Recent Patient Updates
Thokozani has been readmitted today! Her mom was still concerned about her ankle - it makes it difficult for her to walk - but we checked and the ankle has pretty much fused on its own, and doing an operation just runs the risk of bone infection again. They are going to get a special insole made for her shoes so that can walk better though!
Thom had surgery on Friday and it went really well! The ball of his hip is completely missing, so the femur just sort of slides around and isn't supporting his pelvis anymore. To remedy this, the doctors did what is called a pelvic support osteotomy, where the femur is broken a bit of the way down to provide a sort of platform for the pelvis. The leg then isn't straight anymore and a bit shorter, so our doctors cut it again lower down so that his leg will be straight, and added a frame so that they can lengthen the bone, eventually making it the same length as his normal leg. Please be praying for him as the healing process takes a pretty long time, and lots of physiotherapy! Fortunately he is doing well today and is smiling and chatting with people in the ward!
Here's a video of Thandy singing to Silaji on Friday! We got a get-well message asking Thandy to sing to Silaji, so he borrowed the 'lyrics' from a sign we are using to help raise funds for the kids in partnership with our friends from the band Switchfoot! The YouTube link is at https://youtu.be/2Ax0WZk3cco.
Jacqueline came in for a checkup today! Her local hospital in Lilongwe where she's been getting physiotherapy wanted to do some MUA - manipulation under anesthetic - to her. Jacqueline and her mom decided to call up CURE and make sure that was a good idea before she went in! They told her to come here and when the doctors at CURE checked it out, they decided that moving her arm while she was under anesthesia was a 50-50 chance of making it worse versus better. They recommend that she just continue to do physiotherapy versus risk making the shoulder worse. She's already doing a pretty good job at bending it - she says she's been able to help cook, wash dishes and clothes and do most things that she wants! Please be praying for her as she heads back to Lilongwe, and also pray for her family, as her uncle, who used to bring her to appointments, has recently passed away.
July is still in the hospital and hasn't gone to Feed the Children yet! He seems happy to be hanging out with his mommy and some of the other moms and kids! Here's a video of him from Thursday when he had his first casts put on! The doctor did a brief examination and Thandy was singing to him while he lay on the table! He's such a happy chap!
YouTube link at https://youtu.be/0LUMYcUt0Lo
“It was good because we are still having life,” said mother Margret about the weekend. Margret is still fighting periodic respiratory distress and awaiting the ENT doctor, she is feeding well through an NG tube and has no seizures or fevers. Mother Margret continues to be doing well, today she spent time doing laundry and enjoying the company of her friends in the ward. Please keep Margret in your prayers that her breathing will continue to improve.
Sweet baby Jane had her first casting today. She told us all about it while our PT team did her casting, she was none too happy about it! But we know that someday, Jane will be so happy that she has the ability to walk. Marygoretti is just one of our very caring and compassionate PT team members. We are so thankful for her and the team and all that they do!
"I miss my mother and Mark, my small brother," Jessica told us this morning. But her grandmother had some good news for her too, her mother and brother were coming later on in the day to visit which brought a wide smile to her face! Elvis, one of the volunteers at the hospital, took a selfie with Jessica to send to her mother and pass the love to them. Jessica's recovery is coming on great, today, she managed to get out of bed and walk for the first time since her surgery! Join us in thanking God for the great progress she is making, and please continue praying for good reports for this lovely young lady as she continues to recover.
Yesterday, Solomon was discharged to the Tororo Hospital’s malnutrition clinic Sarah was given a supply F-75 to help him continue to gain weight. We will see them again at CURE on September 26th. Please continue to pray for Solomon to make a full recovery and grow up healthy.
Esther’s mom showed up without her because she is too heavy to carry. She reported that Esther is very weak, she cannot sit or stand. Agnes had prescriptions for meds to be retrieved from our CURE doctors which she came to get. Please keep Esther in your prayers.
“I have noticed a lot of change in Herman, the swelling on his head has reduced. When we got home from CURE Hospital, his siblings asked me what had been done to his head and I told them that he had surgery, he was happy to be back home,” said Esther.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 28
Practicing fiscal accountability is a critical aspect of CURE’s financial stewardship model. Along with annual audits by an independent CPA firm, CURE is a member in good standing with the ECFA.
- 92.1% Program Expense CURE hospital and specialty program expenses
- 1.2% Administration General and administrative expenses
- 6.7% 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