Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 22
Anna is doing well today, she says that there is not much pain in her hip! It's a great thing she stays in bed all day so that she doesn't strain herself. Also, having a friend right next to her bed is so fun. She has someone to talk to all the time! We found them both watching TV today!
These two are joy in a picture! Falesi has been discharged and her and Gladys are heading off this afternoon. It's been such a treat to get to know these two, and see them grow in faith and hope during their time here. We'll see Falesi in about four weeks, when we visit her area for a mobile clinic. All going well, she'll have the casts removed two weeks after that! We'll keep you updated as much as you can, but in the meantime please keep praying for this family!
Moses is feeling fresh and fine today, he's been discharged and is going home to his mom and dad and new baby brother! Just in time for the weekend. His legs will stay in plaster for six weeks, then he'll come back here to have them removed, ready to receive another operation which will complete the job! That's what we're hoping, anyway. Keep him and Edina, his grandmother, in your prayers as they travel please! We'll update you again when they're back with us.
Kauza is much more active today, she is very playful, for the most part she is limited to her bed, but she is walking around a little as part of her physical therapy. Kauza showed us her book which she has been playing with since she arrived here, its now in a few pieces. Please continue to pray for Kauza's recovery and Sauda.
“God is with him he will be fine.” Says Pamela. Gracious has been moved out of the ICU and into the ward. Gracious has been given an inflated glove which he has been playing with. Pamela has rested and has been reading her Bible; Psalm 51 has been giving her strength. They plan on returning home tomorrow, and they will be given a date to come back for surgery. Please pray for Gracious and Pamela.
Hanifa and Mohamed spent most of the day in bed. They played and Hanifa talked with the mothers around her. She's obviously concerned with Mohamed’s head expanding, but at least that's the only condition he's suffering from. He's a healthy boy otherwise! Please keep praying for their time here and we'll keep you updated as doctors decide next steps for them.
We are huge fans of this girl! Blessings arrived early this week and has already received surgery, and she's been smiling this huge smile the whole time! Blessings loves to sing gospel and worship songs, and when she's at home she likes to go to church. We're so glad she and her mom are with us, and we're sure Blessings is going to love all the singing and worship that happens here too!
“I’m so excited the surgery was successful” said Sauda. Sauda has been calling her relatives to inform them of the good news. Fauza has been moved into the ward, and had a quiet day in bed. She is comfortable when on her stomach, however when she sits up to do her physical therapy exercises she experiences a lot of pain. Please keep praying for her!
Jonah and Mary had a quiet day, as Jonah slept and breastfed the majority of it. Mary’s mother Beatrice and son Jesse brought her lunch and spent the afternoon with her. That of course, was the highlight of her day! Jonah is scheduled for surgery tomorrow, please pray for him.
Lisnert and her friend Ruth have beds opposite each other, and this afternoon they had a rad little Bible study together! They were looking at John 11, where Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead. Lisnert was into it! She says she loves the whole story, and how Jesus works a miracle and this guy who was dead is made alive! We tried to read along with them in Chichewa but didn't have much luck. Better get onto those lessons!
Jonathan went into surgery today for treatment of hydrocephalus. The procedure went as planned he is resting in the ICU with Janet by his side. Jonathan will spend the night in the ICU and hopefully be moved to the ward in the morning. Please continue to pray for Jonathan.
Gracious’ surgery was today, but just after going under anesthesia, Gracious went into cardiac arrest. CPR was administered for 20 minutes before Gracious regained a pulse so obviously the surgery was canceled and Gracious is now in the ICU. Since being there, his condition has definitely improved. Pamela has been getting support from the other mothers and the CURE spiritual team, and she is doing fair. Please pray for Gracious and Pamela, and we'll keep you updated!
Ruth and her pal Lisnert held an impromptu Bible reading session this afternoon! John 11 was the chapter they were looking at, and they each sat in their beds across from each other sharing parts that interested them. We love seeing their friendship growing in this way, how exciting!
Poor Falesi had a rough night last night, waking up multiple times throughout the night with a high fever. She's much better today though which we're so happy about! She's been sitting up in bed and has that signature grin back on her face. Praise the Lord!
Today Stella and Shalom are excited to find out they are allowed to go home! Shalom has been discharged, and will be in plaster at home for the next 6 weeks before returning to have the casts removed and her legs reviewed. We pray for safe travels for them, and that the next 6 weeks will go smoothly! Thanks for all your support while they've been with us, we'll update you when we see these two again!
Grace was fast asleep when we stopped by to say hello and welcome her and her mom Loveness to the ward. Now she is awake and she and Loveness are taking a walk. It's been a cold, rainy day and everyone in the ward are all snuggled up in bed, but some moms like to get some fresh air and that's exactly what Grace and Loveness are doing!
As usual, Ruth has been making sure everyone knows exactly what she's thinking at all times! Today we've had many a request from her for more guavas, despite the tree being well and truly picked over already. She's also adamant that all those who do not speak Chichewa (the local language here in Malawi) should definitely learn, as well as be eating nsima, which is a mashed potato-like substance made from maize that Malawians love!
The day after surgery, Moses isn't feeling the best. He told us, "I want these casts off so that I can walk and then I can go home!" It's not easy being so young and trying to understand that the outcome will be worth the discomfort, but we explained to him as best as we could. He's very brave, and stopped crying, wiping away his tears. He's a pretty spectacular little guy and we're praying he feels better soon!
Lisnert is her ever bright self! Today she told us about a club she belongs to with her church - they're called Adventist Youth, and they meet together to sing and dance. Their motto is "arise and shine" and we reckon Lisnert is doing a radical job at that! She was pretty shy, but we managed to convince her to sing a song for us. We'll try get a video for you next time, so keep an eye out for that!
Mary just sat by Jonah's bedside today. She is still having abdominal pain from giving birth just two days ago, but she's known about Jonah's condition for several months and she is calm and collected. She lives near CURE hospital and knows some of the staff here too. She is settled in and just waiting for the doctors to decide when Jonah will have his operation.
Activity for the week of Sunday, Feb 22
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