Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 07
Sepo has totally lost her smile today. She says that she is in so much pain and she doesn't really want to make the trip home because she is in so much pain. However, she has been discharged from our hospital and she has to make the long trip home. She went for an x ray today where she was told that the bone that they worked on yesterday was in a good position and it would heal well. Even through the her discomfort, Sepo still has an appetite and could not resist making herself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich! We hope to see Sepo soon with a happier expression on her face! Please be praying for her travels home!
George is doing well today! It's super hot here so he and the other kids were watching some African music videos on the tv for most of the day. George will be going to Feed the Children, a local shelter that takes in some of the kids who don't need to be in the hospital when our ward gets full. He will be back on Monday for a wound check though, so we'll see him soon!
Lawrence and his friend George, another CUREkid, have been watching tv pretty much all day! It's been really hot here today, 90 degrees and not a cloud in the sky, so nobody wants to move very much! Lawrence still has a fever, but no other symptoms, so we're still trying to figure out exactly what's wrong!
The ultrasound scan wasn’t very helpful for Lydia’s doctors so another ultrasound will be done today. On a positive note, both mother and child have settled in here. Christine spent some time doing laundry and praying with the other mothers in the ward during their devotion time. Please continue to pray for them and that the results of the ultrasound would be conclusive.
Christina was a model today! A hand, elbow and shoulder model! Our Occupational Therapists wanted to make a leaflet with photos of exercises for kids to do at home. Many of the parents can't read well so having pictures to show them and help remind them of how to do the physiotherapy in the villages is invaluable. They asked CUREkids Coordinator Avanell to take a couple quick photos for the leaflet and since Christiana loves being helpful and loves doing physio, we asked her to be the star! She's such an awesome girl!
Thom came in for some physiotherapy and stopped by our new office for some crayons and get-well messages! He will most likely be readmitted this Sunday and hopefully have his second operation next week! Please be praying for him as it's a huge operation and it will take time for the frame we will put on to do it's work!
Estery gets to go home this weekend! We were so happy to see her this week and are so excited for her that she gets to go home now! She will need to come back here in 6 weeks to have the k-wires in her knee removed, since we're worried the local hospital won't be sanitary enough and there's a risk of infection if they remove it somewhere else. So we'll be seeing her again in a couple months! Please be praying for her as her leg heals and as she travels home!
Habiru and Juma had a hard night. Habiru was awake and sick most of the night, and Juma says he hasn’t seen any improvements with Habiru. He's continued to have a fever and an upset stomach, so his doctors are running tests and have been focused on keeping Habiru hydrated. Please keep Habiru in your prayers, that he will soon improve and that they will both be able to get some much needed rest.
Last night wasn't so smooth for Kelvin. "He kept waking up every now and then to complain of some pain and the plaster," Sophia told us in the morning. But by morning, he was in less pain and slept for the better part of the day. Please continue praying for his recovery.
Thank you all for the prayers and support, Noel has been discharged! She is doing well and so is her mother Josephine. They are just waiting for their ride home which will be here anytime. We hope to see them again in one month. Please continue to pray for them!
Armie was back unexpectedly this morning. She’s been experiencing pain in her left leg, then her incision began to bleed pretty heavily. She was immediately taken to the operating room, and while the bleeding had subsided, she needed a new cast and will have surgery again on Monday to correct whatever’s going on. Details are still a bit fuzzy, but the important thing is Armie is stable and even managed to give us a smile while telling us she was OK, always the optimist!
June was officially discharged last night, but he was having so much fun he decided to hang around another day! Actually, it was just too late to leave yesterday by the time everything was done, but June honestly didn’t seem to mind being here. He and Madel spent some time praying this morning, and we wanted to take some candid shots, but he couldn’t help but keep on posing, we have a model in the making!
Rovejan was digging the bubbles this morning! It was a little chilly in the ward, so he and Evelyn were bundled under the covers, but Rovejan kept poking out to pop bubbles. He hasn’t been out and about a whole lot, but sometimes patients are content to just hang in the ward and relax. He’ll be getting out today though, and gets to go home!
Hey, look what returned! Jeb Jeb’s smile! It was only induced by bubbles, lots and lots of bubbles, and when they stopped, so did the smiles. We’re happy to have found something he really enjoys though, with as cheery as he was Tuesday, it’s been tough to watch him be so bummed out. He gets to go home tomorrow though, hopefully that will improve his mood. Thanks for all your prayers for Jeb Jeb, we’ll see him back soon!
Juvannie will be hanging out for the weekend, then he will be discharged Monday after another dressing change, which we are sure will go smoother than his last! Madel did a short sermon for Juvannie and his family today, but the real star of the morning was Matthew, Juvannie’s baby brother. He is ridiculously cute, all smiles, and is so outgoing around new people! We got some serious snuggles from him, and then he kept smiling for the camera, adorable! Juvannie says he’s feeling a lot better, and is excited to go home next week.
We didn’t see Christopher at clinic today due to a hospital strike in Embu. We had to set up clinic in an empty church! There were pastors and guards at the hospital entrance letting patients know where to find us, and it is possible some families just heard of the strike and didn’t come. We will be praying for Christopher wherever he is and hope to see him April 21st when we come back to Embu.
It doesn’t take much to get this lady to shy away! We had fun talking with her today and asking about school. “It’s moving along,” Teresia noted, having to return to school after seeing the doctor. Because of a hospital strike in Embu today, we had to set up our clinic at an empty church. This means, unfortunately, Teresia wasn’t able to get a new x-ray today. She is still having some pain, and Dr. Mbugua asked them to come back for our next clinic, April 21st with a new x-ray. Please join us in prayer for her and her mother as they manage the pain until then.
We tried reaching out to Chikondi's folks by phone again this week and we were still not able to get through. We are hoping to see her mid-June when we are at a clinic near her home. Please keep praying for her and we will keep you in the loop if we hear anything!
We got a chance to speak to Jedidiah's mom, Felistus, on the phone today! She told us that Jedidiah is doing ok although his leg still gives him problems. Felistus says that they will back to CURE in July. Jedidiah is currently in school and that is why we were not able to chat with him during the day. Join us in praying for his safe return to CURE!
Sepo went in for surgery today and her left leg was worked on and straightened! Her leg was later placed in a cast and she will remain like that for a few weeks. Sepo has been in pain since coming out of anesthesia and crying, she is not a happy camper and that is understandable! However, we keep catching her checking out her newly straightened leg!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 07
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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