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Activity for the week of Sunday, May 24


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TodayErica from Philippines

Erica got to see her new hand today for the first time! The peeling skin and temporary discoloration is usually a bit of a shock for the kids and their parents, no matter how we prepare them, and Erica was no exception. Within a few minutes though, she was down in physical therapy, learning some exercises to help build her hand strength, and seemed to forget about what it looked like. She will be back in a few weeks for a follow up, and will also have her foot examined at that point. Thanks for the continued prayers!

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TodayMaryam from Niger

Maryam is like an older sister in our guest house, she takes care of the younger ones and she includes everyone! Look at her and her new friends!

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TodayBoubacar from Niger

Boubacar is now staying at the Case de passage. His hand is healing well and he really enjoys being with all of the other kids! Get well Boubacar!

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TodayNana Hanifa from Niger

Nana, Maryam and Ouma are a good team! They always play together and they have become good friends! Look at these three smiling!

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TodayHamsatou from Niger

Hamsatou had surgery today! The surgeon liberated her fingers and made a graft on them to give more mobility to Hamsatou’s hand. Her fingers have been retracted for so long, it was hard to straighten them! She’s now recovering, please pray for her as she will probably be experiencing some soreness when she wakes up.

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TodayMwenya from Zambia

Mwenya came to see us today! He hasn't made as much progress as we would have liked and has continued struggling to make full use of his arm, probably because it was casted for such a long time. He keeps it in the same position even when his parents tell him to keep using it. The doctor has shown his dad a few exercises that will hopefully help him gain full use of his arm. We will be seeing him in 6 weeks time. Please pray for progress and complete healing for this sweet kid.

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TodayGrace from Malawi

We caught Grace singing up a storm with the other kids in the playroom today!

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TodayGideon from Zambia

We talked to Miriam over the phone this morning, who gave us some good news about Gideon. He is off the oxygen machine and he is breathing on his own! He is also feeding well and he has learned to breastfeed! We are glad that he is doing well and we hope to see him soon. Please keep him and his whole family in your prayers!

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TodayEsnat from Malawi

We just wanted to stop in and let you all know that today Esnat (almost) ate a grasshopper. We promise we do feed her heaps of tasty food here. This was an isolated incident!

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TodaySuwale from Malawi

We caught our nurse Dorothy with Suwale this morning, changing the dressing on Suwale's leg. Dressing changes aren't the most pleasant thing in the world, but luckily Dorothy is an expert and Suwale is a champion!

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TodayJebdric from Philippines

Jebdric was back again today, animal sounds and all! He was getting around remarkably well, there’s just no slowing him down. Both the wrap on his leg and hand came off for good, and in about 6 weeks he’ll return for a final follow up for this case. At that point, plans will be made to do a bit more work on his hand to give him more dexterity, or “gripability!”. Both last week and this week, the family brought other kids from their town as well for initial assessments, we’re so thankful that they are reaching out to other kids in need as well!

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TodayRiaressa from Philippines

Riaressa was back today for a follow up with a super cute, sassy haircut! The wrap came off her arm, and her two pins were removed. Dad Henry had a hard time watching the pins come out, but he stayed tough for Jah Jah. She was shown some exercises to help her arm become flexible again, and she'll be back in a few weeks for an X-ray to be sure everything healed correctly.

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TodayLeigh from Philippines

LJ, and by extension the rest of the family, slept well last night, praise the Lord! This afternoon the pain really started to creep in, especially when the nurses did LJ's dressing change, just a lot of movement and pressure on a very sore area. She listened to a Bible reading by Madel, our Spiritual Director, as well as a handful of Get Well cards. All these things provide some great distractions from the pain, and give much needed emotional and spiritual boosts! Please be praying for LJ, Joel, Lynn and Neneng for their remaining time in the hospital, hopefully they will be going home soon!

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TodayLamah from Uganda

Fatuma is happy that Lamah’s surgery is finished and that the swelling in her head is going down. Fatuma and Shamilla are having a quiet day in the ward. Fatuma has an infection and is being given medication to battle it. They are expecting to be discharged tomorrow, please continue to pray for Lamah’s recovery.

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TodayIgnatius from Uganda

Ignatius has been discharged because of his low blood count, he will return to CURE on July 6. Please continue to pray for Ignatius that he will become strong enough for surgery in July.

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TodayKristian from Philippines

We found Kiko where we last left him…in front of the TV playing video games in the playroom! It’s definitely been his “redeeming factor” when it comes to hospitals, he actually doesn’t mind coming, as long as he can game. We joked that we weren’t convinced that he had ever left. His stumps are healing well, and he’ll be fitted for prosthetics soon. He seems to be doing better mentally as well, much happier than the boy that left here a few weeks ago. We’d love for your continued prayers for Kiko!

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TodayKimberly from Philippines

Well, we joked that Kimberly must be getting better, because she went from several “ouches” last week during her dressing change to just one small “ouch” this week! She’s looking great, and started some physical therapy today to build her hand strength. As she examined her hand, all she could say was “wow” over and over, the change is already amazing. Her leg stump is also healing beautifully, and before too long, she’ll be ready for prosthetics! We’ll see her in a few weeks for another follow up, we’re so excited to be part of this sweet young lady’s journey!

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TodayLeonard from Philippines

We were hoping that Leonard would be a bit more outgoing now that his time in the hospital is over, but so far, no luck. He was still super quiet, but we did see a teeny smile slip out once his cast was off, and he discovered he can straighten his leg all the way now. The flap of skin that was impeding him before is history! He will do some physical therapy to keep strengthening that leg, so we’ll be seeing more of Leonard in the near future!

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TodayGabriel from Philippines

Gabriel didn’t sleep well last night, but he was able to get some rest throughout the day. He was dealing with some anxiety, the reality of what is ahead of him would be tough for anyone to handle, let alone a kid. While the results will be exciting, the road is long and scary, especially knowing he’ll go through the exact same thing in 3 months on the other leg. Our Medical Director’s wife Jana prayed with him this morning, along with a former patient, Cherilyn. He fell asleep during prayer, hopefully God’s peace was calming him!

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YesterdayHissaiba from Niger

Hissaiba keeps coming by several times a week for observation. She still needs a walker to move but we have seen some improvements! We hope she will be able to walk by herself soon!

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YesterdayBarham from Niger

Barham still comes by to get his dressing changed. We're always glad to see this gentleman around. His leg is healing well, and with every visit, we see evidence of complete healing just around the corner! Keep the prayers coming!

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YesterdayNafissa from Niger

Nafissa is such a lovely girl! She’s so dynamic and she always has a huge smile to share! Today she received a get well card and some sweet treats, which definitely help in the healing process! Bonne guérison!

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YesterdaySalé from Niger

Salé is doing great! His lip is healing well, and if everything keeps going that way, he will be able to go back home at the end of next week. So, please keep him in your prayers!

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YesterdayAmine from Niger

Today, Amine received a get well card and some candies! Thank you to everyone who has been praying for him! He’s getting more and more confident and he loves to play with every toy he finds! Mongodé! That means “thank you” in Haossa, Amine’s language!

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YesterdayEsnat from Malawi

Esnat's been having a rad time outside with her pals Chisomo and Promise! Swinging in the sun is always a good time. Even though she's still able to do fun things like swinging on the swing, Esnat tells us that as soon as her hand is better you'll find her drawing "lots and lots of people"! We can't wait to see her pictures.

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