Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Oct 04
Emmanuel, what a little legend! He's doing great post-surgery. So great in fact, he's allowed to go home! He'll be back at the end of the month for a review, which he's looking forward to a lot. He told us, very excitedly, that CURE is his absolute favourite hospital he's ever been in. He loves the morning cup of tea outside with all the other patients and their guardians, and he loves the movies we play on the TV! We're very glad he's had such a great time. Keep an eye out for Emmanuel in a couple of weeks, we'll let you know how he's doing when we see him again!
Recovering from a spine surgery is no joke. Teresia went in for an X-ray today and then had her wounds dressed. Lucy stood by her the whole time, talking her through the pain. We hope she will get to go home over the weekend, but doctor’s are unsure. We will follow up on Monday to see how this little lady is doing.
We got to deliver some heartfelt messages to Daniel and his mother this morning, one coming from a friend of Daniel’s from the U.S.! Jackline, Daniel’s mother asked another mother in the ward to read the message to them and then she read it herself to Daniel. It was fun to watch them pass around the messages. This little guy had his wounds checked and is on his way home today. As a parting gift, he gave the biggest smile he could manage. We’ll keep an eye out for his return date!
Lovisa is very excited! She was told this morning that Peter is doing well besides having a low grade fever, and that they will be discharged tomorrow! Lovisa said, they received great help while they were here. When they arrived, Peter was in a bad state, but now is fine. Please pray for Peter as he continues to recover from his operation.
Jonah came back to the hospital yesterday. He has been suffering from malaria and a urinary track infection. Our doctors have him on medication which has been helping. Mary says, "Jonah has been doing well, he has started sitting!" She is currently not working because she is at home taking care of him. This morning Mary has been reading the book of Isaiah and doing a little laundry. Please pray for Jonah that he will become well again and that they will be discharged soon.
“With prayer I will be okay, with God everything will be okay,” said Lydia. Hawa spent the night in the ICU, she will soon be moved back into the ward and at this time we are thankful to report that there are no major concerns. “She will be okay, she will be fine,” said Lydia. Please continue to pray for Hawa as she recovers from surgery and for strength for Lydia as she supports her recovery.
This morning Deborah was told that Andrew will go into surgery on Monday or Tuesday. She says that she is happy because Andrew will be helped. They had a peaceful night and so far today has gone well. On Deborah’s night stand she has her Bible with Psalms and the New Testament which she has been reading and getting encouragement from. Please pray for Andrew and Deborah as they await surgery.
At first look, Prisca shows all the classic signs of a child with hydrocephalus, however yesterday’s CT scan showed that her brain has a malformation. There are areas of her brain that never formed, and therefore have filled with water. At this time, there is no pressure from the water so having Prisca go into surgery is an unnecessary risk. Prisca and Esther are being discharged and we will see them again at an outreach clinic in a month to see how she is doing at that time.
On a scale of 1 to 10, Carlo’s pain level falls around 2 whenever he moves. That’s pretty awesome! Carlo stood up and took steps a day after his surgery, and today, Carlo’s on a roll! He’s in physiotherapy walking, taking steps, and warming up using a seated elliptical. Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that some of those steps were on the staircase! Yes, he took 20 steps up and down the stairs! Carlo’s doing so great he deserves a hi-five! We joked around that he might be out riding a real bicycle tomorrow! We’ve done a couple of spine surgeries and we’ve seen how each patient adjusts to it differently and we praise God that Carlo is adjusting to it really well to actually getting discharged today. Keep praying for him as he continues to heal at home.
Matthew gave us a few more awesome faces this morning as we read a few more Get Well messages! He is due to be discharged today, but really struggled through his physiotherapy session again this afternoon. He’s not in pain, but afraid he will be, so it’s been hard to encourage him to even try. He finally got in a standing position with a walker, but was not happy about it at all. Please keep praying for Matthew, he needs to get moving or he will have a hard time healing well.
Today is the day that Yandy finally gets to go home! We have all been looking forward to this, especially Yandy, who’s been waiting for this day to come. She says she misses everything about home and before she left, she read a couple more Get Well letters to bring home some encouragement when things get rough. Please pray for safe travels and keep her in your thoughts as she continues her healing progress back in her hometown.
We came in this morning to a “Closed for Cleaning” sign on Lhuzyt’s door, the room was vacant, which is great news for her! She was discharged last night, and we’re sure she’ll be much happier at home in familiar surroundings and with familiar people. Thanks for all your prayers for this little one, we’ll see her back in a few weeks for follow up!
We were so thrilled to see Erica back so soon, and she was thrilled to see…Cyra! Her first question, and the question that was repeated all morning when she was out of view was “Where’s Cyra?” Fortunately for her, Cyra was here, and even stayed in the exam room with her while she had a cast and dressing change. The swelling in her leg has gone down, so Dr. Tim applied a regular cast that she’ll wear for the next three weeks. Erica was pretty distraught about a couple of teeny drops of blood that fell from her leg during the switch out, but her leg is straight, and is healing beautifully!
Jea walked off the elevator, without using her crutches, and walked out of the hospital without wearing her cast! An X-ray showed that everything has healed straight, we’re so happy for her! Before her exam, she was checking out her charts with Dr. Reyes, asking a ton of questions as usual. But after the cast came off, she was nervous to bend her leg, so he carried her out of the exam room on her way to the X-ray room exclaiming, “I’m Prince Charming!” We love the way our doctors serve our kids, it extends far beyond the operating room!
Thirdy was much calmer today as his hand got another, smaller wrap, it’s looking perfect! The skin is discolored and there’s a lot of healing that still needs to happen, but it’s right on track. As he was waiting his turn to see the doctor, Thirdy ran laps in the playroom with a big bunch of balloons that were leftover from an event the day before. We even got to meet his adorable little sister, who goes by her middle name, Katniss (yes, as in Katniss Everdeen!) When the camera came out, she started posing for us, and we just had to include this cutie! Thanks for all the continued prayers for Thirdy, he’s doing so great!
Felix showed up today, happy as always, and he was in the company of his mother Maureen. Dr. Nyakwara said that he is making good progress. Felix was more than willing to show the doctor how his physiotherapy is paying off, walking a few steps in the room on his own, without any support! Let's continue praying for him as his legs continue to grow stronger by the day.
We were all so happy to see Nancy! And although we were bummed she didn't bring little Joy with her, she told us Joy was doing great and promised to come with her next time. Today, her company was her cousin Alvin. “There is some mild pain around the wound,” Nancy told the doctor. After the wound was examined, she was told it had a slight infection, but nothing to worry about, so long as she cleans the wound everyday and faithfully takes antibiotics. She got her antibiotic prescription and her wound was redressed, and we get to see her, and Joy hopefully, at the beginning of the new year!
John has a baby brother! Waithaka, the 7th of the family, was born a week ago. Today we were all excited to meet this newest addition, and go figure, he was born with the same condition as his sister and brothers: fused fingers on both his hands and extra digits on his feet. For the first time, we also got to meet the first born of the family, Monica, who tagged along to help their mom with the kids. Today John was not in his best mood, but we thank God for the fact he finally got a date with our surgeons. We look forward to seeing part of this sweet family again on the 15th of November, when three of them are scheduled to go through 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