Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jun 28
We had a look at Bryan’s amputation incision this morning, and it looks remarkably well! It’s very clean, and there is no sign of any infection or irritation which is very unusual, so good job Bryan! We’ll see him again in about a month, when he’ll be one step closer to getting his prosthetic. He’s doing awesome!
Sweet, quiet Irish was back to have her casts removed this morning. The bottoms of both casts were almost worn through, which is a good sign, because it means she’s been able to walk! Her amniotic band incisions look really good, we know “good” is subjective, but they’re clean and healing up perfectly. And check out her legs, no more indentations! Her skin tone will continue to even out, the sutures will dissolve, and Irish will be back to being a normal kid. We will see her in about 6 months to check in, thanks for all the prayers!
Bon Bon was back today, and he was walking, praise God! He still has a slight limp, but as he continues to build strength it will diminish. He was the happiest we’ve ever seen him, and had fun watching a puppet show in the playroom. Being healed helps puts you in a good mood! We will see him again in a few months, when we hope his limp will be history! Thanks for your prayers!
Nothing much to report today, Alma’s still hurting, but she was able to rest again this afternoon, so that’s a praise report! But, you can see the anguish in her sweet face even when she’s sleeping, so we’re not sure how much relief she’s actually getting. We’re praying for a better day tomorrow, please be praying with us!
Frederic’s pretty sore today, as expected, but he managed to make it upstairs for an illusion show in the playroom earlier, which was a good break and distraction. He still has an upbeat attitude, even though he looks wiped out. We’re looking forward to seeing his dynamite smile return soon!
Ousseina had surgery today! It was a heavy one, as the surgeon had to straighten her leg by fusing the bones together. Ousseina will have her leg straight, but she won’t be able to bend her knee anymore. That’s the best solution for her though, and we're praying for her recovery!
Gregoire had a hard time yesterday when he woke up. His cast made him so uncomfortable, and so the nurses made sure to give him some more medicine to help with the pain and recovery. Today he received a get well card, but as he’s quite loopy, we gave it to his mother Kifalba, who was very happy to receive it on behalf of her son! Please pray for him!
Ruth is feeling on top of the world today! In response to our question, "How does it feel without the top part of the frame?" she told us happily, "Much lighter!" Right now she's under strict instruction to bend her knee as often and as much as possible, and hopefully we'll be able to remove the rest of the frame next week or the one after.
We attempted to contact Beatrice & Kevin, but unfortunately there was no answer. They were supposed to arrive at the National Referral Hospital today, where Kevin will get treatment for her teratoma, which is on the lower part of her back. We're going to keep trying to touch base with them and will let you know what we hear!
Jane was happy that Noah’s sister Aba visited yesterday, and in fact, Aba may come around today too. Noah was scheduled for surgery today, however it was cancelled, because surgeries before his took longer than expected, so there's a high probability that he'll go into surgery tomorrow. Jane received a get well card today and really appreciated the prayers and the love that folks out there are sending. Please keep the prayers and encouragement coming!
When we asked Badru if he wanted to go back home, he said he wanted to "go back home to play", his favorite game being hide and seek, which he plays with his brother Zackaria. Badru is still hanging out in the ward awaiting surgery, so please keep him in your prayers.
Poor Alma is just having a rough day. She needed a blood transfusion last night because she lost quite a bit during surgery, which is not uncommon for hip procedures, but it’s still no fun! She’s tired from that, and is hurting, and only wants Rebecca. Rebecca is wiped out, but Alma doesn’t want anyone else to tend to her, there’s just something about Mom. They both got some rest this afternoon, but please pray for more, so Rebecca can re-energize as well!
Hand surgeries always make us squirm a bit. We’ve all experienced the pain of a paper cut, now imagine that microscopic slit on a colossal scale. Frederic’s surgery was impressive to watch, all the doctors huddled in tight to learn as Dr. Tim instructed throughout the procedure. It was much more involved than trimming the extra fingers off, as tendons were reconnected, muscles cut just right, and temporary pins were inserted. But, with the exception of a large incision on each remaining thumb, Frederic’s hands look surprisingly normal, praise God!
Emmanuel had an X-ray done today and was also in the labs for some blood work. Evelyn spent some time today reading the story of Abraham from her Bible, which she keeps right beside her bed. The doctors are planning for a course of action, so please keep her and little Emmanuel in your prayers, and we'll keep you updated with what doctors decide!
Gregoire had surgery today! His hips weren’t on the same level, so the surgeon put some metal pins in the top of his left leg to realign that hip and achieve a better balance. Now his legs will be more similar in length. Everything went smoothly! Praise God!
Cleophat went for surgery today and it was a very fast procedure! Our doctor worked to straighten one of his legs and he will work on the other one later. Unfortunately, Cleophat woke up with a lot of pain, and although Stephania is happy her son's leg is straight, she feels helpless because she's not really able to help him in his current state. Let’s pray for emotional strength for both Cleophat and Stephania as they go through this tough time. Here are some photos we got from the surgery!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jun 28
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