Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
“Since we left the hospital he has been asking me when this thing (the cast), will get removed from his legs.” Elias’ mother told us . “He was really excited and looking forward to seeing all of you.” Elias today showed up for his appointment in the company of his mother. He has a cough but, he still had his smile on. He had his long leg cast removed and got a recast but this time, it’s a short leg cast, so his movement will not be as restricted as before. After his date with the doctor, we got some time to catch up with him and learned some new things about this young man. He loves rabbits and he is keeping some at home, at the moment he has five. We had an awesome time with Elias and we look forward to seeing him again on November 11, when he comes to CURE to get his cast removed and collect his ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) brace.
Lelisse is doing alright in her metal frame, but there needed to be a skin graph applied to her left foot. The muscle there was left exposed, which necessitated regular dressing changes after her last toe was detached from her foot. She complains of pain from the site where the skin was removed, her right thigh, rather then the frame, but Lelisse has showed great strength! Here we see Dr. Andrews and Dr. Tim finishing up her skin graph! We made a puzzle today and she's on track to recovery!
Andrew was moved out of the ICU and into the ward this morning. Currently, his doctors have no concerns about his recovery which is wonderful. Deborah is happy that Andrew's operation is over and that they have been moved to the ward. Please keep these two in your prayers as Andrew continues to recover from surgery.
Nora's back! We're so pleased to see her full of energy again, after spending a bit of time at home recovering from the fevers she was having. Here she is, getting ready to smash one of our CUREkids coordinators in a pillow fight! Obviously she is doing way better than she was! Anyway, the plan from here is to dress her leg daily, and once it's looking a bit better we'll assess the situation and decide on a plan for surgery. Thanks for your prayers!
Ebenezer's surgery was a nice and quick one! Our team worked on the skin around his shoulder, which was preventing him from having a full range of movement from his shoulder. After releasing the contracture, a bit of simple stitching had Ebenezer looking ship shape in no time! He's bandaged up now, and recovering out in the ward. Please continue praying for him!
Cornelius was in and out of theater in a flash! In theater, we made two incisions on his right leg, which allowed us to take a look inside and see what's giving him trouble. We're very pleased to find out that his bone doesn't seem to be infected! The infection doesn't seem to be anything major, so we closed both wounds after installing a drain which will help clear things up. Thanks for your prayers! We'll let you know how he's feeling tomorrow so stay posted for another update.
You gotta love these two! Ryan and his twin brother Cyan are both having a good day! They were both scheduled for surgery today, one after the other, which unfortunately got cancelled because a surgery before theirs took unexpectedly long. This has not dampened anyone's spirits as the boys and their mom, Gloria, are having a lot of fun today! Please be praying for continued calm hearts and patience as they wait!
Fozia and her mother came in today for Fozia's follow-up, she is doing good but has a bit of pain in her right foot. It was determined that she still needs a revision surgery and we will be scheduling that when she comes back again in seven months for another follow-up.
This week we have the opportunity to host Mama Maureen, who has come to train our nurses. This morning we had a wonderful time with her as she told the story of Naaman the Syrian to the kids. Then, they all drew pictures to remember the story. Look at Maryam’s and Nafissa’s!
Meet Cornelius! That's him on the right, and his friend on the left is Elemaya. They're both waiting to receive surgery today. Cornelius seems pretty relaxed about the whole thing - it's always easier to be patient when you've got a friend with you! Please pray for him as he goes into theater!
Who says this young athlete can’t play basketball while in the hospital? Meet Carmella and her love for basketball! She got admitted to the hospital this morning and is now on the PS3 with Kids Mentor Cyra playing NBA live! She will have surgery tomorrow morning which will put her athletic activities on hold for a bit, so for now, her skills will just be put to practice in the digital world. At least she has that outlet while staying here this week! Nurse Hannah says her vital stats look good which shouldn’t cause any reason not to proceed with tomorrow’s surgery. Please pray for Carmella!
Meet this little ball of energy named Restlyn! She’s done with her admission process which went so smoothly since she didn’t make a fuss when our lab technologist Che drew out blood from her. She loudly said, “I’m not scared!” It was mostly her pep talk to encourage herself to be brave. Even so, we are proud of her! While hanging in the playroom, Restlyn showed us her kitchen where she “cooked” fried chicken that’ll later be delivered to the patients in the ward she says. Hopefully that fried chicken won’t go bad since Restlyn won’t be eating tonight as preparation for her surgery tomorrow morning!
Angelo and Agapito spent the afternoon hanging out in their room watching TV. They were watching a show about street runners, the crazy guys that run across rooftops and up the sides of brick walls for fun, focusing on their best crashes. Angelo assured us that once he’s healed, it’s not a hobby he plans on pursuing! He’s pretty relaxed about tomorrow, we guess after 12 surgeries, there aren’t a whole lot of surprises. Angelo could still use a ton of prayer tomorrow, we’re praying 13 will be a lucky number this time around, and it’ll be his last surgery!
Dr. Tim admitted that he had a hard time sleeping last night, mulling over options for Khyler Mae’s surgery. Even after years of experience, some of these cases are still stressful and challenging. It was hard to make a plan until seeing under Khyler Mae’s skin, and what the growth was attached to. Everything went well though, and we are hoping and praying it will be the final surgery for her! A sample will be sent to the lab to make sure there aren’t any other issues, but it’s extremely unlikely. Thanks for your prayers for Khyler Mae’s recovery!
When we entered the operating room after Ashley’s surgery had started, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” was playing in the background. We have no doubt she’ll be happy with her new legs! Normally, the doctors will cut the tibia in several places and put a rod through the bone to straighten it, but we all know our Ashley’s a bit unconventional! Since she’s younger and smaller, and because of the extremity of her case, the surgical team had to make other plans. Her bones would need to be cut too many times to insert a rod, so instead they cut what they could, then put pins in. The hope is that it will be enough to straighten her out as much as needed, but worst case, she might need some more work done when she’s older. But, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. For now, we’re excited that her legs are looking straight!
Julifer’s all done with surgery, and her foot is pointing straight at last! There were several angles to deal with, she didn’t have a “typical” clubfoot, nor was it a “typical” tight tendon, it was really a combination of both. Fortunately, we have Dr. Reyes’ years of experience to draw from, and he knew how to handle the challenge. A bit of bone was removed, tendons were cut and reattached, and in the end, he got the job done. We’re hoping that this is the final time she’ll need to deal with her foot, and that she can finally live a normal life!
Cholo’s surgery is all over, and he even managed to escape without the dreaded full spica cast, which most kids who have hip surgery wake up to. Since his injury happened fairly recently, Dr. Tim and Dr. Jun were able to get it back into place quickly and smoothly, well, as far as hip surgeries go anyways! He won’t be climbing any trees for a while though, he still has a pretty hefty cast that will keep him from doing too much besides hanging out and planning his next adventure. He’s snoozing heavily in the recovery area now, please be praying that he’s this relaxed when he wakes up!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
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