Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 02
Ronnie was discharged this morning, and unfortunately snuck out before we could grab a photo! Rumor has it though, that he and his parents had smiles as wide as their faces as they left. Ronnie was walking with a walking frame, and his mom and dad were so proud of him! Thanks so much for praying for this happy little guy and his family, we all appreciate it a whole lot!
Adam was in theater first thing this morning, where our surgeons decided to work on his right leg to begin with. Although it would be great if we could sort out both legs at once, it would be difficult for him practically to get around with both legs in plaster. Our surgeons performed a straightforward procedure which soon had Adam's right leg looking nice and straight, and he's now out on the ward recovering. Please pray for him!
Isaiah is back and his lungs are clear! He was nervous to come back to the hospital, but once he saw all of us, he lightened up, and was back to his old self, which included motioning to Grandpa that he wanted the car keys again! He’s determined to take us on a trip! He settled for playing with the toy cars for now, we even got a video! Check his moves out at https://youtu.be/G0lIXcD1jK0 If all continues to go well, he will have surgery in the morning, please keep the prayers coming!
Loudel is back and healthy! She had an x-ray to confirm that her lungs are clear, so she’s ready to go. She’s actually pretty excited to be here this week, because, she told us with a wry smile, she’ll miss her school exams the end of this week! There’s positive in everything! Please be praying that this time around there are no more delays or hangups!
“I’ve never seen a kid this relaxed!” was Nurse Ralp’s first impression of John Paul as he wheeled him into the operating room. Most kids start to get nervous as “reality” sets in, but John Paul stayed just as cool and happy as ever. Dr. Reyes told us that this surgery, which involved releasing several tendons to take the pressure off of John Paul’s legs so they will straighten, is actually quite tricky. One “off” angle, and his legs could actually hyperextend the opposite direction. So, the surgical team took their time, and did it right. Please be praying for our happy guy as he begins recovery today!
Divine is scheduled for a myelomeningocele closure surgery today. Safina is doing well, but because Divine is the last surgery of the day, Safina has had her hands full with him crying, because he is hungry and not allowed to eat prior to the operation. Over the weekend, Safina made some more friends and was able to talk with people back home. Please pray for Divine's surgery and for strength for Safina!
Christine returned today after a long time, and she was happy to be here! Because she is still growing, her bone continues to grow despite the amputation. Our surgeons shortened the bone that was protruding through her skin and stitched her back up. For as long as she is growing, this will be a continual procedure.
Adam is one rad little man! He arrived at CURE this week, ready to receive surgery for his knock knees. Despite the challenges he's faced so far in his life, this guy hasn't had the happiness knocked out of him at all. We're so stoked we get to hang out with him for a while! Please pray for him as he waits for his operation!
Rabson was back to theater today for a quick plaster of paris change, and another chance to check out his wounds with a bit less wriggling around on Rabson's part. All is well at the surgery site, so he's back in plaster and was resting up when we saw him on the ward. Please pray for him as he wakes up, and pray for patience and strength for his dad, Amadu, as well!
Ronnie is maybe the happiest guy we've ever met, we just love that grin of his! His mom, Clara, is so proud of him. She told us he's been up and about getting amongst his physio exercises, and he's even walking again! What a legend. Thanks for your prayers for him!
Our man Ndadabwa is back! He was straight into theater first thing this morning to have his right foot operated on, now that his left one is all sorted out. He's still pretty out to it after surgery, but we caught him with his eyes open and even got a little smile! Please pray for him as he recovers, we'll have a chat to him tomorrow and let you all know how he's feeling!
Look who's back! We were so excited when we saw these two familiar faces on the ward this morning. Sungani's left foot is looking incredible, and he's back for round two of surgery, this time on his right foot. All going well, he'll be off to theater tomorrow, but for now he's taking it easy. Please pray for him and our surgeons as they prepare for surgery!
Meet our friend Rabecca! She arrived at CURE this week along with her sister Elise, who is here for surgery as well. They are the best of friends! We're so glad they've got each other to share in this journey, along with their mom and grandma, who are also here with them. Please pray for Rabecca as she prepares for surgery this week.
Everybody, meet Elise! She's just arrived at CURE to receive surgery for clubfoot, along with her sister Rabecca (on the right) who is also receiving surgery. These two are the smiliest sisters we've ever met, and we're really looking forward to hanging out with them over the next few weeks while they're here!
Meri has been transferred back to the ward after spending a weekend in ICU. Today she was in the laboratory for several tests. She is also on salt solution therapy to improve her sodium levels. Hanifa has made many friends in the hospital, so she's blended right in and is doing well. Please continue to pray for this family!
OK, we promised you all a video of Kimberly's incredible singing, we just never promised...when! You'll be happy to know that we finally completed it, and even though Kimberly won't be back for a follow up for another month or so, we didn't want you to have to wait any longer! Here's a link to her talented performance, and a little bit of fun! https://youtu.be/gMCYtcq7hEg
We were hanging out with Arianne, who had just gotten off the phone with her uncle, reminding him to feed her cat, which is interestingly named "Kuringmundo" meaning "wild cat". Arianne doesn't say much unless you talk about her best friend Cookie. Yes, she says she's sweet, just like her name sounds. We said we were going to call Cookie to tell her that Arianne is here at the hospital, but unfortunately she doesn't have her number. What a bummer! We will try and call her uncle again tomorrow and maybe he can get Cookie's number. When we went up to the playroom, she went back to her quiet self and only answered questions with a nod and looked pretty content with the activity sheet and crayons. Please pray for Arianne as she goes through surgery tomorrow!
You’d be glad you came across John Paul’s page, because this boy brightens up whoever he encounters! He was all smiles when he came into the hospital and even gave those smiles to his roommate Arnold, who was terrified at being at the hospital. He eventually got tired of waiting in the ward, still with all smiles, and could not wait to go to the playroom. When we got in there, he was so overwhelmed he could not decide what to do! Blowing bubbles was his first pick, then coloring & listening to stories! He is so full of joy, we love it! Please be praying as he prepares for surgery tomorrow, and we'll keep you updated!
Arnold is here and it's his first ever hospital visit! That’s right, this is the first hospital he’s ever been to, since he was born at home. He was so unfamiliar with everything he was seeing and did not want to say a word, so his Dad Ramil and Grandpa Bernardo did all the talking. He was terrified with his initial introduction to the nurses and cried! But once they were done with paperwork, we went to the playroom and relaxed a bit after their long trip. When Ramil stepped out for a minute, Arnold would peek out to make sure that his dad hadn’t left him. It didn't seem like he trusted us yet, and then our children’s mentor Cyra walked in and told them stories about Jesus. That did it, and suddenly, this boy was on a roll! He interrupted Cyra’s stories and told her everything that Bernardo taught him. He eventually warmed up, and Jesus was all we needed! Please pray for Arnold as he goes through surgery tomorrow!
We love this expressive face! You're pretty much guaranteed to know exactly what Estery is thinking at any given time just by looking at her face. Thanks for continuing to encourage and support her, not long now until her treatment comes to an end!
Safina and Divine have settled into the daily life at the hospital. Safina has been bored, because it's been raining a lot, which has resulted in the mothers having to spend most of the day inside. Divine has been doing fine, and there are no new concerns. He has been feeding well and resting, but at this time, his surgery hasn’t been scheduled. Please pray for Safina and Divine as they wait for surgery, and let's hope we get a little sunshine soon, too!
We asked Hanifa how she was doing, and she said, “Happy, because Meri will be helped today.” Meri went into surgery for an irrigation and reservoir placement. During the irrigation, the CSF fluid was bloody, so a sample was taken to the lab for testing. Meri will be moved to the ICU, where she will spend the night. At this time, the next course of action hasn’t been determined, but please keep Meri in your prayers as she recovers and a plan is made for her!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 02
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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