Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
Andrew was not discharged today because he has been vomiting and is weak resulting in he and his mom Deborah another sleepless night. Deborah is doing fine and is just wanting Andrew to be well. They have had a quiet day where Deborah did some laundry and has been taking care of Andrew. Please pray for Andrew that his vomiting will cease and that he and Deborah will soon be discharged.
Nora's busy getting her temperature taken to make sure she's all healthy and ready to go to theater tomorrow! We're planning to take her in so that we can completely wash out the wound and remove some wires that have been giving her trouble. She'll be on traction for a couple of weeks after this while we wait for the infection to clear out, then hopefully we can go back and put in a rod and plates which will help strengthen her leg. For now though, the focus is on clearing out the infection. Please pray for her as she goes to theater tomorrow!
Ryan and Cyan are doing great today! They are definitely in high spirits! These twins keep reminding us daily about the importance of friendship even with siblings. They just adore each other! Please keep these boys and their mom Gloria in your prayers as they get ready for surgery tomorrow!
Tadelech is such a shy sweetheart! Each time during rounds she would shy away from the camera. Her surgery was postponed yesterday because of the time it would take to complete her procedure, but she is going in today! We are excited to see the result and would love it if you sent her some kind words of encouragement. This intense operation will have her walking and standing upright, once healed, God willing!
Before every surgery, the O.R. staff takes a “time-out” where they review the patient, procedure, and then end in prayer. After time-out, our surgeons went in to perform a spinal decompression, where they removed part of the bone and inserted rods to keep the spine straight. This will alleviate the pressure being put on Sarah’s spinal nerves. This was almost a four hour operation and of course will be an even longer recovery process. We’ll check in tomorrow and see how Sarah and her mother are holding up.
Samrawit is doing well! She came in for her follow-up and the doctors say she has good hip abduction and told the family to encourage her to walk. We will see her in a couple of weeks for a follow-up, please keep her in your prayers for a safe return back to us!
“The pain is gone!” Peter told us today, with a smile on his face. Peter and his father were in their best mood today. “Whatever medication you gave him worked, and we are so happy I even came with two other kids from the village who have disabilities,” Peter’s father told us. After discussing the biopsy results, our doctors put Peter on anti-tuberculosis and some antibiotic medication for the next nine months. Today he was told to continue taking the medication faithfully. His wound from the surgery is healing well, he got the stitches removed and it was redressed.The doctors will keep reviewing his hip joint during the whole period he is on medication. We will see Peter again during our next clinic on the 9th of December. Let’s keep praying for him as he continues with the medication.
Sharon made some new friends today at clinic. As she waited for her turn to see the doctor, she played with her new friends (a group from the Georgia US who are visiting CURE Kenya). She had so much fun chasing bubbles and playing balloon volleyball with them! When she saw the camera she paused, showing off a sticker and candy she had received from her new friends. Sharon’s brace straps were falling off ,“She is playing too much,” her grandmother told us. She had the straps fixed and we will see her again on February 11th, when she comes for her next appointment.
Wilson showed up today at clinic to collect his AFO. He also got a date for surgery number 2. Wilson will be back to CURE in two weeks time to have his left foot corrected. He seemed pretty excited about it, and told us that he is looking forward to it. Let's continue praying for him as he prepares to come back to CURE on the 18th of October.
We were glad to see Margaret show up today! She and her father waited a couple of hours to be seen, as clinic was extra busy. When they finally met with Dr Chege, they had discouraging news. Her flexion has decreased even from last time and we can only assume their home-therapy isn’t happening as much as it should. Dr Chege sent them to the physiotherapy room to work on some more exercises and has requested to see them back next month to check the progress. Margaret is about to take some important exams and has been studying everyday. We only hope her recovery takes priority as well.
Cornelius didn't sleep much last night, so when we caught up with him today he was trying to catch a bit of rest. It's pretty noisy in that ward so we wish him all the best with that! Even though he's tired he's still in good spirits and shared a giggle with us when we told him that we didn't sleep last night either. He didn't think we should lie on the floor and have a nap though! Thanks for praying for this guy, we'll keep you updated!
Ebenezer is doing great today! We're stoked to see him feeling so awesome less than twenty-four hours after surgery. We caught up with him and Merina as they shared a cup of tea outside this morning. They're both feeling positive and are looking forward to a few more days at the hospital while Ebenezer heals. Thanks for your prayers for them!
Khyler Mae was feeling so good this morning that she ate ice cream for breakfast! And we support that decision 100 percent! She’s feeling fine, and if it’s due in part to eating ice cream, then so be it. No pain to speak of, but she’s still somewhat tired, so Khyler Mae spent the afternoon just relaxing in her room with Marilyn. We had a chance to share some Get Well messages with her, which always provides an emotional boost, thanks for supporting our kids and sending love their way!
Carmella packed in some encouragement from her friends last night since they all stayed until visiting hours were over. This young athlete was ready to start her journey to healing even in the OR, expecting that she wouldn’t be able to get back in the game within the next 6 months because of recovery time. But, good news! When our doctors thoroughly scoped her knee before reconstruction, they saw that her ACL wasn’t completely torn at all, so instead of waiting 6 months to heal, she’s now expected to get back on the court within 6-8 weeks, if she works hard in physical therapy! So you can guess that Carmella's post-op mood went from being super calm to super ecstatic when she heard the good news!
We’ve discovered that Ashley’s animated personality swings to both ends of the emotional scale! She can be the happiest of happy, but she can also plunge to the saddest of sads. We really can’t blame her, her surgery was major, and she’s hurting a lot. Cyra was able to distract her for a while by adding some stickers to Ashley’s casts, but overall, it’s just been a lot of tears. Please keep Ashley in your prayers, we’re hoping tomorrow will be a turning point for her, and she’ll start feeling a whole lot better!
Walking into the OR for Angelo’s surgery, the doctors had one goal in mind which was to get movement back in Angelo’s left leg. Dr. Mead called this procedure “Operation Get His Life Back.” To what seemed like tough surgery, a rod was placed in Angelo’s hip to help his fracture heal in the right place and keep its length. Then, we took a bone graft from his pelvis and placed it on Angelo’s hip to provide more bone cells that will help with healing. After that, the doctors released the contracted scar tissues that had built up around his knee from his past surgeries and lengthened his achilles tendon to release some tension in his foot. With much prayers and hard work, Angelo is out of what we hope is his last surgery!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
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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