Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Apr 19
Lushomo is doing very well today, enjoying a tremendous amount of mommy time and pats on the back. Lushomo has undergone all the neuro surgeries he needs, and after the weekend, he gets to go to orthopaedics side of the ward, where doctors will begin working on his little feet! Just a quick reminder: Lushomo has undergone a spina bifida and hydrocephalus surgery! Getting the casting started for his feet will be a clear home run, as one of our little champions makes his way to the finish! However, Lushomo is crying a lot today, but in the words of his mother Mercy, "He is just being a baby today because he has been an adult from the time he was born."
Inonge left the hospital today! She is doing so well that Dr. Kachinga decided it was time for her to head home. The entire family was delighted, and her grandmother was so happy she started to cry, saying, “I can’t express in words how good CURE has been to us. You have kept us really well and I am very thankful.” Inonge’s follow up date is this coming Tuesday so we will see our sweet girl soon! Thank you for your support and please continue praying for her and her entire family.
Grace’s surgery was cancelled today, after she was declared unfit for it by the doctors. This is because she has a cough that won’t seem to go away, but also there is not enough blood in the bank to do her surgery. Her mother is anxious to get it over and done with. She says, "We have been waiting for a while now, and I just want my daughter to get her surgery!” Please pray that sweet Grace gets well enough for surgery, but also that her mom can find strength and peace as she waits. This afternoon they both enjoyed sitting and being outside the ward, which was a welcome change of scenery.
Sepo was discharged from CURE yesterday and she left very early in the morning. We did not get the chance to bid her farewell, but we are so happy that she got her surgery and that she will be much better. Her mother is happy that Sepo will have a shot at being healed. She made so many friends, especially to her bed neighbor, Rodrick. They spent almost every minute competing to see which one of them had the bigger smile. All the very best Sepo, we can’t wait to see you when you come for review! This is not the end for Sepo, please continue praying for her and her family so that God’s grace continues to shine on them.
With Ruth going home today, Lisnert was a little bit glum this morning. These two have been by each other's side almost the whole time they've been in hospital, and the prospect of continuing on her own isn't Lisnert's idea of fun. But she's cheered up this afternoon, and has been spending time hanging out with the rest of the kids in the hospital, and doing puzzles in the playroom. Please pray that she'll stay positive and motivated through the rest of her treatment!
Mphatso teams up with Lisnert to solve a puzzle as they spend some time in the playroom this afternoon. This guy is doing so fantastically after surgery, and we're sure his upbeat and positive attitude have a lot to do with that! Thanks for your prayers!
Mercy is keeping busy at the hospital while she waits for surgery! Our surgeons have had a few discussions, and we're planning to go ahead with the operation early next week. Because of the size of the tumor, there's a possibility that Mercy may lose her arm through damage to the blood vessels. But we're going to try to save it! Please pray for our surgeons as they prepare, and pray for Mercy and her family to remain hopeful whatever the outcome.
Laughs-with-Lonjezo are becoming part of our daily routine here at CURE Malawi! We love stopping beside her bed for a chuckle! It would seem that our visits make her as happy as she makes us, because she grabs us by the hands and won't let go when we try to say goodbye. For a little thing she's pretty strong!
Can you guess what happened today!?! There was a lot of laughing and yelling and grinning this morning when Dr Cashman gave Ruth a giant high five and said she could go home! Ruth is full of joy, and hasn't stopped smiling since. She's just left, after many a goodbye punctuated with more laughter and smiles. Please pray for her and Malita as they travel home. We plan to see Ruth again in about a month, so please also pray that Ruth keeps bending her knee over the next four weeks and that we see leaps in her progress when it comes time to see her again! Thanks to everybody who has joined in with Ruth's story through prayer and encouragement!
Jebdric was being over the top cute this morning! So cute in fact, that we offered to keep him here at the hospital until his follow up in 4 weeks. Unfortunately, his family didn’t go for it! We can't blame them, he is too much fun to have around! So, we had to settle for one last bubble party, which he loved, and we look forward to seeing him, and his awesome hair, next month! Please pray for an awesome month for Jebdric and his family, as he begins to recover!
The doctors loosened Malcolm’s cast last night, to relieve some of the pressure he was feeling in his leg and toes. One bummer thing about living in the tropics, things swell easily, body parts included, so casts can get tight. He was still hurting today, a bit more comfortable though, but still not happy. We gave him a few stickers and read some Get Well messages, hoping to put him in a better mood. He is due to go home tomorrow if his pain is manageable, please continue to pray for Malcolm!
Ericka gets to go home today! We checked in on her this morning, and she was dressed and definitely ready to get outta here! She gave us some of her best “model poses” for her final set of pictures while in the hospital. We’re so glad to see her silly, fun personality return. We’ll see her again next month for a follow up, thanks for praying!
So this is the face of someone’s who’s pretty excited to be going home today! Maynard got the OK to be discharged today, and he’s definitely happy. We're sure he’ll be up and moving around in no time, he’s driven and determined. Please be praying for Maynard while he heals for the next six weeks, then returns to CURE for a follow up.
Jasmine was back unexpectedly today, the edge of her cast was rubbing against her leg, and it was causing a painful raw spot on her skin. The doctors were able to cut the edge down a bit, and smooth out the edges, so everything is back on track. But while she was here, she got to enjoy some more bubbles, and listen to a few Get Well messages that arrived after she was discharged last week! Please keep praying for Jasmine’s healing process, it’s already been an adventure!
Lushomo had his ETV surgery yesterday. His mother Mercy says that Lushomo is doing very well and that all his vitals are fine. Mercy is happy with the work done on Lushomo, she is a nurse by profession and she says she likes the fact that she can offer Lushomo motherly and professional care. Let’s keep praying for them!
Amine had surgery today! It was the next step in a long process. The surgeon worked to release his arm to give him the ability to extend it properly. Everything went well and he’s recovering right now. Please pray for him as he starts recovering...it can be painful, but we're alongside him throughout!
Please pray for Loveness today! Her time in theater was cancelled yesterday, as there wasn't enough blood in her body for her to be able to handle it. We've been trying to give her a blood transfusion all day today, but we haven't been able to find a vein to use. We'd love it if you could all join us in prayer.
Grace is doing well today! She now has a head band that is supposed to help push the blood in her tumor back into the feeding blood vessels. She is rocking the band! She is scheduled to go to surgery tomorrow if everything goes well, please be praying for her!
Lisnert was back in theater this morning. After her rough night a few days ago, we wanted to make sure the frame was still positioned correctly and doing it's job. Good news is that all is well, and Lisnert was back in action this afternoon, sharing some laughs with us outside in the sun.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Apr 19
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