Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 29
Eliud was doing much better today—especially because he got to go home! He had been running a fever, which is why they kept him here over the weekend. But the fever has subsided and doctors assured Eliud’s mother Rachael that we are here if the fever returns. We are so thankful he was able to come for surgery, and we'll see him at our clinic in Kitale early next year!
Stella is new in the ward, but she already has lots of friends! She warmed quite easily to the CUREkids Coordinators and spent some time at our table, chatting and laughing away. It's pretty hard for her to walk because of her clubfeet, but that doesn't stop her one bit. She goes around everywhere, as fast as she can, leaving everyone smiling afterwards!
Meet Mayamiko! She's the sweet little girl on the left! Mayamiko has a condition called osteogenesis imperfecta, which basically means she has brittle bones. Her bones are extremely fragile and breakable. Her left femur is bent right now, so our surgeons are going to make two cuts and use a metal rod to aid it in healing straight. She may also need other surgeries in the future for her other leg, but we're going to deal with that when and if it becomes an issue. Please be praying for Mayamiko! She's such a happy, smiley little girl, and she's already made friends in the hospital!
Eda is doing well today! We caught up with her in the playroom this afternoon and she was enjoying looking through a book! Her humerus is healing up really well, but they have to continue dressing her femur. Poor Eda has to be here during Christmas, but fortunately, she doesn't seem too upset about that. Please continue to pray for her healing!
Priscila continues to be on oxygen, over the weekend there was no improvement. This has been hard on Prossy and Sam has not been present since he brought them to CURE, this has been adding to Prossy's stress and worry. Please keep Priscila and Prossy in your prayers, that there will soon be improvement.
Sylvia seems to be back to her old self, she was laughing and playing with her “babies.” Irene is happy to see her improving. Sylvia continues to have fevers and she also had two convulsions, one yesterday, and one this morning. A few tests were run today to try and determine the cause of the fever and convulsions. Please keep Sylvia in your prayers as she continues her recovery.
Habiru and Juma are both doing well and have spent the day playing with each other. Juma was told that Habiru will go in to surgery this week, possibly as early as tomorrow. Please continue to pray for Habiru and that soon, their wait for surgery will be over!
Little ball of energy, Jucyl Mae is at the hospital for her surgery tomorrow! She was a bit terrified seeing the nurses, especially when Che, our lab technologist, did the first prick on her finger! Jucyl Mae didn't trust anybody right after that successful blood draw, but it didn't take too long for her to move on and forgive the staff, especially Che! Jucyl Mae is a bubble of energy and a bubble of joy! Please pray for her as she goes through surgery tomorrow!
Kristel's having surgery at Tebow CURE and we are all excited about it! She met Dr. Tim during our mobile clinic, so it will be good for her to see a familiar face here at the hospital right when Dr. Tim comes in to see her before her surgery tomorrow. She doesn't say much, but she told us that she doesn't really know how she feels about tomorrow's surgery. Her mom, Anabelle, is really happy and looking forward to seeing Kristel's straight feet! In the meantime, let's all pray for Kristel as she goes through her surgery tomorrow!
Faye and Maria Roxanne are here! Glen, a laborer, is working for the week, so it’ll be just the two of them at the hospital. Faye brought her “security blanket”, which is a piece of green, rough mosquito netting. It’s a far cry from the fluffy blankets we’re used to kids toting around, but a staff member told us she grew up with the exact same thing! The tropic heat isn’t very conducive to heavy blankets, so as weird as it may seem to some, it makes sense. So, the two hit it off, having that goofy, random thing in common. Faye has surgery tomorrow, and is nervous, so please be praying, and we’ll update you when she’s done!
We met Swet this morning, along with her grandfather Teresito, who we say looks more like her older brother than grandfather! We can see where Swet gets her gentle spirit, Teresito is just as cheery as she is. Dr. Tim wrote his initials on Swet’s foot to indicate her surgery spot, and the nurses told Swet not to wash it off. They joked that she might wake up with a cast on the wrong leg otherwise! That wouldn’t happen though, this is just one step in a long line of “check offs” each patient undergoes before surgery, which in Swet’s case, happens tomorrow! Please be praying!
Our friendly Little Miss is here and ready for surgery tomorrow! Kittle, our admissions clerk, told us she can’t handle how cute Zafreen is, it’s just too much! And she’s right! She’s not afraid of anyone, smiling and greeting everyone who comes into her room, stranger or not. She posed for a picture with Zulkfl, and the two together is total cuteness overload! We hope Zafreen will still be her cheery self after surgery, please be praying for her!
Ndaziona says she feels kind of achy today. She flashed us her signature smile, but we decided to post a photo that shows her mood instead. Please be praying for her. It's hard to have to just sit around the hospital waiting for so long. Her friend Adija was discharged today too, so pray that she'll be able to hang out with some of the other girls and make good friendships!
Chisomo isn't feeling too well today. His mom says he's in a lot of pain and has been feverish. He managed to eat a bit though, which is good. He's fortunately been sleeping it off most of the day but you can definitely be praying for our little pal, the doctors did a lot to his leg yesterday!
We welcomed Quinter Friday for her much needed surgery. It was one of the most fascinating/graphic procedures. Basically, surgeons broke her tibia bones into sections, forming, shaving, or removing the pieces as needed. They then attached them back together in a straight line with a metal rod. Just take a look at the tools used and you’ll see this procedure is no joke! Quinter has undergone quite the day. Let us keep her in our prayers as she recovers!
Priscila’s breathing has started to improve and she is now breathing much easier. She is still on oxygen, but there has been progress. Her feeding is also improving and she has not vomited today. She also seems to have more of an appetite. Prossy has been keeping herself busy, doing laundry and spending time with her friends outside the ICU. Please keep Priscila in your prayers that her breathing will continue to improve and that she will soon be taken off oxygen.
Habiru’s doctors are currently looking into what is causing his fever and cough, and they have run blood tests and done a scan of his lungs. Besides the tests, he and Juma have had a quiet day in the ward, and Juma is doing well but he is a little bored. Please keep Habiru in your prayers, that his fever and cough will stop and he will soon be able to go in for surgery.
Sylvia continues to improve, she has been sitting up today, and is much more active. She has been playing with her “baby” who is fine. She is still feeling pain, but is otherwise doing fine. She is looking forward to having rice and beans for lunch. The only major concern right now is fevers, she continues to be monitored. It’s unclear if she will be sent home over the weekend or early next week. Please continue to pray for Sylvia as she recovers.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 29
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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