Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 22
John Carl had a bit of a scare earlier. He was checking his toes, and as he counted them, he only found four on one foot! His pinky toe was covered by his cast’s padding, and he thought for sure he lost one during surgery! Luckily, he found it attached, right where it should be, and was back to all smiles. He’s feeling great today and gets to go home tomorrow, thanks for all the prayers!
It was all hugs and smiles when this sweet boy showed up at clinic today. “Even when he is fully healed, we will still come for this clinics, just to say to say hello everyone,” Teresiah, Fidelis’ mother, told us. Fidelis is doing great, his wound has healed quite well, and the doctor told Teresiah to help Fidelis exercise the fingers, so that they heal with good flexion. We will be seeing them again on the 18th of February. He promised to bring along his brother on his next visit, and we look forward to seeing both of them then!
Chisomo had surgery today! Doctor Kyle first took some pieces of bone from his pelvis for a bone graft, which should heal back. Near the ankle, he took out a bit of ruined bone and the diseased, soft tissue which surrounded it, which would've kept it from healing correctly. They then inserted a rod to keep everything in place and added in some of the pelvic bone, which should support extra bone growth. Dr. Kyle was saying this condition is one of the toughest issues in children's orthopedics though, and there's no guarantee the bone will grow back, especially if the diseased tissue comes back. Please pray for Chisomo! He has neurofibroma, a condition where tumors form around the nerves. A lot of the time, it is symptomless and benign, but sometimes it is malignant, and we won't know which type it is until he grows older. The way his bone didn't heal is a symptom, but may not necessarily mean it is malignant. We'll keep you updated on his recovery!
In honor of the US holiday of Thanksgiving, we asked several of the kids what they were thankful for, including Eda! Eda is thankful for healing and that she has a lot of good food here at CURE. She's also thankful for all her new friends here at CURE, like Loveness, who also has an infected femur.
Adija was having a good time this morning playing Bao again! We told her today was Thanksgiving, an American holiday, and asked her what she was thankful for. She said she was thankful for the free treatment here at CURE, because otherwise her family would not be able to afford surgery for her hands.
Eliud is back this week, and this time for surgery! Today being Thanksgiving, we are thankful that Eliud’s mother was able to get him here. Surgeons corrected both of his legs today, cutting the lower thigh bone of his knocked knee and straightening it, and then cutting the upper tibia bone of his bowed leg to straighten it. Eliud was shy this morning, but still managed to smile a little. We will check in tomorrow and see how he is resting!
Overnight, there was no improvement with Priscila, and she continues to have upper airway problems. Her breathing improves when she is sleeping or resting, but then when she wakes up, her breathing worsens. Please keep her in your prayers, that her breathing will improve and that she will finally be able to get off the oxygen.
Sylvia continues to improve! She is going to be moved to the ward today, and although she still has a fever and a bit of a cough, she says she's fine. "I'm just happy," Irene told us, saying she's grateful to God that He has kept Sylvia alive and is grateful to the staff for their care. Please keep them in your prayers as Sylvia's recovery continues.
Flora had her surgery yesterday! It went well and although she's a little teary-eyed now, we're praying she'll feel better soon and are glad her leg is straight! Our surgeons took a wedge out of the lower leg so that the bend will heal together straight, and they inserted a bit of bone into the knee joint, because the joint was also at the wrong angle. Please be praying that she'll heal quickly, so she can run around on two straight legs!
The father-son duo is back, but they didn’t get to spend much time in the playroom, since it took a little bit of time to clean up and change Rey Mark’s cast. But that’s okay, because when Rey Mark’s all healed up, he doesn’t need to stay in the playroom - he'll be able to get outside and play! But it’s looking like this is going to be a long road to healing. Rey Mark’s wounds didn't heal up as much as we'd hoped by this time and smelled a little pungent. But it’s a good thing Rey Mark has a high pain tolerance. Throughout the time it was being cleaned, he never shed a tear! This brave boy will be back next week so we can check on his progress. Please keep praying for Rey Mark!
Look who snuck in last night! Rexford is back to get his leg checked. We heard he’s been in pain since he got home and could barely sleep. So today, the doctors cracked the cast open to loosen it up. Feeling better after that, Rexford was eager to give a sweet smile for the camera!
Jon’s pins came out and he’s pumped about it! Our patients usually think they’ll be under anesthesia when it gets taken out, but nope, he didn’t see it coming and the doctor slipped it right out! He says it hurts a bit, but it’s a good thing that he’s all well! We’ll see him again in 3 weeks to make sure he’s doing OK. Thanks for praying for Jon!
So we found Joanna Paula in almost the exact same position as she was yesterday, but today she was sound asleep. The difference is today she’s missing the compress on her head, since her fever’s gone, yay! Hopefully tomorrow she’ll be up and moving around a bit, and in the mood to hang out! Please keep praying for Joanna Paula!
John Carl was sleeping soundly next to Irene, and looked too darn adorable, as always! Irene told us he’s still having some pain, but is slowly improving. We’re hoping tomorrow he’ll be up to drawing some more pictures to pass the time!
Cheradee is fighting a fever, and just wasn’t loving life all too much today. Fortunately, she has a comfortable bed, endless cold washcloths, and a TV in her room to keep her occupied while she recovers. We’d appreciate prayers for a break in Cheradee’s fever though, so she’ll be even more comfortable. Thanks!
Our sweet little one is still fighting some pain and discomfort, but she was able to give us a half-smile through her tiny tears. She’s still weary of anyone who enters the room, even though we show her that our hands are empty and we’re just there to say hi. She still has a day or two in the hospital, so we still have a chance to become buddies!
Jea’s feeling well today! She was up early in the morning to use the restroom, and the nurses gave her a pair of crutches to get around. Jea says she’s feeling a little bit of pain, but better than yesterday. It was unusual to get on her feet with a cast, but she’s hanging in there and waiting for her feet to be fully healed. Please keep praying!
You know how some of us are really grumpy waking up in the morning? Well, not Renz! One day post-surgery, and he woke up looking like this, greeting us and giving hi-fives! He seemed like he was doing okay, with a little bit of pain. And since he had just woken up, we didn’t stay too long, to give him time to wash up and eat his breakfast. Renz will be here for a couple more days, so we will keep you updated on his progress!
CJ had a problem this morning. He said his bubbles weren’t working! But no worries, we solved that problem real quickly and taught him how to angle the bubble wand. Then away he went, blowing bubbles like a champ! He’s just relaxing in the boy’s ward and we haven’t heard any complaint from him, which is good. So please keep praying for CJ and his healing!
Since Christard got plenty of rest yesterday, our little buddy was up early this morning. He can’t really move around much because of his cast, but he's already trying to lift both his legs up! He’s so tiny we can’t imagine him lifting those legs with heavy casts around them, but he did it! Praise God for that!
Julifer got her cast off today! Dr. Tim came in to cut a roll of casting in half while they were in the removal process, and the big hand saw he was using made her a bit nervous! She was relieved to know that we would only be using the saw that “vibrates and goes rrrrrr”. She went down to physical therapy afterward, but was super nervous to try and walk, so it’ll be a work in progress. Jacob was quick to announce to us that “Julifer’s scared!” We know he’ll be her biggest cheerleader though, please pray for strength and bravery for Julifer!
Mariel admitted that she was super nervous to have her dressing changed today, even though Rodney has been diligent in making sure the outer layers have been changed and cleaned ever since her surgery two weeks ago. As a result, her wounds are healing incredibly well! She’ll need to keep the pins in for a few more weeks, but when that happens, Mariel an start doing exercises to build hand strength, and find ways to use her hand that she’s never known before.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 22
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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