Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 22
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!
Jonathan went into surgery today for treatment of hydrocephalus. The procedure went as planned he is resting in the ICU with Janet by his side. Jonathan will spend the night in the ICU and hopefully be moved to the ward in the morning. Please continue to pray for Jonathan.
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!
Today Stella and Shalom are excited to find out they are allowed to go home! Shalom has been discharged, and will be in plaster at home for the next 6 weeks before returning to have the casts removed and her legs reviewed. We pray for safe travels for them, and that the next 6 weeks will go smoothly! Thanks for all your support while they've been with us, we'll update you when we see these two again!
Grace was fast asleep when we stopped by to say hello and welcome her and her mom Loveness to the ward. Now she is awake and she and Loveness are taking a walk. It's been a cold, rainy day and everyone in the ward are all snuggled up in bed, but some moms like to get some fresh air and that's exactly what Grace and Loveness are doing!
As usual, Ruth has been making sure everyone knows exactly what she's thinking at all times! Today we've had many a request from her for more guavas, despite the tree being well and truly picked over already. She's also adamant that all those who do not speak Chichewa (the local language here in Malawi) should definitely learn, as well as be eating nsima, which is a mashed potato-like substance made from maize that Malawians love!
The day after surgery, Moses isn't feeling the best. He told us, "I want these casts off so that I can walk and then I can go home!" It's not easy being so young and trying to understand that the outcome will be worth the discomfort, but we explained to him as best as we could. He's very brave, and stopped crying, wiping away his tears. He's a pretty spectacular little guy and we're praying he feels better soon!
Lisnert is her ever bright self! Today she told us about a club she belongs to with her church - they're called Adventist Youth, and they meet together to sing and dance. Their motto is "arise and shine" and we reckon Lisnert is doing a radical job at that! She was pretty shy, but we managed to convince her to sing a song for us. We'll try get a video for you next time, so keep an eye out for that!
Mary just sat by Jonah's bedside today. She is still having abdominal pain from giving birth just two days ago, but she's known about Jonah's condition for several months and she is calm and collected. She lives near CURE hospital and knows some of the staff here too. She is settled in and just waiting for the doctors to decide when Jonah will have his operation.
Shalom had a special visitor today - her dad! Here's the little family together (minus Shalom's older sibling who had to stay at home). How precious! Like Shalom's mum, her dad was amazed at the visible difference in her legs already, even with the casts on! He's so grateful that his daughter has received surgery. Shalom's been sitting up in bed playing, and is much brighter than she was yesterday! Thanks for your prayers!
After her surgery yesterday, Falesi is taking it easy. She's got a lovely bed right beside the window, and Gladys, her mom, is still right by her side making sure that she has everything she needs. She couldn't muster up a smile today, but that's ok! She is loved no matter how she feels, and we're praying that she's feeling happy again soon, for her sake!
"Jonathan's temperature is high" says Janet. When we saw her she was wiping his body with a wet cloth to try and cool off the temperature. Today Janet and other moms are meeting for a discussion about the challenges they face in raising children with spina bifida. The discussion has been organised by our nurses.
Moses surgery went ahead yesterday, and we spent some time working on both of his feet. Dr Cashman and Dr Jamie released the tissue that was preventing the deformity from correcting, and Moses ended up in two matching leg casts. He'll be in bed for a while recovering, but the operation went well and we're praying for a successful outcome!
"Gracious is somehow fair today" says Pamela. Gracious' dad David will be visiting today and they are waiting for him. David has been so worried about Gracious and he cant wait to see him. David will only spend a night because he has to take care of Gracious' siblings back at home.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 22
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