Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 22
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!
Lisnert has knocked our socks off with her activities today! Here she is, jumping rope! For a girl who's still struggling to put weight on her leg when she's walking, jumping rope is majorly impressive. She's been going hard at physio the whole morning, and we're so proud of her determination and drive. She'll be running again in no time!
Moses is a little bit too keen to go home! This morning when everyone was gathered to pray, he took the opportunity to run away while Manase's eyes were closed. He didn't even make it outside the hospital before getting caught, but now Manase's making sure he doesn't go anywhere by holding him tight! Moses obviously isn't too pleased about his newfound lack of freedom. We're praying he'll be well enough to go home soon!
Zakari came back to the hospital today! Do you remember him? He was here four months ago for his first surgery. He will be operated next week on April 1st. He is not afraid, he’s ready for the next step of his healing process! We are happy to follow him and we will give you some updates very soon!
“Gideon is out of surgery. He will be here soon." Gideon’s mother Miriam, broke down when she heard these words. She was singing with the other mothers, giving afternoon praises to God when she was informed that her child Gideon was out of surgery and safe. The moment that a woman sees her baby for the first time after birth is very emotional. However, the moment that a woman sees her baby for the first time after a life changing operation is indescribable! Gideon was born with a huge growth on his head and many doctors and medical experts told Miriam that the operation could not be performed in Zambia. They also told her that the operation would be very costly and they had to wait for many months before surgery. However, God has made a way and for that, Miriam is praising and giving thanks to Him! Let's join her in rejoicing!
Paul is feeling much better today! He woke up with a song in his heart, singing “Jesus loves me." His condition is stable and his mother Nancy is relieved that Paul is talking and singing again. Please continue praying for Paul's recovery, that it will go smoothly for him and that his heart will remain encouraged.http://youtu.be/v7yPW58zPfg
Peacepar is in a very funny mood today! His mother says that he has been crying since this morning. When we saw him, he was laughing and giggling with his mother but when he saw our camera come out, he refused to give us his award winning smile! His mother says Peacepar does not want to go back to surgery and probably thinks frowning will make people stay away from him. We will not be deterred by that and will win him over eventually!
Gideon has had a very successful surgery! The doctor removed the growth on his head and all that is visible now are the stitches at the surgery site. The surgery was very delicate one and Gideon had to get a blood transfusion during and after the operation. To the delight of his mother, Gideon is doing well although he has been crying because of the pain he is feeling. It was a very bittersweet moment when his mother finally got to see him for the first time! Please continue to pray for both mother and son!
Samuel's been here for a few days now and has been recovering from malaria before he receives surgery. When we saw him this afternoon he was napping, and it looks like he's still doing his best to get over it! Please pray for this little man's body to be well, we're keen to get those feet sorted out as soon as we can!
A big day for Saraphina! She was booked for theater, and has just finished surgery. In the operating room our surgeons released the contractures that were making her fingers unable to move from their curled up position. Skin grafting completed the procedure, and now she's all bandaged up as she recovers. We'll keep you posted on how she's doing tomorrow!
Mary was very upset because Luke’s surgery was canceled today as a result of him feeding. Patients are not allowed to eat four hours prior to surgery because it increases the risk of complications. On the positive side of things, Mary has made a friend with another mom in the ward named Natalie whose daughter is also being treated for hydrocephalus. Luke will go into surgery sometime next week.
Dagmawi came in for his follow-up and he is doing great! but his foot condition recurred and he is going to have another operation in the middle of july. So we will see him when he returns for his admission that is after he finishes school for this year. Please keep him in your prayers for a safe return back to CURE.
Shadia had a calm and uneventful night. This morning she was taken for another brain scan to confirm if the tumor is all gone. Her mum Aisha spent most of the morning doing their laundry. We hope Shadia fully recovers and gains her sense of sight. Please pray towards that with us!
Ruth is feeling much better today, hooray! She's back to her sassy self, and she had plenty to say when we caught up with her bright and early this morning. She's still very passionate about us learning how to speak Chichewa, maybe we should get some lessons from her!
Gorreti has been discharged from the hospital! She and her mom Najero are at the pharmacy waiting for her last dose of medicine. They will travel by bus and and will be met by family when they arrive. It is going to be Goretti's first time to go home since she was born.
Lisnert is in fine form today, up and about bright and early, and full of laughs as usual! After nearly 6 weeks here so far, Lisnert's face and presence has become so familiar that she's going to leave quite a gap when she's finally through with her treatment and heads back home! For now we get to enjoy her fine company a while longer though. Lucky us!
Moses still isn't quite sure what to make of us and our habit of poking a camera in his face fairly regularly. His puzzled expression says it all! This little man is doing well, and his lovely mom, Manase, is doing a stellar job of caring for him! The bond they have is so sweet, and Manase's love for her son is very obvious. We're so glad to have them both here with us!
Let us introduce you Sabikou! He’s a handsome young man that was born with a cleft lip. He has been mocked because of that and maybe that’s the reason why he seems a little bit shy. But, when we spoke with him, he just can’t hide his amazing smile. All of his family is waiting for the surgery who will give him back confidence and hope for the future. Let’s follow him during his journey at CURE. He will be back with us on March 31st, save the date!
Little Saraphina's face just fills our hearts with joy! What a cutie. Today we found out that she was born tongue tied, but she's received surgery for that, and now she's able to talk. She still has this little habit of sucking her tongue though! Saraphina's been through a lot already in her life, we're praying that her courage will continue to see her through the tough times, and that there will be plenty more joyful times as well!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 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