Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jul 26
After playing "high-five" and tickling Newton under the arm every time he lifted it, he finally caught on. He started yelling "high-five!" to us and then would immediately put down his arm. He's clever, he's hyper, and he's so willing to play with anyone. We await his hip surgery and are looking forward to see this guy run and jump. Tomorrow, we'll post a video and show you what it looks when he walks. And of course, how silly he is. Please keep this little guy in your prayers!
Our social worker decided to keep Nana a little longer at the hospital, because she thinks she probably won’t have good conditions for healing at home. Nana lives in a small town in the country, and as it’s the rainy season, the rain can do a lot of damage to the houses. She will probably heal better here!
Today is another day of recovery for Melkam! She's in this position because of her casting that is shown in her previously posted surgery collage. She's such a joy to be around and very strong thus far! Thank you for following Melkam and we will post more as Jesus brings her back to full health!
Unfortunately Grace's next operation has had to be postponed for the time being. She needs to gain a bit of strength before her body is able to withstand the surgery. We've sent her home with some medicine, and will see her in a few months to reassess whether she's ready. Please continue to pray for her while she's at home!
Estery is due for another round of x-rays this week, which will decide when exactly she's going to have the frames removed! Exciting times for sure, and her happy face is proof of it! In the mean time, we're still doing plenty of physio with her so that her legs stay strong, with the hope that there won't be any complications once the frames are off. Please keep praying for strength and perseverance for her.
Rabson is back on form and has been charming anyone and everyone who happens to wander past his bed. Despite the double plaster cast action going on with both his legs, he manages to acrobat around his bed as if they weren't even there. Thanks for your prayers, it's so good to see him happy and energetic!
We called David, Gracious' father, and he told us that they didn't show up for their follow-up appointment because he didn't have money for transport. However, he is expecting some money at the end of the month so we should expect them! On the bright side, Gracious hasn't had any other problems since he was discharged from CURE Hospital.
"Faith has been very fine," said Celestine. Since they were discharged Faith's health has continued to improve. Although there was a lot of traffic on their way to the clinic they managed to reach just in time and be seen by a doctor. Celestine is grateful for all the prayers and support from all of you.https://youtu.be/bR5X9sXhBVA
Here Meba is getting observed by Dr. Mesfin who will operate on her this afternoon! Dr. Mesfin says this is a one operation scenario. She will need just 6 weeks of healing and her left elbow fracture malunion will be fixed! Please join us in praying for her surgery!
Esther went into surgery today for a cerebral abscess aspiration, her surgeon removed pus and blood, then sent a sample to the lab for testing. Esther is currently in PACU and will soon be transferred to the ward. The procedure was very quick so Mary wasn’t that worried about it. Please pray that Esther will have a quick recovery and be able to go back into surgery for an ETV/CPC or shunt.
Esther has been improving but her salt levels are still low. Once her salt reaches an acceptable level she will go into surgery, most likely next week. Mary is doing well but is a little bored, we asked her what she did today and she said nothing. We asked again and she said she has spent most the day in her bed and talking with the other mothers. This afternoon Esther got a bath, ending Mary’s boredom temporally. Please pray that Esther’s salt levels will stabilize and she will be able to go into surgery soon.
Emmanuel and Evelyn have settled in to the rehabilitation center where they are staying. Evelyn hasn’t been home since June 23 and is missing home. She has spent a lot of time at the rehabilitation center between visits to CURE, so she thinks of it as a second home. There are many long term patients at the center so she has made close friends with the patients and parents there. Emmanuel was resting in bed during our time at the clinic and Evelyn split her time between sitting with him and catching up with CURE staff. We asked her how Emmanuel is doing and she told us that he is having a hard time but she is confident he will improve. She seems eager to return to CURE next month. Please pray for them as they await surgery away from their home and family.
We had a surprise meeting with Arnel this weekend! A group of kids in different ministries got together for a celebration. One of our CKCs helps teach some of these kids every Saturday, and Arnel came with another group, which is from the same area! We shared with his friends that he will be having surgery soon to fix his back, and they cheered loudly, it was too darn cute! He already has a big prayer backing, which we’re so happy for. During the celebration, the kids played and worshipped, and Arnel joined in, but it was very clear that he’s in pain, and gets tired easily. But, during a burst of energy, he hopped up on his chair so he could see (in the blue shirt in the middle of the crowd) and danced during worship!
We got some news from Angel over the weekend! She had her final cast removed a few weeks ago near her hometown, so they didn’t have to trek all the way back to Davao. Dr. Mead coached the doctor who removed it over the phone, who was a bit nervous that her hip would dislocate again. But, Dr. Mead assured him everything was in place, and now Angel’s been walking for the past few weeks, praise God! She’s still wearing braces for stability, and she still has spinal bifida (for now!), but she’s doing awesome, we’re so proud of her! A friend in the ministry that helped Angel’s family sent us a few pictures, she looks so great standing tall on two straight legs!
Melkam had surgery yesterday and it went quite well! Here is a collage showing the x-rays of her before and after as well as our fantastic medical team in the OR! Thank you for your prayers as she is in recovery. Let's keep her in our prayers for a speedy recovery as Jesus continues to work on her!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jul 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