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Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 29


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Just NowNester from Zambia

Nester is back in hospital and she just got her prosthesis legs! Her grandmother is excited that she will be able to have legs that will provide her with more movement and freedom. Since her arrival at CURE, Nester has been a very happy and cheerful girl. Her new legs will be a testament to the fun and spirited girl that she is. Her grandmother cannot wait for her to stand up and try out those legs!

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TodayRuth from Malawi

Still no update after Ruth's x-ray, we're waiting for the doctors to assess the images. We'll let you know! In the mean time, Ruth's still having trouble bending her leg. We're doing some thinking around possible innovative solutions that would help her get it more active, without it giving her such a hard time. Please pray for us as well as Ruth, as we continue to support her and search for the solution!

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TodayLisnert from Malawi

That face of excruciating pain that Lisnert is pulling is all an act! We caught her during physio today, and every time the camera came out she pulled a horrific face, and as soon as the camera was down she'd laugh and laugh. What a trickster!

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TodaySaraphina from Malawi

We don't have too much to report for Saraphina, but we can let you know that she's happy and enjoying time with her dad! Today she was dancing to music he was playing for her through his mobile phone. She's full of smiles, and we're so glad she's feeling good!

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TodayMwesigwa from Uganda

“I’m ready for tomorrow’s surgery,” said Sarah. Mwesigwa is the only patient scheduled for surgery tomorrow. The doctors have explained to her that the procedure could take as long as nine hours. Please pray that the surgery is a success and that Sarah is strong.

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TodayLucy from Malawi

Cutie Lucy discovered her jacket is reversible today! It's a pretty exciting time when you realise that you've got two jackets in one! We opted for pink side out for today's photo. Lucy's got a wound inspection scheduled for tomorrow, so please pray that all goes smoothly! We'll keep you updated.

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TodayFlorah from Malawi

Flora's just had her injections, so she's feeling a wee bit subdued. Melise, her mom, is eager to go home, so we're praying they'll be able to leave before the weekend. Keep praying for them too please!

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TodayGertrude from Malawi

Gertrude and her dad Eliya are the best of friends! Eliya's just been out to get some snacks for Gertrude, and she is stoked. The way these two love each other is the sweetest thing. Keep praying for them!

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TodayAbigail from Uganda

Abigail’s fever has broke, dropping from 102.2 to 96.8 degrees Fahrenheit, which has been the best part of Natalie’s day. Other than that, she laughs and describes her day as boring and cold. The ward only has 12 patients in it, so there are just a few mothers to spend time with. Uganda has entered its rainy season, so temperatures have plummeted, its currently 77 degrees Fahrenheit, perfect weather for cuddling up with your recovering baby!

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TodayAdija from Malawi

We're through with Adija's surgery! In theater, Dr Linda released the contracture, finishing it with a skin graft, and a nice fat bandage to keep everything safe and protected. We'll update you on how Adija is feeling tomorrow, please keep her in your prayers!

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TodayDeborah from Uganda

Monica is scared about today's surgery. Deborah had a procedure call an irrigation of the ventricles, which cleans out the cerebrospinal fluid around the brain, which in her case, was full of infection. Monica has been able to call home and inform them of today's procedure, her family is praying for Deborah. Deborah will spend the night in ICU and hopefully be moved back into the ward tomorrow, her next surgery has not been scheduled yet. Please keep praying!

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TodaySamuel from Malawi

Samuel has received his surgery! Our surgeons decided the best thing for him was to make a few small incisions in both his feet, and they worked to release the tendons as well as adjust the bones to the correct position. After quite a lot of work, Samuel ended up in two below the knee casts. Post-surgery he's not feeling awesome, but we're keeping him comfortable and helping to manage the pain. Please pray for him!

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TodayLuke from Uganda

"Thank you for the encouragement and the prayers," said Mary as she prepared to leave CURE Hospital. Luke is stable and strong and was discharged this morning. His dad came around and they set off for home together. Please keep him in your prayers.

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TodayJoshua from Uganda

Joshua hasn't had a cardiac arrest in a couple of days which is really good news. This morning when we caught up with them his mom Rebecca was feeding him. Rebecca has been able to talk to her folks at home and they are really worried about Joshua. Please continue to pray that Joshua's vitals stabilise.

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TodayShallom from Uganda

Shallom has been admitted into the hospital and a CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) analysis was performed, showing that her CSF is not clean. So she went into surgery today for a procedure called an irrigation of the ventricles and reservoir placement. Barbara has already made friends with Natalie, who is Abigail’s mother, here in the ward. At this time, Shallom's next surgery has not been scheduled. We're thankful for the mother's here in the ward that encourage each other - please be praying with us!

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TodayZeutesi from Uganda

“I didn’t think she would still be alive,” said Zeutesi’s uncle. Annette said, “Zeutesi is doing really badly”. Zeutesi is still in ICU has an oxygen mask on and an NG tube for her feeding and her vitals are being monitored.

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TodaySwabla from Uganda

“Swabla had a calm night,” said nurse Miriam. Her mom Salama is excited that the surgery was a success and she wanted photos of Swabla printed out for future reference. Swabla is still in ICU but will be transferred to the general ward later on today.

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YesterdayGertrude from Malawi

Gertrude had surgery this morning, and all went well. In theater, Dr Lubega released the contracture at her elbow, and a skin graft from her thigh completed the procedure. There weren't any complications, and Gertrude is recovering well! We'll update you tomorrow on how she's doing. Please pray for her!

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YesterdayIshma from Malawi

Exciting news from Ishma today, he's been discharged! He was actually pretty reluctant to leave though, and when his mom and grandma were ready to go he ran away to Thandy's office, saying he wanted to stay with him! We'll be seeing Ishma again for a review at the end of April, so keep an eye at for him then. Thanks for all the prayers and encouragement that have been sent his way while he's been with us!

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YesterdaySaraphina from Malawi

Saraphina had a bit of a fever yesterday, and spent a lot of the day sleeping. She's feeling much better this morning though, the fever has gone down and she's been up and about, running around the ward. Praise the Lord! This little one has to wait a while before we inspect the wound - but while she waits there's plenty of playing with the other kids to be done, as well as quality time with her dad!

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YesterdayLucy from Malawi

Lucy's finally put on a smile for us! The other day when she was upset about going to theater, Dunamis, our CUREkids coordinator, spent a lot of time helping to comfort and reassure Lucy. Now, whenever she sees her, Dunamis gets a huge smile from Lucy! What a treat. We're so glad Dunamis took the time to make her feel cared for and safe!

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YesterdayFlorah from Malawi

A giant bag of 'puffs' is almost every Malawian child's dream. These crunchy little rings of flavor are made of maize, and are a bit of a staple here. Flora has got lucky with this huge bag of them, and she's loving it!

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YesterdayAdija from Malawi

During our ward round this morning, Dr Maina examined Adija's hands so we can decide a plan of action. Both hands need work, but we don't want to leave Adija unable to use both of them at all. So one at a time is the way to go here! Adija's right hand has already had some surgery, and her mom, Cecilia, said she'd prefer we finish work on that one before starting on Adija's left hand. Hopefully we'll be able to take Adija to theater later this week, we'll keep you posted!

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YesterdayLisnert from Malawi

Back at home, Lisnert's mom Delifa is a farmer! She visited home over the weekend, and brought back fresh produce and some beans to share with everyone at the hospital. Here she is with her home grown beans!

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YesterdayAbigail from Uganda

“She will be fine...you will be fine baby,” said Natalie. Abigail currently has a fever, but once it breaks, she will go back into surgery for a shunt placement. Natalie is doing fine and has been communicating with family and friends back home, but please keep praying for little Abigail!

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