Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, May 03
Warren is here, admitted, and chicken pox free! He’s actually quite excited about his surgery. He tells us that his leg is very heavy, and walking makes him very tired, we can only imagine. We’re praying that when he is able to trade his heavy oversized leg for a lightweight prosthetic that he will experience a new joy and freedom! He spent the afternoon playing in the playroom, please pray for him as he undergoes surgery tomorrow!
“I am not fine, I am worried about baby Elijah,” said Farida. Elijah surgery hasn’t been scheduled due to a low sodium and glucose levels. Farida and Elijah had a quiet weekend with no visitors, however Timothy, Elijah’s father is planning on visiting today; Farida is very excited to see him, she wants him to stay at the hospital. Please pray that Elijah will be able to going to surgery and that his operation will be a success.
Leonard was pretty tired this afternoon as he was preparing to go home. He had a bunch of visitors during our Open House, and then he had more visitors to accompany him home! He was still in great spirits though, so different than when he came to CURE on Monday. We are so happy with how God touched his and Ana Lucia’s hearts this week, please continue to pray for these two!
So, we were sitting in the kids ward lobby early this afternoon after our Open House guests had all left, taking a small break. From inside Sophia’s room, we kept hearing shrieking giggles! We were so confused, less than 24 hours earlier, Sophia was beyond miserable, so who was in her room laughing?! We peeked inside and she was sitting in bed giggling like crazy! As soon as she saw us, she stopped of course, as little kids tend to do, but it was such a relief to see and hear her so happy! She got to go home this afternoon, her pain has dropped remarkably, thank you Lord! We’ll see her soon, please pray that her joy remains, and the pain stays away!
Well, fortunately our internet was back up this morning, so we were able to deliver Jah Jah’s Get Well messages today! She went home this afternoon, and she told us she is going to start praying everyday, thanking God for her healing. And, when we asked her what foods she had been missing and was looking forward to eating, she told us vegetables. Just to set the record straight, we feed our kids veggies at the hospital! But, we know, there’s just something about home cooking. Jah Jah will come back next month for a check up, and we’ll update you on her then!
Babes went home this afternoon, yay! A short time ago, Valerie let us know that they made it back safely. She was so happy to see everyone, and they were already having a cast decorating party! She’ll be back next month for a follow up, and we will update you all then about her progress, thanks for your continued prayers!
We visited Carlo briefly this afternoon, his busy week was capped off with one more parade of visitors attending our Open House this morning. He was pretty tired, but still mustered that winning smile for us. He says his pain is way down though, praise God! He will head home tomorrow, and since most of the other patients go home today, it will be a nice quiet evening to relax and recharge from today’s excitement. Thanks for continuing to pray for Carlo and his family, we will follow up with him next month.
It was a wild day at Tebow CURE with our Open House this morning! Lots of visitors came through, but Miss Social Butterfly Jella didn’t seem to mind at all! We already learned yesterday that with her, the more the merrier. She got to go home this afternoon, and was definitely excited about that. She told us that she was looking forward to playing with friends. She’ll be back in a few weeks for a follow up, and we will catch up with her then!
Brian was supposed to get surgery, but it got cancelled today. This is because the surgery list got overwhelmingly long and the ortho section of the ward is already full. Dr. Moyo has decided to discharge Brian with some other kids and they will be back for their surgery in the second week of May. Brian and his mom went away the exact same way they came; with a big suitcase on her head, Brian on her back and a plastic bag in one hand. Keep praying that they do not get weary of coming to CURE until Brian has had all the help he needs.
Grace’s face is swollen. We expected this. She has, however, been such a strong soldier! She cried a little bit yesterday but has not cried at all today. She is actually more active than we expected and that's the type of progress we like to see! Please keep Grace and her mom in your prayers!
"I am grateful for the messages and the prayers that we have received from out there," says Annette. She is still patiently waiting for the day they will be discharged. The doctors are still monitoring Irene's surgical site and also her head. Today Annette spent most of her time with nursing and caring for Irene, and she also did some laundry. Please keep her in your prayers.
Gordon is back to CURE! We are excited to finally see him, he had missed a followup in January. His aunt wasn’t able to figure out the logistics of travel from Zimbabwe to Zambia, but when she did they came right away and here they are! Please pray that Gordon’s stay here is a great one and that he can get the help he needs soon and be on his way back to Zimbabwe!
According to Farida, she and little Elijah are doing well, considering. She has been studying her Bible, going through the book of Psalms. Elijah had blood drawn to check his electrolyte levels, and his doctors say he will go into surgery next week. Please pray for his upcoming procedure.
As you can see, Mercy is well and truly on top of the world today! She's up and about, joking and playing with everyone who comes near her. Check out Ishmael's great little photo bomb behind her too - what a moment! Thanks for all your prayers for Mercy!
Phiona and Joselyn are doing well, and Phiona’s catheter will be removed today. She is continuing physical therapy and is able to stand, but she shakes and has not started walking yet. Joselyn loves flowers at her home and fills the whole house with them, so now she has flowers for their night stand, after going with the landscapers last night to pick flowers from the garden. Please continue to pray for Phiona’s recovery.
Justin left early this morning to catch his flight home, we’re sure he’ll be so happy to spend this weekend in his own bed! Please continue to pray for Justin’s healing, and join us in giving thanks that his tumor is gone, and that it no longer affects him!
Carlo had more visitors today! Brandie, Abbie, and Jennifer from the Tebow Foundation were visiting the hospital, and got to spend some time praying and playing with our kids. We spent quite a bit of time with Carlo and his brother Joseph, and the three ladies had a chance to offer some encouraging words and prayer. Carlo is still having some pain, but his spirits are still high, and he is scheduled to go home Saturday.
It’s been a big day for Leonard and Ana Lucia! This morning the two prayed to accept Jesus! And, Leonard finally gave us a real, genuine smile. We think the two things just might be related. It was quick, and we almost missed it, but he definitely flashed a big grin. Leonard’s roommate went home early this morning, so Leonard has the place to himself, and was relaxing, watching movies. He’s set to go home tomorrow, please keep praying for Leonard and Ana Lucia as they begin their new relationship with Jesus!
Activity for the week of Sunday, May 03
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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