Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, May 24
Mainess is doing very well today, although she's been confined to her bed, so her body can get used to the cast. A bit of boredom set in, especially as she was watching the other kids running around the ward, wishing it was her. Please pray for Mainess so she can get better soon and run around like all the other kids!
Suwale's been hanging with her pals Lapken (on the left) and Chimwemwe (in the middle) today. They are big fans of having their photo taken, and then giggling at said photos when we show them on the back of the camera. This was the favorite of our afternoon photo session!
Bernard is currently in surgery they are performing a ventriculostomy and choroid plexus cauterization to treat Bernard’s hydrocephalus. His mother Everlin has been praying and is doing okay, she is waiting to see Bernard once he is transferred to the ICU. Please pray that the operation goes well and that he makes a full recovery.
“The people here make you feel good,” said Fatuma about her time at CURE. Lamah is being discharged today, they are waiting to be picked up from the hospital then they will travel four hours home to Kampala. We will see them again in Kampala on June 26, for Lamah’s one month check up. Please continue to pray for Lamah as she recovers from surgery.
Erica got to see her new hand today for the first time! The peeling skin and temporary discoloration is usually a bit of a shock for the kids and their parents, no matter how we prepare them, and Erica was no exception. Within a few minutes though, she was down in physical therapy, learning some exercises to help build her hand strength, and seemed to forget about what it looked like. She will be back in a few weeks for a follow up, and will also have her foot examined at that point. Thanks for the continued prayers!
Mainess is now in recovery after a successful surgery and she is doing well. She was very nervous before surgery and so Dr Tshoma tried to keep her calm by entertaining her and blowing up balloons for her. Mainess calmed down, but still was not smiling. The surgery was fairly straightforward as Dr Lastroni released all tendons while reconstructing her whole foot. Mainess had an audience too! Our friends from Ada Bible church were there watching and praying over her during the procedure. Mainess has a cast on now and we're looking forward to the day where she will walk on straight feet! Please keep praying for her!
Hamsatou had surgery today! The surgeon liberated her fingers and made a graft on them to give more mobility to Hamsatou’s hand. Her fingers have been retracted for so long, it was hard to straighten them! She’s now recovering, please pray for her as she will probably be experiencing some soreness when she wakes up.
Mwenya came to see us today! He hasn't made as much progress as we would have liked and has continued struggling to make full use of his arm, probably because it was casted for such a long time. He keeps it in the same position even when his parents tell him to keep using it. The doctor has shown his dad a few exercises that will hopefully help him gain full use of his arm. We will be seeing him in 6 weeks time. Please pray for progress and complete healing for this sweet kid.
We talked to Miriam over the phone this morning, who gave us some good news about Gideon. He is off the oxygen machine and he is breathing on his own! He is also feeding well and he has learned to breastfeed! We are glad that he is doing well and we hope to see him soon. Please keep him and his whole family in your prayers!
Jebdric was back again today, animal sounds and all! He was getting around remarkably well, there’s just no slowing him down. Both the wrap on his leg and hand came off for good, and in about 6 weeks he’ll return for a final follow up for this case. At that point, plans will be made to do a bit more work on his hand to give him more dexterity, or “gripability!”. Both last week and this week, the family brought other kids from their town as well for initial assessments, we’re so thankful that they are reaching out to other kids in need as well!
Riaressa was back today for a follow up with a super cute, sassy haircut! The wrap came off her arm, and her two pins were removed. Dad Henry had a hard time watching the pins come out, but he stayed tough for Jah Jah. She was shown some exercises to help her arm become flexible again, and she'll be back in a few weeks for an X-ray to be sure everything healed correctly.
LJ, and by extension the rest of the family, slept well last night, praise the Lord! This afternoon the pain really started to creep in, especially when the nurses did LJ's dressing change, just a lot of movement and pressure on a very sore area. She listened to a Bible reading by Madel, our Spiritual Director, as well as a handful of Get Well cards. All these things provide some great distractions from the pain, and give much needed emotional and spiritual boosts! Please be praying for LJ, Joel, Lynn and Neneng for their remaining time in the hospital, hopefully they will be going home soon!
Activity for the week of Sunday, May 24
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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