Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 29
Little Gertrude is back, and free from malaria! This means she's ready for surgery, hooray! Today she was making the most of being outside, enjoying the company of the other kids in the hospital as they played in the sun. She'll most likely go to theater tomorrow, or on Thursday, so please pray for her as she prepares for surgery!
Samuel's making the most of the sun and getting his daily dose of Vitamin D! He hasn't had surgery yet, so we suspect he's also trying to make the most of his freedom, before his legs are out of action while they heal after surgery. At the moment our surgeons are trying to decide between a few options for him, so please pray for wisdom as they make their decision. Thank you!
Peacepar aka Mr Bright eyes just got discharged and has left CURE hospital. He will be back for a check up in one month’s time. It will be sad not seeing Peacepar’s happy eyes but we are excited that this little fighter has been given the ‘ok’ to head back home!
Little Lucy was caught napping this afternoon, but we had a chat with Aaron, her dad. He says that Lucy's been fine since her surgery, and there weren't any problems with pain, or Lucy crying. As you can see she's pretty peaceful here! We're going to take her back to theater on Thursday to check how everything's looking, so please continue to pray for rapid and beautiful healing to take place. Thank you!
We're down to the last few days (hopefully!) of "turns" for Ruth and her frame! She's been following a schedule, and the incremental turning of the pins have been gradually moving the bones in her leg around to the correct positioning. She's got two more days left on the schedule, then we'll x-ray and assess how she's doing! If it's good, she may be allowed to go home! Please keep her in your prayers.
Cheeky Lisnert is at it again, pulling faces at the camera as usual. We managed to catch her with a smile on her face though! Her mom, Delifa, had to head home for a day over the weekend to get a few things. They weren't expecting to be at the hospital this long! Independent Lisnert looked after herself just fine, with Ruth's mom keeping a bit of a watchful eye on her as well. And Delifa made it back safe and sound yesterday, praise the Lord!
Adija is back with us and we are stoked! And she's already making friends - here she is with Lisnert. Adija is back for more contracture release surgery on her hands, so please pray for our surgeons as they review her case and decide the best course of action for her. Thank you!
We are delighted to have Flora visit us again! What a little bundle of joy this one is! At the moment she's just back to receive some injections, which will hopefully prevent her knee from contracting. She'll only be here for a couple of days, and we'll assess her again in a few months to see whether she needs further surgery or not. For now, we're enjoying her fine company and that winning smile!
What a little character this guy is! These two photos were taken within five minutes of each other - first, Ishma screams his lungs out at the sight of us, and next thing you know he's smiling and waving. You never know what mood you're going to catch him in! At the moment we're still continuing with the dressing changes on alternate days, things are looking pretty good, and he might be able to go home soon! Please keep praying for him.
"My husband is fine and really supportive, he even gave me the money I needed for transport to bring Merab for review," says Marion. Merab was brought in today for her scheduled review at CURE Hospital. Her myelomeningocele repair is looking good and her head is growing normally. The doctor has advised that Merab be initiated into clean intermittent catheterization and she is going to be provided with catheters, lubricant and oxybutynin.
Zeutesi has been brought back and she isn’t doing well. She developed a sepsis infection that has caused her to get high fevers but no convulsions. Right now she is in the treatment room getting emergency medical care. The doctor is going to perform a Lumbar puncture and send the cerebrospinal fluid to the labs to test for meningitis that he suspects is the cause of her woes. We’ll keep you updated on her condition. Please keep her in your prayers.
Luke was the first child to be taken to the operating room this morning. Both his mom and dad are around patiently awaiting for his return. Mary is strong and said, "I have faith that he will be fine." His surgery is expected to take about 45 minutes and then he will be taken to ICU for close monitoring.
Glory be to God the prayers of you folks are not in vain- Shadia is slowly regaining her sight! She is still weak from last week’s surgery but she is feeding well, she can speak, and sit on her own. She has been discharged from the hospital but she and Aisha are still around as they figure out means of transport. We’ll keep you updated on details later.
Evelyn and Emmanuel showed up at a clinic in Kampala. The good news is that the little guy is doing just fine. His shunt is intact, he feeds well but a lot of work still has to be done in physiotherapy. An NGO called child fund provided the money that was used for transport to the clinic. Her next review date is in May.
“I am going home Hallelujah!” exclaimed Annette. She had been at Katalemwa hospital (CURE partners) for over three months getting rehabilitation, which she has successfully finished. Annette says she is ready to go to school and she even challenged us by counting from 1 up to 10. Annette’s NGO caretakers had a ride ready to take her and Sauda home. Her next date of review is in June so until then let us keep her in our prayers.
“Most nights Kyeyune gets fevers,” says Sarah. When the doctors examined him they found that it is the flu that was causing his fevers so his was given medicine. Other than that, Kyeyune has been fine, he feeds well, he is crawling and the ETV is working well. Sarah is firm in her walk with Christ and she speaks well about CURE Hospital wherever she goes.
“Anisha has no problem at all, we just came here for routine check-up” says her mom Gorreti. Anisha has started to show signs that she is about to sit and she is getting stronger by the day. She is now one year old, her shunt is fully functional and she is healthy.
Pius was brought to a clinic and the good news is he hasn’t had any major health concerns apart from a little fever from time to time. He hasn’t learned to sit yet so the physiotherapist recommended a chair to help him practice sitting and Scovia had already talked to a carpenter to make her one. His shunt is fully functional and his head is slowly reducing.
Saraphina is a model patient! After she came out of theater yesterday there wasn't a single tear from her. She's been so calm and brave. She's feeling well today, and has been spending heaps of time with Philimon, her dad. These two are inseparable! It's a beautiful father-daughter bond, and we're so glad Saraphina has someone who loves her so very much to look after her.
Lucy's surgery was pulled forward, and she was taken to theater today! This little girl has been through a few surgeries before this, and she put up a bit of a fight when being taken to the operating theater this morning. Once she was under anesthetic, our surgeons released the contractures on Lucy's hand, and then attached her hand to a flap from her tummy. This flap procedure allows all the good tissue and skin to "transfer" to all the damaged parts of Lucy's hand. We bandaged everything up well, and we were done! Lucy will have her hand attached to the tummy flap for a few weeks, so she's going to be stuck in the same position for a while as things heal. Please pray for Lucy and her dad as they get through this first night. We'll update you after the weekend!
Samuel is back in action! This afternoon we found him working up a sweat, bouncing a big gym ball and chasing it around the room. Despite his clubfeet, Samuel is awesome at keeping his balance. We can't wait to see what he's like once those feet are straight!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 29
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