Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 30
Here is Saadiya! She has gone through hard times when she sustained burns from her belly to her knees. She’s already spent a long time at the hospital in her hometown waiting for healing. She’s now able to receive a restorative surgery and we are so glad to provide it for her! She will have surgery tomorrow! Please pray for her!
Meet Aicha! She’s a nice little girl who just arrived to our hospital! She was born with hands that are twisted inward. Her mother has been very discouraged about Aicha’s situation so we hope that surgery will give the whole family a reason to smile again!
We had some good chats with Sten today, we're pretty much best friends after hanging out! He told us about his home, where he plays football with his friends, and his older brothers hunt for mice with their dog and their mother cooks them up for dinner! He told us that even though his arms aren't like other people's, the others in the village don't laugh or make fun of him, and his friends always include him in their games. Sten's been scheduled to have surgery tomorrow, so please pray that he has a restful sleep tonight, ready for what tomorrow will bring!
Bridgette made it to theater this morning! The trouble with her leg is caused by a problem in her hip, so first our team worked on her left hip to sort that out. Once that was done, we had to perform a small procedure on her right knee. Because of the hip problem, Bridgette's right leg kept growing while her left leg stopped. A few years of this has left her legs different lengths. The small procedure we did will stop the growth on her right leg, so hopefully, since Bridgette is still a teenager with some growing left to do, her left leg will end up more of a similar length to her right leg. She's back out on the ward recovering now, please keep praying for her!
Dofte and his twin brother came in today for a follow up and they are doing good. After seeing him, the doctors say he still needs another operation on his tibia. He will be back to the hospital on October 14th for an admission. Please keep him in your prayers for a safe return back to us!
Jahuhara has been moved out of the ICU and back into the ward, which has made Madina very happy. It seems like a great weight has been lifted off her. The respiratory problems have stopped, so her doctors decided she was strong enough to go back into the ward. Jahuhara's father, Abubakar, has gone back home and is doing well. Today, Jahuhara has been improving and feeding okay. Please continue to pray for Jahuahara, that she will be strong enough for surgery.
Sauda was in theater first thing this morning, and Dr Linda, our hand specialist, got started on surgery straight away. Linda and her team quickly released the contracture at Sauda's wrist, taking a skin graft from Sauda's tummy to stitch everything back up. We bandaged and splinted Sauda's hand and arm so that the injury doesn't re-contract. She's back in the ward recovering now, please send your encouragement and prayers her way!
Abi is here to have a right hip reconstruction. His surgery needs to be done in two parts. Today the surgeon will insert pins into his leg to lengthen the leg first, and then after ten days, Abi will have his hip surgery. Please join us in welcoming Abi to the CURE family and saying a prayer for a quick first step to his operation today!
Gracious went into surgery today, doctors placed a shunt in Gracious’ abdomen, a catheter in the sack and then connected them. The hope is that the CSF will flow from the sack to the abdomen and be absorbed. Gracious is currently resting in the ICU with his mother Pamela. “He will be fine, because with God everything is possible,” said Pamela. Please keep them in your prayers as we await to see if the shunt is successful.
We got to see Leroy and his family today! They have missed the first day of school in order to get Leroy new crutches and his ankle-foot orthosis re-fitted. But tomorrow Leroy and his sister start back and Leroy says he is ready. "I like math and science," he told us, "but I really like to run," he added. Leroy's parents know that it isn't safe for him to run because of his tendency to fall "But when he sees other kids run, he wants to join," his mother told us. This family is so caring of each other and truly have so much joy despite their hurdles. We look forward to seeing them again for a check-up in 3 months!
Deborah had a really fast surgery yesterday! Dr. Moyo did it in record speed. He did such a great job you can't even see that there was an extra finger there to begin with! Deborah is such a little trooper. She so strong she yanked off her own bandage and didn't cry one bit this morning! Every thing is looking great on her little thumb! Her mom, Joy, hopes they get discharged today. Please keep praying for this little girl and her mom!
Meri tested positive for malaria and is now undergoing treatment. Thankfully, she had a calm night and Haifa has also settled into the ward. The doctors think that there is a possibility of her having surgery this week. We hope all goes well for her, please keep praying for her.
Chris’ surgery was a success! He spent the night in ICU with doctors monitoring his vitals and thankfully everything is fine. Today, he will be moved from ICU to the general ward. He is feeding well and will be visited by his father later today. We are thankful to God for the progress!
We’re happy to report that Apreal is still a princess today! She tells us she’s hurting, and the spica cast is uncomfortable, but she was still able to muster a smile. When we walked in to check on her earlier she was sleeping, but she quickly woke up and waved “hi” to us, her sweet spirit is still intact! She was happy to listen to a few Get Well messages, which also helped boost her mood, thanks for all notes and prayers being sent her way!
“This one is joyful!” was scrub nurse Shayne’s first impression of Arnel this morning. While most kids resist having the oxygen mask put on their face, Arnel reached up, took it from Dr. Bruce, and put it over his mouth all on his own. He’s serious about being a doctor someday, he’s already getting started! This was the first spine surgery at Tebow CURE, and the tables in the operating room were piled with new tools, wires and screws. As intimidating as the surgery was, we were blessed with the best case scenario! The doctors cleaned the TB out of his back, and placed a couple of small rods to keep everything straight. Arnel woke up with an “owww”, but fell back asleep and is resting in the recovery area now. Thanks for all the prayers, we’ll keep you updated!
Beboy is continuously pushing through physical therapy and it's obvious that his hard work is paying off! With all the cheerleading support from his grandma Vicenta and a standing warm-up while eating chocolates, he took a couple of steps with assistance, but with no more sniffling and crying this time! Beboy also got to work on balancing to keep his body straight while standing, so we made him check himself out in the mirror so he can see whether or not he's leaning more to one side. Beboy is continuously making us proud and we thank God that he's progressing more and more in his healing!
Warlord couldn’t help but give out a loud war cry both before walking into the OR this morning and after surgery. We think that it’s a cry of victory since his procedure was a success! During the process, a pin was placed to keep his bent finger straight. We also took a skin graft from his arm to put on his finger. Thankfully, he calmed down when his grandma Visitacion walked in the recovery room and he is now back in the ward. We are hoping for a smooth recovery for Warlord. Thank you for fighting this battle with Warlord through your prayers!
Mthunzi and her mom are enjoying the rare opportunity to be in each other’s company. A little extra courage from mom is helpful especially when being prepped for surgery! We love the energy and warmth that both mother and child bring into our ward!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 30
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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