Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 07
Things were better for Peter today. His father was able to bring more information on the tuberculosis medication. Peter has been on the medicine for five months, which means he needs another four to complete it. Dr. Mbugua was happy with his progress and we even got to see how well he walks with only one crutch now. Peter will need to come back for review at our Meru clinic, June 15th. Please keep him in your prayers!
It was a good day for Wilson as he got to transition out of a cast and into his new ankle-foot orthosis braces! Just like before, Wilson couldn’t help but smile when he saw his healing foot that had been hidden underneath the cast. Wilson’s mom told us she finished Bible school so we gave her a big congratulations. We get to see Wilson and his mother again April 20th back here in Meru.
Well, it's no shock that Sharon's brace straps had fallen off again for as playful as she is! They were able to come today and get them fixed. We have changed their clinic to Meru instead of Embu but will continue to look out for them in both places. Sharon and her sweet grandmother both came with friendly smiles for everyone. Sharon showed off by showing Dr. Watson her age, “One, two, three, four five, six!” she told us while holding up each finger. Sharon is walking very well and we were happy to help by fixing her braces, making walking even smoother! We plan to see them again April 20th in Meru.
We finally saw Miriam today after some time and the doctors were so happy to see her. Mariam has been coming to CURE for a long time, and seeing her grow up is a joy. They have decided to wait on an osteotomy and instead they just removed the hardware she has right now, because it was protruding and giving her pain. They are still sorting out when they can return to Kijabe, but are expected to call CURE on Friday and get a final date.
Jedidah came today with a big smile on her face! Dr. Watson reviewed her and measured her arm flexion and writing ability. She is making good progress and won’t need to come back for almost a year! Until Jedidah is finished growing, she will need to continue coming for review to ensure her bones do not outgrow the repaired skin. We plan to see her again on November 17th.
Estery had her surgery yesterday! Dr. Inyas and Dr. Minor took a wedge of bone from her tibia to make the bone straight and added a wedge in the joint of her knee to correct the angle. They put some wires in to hold everything in place. She's in the ward recovering today and it looks like she's doing well!
Christina's doing more therapy with the occupational therapists! Today she was reaching for toys on a ledge and putting them in a box, as well as doing some other range of movement exercises! Her grandmother really wants to go home, so we're trying to teach her how to do the physio at home so that the skin won't contract again when she's away!
Zahira is gone! We saw her earlier this morning and the doctors said she could go home if her x-rays looked good and she was healing well - which apparently she was! We went to the ward to photograph her in her lovely green dress before she left but just missed her! We grabbed a photo of her little friend Fernanda instead since Zahira has left the building! We'll be sure to catch her when she comes back for review!
We found out why Lawrence was sleeping so much! He has a bit of a fever, but no other symptoms, so we aren't quite sure what the cause was. The doctors are going to put him on some medication and hopefully he'll be better in a couple days! Please be praying that it's nothing serious!
Sepo is still in the hospital waiting for surgery tomorrow. She is having a good time waiting and she jokingly told us that she will eat all she can today because she will be too busy crying after the pain of surgery. Tomorrow, she gets work done on her left leg and she says she is not scared because she has to feel pain to get better.
Medina was here with us today and she is doing great! The doctors say she has good alignment but has some tenderness on the distal tibia, otherwise she is doing good. She will be back in three months for another checkup and we will see her then. Please keep her in your prayers!
Abdurezak and his father came today for a follow-up and he is doing great! The doctors say the guided growth is going well and they will wait for a while to remove the plate. We will see him in a couple of months when he returns for his next follow-up.
Noel went into surgery today. Her doctors successfully performed an ETV/CPC and she is currently resting the ICU where she will spend the night. We spoke to Josephine in the ICU and she was very happy the operation went well. Please keep Noel in your prayers as she recovers from surgery.
Juvannie's long awaited second procedure is finally over! He had to go through debridement on his arm, and skin grafting from the opposite leg area to cover the affected groin area. Thank you for praying for a smooth process! Juvannie is now recovering. Unfortunately, he's currently in a whole lot of pain, and expressing it more than usual. The doctors and nurses are watching and paying attention to his medicines though, but we ask that you keep him in your prayers as he recovers from this procedure.
Even if Jeb Jeb had no clue who the medical staff were in the OR, given that we were all wearing masks, that still doesn't stop him from making friends! This boy is a chatter box and couldn't stop talking until it was time to sleep! He was looking forward to his surgery, so he can finally walk with straight feet! And after a few hours in the operating room, the wait is finally done and Jeb Jeb is now on his way to recovery!
"Is this my leg? Mum, what has happened to my leg?..... Don't touch it!" Today was a mix of emotions for Arnold as he saw his leg for the first time after surgery and after the cast on his leg had been removed. He had so many questions and we all tried our best to give answers that he could understand. In the end, it was all laughter as he instructed our doctor on where he could touch and not touch as he examined him. He got a new cast which will last another month, then he will come back to have a prosthesis fitted. Please continue praying for his recovery.
Habiru was brought back to CURE with severe diarrhea and fevers. He was so dehydrated that he was rushed to the ward and put on IV fluids. Please pray healing for Habiru, peace for his father Juma, and the doctors and nurses here as we work to get him stabilized.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 07
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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