Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
Samrawit is doing well! She came in for her follow-up and the doctors say she has good hip abduction and told the family to encourage her to walk. We will see her in a couple of weeks for a follow-up, please keep her in your prayers for a safe return back to us!
“The pain is gone!” Peter told us today, with a smile on his face. Peter and his father were in their best mood today. “Whatever medication you gave him worked, and we are so happy I even came with two other kids from the village who have disabilities,” Peter’s father told us. After discussing the biopsy results, our doctors put Peter on anti-tuberculosis and some antibiotic medication for the next nine months. Today he was told to continue taking the medication faithfully. His wound from the surgery is healing well, he got the stitches removed and it was redressed.The doctors will keep reviewing his hip joint during the whole period he is on medication. We will see Peter again during our next clinic on the 9th of December. Let’s keep praying for him as he continues with the medication.
Sharon made some new friends today at clinic. As she waited for her turn to see the doctor, she played with her new friends (a group from the Georgia US who are visiting CURE Kenya). She had so much fun chasing bubbles and playing balloon volleyball with them! When she saw the camera she paused, showing off a sticker and candy she had received from her new friends. Sharon’s brace straps were falling off ,“She is playing too much,” her grandmother told us. She had the straps fixed and we will see her again on February 11th, when she comes for her next appointment.
Wilson showed up today at clinic to collect his AFO. He also got a date for surgery number 2. Wilson will be back to CURE in two weeks time to have his left foot corrected. He seemed pretty excited about it, and told us that he is looking forward to it. Let's continue praying for him as he prepares to come back to CURE on the 18th of October.
We were glad to see Margaret show up today! She and her father waited a couple of hours to be seen, as clinic was extra busy. When they finally met with Dr Chege, they had discouraging news. Her flexion has decreased even from last time and we can only assume their home-therapy isn’t happening as much as it should. Dr Chege sent them to the physiotherapy room to work on some more exercises and has requested to see them back next month to check the progress. Margaret is about to take some important exams and has been studying everyday. We only hope her recovery takes priority as well.
Cornelius didn't sleep much last night, so when we caught up with him today he was trying to catch a bit of rest. It's pretty noisy in that ward so we wish him all the best with that! Even though he's tired he's still in good spirits and shared a giggle with us when we told him that we didn't sleep last night either. He didn't think we should lie on the floor and have a nap though! Thanks for praying for this guy, we'll keep you updated!
Ebenezer is doing great today! We're stoked to see him feeling so awesome less than twenty-four hours after surgery. We caught up with him and Merina as they shared a cup of tea outside this morning. They're both feeling positive and are looking forward to a few more days at the hospital while Ebenezer heals. Thanks for your prayers for them!
Khyler Mae was feeling so good this morning that she ate ice cream for breakfast! And we support that decision 100 percent! She’s feeling fine, and if it’s due in part to eating ice cream, then so be it. No pain to speak of, but she’s still somewhat tired, so Khyler Mae spent the afternoon just relaxing in her room with Marilyn. We had a chance to share some Get Well messages with her, which always provides an emotional boost, thanks for supporting our kids and sending love their way!
Carmella packed in some encouragement from her friends last night since they all stayed until visiting hours were over. This young athlete was ready to start her journey to healing even in the OR, expecting that she wouldn’t be able to get back in the game within the next 6 months because of recovery time. But, good news! When our doctors thoroughly scoped her knee before reconstruction, they saw that her ACL wasn’t completely torn at all, so instead of waiting 6 months to heal, she’s now expected to get back on the court within 6-8 weeks, if she works hard in physical therapy! So you can guess that Carmella's post-op mood went from being super calm to super ecstatic when she heard the good news!
We’ve discovered that Ashley’s animated personality swings to both ends of the emotional scale! She can be the happiest of happy, but she can also plunge to the saddest of sads. We really can’t blame her, her surgery was major, and she’s hurting a lot. Cyra was able to distract her for a while by adding some stickers to Ashley’s casts, but overall, it’s just been a lot of tears. Please keep Ashley in your prayers, we’re hoping tomorrow will be a turning point for her, and she’ll start feeling a whole lot better!
Walking into the OR for Angelo’s surgery, the doctors had one goal in mind which was to get movement back in Angelo’s left leg. Dr. Mead called this procedure “Operation Get His Life Back.” To what seemed like tough surgery, a rod was placed in Angelo’s hip to help his fracture heal in the right place and keep its length. Then, we took a bone graft from his pelvis and placed it on Angelo’s hip to provide more bone cells that will help with healing. After that, the doctors released the contracted scar tissues that had built up around his knee from his past surgeries and lengthened his achilles tendon to release some tension in his foot. With much prayers and hard work, Angelo is out of what we hope is his last surgery!
Cholo is probably one of our most relaxed, chillest patients to date. Hip surgeries and hip casts are zero fun, but he’s taking it all in stride. He even got up on his feet today, well OK, his foot, with a set of crutches and practiced navigating that way for a while. We asked how his pain level was, and how he slept last night, and he gave us a “thumbs up”, that’s what we love to see!
Izza told us this morning, “My feet hurt, but I’m just going to be strong and push through the pain.” We’ve discovered that this goofy, silly girl is also a beast! She did physiotheraphy this morning, and worked incredibly hard. She was sick yesterday afternoon, so Lucia was very stressed, causing her blood pressure to creep up. But, Izza’s back to herself today, and was shoveling in her lunch like a champ. Good thing, with all the walking she’ll be doing soon she’ll need that extra energy! And, we’re happy to report that Lucia’s much more relaxed today, thanks for all the ongoing prayers for the whole family!
Jacob greeted us with a loud “Hello!” when we entered the ward to visit the girls this morning. He’s being an awesome helper, rotating from bed to bed visiting patients. It was lunch time when we showed up, and Julifer’s appetite is back to normal. Julifer gave us her best fake cheesy grin, then Jacob ran over and said “Me too, me too!”, so we had to include him! Julifer was a bit concerned about the small amount of blood on her casts this morning, but was relieved to hear that it was normal. She really enjoyed the daily worship time, and participated by singing along. Thanks for all your prayers, Julifer’s doing great!
Before Restlyn went into surgery today, Nurse Vivian gave her the pep talk- “Be brave and strong just like yesterday during the blood draw.” It was a much needed pep talk since the nurses in the ward weren’t able to put Restlyn’s IV line in, she has been strongly resisting, kicking and punching anyone involved! It happened in the OR too, but this time it was successful! Two pins and Restlyn’s elbow is intact. She now has a sling that may limit her activity all around, which is going to be hard for a super active little girl like her, so please pray for a quick recovery!
“Since we left the hospital he has been asking me when this thing (the cast), will get removed from his legs.” Elias’ mother told us . “He was really excited and looking forward to seeing all of you.” Elias today showed up for his appointment in the company of his mother. He has a cough but, he still had his smile on. He had his long leg cast removed and got a recast but this time, it’s a short leg cast, so his movement will not be as restricted as before. After his date with the doctor, we got some time to catch up with him and learned some new things about this young man. He loves rabbits and he is keeping some at home, at the moment he has five. We had an awesome time with Elias and we look forward to seeing him again on November 11, when he comes to CURE to get his cast removed and collect his ankle-foot orthosis (AFO) brace.
Lelisse is doing alright in her metal frame, but there needed to be a skin graph applied to her left foot. The muscle there was left exposed, which necessitated regular dressing changes after her last toe was detached from her foot. She complains of pain from the site where the skin was removed, her right thigh, rather then the frame, but Lelisse has showed great strength! Here we see Dr. Andrews and Dr. Tim finishing up her skin graph! We made a puzzle today and she's on track to recovery!
Andrew was moved out of the ICU and into the ward this morning. Currently, his doctors have no concerns about his recovery which is wonderful. Deborah is happy that Andrew's operation is over and that they have been moved to the ward. Please keep these two in your prayers as Andrew continues to recover from surgery.
Nora's back! We're so pleased to see her full of energy again, after spending a bit of time at home recovering from the fevers she was having. Here she is, getting ready to smash one of our CUREkids coordinators in a pillow fight! Obviously she is doing way better than she was! Anyway, the plan from here is to dress her leg daily, and once it's looking a bit better we'll assess the situation and decide on a plan for surgery. Thanks for your prayers!
Ebenezer's surgery was a nice and quick one! Our team worked on the skin around his shoulder, which was preventing him from having a full range of movement from his shoulder. After releasing the contracture, a bit of simple stitching had Ebenezer looking ship shape in no time! He's bandaged up now, and recovering out in the ward. Please continue praying for him!
Cornelius was in and out of theater in a flash! In theater, we made two incisions on his right leg, which allowed us to take a look inside and see what's giving him trouble. We're very pleased to find out that his bone doesn't seem to be infected! The infection doesn't seem to be anything major, so we closed both wounds after installing a drain which will help clear things up. Thanks for your prayers! We'll let you know how he's feeling tomorrow so stay posted for another update.
You gotta love these two! Ryan and his twin brother Cyan are both having a good day! They were both scheduled for surgery today, one after the other, which unfortunately got cancelled because a surgery before theirs took unexpectedly long. This has not dampened anyone's spirits as the boys and their mom, Gloria, are having a lot of fun today! Please be praying for continued calm hearts and patience as they wait!
Fozia and her mother came in today for Fozia's follow-up, she is doing good but has a bit of pain in her right foot. It was determined that she still needs a revision surgery and we will be scheduling that when she comes back again in seven months for another follow-up.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
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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