Recent Patient Updates
“ It’s scary, really scary to carry him,” Eunice, Coaster's mom tells us. Coaster has what is called an encephalocele on the back of his head. He has been brought to CURE to find a solution. Please join us in praying for him and for our doctors as they plan for his surgery!
We brought Lonjezo some get-well messages today while she was finishing up her lunch and her mom was in the bath. She said to tell you that, "I'm good!" She told Lawrence, "ask her [Avanell] to take a picture of me with my Nsima and send it to them." So here's a photo of Lawrence, Lonjezo, and Nsima for you! Nsima is a staple dish here, thick maize flour paste, which you eat with sauce and veggies.
I walked over and said "how are you?" to Chosadziwa, he said, "I am..." - we think he forgot the word 'fine', which is what most of the kids are taught to say in school in response to 'how are you'! Afterwards someone asked in Chichewa how I was and I did the same thing in Chichewa! We should practice together! Lawrence asked Chosadziwa how his leg was feeling today and he said it was still a little painful... poor guy! Please pray that he'll be able to get his frames off soon!
Tiyanjane had her family visit today! Her mom, uncle, aunt and sister were all here to see how she was doing! Lawrence read her some get well messages and she just smiled and laughed the whole time, but was a bit too shy to respond with anything specific!
Stelia's doing well today and has been hanging out watching tv! Dr. Mania still needs to check her xrays to see how complicated her operation will be and then decide when to do her operation - if it's simple it could be as early as tomorrow, if not it may have to be postponed until next week. She will be having surgery on her right femur!
This morning Esther went for a CT scan and more lab tests. While Agnes and Esther waited for the CT scan, Agnes spoke with Moses one of our social workers. Agnes feels like she has overstayed at CURE, she sees families come and get treated and go home, she says they have been here three weeks and are ready to go home. She doesn’t know why Esther hasn’t improved more. There have been slight improvements in Esther’s feeding and her physiotherapy, please continue to pray that her improvements will continue.
Kingsley went in for his operation today and he was very brave through the the surgery. The doctors worked on both his legs and the procedure was a success. He is now back in the ward and well on his way to recovery! For sometime now, our friend Kingsley won't be able to run around as he now has casts on both legs, but when he is healed, the play will be so much better then! Let's pray for him as he recovers.
“I am happy, since morning I was only sad,” said Grace about Brivian being out of surgery. Today, Brivian had a OPM/ETV/CPC performed to treat her hydrocephalus. She is now resting in the ICU where she will spend the night and she will most likely be moved to the ward tomorrow morning. Please continue to be praying for Brivian!
We’ve played with Xhian the past few Thursdays at clinic, so he’s pretty comfortable with the hospital, the staff, and most importantly, the playroom! He has a thing for balls of any type and size, and once he found the bag of basketballs, he was in heaven! Tomorrow’s the big day, Xhian will have one more procedure. Please join the many who are already praying for him!
Poor Clayton had the easiest procedure of the day, but had the roughest wake up! Today was a day of “best case scenarios” though, which in his case, meant no incisions! Dr. Reyes was able to straighten Clayton’s arm externally under anesthesia, which will decrease his recovery time by a ton. But yes, he was in a lot of pain when he woke up. Jovelyn was right there ready to comfort him, as well as Head Nurse Vivian, who hung out on the edge of his bed to make sure he was as comfortable as possible. Once again, our staff is going above and beyond!
Marvin is feeding well, but overnight he was vomiting a bit and his doctor noted that. Marvin has had a CT Scan and his CSF was tapped and is being analyzed in the labs. He and his mother have settled in the ward and are comfortable. Please keep him in your prayers.
Miles had her surgery today! Dr. Jun was observed by Ben, a medical student visiting CURE for a few weeks, and explained the whole procedure to him as he worked. Already training up the next generation! We’ll spare you the sad pictures, but Miles woke up in a lot of pain, and is still struggling to get comfortable. Her little puffy eyes are heartbreaking, but we know tomorrow will be better! Please keep praying for Miles!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Jul 24
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- 92.1% Program Expense CURE hospital and specialty program expenses
- 1.2% Administration General and administrative expenses
- 6.7% Fundraising
Why I Support CURE
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