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Activity for the week of Sunday, Jul 26


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Estery from MalawiJust Now

We caught up with Estery this morning, looking bright and cheerful as she enjoyed some fresh air and a hot cup of tea! We're still waiting on those x-rays, but we'll let you know when we've got some more info about the next stage of her treatment. Stay posted!

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John Carlo from PhilippinesToday

We were so happy to see John Carlo arrive this afternoon with grandpa Santiago! His cast has definitely seen better days, his left knee is almost worn through from him crawling around the last few months. Sounds like it’s time to take it off! He and current and former roommate Ralph, another “spica cast kid”, spent the afternoon in a loud, busy playroom playing video games. He’ll have a minor surgery in the morning to remove the cast and the pins that have been holding his hip together while it heals, and it’s still unsure whether he’ll need another smaller cast for a bit longer, so please be praying for good results!

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Newton from KenyaToday

After playing "high-five" and tickling Newton under the arm every time he lifted it, he finally caught on. He started yelling "high-five!" to us and then would immediately put down his arm. He's clever, he's hyper, and he's so willing to play with anyone. We await his hip surgery and are looking forward to see this guy run and jump. Tomorrow, we'll post a video and show you what it looks when he walks. And of course, how silly he is. Please keep this little guy in your prayers!

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Barham from NigerToday

Today, Amine met Barham in front of the dressing room, and we have to say, this is a really good picture of the two of them!

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Amine from NigerToday

Amine is in awesome form today! His dressing has been taken off, and although his skin still needs healing, we can see the difference even now!

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Elizabeth from ZambiaToday

Elizabeth is a little sad today, because she has not been discharged from the hospital. The doctor says she has to learn how to walk with her crutches a little bit more before she can go home. Cheer up, Elizabeth, because God loves you!

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Madia from NigerToday

Madia has some pain in her knee today and it is a bit swollen. She saw the doctor and he told her to not walk on it for two days and to keep her leg elevated to give it some rest. Please pray for her to have patience!

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Nana Hanifa from NigerToday

Our social worker decided to keep Nana a little longer at the hospital, because she thinks she probably won’t have good conditions for healing at home. Nana lives in a small town in the country, and as it’s the rainy season, the rain can do a lot of damage to the houses. She will probably heal better here!

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Boubacar from NigerToday

Boubacar is fine! He’s staying at the Case de passage, and he will need to have a little more patience before his wound finishes healing correctly!

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Degu from EthiopiaToday

Today we passed through the children's ward and couldn't pass Degu without capturing his beautiful soul! He got a hold of our lens cap and he had a great time playing with it as his new toy between his hands. Only a week left until his next procedure!

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Layla from NigerToday

Layla is fine today! She still needs to wait for her arm to be completely healed. Her skin may be a little bit painful so she needs to stay still!

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Melkam from EthiopiaToday

Today is another day of recovery for Melkam! She's in this position because of her casting that is shown in her previously posted surgery collage. She's such a joy to be around and very strong thus far! Thank you for following Melkam and we will post more as Jesus brings her back to full health!

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Abraham from UgandaToday

Abraham's CSF (cerebral spinal fluid) was tapped this afternoon, and Catherine says she felt so sad, because he cried a lot. However, she is grateful that the doctors have started to work on her child. Please pray for his speedy healing!

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Grace from MalawiToday

Unfortunately Grace's next operation has had to be postponed for the time being. She needs to gain a bit of strength before her body is able to withstand the surgery. We've sent her home with some medicine, and will see her in a few months to reassess whether she's ready. Please continue to pray for her while she's at home!

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Estery from MalawiToday

Estery is due for another round of x-rays this week, which will decide when exactly she's going to have the frames removed! Exciting times for sure, and her happy face is proof of it! In the mean time, we're still doing plenty of physio with her so that her legs stay strong, with the hope that there won't be any complications once the frames are off. Please keep praying for strength and perseverance for her.

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Rabson from MalawiToday

Rabson is back on form and has been charming anyone and everyone who happens to wander past his bed. Despite the double plaster cast action going on with both his legs, he manages to acrobat around his bed as if they weren't even there. Thanks for your prayers, it's so good to see him happy and energetic!

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Gracious from UgandaToday

We called David, Gracious' father, and he told us that they didn't show up for their follow-up appointment because he didn't have money for transport. However, he is expecting some money at the end of the month so we should expect them! On the bright side, Gracious hasn't had any other problems since he was discharged from CURE Hospital.

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Lisnert from MalawiToday

Lisnert was back at the hospital for review today, and has been admitted to have the frame removed! She's pretty excited. After more than five months, she's very ready to be rid of it! Please pray for her and our surgeons as they prepare!

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Faith from UgandaToday

"Faith has been very fine," said Celestine. Since they were discharged Faith's health has continued to improve. Although there was a lot of traffic on their way to the clinic they managed to reach just in time and be seen by a doctor. Celestine is grateful for all the prayers and support from all of you.https://youtu.be/bR5X9sXhBVA

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Kolostica from UgandaToday

Kolostica was discharged over the weekend and we will look forward to seeing them again on August 24th. Please keep her in your prayers!

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Meba from EthiopiaToday

Here Meba is getting observed by Dr. Mesfin who will operate on her this afternoon! Dr. Mesfin says this is a one operation scenario. She will need just 6 weeks of healing and her left elbow fracture malunion will be fixed! Please join us in praying for her surgery!

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Esther from UgandaToday

Esther went into surgery today for a cerebral abscess aspiration, her surgeon removed pus and blood, then sent a sample to the lab for testing. Esther is currently in PACU and will soon be transferred to the ward. The procedure was very quick so Mary wasn’t that worried about it. Please pray that Esther will have a quick recovery and be able to go back into surgery for an ETV/CPC or shunt.

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Esther from UgandaToday

Esther has been improving but her salt levels are still low. Once her salt reaches an acceptable level she will go into surgery, most likely next week. Mary is doing well but is a little bored, we asked her what she did today and she said nothing. We asked again and she said she has spent most the day in her bed and talking with the other mothers. This afternoon Esther got a bath, ending Mary’s boredom temporally. Please pray that Esther’s salt levels will stabilize and she will be able to go into surgery soon.

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Emmanuel from UgandaYesterday

Emmanuel and Evelyn have settled in to the rehabilitation center where they are staying. Evelyn hasn’t been home since June 23 and is missing home. She has spent a lot of time at the rehabilitation center between visits to CURE, so she thinks of it as a second home. There are many long term patients at the center so she has made close friends with the patients and parents there. Emmanuel was resting in bed during our time at the clinic and Evelyn split her time between sitting with him and catching up with CURE staff. We asked her how Emmanuel is doing and she told us that he is having a hard time but she is confident he will improve. She seems eager to return to CURE next month. Please pray for them as they await surgery away from their home and family.

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Arnel from PhilippinesYesterday

We had a surprise meeting with Arnel this weekend! A group of kids in different ministries got together for a celebration. One of our CKCs helps teach some of these kids every Saturday, and Arnel came with another group, which is from the same area! We shared with his friends that he will be having surgery soon to fix his back, and they cheered loudly, it was too darn cute! He already has a big prayer backing, which we’re so happy for. During the celebration, the kids played and worshipped, and Arnel joined in, but it was very clear that he’s in pain, and gets tired easily. But, during a burst of energy, he hopped up on his chair so he could see (in the blue shirt in the middle of the crowd) and danced during worship!

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