Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jul 26
Divine and his mother Safina have been at CURE for two days now. The doctors haven’t scheduled a date for his surgery but have promised Safina that Divine will be treated. Her days at CURE have been good so far, and she has made a couple of friends in the ward. She's patiently waiting for Divine to have his life changing surgery. Please keep them in your prayers.
Life goes on even after the passing of a loved one. Madia is doing well and she has spent the day with her friend Aicha at the Case de passage. Her mother is grieving and she’s entered a period of 40 days of mourning for her son. She won’t attend to celebrations during this time and she won’t even go to the market. She also won’t be busy with housework so much. The other people in her community have the responsibility to comfort her and take care of her during this time. One of the ways people encourage her during her time of mourning is to say “May God be sufficient for you.” That’s such a good word. Let’s be in prayer together for Madia and her mother Anissa.
Kids that are used to life in a big family come to CURE and assume the same roles here so naturally the older kids take care of the younger kids. That’s true for Nousseiba, as she’s one of the older kids now, she’s also the one to follow! It’s a challenge to be a leader but Nousseiba is a good role model!
This young man joined us this week and was straight into theater this morning! Ronnie has trouble walking, so we released some of those tight muscles & tendons and manipulated both his feet. Everything's wrapped up in plaster now to hold it in place. Please pray for Ronnie as he wakes up, and we'll update you on how he's feeling tomorrow!
Refif is doing very well and thankfully her left hip is stable and everything is in a great condition. After seeing her x-ray, the doctors have decided to remove the hardware from her left hip. She will be admitted on August 30th for her left hip hardware removal. Please pray for a safe return to us!
This ball of joy will be leaving us tomorrow. The non-resident surgeon who operates on Degu unfortunately had to postpone his operation for another month. We will update with the new date of admission once it has been confirmed. We cannot wait to have our little slice of heaven back at the hospital soon!
We are sorry we do not have photos of Josephine from her review last week. But we can assure you that she is doing well and she got her first post surgical casts removed! Our orthopedic technicians measured her for braces which she will be fitted for next week. We are looking forward to seeing her then and snapping a photo of her progress!
Zerabiruk is doing very well! He came back today for his follow-up and he is in good spirits but it was found that he has a mass on the right tibial proxmedial and he will need an operation. He is scheduled for a right tibial ostechondromal excision and he will come back to the hospital and be here on August the 30th for an admission. Please keep him in your prayers for a safe return back to us!
Well not only is Lisnert up and about, but she's off home today! Not before she spent some time in the playroom learning origami though. There's no shortage of activities here this week, with teams from both Australia and the US visiting and getting amongst the action here at the hospital. We were all pretty stoked to improve our origami skills! Lisnert will be back at the end of August for another review, and has been sent home with instructions to "wean yourself off the crutches". We're looking forward to seeing how she gets on!
"I like to bounce!" shouted Newton over and over until we lifted him from the bed and bounced him up and down. His caretaker says he is never out of energy. "He never rests. In school when other children play, he is doing his own thing," she told us. We believe her. This kid is full of energy and silly faces to greet us with. Today, he threw his hands up like this and demanded a picture. We can't wait to get this boy healed so he can get all his energy out, bouncing and running!
Esther was discharged today and Mary is happy to go home because she has been missing her family. She said her time at CURE was good and seems very happy that Esther is getting better. They will return to CURE on August 31st for a follow up appointment. Please keep Esther in your prayers as she recovers.
Abraham went into surgery today for an endoscopic third ventriculostomy and chorioid plexus cauterization (ETV/CPC). Upon entering it was discovered that his CSF fluid was very dirty and because of this the CPC was very limited. His doctors are hoping for the best and they will monitor him closely to see if there are any changes. There's a possibility that he will have to go back into surgery for further treatment of his hydrocephalus. Please keep Abraham and his family in your prayers.
Angel is a sweet, shy girl. Today she spends her time resting her foot, drinking yogurt from a straw, and getting creative with a balloon. We were impressed with her ability to write her own name and even tried to impress her by drawing hearts on the balloon. We all thought her drawings were better. Keep Angel in your prayers as she heals here at CURE!
Look at Filimona! He has gotten very tall and was a little bit shy with us. He came in for his follow-up and he is doing very well. The physicians say he is walking well and they also told him to continue wearing his supporting shoe until he returns for his follow-up appointment in six months. Please keep praying for his continued healing!
It was baby steps for Elizabeth today when Abby helped her take a walk around the ward. We are so proud of how far Elizabeth has come since her first appointment! She will soon head home with a set of new crutches. We pray that her crutches will give her confidence and a little more to smile about!
While his brother and sister got their casts and bandages removed, John remained on his mother's back, watching them, almost sympathetic of what they were going through. We thank God that the infection has cleared up and now there are plans to have him go through surgery soon!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jul 26
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- 93.6% Program Expense CURE hospital and specialty program expenses
- 0.9% Administration General and administrative expenses
- 5.5% 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