Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Nov 22
Inonge is doing very well! We were so glad to see her. She looks so much better than the last time we saw her! The doctors like what they see! She is making really good progress! We will be seeing her in 6 months time! Please be praying for Inonge and her family!
Eda went into theater today to have the wound to her humerus sealed up a little more. With the osteomyelitis (infected bone), the opening they make to take out the infected bone is left open, packed with sterile material and regularly dressed and cleaned. It's necessary in order to make sure the bone heals correctly. However, her humerus was a bit too exposed so the doctors had to close up the wound more. It's painful, so be praying for her!
Chisomo is smiley today! We knew he'd warm up to the camera and hospital! He doesn't speak a lot yet since he's only just about to turn 3, but we have a lot of fun saying "bho" (hi) back and forth in our similarly limited Chichewa vocabulary, and giving fist-bumps! Unfortunately, Chisomo isn't having surgery today because we had another patient come in who needed to go in today, so he will hopefully go into theater on Thursday. Please keep him in your prayers!
Shelifa came in for her final checkup! We're so happy to see how straight her leg looks now, you never would've known that she used to have bow-leg! The doctor says she's all set and to only come back if there's any problems, which there shouldn't be. Case closed! We read her a last get-well message and sent her off to change the world on two straight legs! Thank you for all your prayers and encouragements on her journey!
Adija was playing in the playroom today! She was pretty intent on her coloring. We're so happy to see that she can use her right hand to color now, and look forward to the day when her left will be healed enough to do the same! We will start doing regular dressing changes soon!
Today, we read Flora all the get well messages she had received since she left the hospital! They were quite backed up! She was a bit sad that she couldn't be in the playroom with the other children because she had to wait to have her old cast and wire removed from her first leg. But, she cheered up a lot when we showed up to read her some messages! She will be going into surgery tomorrow, so please be praying for her!
Over the weekend, Priscila was placed on an endotracheal tube to help her breathing. Today, it was removed and she was placed back on a mask which is a positive sign. Prossy was given a bag full of baby clothes from one of our pastors. Prossy says Priscila still isn’t okay, and that her breathing is still a problem. Please keep Priscila in your prayers that her breathing will improve, and she will soon be taken off the oxygen mask.
Cheradee is having surgery tomorrow and she's been so excited about it! Her mom Cherryl has mixed emotions about the whole thing. She's partly nervous but mostly excited about the fact that Cheradee will have the chance to walk with both feet flat on the ground! Yesterday during orientation, they got an idea of what they're about to face and saw it even clearer today when some of the first batch of patients came back in the ward, post-surgery. Cheradee isn't scared at all and says she's ready for it! Now, that's the spirit! So please pray for Cheradee as she goes through surgery tomorrow!
Sylvia has woken up which is a very positive sign. Another positive sign is her CT scan showed that her tumor was removed completely. Sylvia has been moving around some in her bed and attempting to remove everything which is attached to her. She is able to speak and she told us she was fine, however she is still heavily sedated. Irene is doing much better now that Sylvia is out of the OR and stable. Last night, Irene didn’t sleep, she was up all night by Sylvia’s side. Yesterday, she didn’t eat or drink all day. Please continue to pray for Sylvia as she begins to recover, and for peace of mind for Irene.
John was so brave today while he got his casts changed! We taped some candies to his forehead so he could have them when he went back to the ward. The doctors saw that all their wounds are looking good. The family has been discharged (yay!) and we will see them back at CURE for a check-up on December 16th!
Well, after our nursing staff reviewed Josephine, they found she has a low hemoglobin count. Hemoglobin, or HB, is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body. When levels are low, surgery can be extremely dangerous. Our doctors say this could have something to do with the malaria that she suffered from some time back, but she will need at least a month before a procedure. We discharged them and plan to meet her at our next Kisumu clinic on January 12th. Please pray that her levels would go back up during this time!
Renz and Maria Elisa are here at CURE! Maria Elisa tells us that her sisters are very nervous about the surgery and told her she shouldn’t come, in fear that something might go wrong. Cyra, our Children's Mentor, spent some time with her earlier, getting to know the two and calming some concerns. Maria Elisa is a little nervous too but more excited for Renz’s future. Please pray for Renz’s surgery tomorrow, that everything goes smoothly!
“Smile, this is going to be the best day of your life!” Nurse Vasily told Jea as she was wheeled into the operating room today. She was nervous, but he’s right, her life will change after today! Dr. Reyes went to work on Jea’s right ankle, taking out some bone that kept her foot from rotating the right way. When she woke up at the end of surgery, she immediately stretched to get a good look at her new foot. We hope that Jea has many “highlight days” in her lifetime to come, and that this will always be one of them!
Christard and Delia both stayed happy and calm today for his surgery. It was a pretty simple procedure, but will make a lifetime impact. The doctors made small incisions in his hips and knees, and cut his tightened tendons. When they heal back together, they’ll be long enough for him to have a wider range of motion, then he can hopefully start working on walking! He’s already made huge strides in physical therapy, so we hope his determination will continue!
“Once he’s not hurting, this kid’s going to be walking” was Dr. Tim’s prediction as he added a second layer of casting to the bottom of John Carl’s feet after surgery this morning. After a gozillion or so clubfoot surgeries, we’re guessing he knows what he’s talking about! And, after watching John Carl roaming around yesterday, he’s definitely not one to sit still. It’ll be a few days though before he goes anywhere, even though his feet are straight now, he needs to just hang out, relax, and let his body start mending. Thank you Lord for a successful surgery!
CJ's ready for treatment! He’s here at the hospital to continue on with his healing process, so please pray for CJ, as he is scheduled for surgery tomorrow. He traveled with a group from his hometown and has built friendships with other CUREkids that he came along with. Cheradee, who’s also a CUREkid, is his buddy, especially because she has a phone with his favorite game on it! So when he got asked to go back to the boys’ ward for a moment, he was upset. But no worries, CJ’s frown immediately turned upside down when we handed him the iPad to play with!
Joanna Paula may not have been as nervous today, but she sure wasn’t smiling like we’re used to, she was all business coming into the operating room. Dr. Tim and Dr. Jun were all business as well, working together to move a few tendons and put a plate in Joanna Paula’s hand which will give her more strength and usage. As usual, Dr. Tim was teaching and coaching throughout the entire surgery, helping train up the next generation of doctors. We’re looking forward to seeing Joanna Paula’s future as well, we’ll keep you up to date on her progress!
Collen was the first surgery of the day, so she was able to get it done and out of the way. We think she preferred to not have it at all though, she was pretty nervous coming in, and has been crying on and off in the recovery area. The nurses and Jazmin have been doing what they can to soothe her, but sometimes kids just have a really rough time as they wake up. The good news is, she doesn’t have to worry about anything now except relaxing, and letting those newly loosened tendons heal! Thanks for all your prayers, keep them coming!
Apreal was a bit teary eyed coming into the operating room this morning, having been there before. The unknown is scary, but sometimes the “known” is just as scary! After prayer by Dr. Jun, her spica cast and pins were removed, but in order to be sure her bones are fully healed and can support her weight, she was put in one more cast which wraps around her waist, and goes down to her right knee. It’s definitely an improvement, but it’s been such a long road for her. She has about six more weeks in this one, then she’ll really be done. Praise God for her healing thus far, please pray that she can keep her spirits up for a little longer as she nears the finish line!
Owen is doing pretty well today! He has a lot of energy and is always playing with his mom Betty. He went back to theater to get a fresh cast, after his surgery wounds started to bleed through his first cast a bit. So the doctors quickly took care of that and now he is back in the ward recovering. Please keep praying for this sweet boy and his mom!
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