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Leroy from KenyaJust Now

We got to see Leroy and his family today! They have missed the first day of school in order to get Leroy new crutches and his ankle-foot orthosis re-fitted. But tomorrow Leroy and his sister start back and Leroy says he is ready. "I like math and science," he told us, "but I really like to run," he added. Leroy's parents know that it isn't safe for him to run because of his tendency to fall "But when he sees other kids run, he wants to join," his mother told us. This family is so caring of each other and truly have so much joy despite their hurdles. We look forward to seeing them again for a check-up in 3 months!

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Apreal from PhilippinesToday

We’re happy to report that Apreal is still a princess today! She tells us she’s hurting, and the spica cast is uncomfortable, but she was still able to muster a smile. When we walked in to check on her earlier she was sleeping, but she quickly woke up and waved “hi” to us, her sweet spirit is still intact! She was happy to listen to a few Get Well messages, which also helped boost her mood, thanks for all notes and prayers being sent her way!

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Arnel from PhilippinesToday

“This one is joyful!” was scrub nurse Shayne’s first impression of Arnel this morning. While most kids resist having the oxygen mask put on their face, Arnel reached up, took it from Dr. Bruce, and put it over his mouth all on his own. He’s serious about being a doctor someday, he’s already getting started! This was the first spine surgery at Tebow CURE, and the tables in the operating room were piled with new tools, wires and screws. As intimidating as the surgery was, we were blessed with the best case scenario! The doctors cleaned the TB out of his back, and placed a couple of small rods to keep everything straight. Arnel woke up with an “owww”, but fell back asleep and is resting in the recovery area now. Thanks for all the prayers, we’ll keep you updated!

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Mthunzi from ZambiaToday

Mthunzi and her mom are enjoying the rare opportunity to be in each other’s company. A little extra courage from mom is helpful especially when being prepped for surgery! We love the energy and warmth that both mother and child bring into our ward!

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Medina from EthiopiaToday

Medina had a revision on her right side today and is resting comfortably. She's glad to have loved one's with her!

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Sten from MalawiToday

Sten is such a little legend! Although he's quiet so far, he has the cutest shy smile, and you feel like the coolest person on earth when you crack it out of him! This morning, he was hanging in the physio room, learning some new action songs. Sten will hopefully receive surgery later this week, so please pray for our surgeons as they prepare!

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Deborah from ZambiaToday

Deborah does not like it when adults make faces and baby sounds at her. She is doing well but she is getting tired of all the hospital noises and she cannot wait to get back home! Here, her mom is trying to cheery for both of them. Please pray with us for her surgery today!

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Maryam from NigerToday

Maryam was very busy this morning! She was making necklaces with Nafissa, her new friend at the hospital! A nice way to start the day!

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Abdul Aziz from NigerToday

Abdul Aziz went in for a visit to the Case de passage to see his friends today. He found Djafar and they started the day by having a very serious “man to man” talk sitting in their chairs. It’s nice for Abdul Aziz to be able to get out of his room and enjoy some time outside!

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Bridgette from MalawiToday

We were super stoked to meet Bridgette this week! Already she's totally won us over with that bright smile and her enthusiasm for everything. We were doing action songs in the physiotherapy room this morning, and she got right into it! Bridgette will hopefully be receiving surgery later this week, so please pray for her as she waits for her operation.

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Sauda from MalawiToday

We know you're not supposed to have favorites, but it's pretty hard when a kid lights up a room the way Sauda does! Sauda was here a few months ago to have the contracture at her elbow released, and now she's back to have her wrist seen to. When she bounced into the ward yesterday, she spotted us and we spotted her at the same time. Massive grins all over the place! We're so glad to have her back!

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Gracious from UgandaToday

Gracious has been seen by the anesthesia team, and they have approved him for surgery tomorrow. Pamela feels fine about tomorrow's surgery and has been waiting for it. Today Gracious and Pamela had a quiet day, and Pamela visited with a few of her friends in the ward, while Gracious played, napped, and then was given a piece of cake, which he tried to offer to everyone who passed by their bed. Pamela is suffering from ulcers and hasn’t had her medication in three days. She's been in pain and also hasn't been able to eat the main course of each meal, which is beans. Please pray that Gracious will have a successful surgery tomorrow, as well as comfort and healing for Pamela!

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Mphatso from MalawiToday

Mphatso is such a top lad! He was back for a check up today and after his appointment he breezed into our office to say hi. He's been officially discharged and doesn't need to come back for any further procedures, unless of course he has any problems, in which case we told him to come and see us straight away! His mom, Mwadaine, was with him, and she had this to say: "Thank you very much for your encouragement and the help. We have been treated so well at CURE and we appreciate it very much." It's been an absolute joy to care for Mphatso and his family, thanks for joining in with all your messages of support, encouragement and prayers!

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Lelisse from EthiopiaToday

It's been raining outside here, so Lelisse was expecting the cold, but inside, it's raining sunshine instead! What joy! Thank you for your kind words & prayers which are such an encouragement to her.

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Refif from EthiopiaToday

Refif has had her hardware removed and she is doing great! Thank you for the well wishes!

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Zerabiruk from EthiopiaToday

Zerabiruk's surgery went well and he is going home today! He will continue his recovery at home and we will see him back to the hospital in a couple of weeks when he returns for a follow-up. Please keep him in your prayers for a fast recovery and safe return back to the hospital!

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Jahuhara from UgandaToday

Jahuhara had a hard night, she had a respiratory arrest at 7:20pm. Her vitals are currently stable and she is resting the ICU. Abubakar, Jahuhara’s father, is now at the hospital which has been a big comfort for Madina, she seems to be doing much better now that he is here. Please pray that Jahuhara will stabilize and will be able to go into surgery, and for comfort for Abubakar and Madina through this difficult time.

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Yegremachew from EthiopiaToday

This smart little guy came in with his mother and he is doing great! His mother is so happy that her boy is walking well and everything looks like it's healing well! He is going to start school this coming year and he is so excited about that. We will see him in a couple of month for another follow-up.

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Meri from UgandaYesterday

Meri had a calm night in the ward and this morning she was taken back to OPD for further assessment. One thing we know for sure is that the ETV has failed and her CSF has again accumulated in the brain so the doctors are now planning their next move. We’ll keep you posted. Please keep praying.

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Warlord from PhilippinesYesterday

Warlord, also known as “Waway” is in the hospital today! We thought he wasn’t going to show up since we were expecting him to be admitted yesterday. That seems to be the case in some of our patients lately, but thankfully we saw him walk in the door today! He already got through the check-up with Dr. Tim and Dr. Jun and will be having his surgery tomorrow morning. Warlord is all set and relaxed in the ward since he’s finally done with the admission process. Please be praying for Warlord. This is another battle that he has to go through, but we are confident that this procedure will be easier than his past hospitalizations!

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Chris from UgandaYesterday

"Chris had a calm night as usual," says Sarah. He went into surgery this afternoon and his doctors performed an ETV/CPC which was successful, he is currently resting in PACU and will soon be transferred to the ICU. His father informed Sarah that he will be visiting them this afternoon. We hope for the best. Please continue to pray for Chris with us.

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Arnel from PhilippinesYesterday

Arnel just might be our happiest pre-op patient to date! He can’t stop smiling, and even when we asked how his nerves were doing, he said he’s excited, and not nervous at all! We’re glad to know he’s calm, the rest of us are waiting in anxious anticipation. Dr. Tim, who has done countless surgeries, said earlier that this is the kind of surgery that “you make sure you get a good night of sleep before.” There are a handful of scenarios that may unfold, each one a bit trickier, it just depends on how much damage the TB has caused. We know he’s in great hands, both here on earth, and also in God’s hands! Please be praying for the best case scenario, we’re so excited to see Arnel healed!

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Apreal from PhilippinesYesterday

Our princess Apreal was the first surgery this morning, and while it was long and tedious, as expected, it’s done and she can just focus on healing. She saw a few needles, her one fear, but she handled it well, we were proud of her! The doctors got her hip back in place, and used a huge arsenal of hardware to keep it there. She’s resting now in recovery, and we hope she wakes up still feeling like a princess, and not a toad! Thanks for your prayers!

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Jea from PhilippinesYesterday

We walked into work today thinking that it would be quiet in the hospital since it's a non-working holiday. Well, it's actually pretty lively because Jea and her chatty self is here! She came in for an emergency check up because one of the pins was slowly slipping out of her leg. Thankfully, Dr. Tim was around and saw that the pin was about ready to emerge, so he pulled it out in a matter of seconds! Jea was surprised that it happened so quick before she could even say a word! We replaced her cast with a cylinder cast which is a lot smaller in size than the last one. This will allow her to practice putting weight on her foot. Her next follow-up appointment is postponed for another month since she had this impromptu one. Until then, please keep praying for her healing!

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Ruth from MalawiYesterday

Ruth was back today for a review and she's doing super well! She was full of laughs as usual, and doesn't have any complaints about her leg. She was stoked to catch up with her friend Lucius too, who is one of our nursing assistants here. Thanks heaps for continuing to pray for Ruth!

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