Recent Patient Updates
Mercy is spending her ‘day after surgery’ day chilling in her bed. It’s so nice to see her doing well because sometimes our kiddos struggle with pain and tears after their surgeries as they heal and their bodies adjust to things. We found out that Rachael, who works in our private clinic, is or was their neighbor in the town where they’re from! She had to get a photo with these two ladies. We think this might be the friend who told them about CURE in the first place. We’re thankful for this fun connection! It sounds like Mercy and her mama will spend their weekend in the hospital, so we’ll get to share more of Mercy’s progress with you on Monday!
We brought Chisomo his get-well messages today! He learned today that he might be able to go home next week, so he can't wait! He's happy his healing is going well. He told us to tell you, "When I am gone home, I wish you well!" Dr. James wants him to learn some stretches in physio to help the knee - because they switched the pin in his leg that should help a bit, but unfortunately stretching the ankle means that the muscle on the back of his leg is getting stretched, which is re-contracting his knee. Hopefully they'll be able to cast it straight after he's out of the frame in 3-4 months. Dr. James says the knee is still pretty flexible - please pray it all works out!
Meet Pearson! He was admitted this week with a very serious case of osteomyelitis (infected bone). He was supposed to have surgery this week, but he had malaria so we put him on treatment and will operate next week! Please be praying hard - the infection is very serious and it's quite possible they'll have to amputate his leg. Dr. James is planning on trying their best to save his leg before they do that, by taking out the infected bone, but if it doesn't start to grow back it's possible he'll need an amputation and prosthetic. Obviously Pearson is quite unhappy about the possibility of losing his leg, so please pray for healing!
Edina is happy today, she's back from Feed the Children and there's not a lot of friends for her to play with there, so she much prefers being here at CURE! She has a baby doll (a teddy bear she's tied to her back with chitenge), but she says she hasn't named him or her yet! She really enjoyed hearing get-well messages from you all today!
We brought Patsani her get-well messages and she says "Thank you!" Her leg didn't hurt today, even after the wound care. She's a bit envious of her friend Chisomo, who is hopefully going home next week - she says she wants to go too! Dr. James is thinking that's a really strong possibility, once they teach her mom how to do the dressings for her leg at home! She has a pretty large wound, and it will take a long time for the flesh to heal, so she may as well learn to do it from home! Please continue to be praying for her!
Melissa is still in the ICU because she continues to have breathing difficulties and is on an oxygen mask. Along with poor breathing, she had a fever spiking to 102 degrees. Her doctors are running blood work today to get a better idea of what is causing her problems. Agatha has been by her bedside and with the mothers just outside the ICU doors. Please be praying for Melissa’s breathing to improve and for strength for Agatha.
“I am fine,” said Samantha. Samantha is a little more active than yesterday, her doctors are encouraging her to get out of bed and she has walked around a little, however, she is still very tired and week. She has had a poor appetite and headaches, along with wound site pain. Samantha’s family is hopeful that she well get discharged soon. Please continue to pray for Samantha, that her recovery continues to go well.
Whenever Sofia enters a room, she just demands a presence, she’s a natural star! She had everyone in the playroom watching her pop bubbles, complete with “oohs” and “awws” and “She’s soooo cute!” When she saw Nurse Jun outside the exam room though, she instinctively began to cry again, which got everyone laughing, including Jun! Everything looks good, she got a new brace since she already outgrew the old one, and of course, she gave Jun a kiss as she left.
Our little buddy was back with his support team of Mom and Dad for what we hoped would be his last cast removal. His feet are so close to being straight, but just not quite where we’d like to see them yet, so he’ll still wear casts for about another month. He wasn’t thrilled about it, it’s so hard for a three year old to understand all of this, but when he’s running on flat feet, it’ll be worth it!
Jhamel’s emotions were all over the place yesterday; he was happy, he was sad, he just didn’t know what to think about being back for his follow up! He had a blast in the playroom, but started to cry when it was time to swap out his casts. When he discovered that he had stitches underneath, he started asking for ointment to heal them, we might have a future doctor on our hands! We covered them up with a fresh set of casts, which he’ll wear for about one more month.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jan 15
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- 93.3% Program Expense CURE hospital and specialty program expenses
- 1.2% Administration General and administrative expenses
- 5.5% Fundraising
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