Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Apr 26
Lushomo left the hospital late afternoon, yesterday. He snuck out without a photo. His temperature stabilized a great deal and the doctors thought they should let him go home and his mom was so happy! We will be seeing them next for Lushomo’s suture removal. Thank you for praying for Lushomo!
Eli is doing very well! We were so happy to see him and his grandma. His dad and brother both came to his followup too. His mom goes to Dental School during the day. Since the last time we saw Eli, he's been recovering from the MMC wound on his back. He has made great progress and the wound on his back is almost closed! The doctors told his family to continue cleaning the wound to make sure it closes completely and has no infection. We will be seeing Eli on the 5th of May for his next follow up. Please keep praying for him!
Peacepar came to see us yesterday! His follow up was scheduled for today and because they live far, they were allowed to stay in the hospital for the night. It was very nice to see Peacepar sitting! He was not able to do this the last time he was here and so obviously, he is doing better! He and his mom saw the doctor this morning and he likes the progress he is seeing with Peacepar. We will be seeing them in 3 months time. Keep him and his mom in your prayers!
Inonge came to see us today. Oh, this sweet girl! She is doing well, sleeping, eating, and just being her sweet self! She really has the best family! They are the most grateful people you have ever seen. Today, Inonge’s mom and grandma brought CURE Zambia staff two beautiful cakes! They just wanted us to know how grateful they are for everything we have done for them. It was very sweet of them. And no thanks necessary, we love serving these people! Families like Inonge make what we do so worth it! We wish Inonge all the best as she keeps recovering! We are excited to see her at her next followup. Please keep this family in your prayers.
It was as if God stepped into the room and told us all would be well. Briciano had travelled all the way from Madagascar just so he could get help at our hospital. He already underwent the neurosurgery and all that was left was the growth between his eyes, which worried his mom. Our neurosurgeons were determined to give Briciano a fighting chance at not being too different. Medical staff worked relentlessly for three whole hours until all that was left were the stitches on Briciano's face. A moment of silence swept the room as we all got a chance to admire Briciano's new face. It was a rebirth! As gospel music filled the operating room and surgeons and nurses raised their hands in prayer, you could feel the spirit of God flow in the room and hear the earnest wish of Briciano's mom. When Briciano's mom saw him for the first time, you could feel the love she had for her child. Even her demeanor changed, she looked more relaxed and happy as she saw the new face Briciano will show people. We are so happy that Briciano and Elisca will go back to their village with a visual testimony of God's love and work. We pray the little scars which will be left on his face will be a constant reminder of just what God's grace can do for any of his children, no matter the distance.
Over four hours of surgery and many prayers later, the fist sized tumor has been successfully removed from Mercy's little arm! Dr Cashman and Dr Mbonisi worked together to save all the blood vessels and nerves that had stretched and moved to accommodate the tumor that had taken up residence. It was slow and delicate work, but finally the tumor was out, and all the blood vessels and nerves were intact. Little Mercy is all bandaged up in recovery at the moment, please continue to pray for her! She lost a lot of blood, and has had blood transfused to compensate. Please also pray that Mercy regains full strength and use of her arm - there's a chance that some of the nerves may have been damaged because of the tumor, but we're praying that isn't the case!
Jella and Dina arrived at the hospital this afternoon. Ronaldo is working, so Dina will be with Jella for the duration of her stay. Jella brought some toys with her, including a nurse’s kit, getting a head start on her career choice! Maybe our ward staff can give her some pointers! We asked Jella this afternoon what animal she would love to be for a day. She told us a lion, “because they’re beautiful”. Please pray that she roars through surgery tomorrow with the strength of a lion!
Jah Jah, Henry, and grandmother Palma are here and ready for surgery tomorrow! There are some nerves for sure, but they are excited to move forward after years of hoping and praying for a solution, only to walk away empty handed. Thanks for praying with us!
Today, Elijah was sent to the laboratory for several tests CBC, Urinalysis and Electrolytes. His cerebrospinal fluid has accumulated, so this afternoon he is going to be in the treatment room for decompression of the Ventricular system. When we spoke to Farida she said,"All things work out for those who love Christ." Please let's all stand with her in prayer and keep encouraging her.
Just as Irene got ready to go home the surgical site got damaged, she was rushed into surgery and it was repaired. She spent a night in ICU and is now in the ward recovering. Today she received a bunch of get-well messages and Annette was really happy. Please keep praying for her.
“I can see Phiona’s condition is continuing to get better,” says Joselyn. Today, during the morning ward rounds, the doctor sent them to the labs to do electrolytes, CBC and urine analysis tests. Phiona was also strolled around the hospital by Joselyn. Phiona is now in bed taking a rest.
Want to know what can melt a policeman’s heart? We found out this afternoon when Sophia turned Cirilo into her jungle gym! Sophia, Cirilo, and Cheryl are all here at CURE, ready to get this chapter of her life completed so they can move on. They are a bit nervous about her surgery, again, not because of the unknown, but because they know all too well the pain that follows. Please pray that this will be the last time they have to go through this, and that Sophia’s body will be healed and transformed once and for all!
“Shallom has been vomiting for the last three days so I decided to bring her back to CURE Hospital today even though it isn’t the date that we were given for our review appointment”, says Barbara. Barbara says that she has been in touch with the other moms that she met at CURE and they keep calling each other, encouraging and advising on another. Right now the doctor is examining Shallom and she is going to run some tests (Complete Blood count and Malaria test). We’ll keep you updated on the results from the labs.
Babes was at Tebow CURE Hospital bright and early this morning with Merlyn and Valerie. Valerie is not only a pastor’s wife, but is also an American missionary, and has known Babes since she was born! The three spent the day resting, and getting ready for tomorrow’s surgery. The doctors will remove the extra bone, and release the tightened tendon, so she will be able to stand, walk, and run normally and pain free! Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for this life changing event!
Carlo was one of the first patients ever to enter the operating room with a huge smile on his face! We are usually met with tears or stressful anticipation, but Carlo was still grinning ear to ear this morning. His surgery took a while, but there were a lot of fine details to take care of. After his fingers were separated, the doctors inserted pins into 2 of them to hold everything in place while they heal. Then, they did a skin graft from his stomach to cover the exposed area on the insides of his fingers. Just amazing how God designed our bodies! He’ll be a bit sore later this evening, imagine the biggest hangnail ever…ouch! Please keep Carlo in your prayers!
Justin came into the operating room relaxed and calm this morning. So relaxed in fact, that while he was waiting for things to start, her crossed his legs and almost fell asleep! The doctors were able to remove the tumor quickly and easily, with no issues at all. It was reported as a benign tumor, but just to be on the super safe side, it will go to the lab for testing. Please keep praying for Justin’s quick recovery!
Leonard was the first surgery this morning, and it looks like it went well! The surgeons were able to cut the flap of skin that kept his leg from fully extending, and did a skin graft from the inside of his leg to cover the exposed area. Most of the time in the operating room was spent stitching the large patch of skin on, and now his body can begin healing. He will spend the rest of today sleeping and beginning to recover, thanks for your continued prayers!
Mwesigwa was supposed to come back yesterday, but instead, we received the tragic news today that he passed away. We're trying to find out more details, but in the meantime, please lift up Sarah and their family in your prayers, and thank you for your support throughout. Even though our hearts are broken by this loss, we trust the One who has Mwesigwa safely in His arms.
Faiza is a lovely girl who likes to play with her friends. It’s hard for her to speak properly because of her cleft lip and it has even caused her to drop out of school. Her parents passed away some years ago and she lives with her grandmother who has taken care of her pretty well! We are glad to welcome Faiza to CURE Hospital and she has already made some new friends here! She will have surgery on April 29th, please pray with us that everything goes well!
The day has been full of emotions for Briciano, his mother Elisca, and their friend Jen. Briciano finally went in for surgery to remove the growth on his face. His mother was so worried and anxious. After a long wait, Briciano was finally wheeled back into the ward and the doctors did a fantastic job. Briciano returned without the growth that has rested between his eyes since he was born. Jen bought Briciano a cute new outfit which he will wear for the first day of his new life. Everyone is so happy and relieved! We will post some photos from theater, later. Thank you for praying for Briciano!
Lushomo is doing very well! His mother was hoping to get started with his ortho surgeries but the doctors are saying that Lushomo is still too young and the skin on his legs is too fragile for them to begin work on his legs quite yet. Lushomo and his mother will still be coming for neuro check ups. They were about to leave the hospital but Lushomo's temperature shot up so he is now under observation and we pray all will be well so Lushomo can go home tomorrow!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Apr 26
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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