is heading home to strengthen up. Once school lets out in May, Imassane is scheduled to return for her next surgery!
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Bulko from Ethiopia on Today
Bulko is doing great and is walking well with her walker! She is growing, so she needs a revision surgery on her tibia. We will see her in January when she returns for her admission.
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Hajira from Malawi on Today
It's been two weeks since we last spotted the elusive Hajira, but she's back today! She had her MRI yesterday and, upon review, Dr. James doesn't want to go forward with her surgery until he's had the spinal surgeon from Queens Public Hospital check it out. If she does need a spinal operation, she'll need to have it before any surgery for her feet, so it's important to check these things! Please continue to pray for her!
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Ednan from Uganda on Today
“We are here at least happier. I fear the shunt so much I fear to touch him like he might break,” said Esther. Ednan is being transferred out of the ICU and back to the ward. His breathing is improving, he is still feeding out of an NG tube, but his doctors have no major concerns. “I will not attempt to breastfeed till the stridors are gone. When I breastfeed the stridors come back,” said Esther. “Pray we don’t get more stridors and that he heals completely."
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Reynaldo from the Philippines on Today
Reynaldo was happy to get his cast off today, and his foot is looking much straighter. He worked on some exercises in physical therapy under the watchful eyes of Reynaldo Sr. If he keeps to his regiment, hopefully his feet will continue to stay straight. It’s been a long journey for Reynaldo, and we’re all thankful that you’ve walked alongside him in prayer!
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Emmy from Kenya on Yesterday
We got to see Emmy’s dad today! Gosh, we love him. We especially love his dedication to Emmy. Sadly, we didn’t get to see Emmy, though. We think she was at home. Her dad came to sort something with CURE, so he came alone. The good news is that Emmy is scheduled to come to mobile clinic on January 10th, so that’s not too far away for us to see our girl!
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Angel from Kenya on Yesterday
After Angel had surgery, one of her legs got really swollen so she had her cast split to reduce the swelling. This made her problem recur, and that's why they came to hospital today. She also had a wound that made her mum very concerned. Angel was casted again, and she will stay with the cast for at least two weeks before she can have corrective surgery. We snuck up on Angel hoping to get her unaware, but we failed miserably! The result however was a very beautiful smile!
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Gloria from Niger on Yesterday
Gloria's surgery turned out to be quite complicated and took much longer than was expected. That's the bad news. The good news is it all worked out! The infection has been cleared out from her leg and the external fixator was successfully installed. She's resting up in the ward now. Please continue praying for emotional strength for both Gloria and her mother, Abigail. They've been here a long time and it's hard to be in a strange country, with a strange language, strange food, and so on. It's wearing on them, but we are making progress!
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Ednan from Uganda on Yesterday
“They are going to put a shunt in him, I fear the shunt,” said Esther. Ednan is now in the PACU waking up from surgery Dr. Justin and Dr. Kerry successfully placed a shunt! He will be moved to the ICU later in the day. Ednan and Esther received a couple get-well messages, which were a comfort to Esther. Back home, Edgar is anxious as he wanted to come to the hospital but Esther told him they were okay. Prior to the surgery several staff members prayed for Ednan that he would have a successful surgery and for him to grow up well. Please join them in praying for Ednan to recover well from the operation!
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Gloria from Niger on 2 days ago
In the time since we've last updated you on Gloria, her leg has still refused to fuse the two parts of her bone back together. On top of this, her leg has become infected. Gloria will be heading back into surgery tomorrow to clean out the lingering infection, and to received an external fixator that will essentially force her bone to heal back in place. It's not as elegant as letting her body heal herself, but since her body is not doing it's job, this will work just fine and allow us all to start thinking about the future again!
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Luka from Malawi on 2 days ago
Luka stopped in for a check-up. He's doing well and will be back in four months. He needs to come in every so often because of his brittle bones, as he outgrows the rush rods currently in his legs he will need new ones. Please be praying for him!
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Ednan from Uganda on 2 days ago
“Let’s put them on the (surgical) list for tomorrow,” said Dr. Peter during morning ward rounds. Ednan and Esther are doing well except for Ednan’s striders, which have kept both of them up all night. This morning Esther read her bible in Micah 7:8-10 specifically. The passage gave Esther a lot of strength. “Those who are asking where is your God will come back and ask what did you do,” said Esther. Please continue to pray for Ednan that tomorrow’s operation will be successful, and pray for strength for Esther.
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Gali from Niger on 3 days ago
As instructed, Gali has been walking on his straightened leg and things are looking good! He has strengthened, although walking is pretty tiring for our man due to his left leg still being bent at this awkward angle. The good news is that it's time to begin the conversation about his next surgery.
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Trinity from Malawi on 3 days ago
Trinity came in for a checkup with the doctors and physical therapists today, and with the CUREkids office! We delivered her get-well messages to her and she and her mom were both really grateful (although Trinity was making funny faces at the camera while she listened). We spoke to her mom Naomi and asked for an update.

"My daughter can walk now after the treatment. She now attends school. She can play with her friends, unlike before when they used to bully her. And it's helped me too. Now that she can walk she's more independent and I can go and visit my friends. Before I had to sit home all day and look after her. Now I encourage other parents to take their children who have deformities to CURE and tell them not to neglect them."

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Maliana from Malawi on 3 days ago
Maliana is back for another wound dressing! Volunteer storyteller Francine read her all the get-well messages that have built up since the last time she was officially in the hospital! Fungisai said, "Thank you for all the good wishes for my daughter. Please continue to pray for her, as well as for the doctors who are operating here at CURE." Maliana said with all the grace and tact of her three years, "Tell them to send me a kitchen set to play pretend house with!"
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Yenewase from Ethiopia on 3 days ago
Yenewase went home where he will continue his recovery from home! We will see him in a couple of weeks when he returns for his check-up.
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Ednan from Uganda on 3 days ago
At 11 o'clock onFriday night Ednan and Esther returned to CURE. Ednan was having intense stridors and the pressure on his head had increased again. “They told us the ETV failed, they are planning to put a shunt,” said Esther. “Home was good. They only stole charcoal (while they were at CURE) but inside was intact everything was okay. I didn’t come with them (Edgar and Edlah). I came alone with Ednan.” Esther and Ednan have settled at the ward this morning. Esther went to staffs' chapel and they planned to attend the chapel service for the families this afternoon. Please continue to pray for Ednan that his throat will clear and his next surgery will be successful.
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Joshua from Uganda on 3 days ago
On Saturday, Joshua and Gloria were discharged home. In a week, Gloria will take him to get his stitches out at a local health center. Please be praying for Joshua to recover well from the operation and for that to improve his life. We will see them again at a follow up clinic in two months.
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Joshua from Uganda on Nov 17, 2017
“Thank you,” said Joshua to Dr. Justin who performed his surgery. Thank you is one of the few phrases Joshua knows in English. Each day he tries out his English at the hospital. Joshua is still recovering and taking it easy, but he has had many guests visit him at bed. Debbie and Nurse Ruth played catch with Joshua, and Moses came by with a bell rattle. Gloria has been reading his Bible as he lays in bed which is an encouragement to both of them. Another encouragement was that he got a get-well message today, which Debbie read to them. Please continue to pray for Joshua that his back will heal well and for his pain to reduce.
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Martha from Kenya on Nov 17, 2017
Martha is doing well! We saw her this week during mobile clinic. She came to our clinic accompanied by a social worker who stayed with her at a children’s home. She was taken to the children’s home about two months ago so that she would receive proper care as no one at home was able to do this. Martha was also in the company of one of the girls who live at the children’s home. We will see Martha again soon, and we pray that she will have made more progress in terms of healing.
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Loveness from Zambia on Nov 16, 2017
Loveness is doing well this week! She has not had surgery this week and is a little anxious to get that out of the way as soon as possible. In the meantime, she is keeping herself busy. She got a pair of shoes today that she was excited to try on, on one foot. She can't wait to be able to wear a pair of shoes on both feet someday soon! Please be praying Loveness and her healing process!
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Joshua from Uganda on Nov 16, 2017
“I’m grateful. Thank you, God! Very grateful don’t have words to describe how I feel,” said Gloria. She called home and told them that Joshua’s operation was successful. “(They) can’t believe it’s done, can’t believe he is good and doesn’t have swelling,” said Gloria. She is thinking about the story of Hannah in the Bible, hoping God will use Joshua. Joshua is recovering well except for a fever and pain all over his body, he was well enough to play with an inflated glove he got from Nurse Janet at the OR yesterday. She wrote on it, “Pastor Joshua.” News about him wanting to be a pastor has spread around the hospital. Yesterday, Debbie answered Joshua’s request and bought him his very own Bible, which he was very excited about. Please be praying for Joshua that his back will heal well and his pain will reduce.
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John from Kenya on Nov 15, 2017
Storytellers Conversation on text; Let’s call the storytellers S1 and S2. S1: Hi, Friend! I saw John today. He said hi and to tell you that he misses you. S2: Oh, John! Love that kid! How is he? S1: (Sends Image) {The one you are seeing} S2: What an awesome shot! S1: Thumb up emoji S2: Is that the hand he had surgery on? S1: That’s right! S2: And it’s his right hand! (Smiley) Good one! S1: Out of this conversation i now have an update. S2: Oh, my word (Smiley) Yay! John is doing well! He is recovering okay, and we are very grateful for the fact that you have been praying for him.
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