Recent Patient Updates
Okay, if you follow Janna and her twin sister Jea's updates, it could be confusing because they look completely alike but have completely different personalities. This time though, they also got the same news that they won't be needing another surgery soon and will continue to be under observation until early next year. The hope is to see the bottom part of her legs correct themselves as she grows. So please be praying and we'll touch base again early next year!
We're not sure if Jea was ecstatic to see Dr. Tim again or just really giddy to finally get a hold of a sucker. But we think it's because she won't actually need to have surgery again! At least not for now, the bend is mostly at the bottom part of her leg which will most likely correct itself as she continues to grow. We'll observe for a couple months and decide early next year if we still need to push through another procedure!
Someone has a lot of catching up to do in physical therapy. Miguel hasn't been able to move his leg due to pain, so we're having a hard time getting his leg to stretch and bend. The good thing is that it's not locked in yet, but it's crucial that he comes in for physical therapy regularly to keep that from happening. It was a tough session for him in PT today, but we know that he'll work hard to get that mobility!
We think that Chester won the award of being a brave CUREkid today! His pins were ready to come out, but one of them was so embedded in, that Dr. Badjun had to cut deep to take it out. This is one of the moments were we are incredibly thankful for numbing juice. It wasn't easy, but Chester pushed through and he is now pin-free!
Rehj was being comforted by his neighbor John today. He hid behind the Thomas the Train tent so that he wouldn't be seen by the doctors. His tricked might've worked because his X-rays showed that he's not quite ready to get his pins out yet. He'll come back in two weeks and might need to go into the OR under the sleeping juice as the pins are being taken out. We're praying that Rehj will be ready by then!
Precious has had a lot of improvement since we last saw her. We were excited to see her back as she chatters away in the playroom. However, she hasn't reached her goal to walking without completely being thrown off balance yet. We found out that her achilles tendons are not the only ones that need lengthening, but the tendons on her hips and knees need it as well. She's coming back next month for her scheduled surgery and we pray that this will completely get her to her goal!
Advence and is mom said 'good bye' to us this morning. They are off to their hometown, after spending the week seeing opticians in other hospitals to check whether he can see through his left eye. They want to see whether it will be possible to align Advence's eyes later on in the future. They have been advised to continue getting treatment from a hospital near home.
Fethia is doing very well! Her leg looks good without the frame on! Now it is time to get a shoe raise to help her walk, so she got measured for that and she will come back in a month to get it and to see the doctors as well. Please keep this beautiful girl in your prayers for a safe return back to us!
Our happy friend Timothy showed up today at clinic and as you would expect, he still had that fantastic smile on his face! Timothy has made some great progress in walking compared to when he left the hospital. The surgery wound is also healing well though it still needs a few more dressings done before it's completely healed. Dr. Mbugua advised Timothy's parents to find a dispensary near their home were the cleaning and dressing of the the wound can be done frequently, so that they do not have to come all the way to the hospital every week. We'll meet this jovial fellow again on January 19th. We can't wait to see how much more progress he will have made then!
Tomorrow, Joshua will go home for the first time which is very exciting to Irene! Today, they were discharged and the journey will take until tomorrow to reach their home. Next week Joshua’s stitches will be removed from a near by health clinic. We will see Joshua at the end of next month back at CURE. Please keep Joshua in your prayers, that he will grow up healthy with no future complications.
“Nelvin is a fighter,” said Shallom. Tomorrow they will be referred to Mulago National Referral Hospital and they will travel to the hospital with our medical team who are traveling to Kampala for a clinic. Nelvin will be seen by pediatricians and lung specialists to help clear his chest from all secretions. He has been stable and is clinically ok according to his file. “I am very happy, I thank you for praying, let them continue to be praying for Nelvin,” said Shallom. “God loves Nelvin so much,” said Nurse Caren who works in the ICU and has been caring for him.
Shamira is getting bigger! We took her current profile photo today and she's so cute! At first, she started crying during casting but after a while, she got tired and fell asleep while they were putting the plaster on! Please be praying for her and Rebecca; she'll be having her tenatomy next week! It's a very minor operation under local anesthesia where the doctors nick the tendon in the back of the foot to make it longer so that it stops pulling the foot the wrong way.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 23
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- 92.1% Program Expense CURE hospital and specialty program expenses
- 1.2% Administration General and administrative expenses
- 6.7% 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