Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 22
Patuma is thankful that her son is not complaining of pain from his surgery anymore. He has been recovering for a couple of days now. We've seen him playing from his wheelchair and are so excited that today was his first day of physiotherapy! We hope to see him gain more mobility in the near future!
Suwale is full of life, despite being a little slowed down because of her injury! Here she is helping out in the playroom. She's a natural leader and is often seen looking after a variety of babies, to give their mom's a break. We love having her around!
Sweet Mdawilako has been brightening our days up here with hugs and smiles galore! She was pretty shy to begin with but it's so rad to see her coming out of her shell as she gets to know us and becomes more comfortable. Mdawilako has already received surgery, and at the moment she's hanging out here so we can keep an eye on things as the wound on her foot heals. She's not letting anything keep her immobile though, and has been whizzing around on this wheelchair all day!
We're pretty sure that Blessings smiles could brighten the grimmest day! She is so infectiously happy and we love it. This afternoon she's been learning our names, as well as singing and chattering away. And turns out she knows her dad's phone number by heart! What a champion.
Ruth is now demanding guavas as payment for having her photo taken.. oh dear! The guavas better start ripening at a much faster rate than they are, we just can't keep up with Ruth's love for guavas! Ruth's dad came to visit today, and came with the news that sadly her grandfather passed away yesterday. Please keep the family in your prayers at this tough time!
Lisnert is rocking her physio! Our student physiotherapist Naomi who has been working with her is majorly pleased with the progress Lisnert is making. We are stoked too! Keep praying for Lisnert, we know with God all things are possible and we're sure that with her determination and hard work added to the mix, she's going to be walking around steady as can be very soon!
Gift is still awaiting surgery, and her mother Kana is a little scared about the upcoming procedure. Kana has had a quiet day doing laundry and just spending time in the ward. She is without a cell phone so she hasn’t been in communication with any of her family. Please pray for Gift’s upcoming procedure and for Kana to feel supported and loved while she's here.
Hanifa is unsure if Mohamed will get better she says only God knows. Mohamed continues to wait for surgery. His mother has been lonely in the ward she has trouble communicating fluently with the other mothers. Hanifa is also concerned about her children back home, she has been in regular communication with her husband Farouq. Please pray for Mohamed’s upcoming surgery and for Hanifa to make some friends.
Grace was supposed to go for surgery today but she developed a fever and so her surgery was cancelled. She has been fussy the whole today and her mother, Loveness, has been seen walking around the ward trying to calm her baby down. Once in a while she stops at a neighbor's bed to chat to the mother there. Grace likes it so much that she is now falling asleep on her mother's back!
Anna is doing well today, she says that there is not much pain in her hip! It's a great thing she stays in bed all day so that she doesn't strain herself. Also, having a friend right next to her bed is so fun. She has someone to talk to all the time! We found them both watching TV today!
These two are joy in a picture! Falesi has been discharged and her and Gladys are heading off this afternoon. It's been such a treat to get to know these two, and see them grow in faith and hope during their time here. We'll see Falesi in about four weeks, when we visit her area for a mobile clinic. All going well, she'll have the casts removed two weeks after that! We'll keep you updated as much as you can, but in the meantime please keep praying for this family!
Moses is feeling fresh and fine today, he's been discharged and is going home to his mom and dad and new baby brother! Just in time for the weekend. His legs will stay in plaster for six weeks, then he'll come back here to have them removed, ready to receive another operation which will complete the job! That's what we're hoping, anyway. Keep him and Edina, his grandmother, in your prayers as they travel please! We'll update you again when they're back with us.
Kauza is much more active today, she is very playful, for the most part she is limited to her bed, but she is walking around a little as part of her physical therapy. Kauza showed us her book which she has been playing with since she arrived here, its now in a few pieces. Please continue to pray for Kauza's recovery and Sauda.
“God is with him he will be fine.” Says Pamela. Gracious has been moved out of the ICU and into the ward. Gracious has been given an inflated glove which he has been playing with. Pamela has rested and has been reading her Bible; Psalm 51 has been giving her strength. They plan on returning home tomorrow, and they will be given a date to come back for surgery. Please pray for Gracious and Pamela.
Hanifa and Mohamed spent most of the day in bed. They played and Hanifa talked with the mothers around her. She's obviously concerned with Mohamed’s head expanding, but at least that's the only condition he's suffering from. He's a healthy boy otherwise! Please keep praying for their time here and we'll keep you updated as doctors decide next steps for them.
We are huge fans of this girl! Blessings arrived early this week and has already received surgery, and she's been smiling this huge smile the whole time! Blessings loves to sing gospel and worship songs, and when she's at home she likes to go to church. We're so glad she and her mom are with us, and we're sure Blessings is going to love all the singing and worship that happens here too!
“I’m so excited the surgery was successful” said Sauda. Sauda has been calling her relatives to inform them of the good news. Fauza has been moved into the ward, and had a quiet day in bed. She is comfortable when on her stomach, however when she sits up to do her physical therapy exercises she experiences a lot of pain. Please keep praying for her!
Jonah and Mary had a quiet day, as Jonah slept and breastfed the majority of it. Mary’s mother Beatrice and son Jesse brought her lunch and spent the afternoon with her. That of course, was the highlight of her day! Jonah is scheduled for surgery tomorrow, please pray for him.
Lisnert and her friend Ruth have beds opposite each other, and this afternoon they had a rad little Bible study together! They were looking at John 11, where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Lisnert was into it! She says she loves the whole story, and how Jesus works a miracle and this guy who was dead is made alive! We tried to read along with them in Chichewa but didn't have much luck. Better get onto those lessons!
Gracious’ surgery was today, but just after going under anesthesia, Gracious went into cardiac arrest. CPR was administered for 20 minutes before Gracious regained a pulse so obviously the surgery was canceled and Gracious is now in the ICU. Since being there, his condition has definitely improved. Pamela has been getting support from the other mothers and the CURE spiritual team, and she is doing fair. Please pray for Gracious and Pamela, and we'll keep you updated!
Ruth and her pal Lisnert held an impromptu Bible reading session this afternoon! John 11 was the chapter they were looking at, and they each sat in their beds across from each other sharing parts that interested them. We love seeing their friendship growing in this way, how exciting!
Poor Falesi had a rough night last night, waking up multiple times throughout the night with a high fever. She's much better today though which we're so happy about! She's been sitting up in bed and has that signature grin back on her face. Praise the Lord!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 22
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