Recent Patient Updates
Edina is super enjoying the playground on this lovely sunny afternoon! The kids were out for an hour or so playing football (soccer), swinging, and playing in the 'ambulance'! It's no wonder that her frame gets dirty with all her running about when she's outside! It will be good practice for her mom to clean the frame later!
Jesicah’s surgery should be either tomorrow or Thursday. Let’s pray that it is tomorrow. This girl is so much fun! She has a pretty smile and a happy, friendly spirit. Today she enjoyed doing puzzles in the playroom. We really hope that she enjoys the rest of her stay here at CURE!
Glory came for clinic yesterday and stayed overnight with us. We saw her this morning, and she was sweet and silly! We talked with her physical therapist, and the news we received was good, she said that Glory is doing great! She was re-casted, but she also got measured for an AFO (ankle foot orthoses). She will be fitted with that when we see her in six weeks. We are thankful for this girl and her progress!
A few kids went in for surgery today, so there is a lot of crying going on in the ward. This is making Chakupaleza a little upset and he has spent most of the afternoon fussy and joining in the crying chorus. Our nurses are trying all they can to make him happy and comfortable. His legs are doing well and his mom says he managed to get a good night's sleep yesterday, we are thankful for that!
Florence and Febby are having a long day. Florence went for an MUA and a cast change and she has been in pain and crying non stop since surgery. Her mom, Febby, is saddened by Florence's crying and so they are huddled in each other's arms for comfort. Please pray for them and send encouragement!
Margret has improved! She is no longer intubated, she is on an oxygen mask which is a big improvement, but there continues to be no sign of the ENT doctor. Her mother still has high spirits and is encouraged by the progress. Today, mother Margret went to chapel and spent time outside the ward socializing with other mothers. Please keep Margret in your prayers, for her breathing to continue to improve and further encouragement for her mother.
Keya surprised us today and came for a brace fitting! This guy is a serious smiler. Almost every time we look at him, he cracks a huge smile! We got to spend some time with him and his caretaker while they waited for Keya’s braces to be sized properly. His caretaker - a volunteer who works for a charity that supports children’s surgeries - reflected on how far Keya has come. She talked of how he used to sit and scoot to move around. Now look at him! He walks with just a cane! And he’s got braces again to help straighten his feet. He will have to get new shoes to fit the braces, but then hopefully he’ll be good to go. We are so thankful for all of God’s healing that has taken place in this child. We are also thankful for his caretaker who so faithfully loves and cares for him each time she brings him from his school to CURE!
Kevin is back! He came in with older sister Decia who had surgery today, but it was for more than just moral support. Kevin had the rods removed from his upper legs today, and yesterday told Decia that he knew she could handle the pain. He was a little nervous at first about his own ability to deal with it, having flashbacks of his last time in the operating room, but woke up nearly pain free and relieved to be done in there for a while. Please keep praying for him and his family!
Enrique should be able to calm his nerves this evening, Michael’s surgery is done and it went great! Dr. Reyes and Nurse Vasily teamed up to transfer the tendons in Michael’s feet, so they will point straight instead of inward, which is what is causing his limp. His classmates will have to come up with a better nickname for him, because he will be “kimpang” no more! We’re excited to see his life change for the better very soon!
We had a “buy one get one” deal today with Decia’s family! Kevin had a small operation today too in order to remove the rods in his legs from his previous surgery. Decia’s procedure wasn’t exactly “small”, it required a lot of cutting and a bone graft to get her left leg straight. Kevin woke up in good spirits, so hopefully he’ll be up to offer more of his post-op advice as Decia begins recovering!
Every cast change and exam has made Heart a little nervous, and today was no different, but she impressed us with her ability to overcome her fear. She cooperated with the nurses and anesthesiologist which made getting her ready so much easier than we were expecting. Dr. Jun did a tendon transfer, which will pull her foot in the right direction. All those weeks in a cast paid off, it’s so much simpler than other techniques to treat clubfoot! One more cast now, and she’ll be done!
Esther came in for a checkup today! She had her casts off and now will need to go and get another AFO. Usually we send a couple patients who need AFOs in the ambulance with our weekly Lilongwe clinic team, but there hasn't been room for the past couple weeks so a lot of patients have built up who need transportation to Lilongwe, including Esther! We're up for solving the challenge and may just send them all at once now that there's so many who need to go! We'll let you know what happens!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 21
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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