Recent Patient Updates
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 30
"In our village, people commonly say this disability came onto the family because we are cursed or because of sin committed," says Bulko's grandfather, Awegechew. It wasn't until they heard of CURE Ethiopia and were seen at a remote clinic that they learned otherwise. We're glad to have Bulko here, and please join us in witnessing her healing and praying for a great first operation in the days to come!
Jahuhara and Madina are both doing well. They’ve had a quiet day, Jahuhara is stable with no new concerns and she has been feeding well and slowly gaining weight again. There is no timetable for Jahuhara to go into surgery so Madina has just been waiting patiently. Madina says things in the ward are going fine and things at home are good. Please pray that Jahuhara will get to go into surgery soon and that she will have a great recovery and have the opportunity to live a normal life.
Meri is doing well and there were no concerns over night so she was moved from the ICU into the ward. Unfortunately, Haifa had a hard day. She had severe pain in her throat which brought her to tears, but our doctors were able to give her medication which seems to have helped her. Please keep these two in your prayers for Meri to recover fully and quickly and for no more health scares for Haifa.
Chris and Sarah are both doing okay. Chris is suffering from a fever and has been put on malaria medication. Sarah has been in contact with her family at home. Her five children are doing well and Sarah hopes Chris will get discharged tomorrow so they can spend Sunday with the whole family before they return to school on Monday.
Gracious gets to go home today and Pamela is very happy about that! Gracious is doing well, he has been crying less and seems less frightened of people. This morning Gracious was given a hat which Pamela thought was funny when she put it on his head. In one week, he will get his stitches removed and then we will see him at the end of September at one of our outreach clinics near the capital.
We’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating. The spica cast is zero fun. Apreal will tell you this loud and clear! She’s feeling better today, but she’s already feeling bored, in part because she’s afraid to sit up, afraid her pain will return. She tried to color last night, but it’s hard when you’re laying flat! She and Hope Kim drew on her cast, which prompted a few smiles at least. We watched a video clip of her dancing with her sister, and let her know that she’ll be dancing again soon! Apreal could really use some prayers of encouragement over the next handful of weeks, thanks!
Things are looking great for Arnel today - painful but great, and we have a lot to be thankful for! One, he doesn’t have a fever anymore. Two, he sat up with a body brace. Three, he stood up. Lastly, he walked to and from the bathroom! He is in a lot of pain every time he moves and it’s also painful for us to see him tear up, but we are taking things slow as long as he can tolerate it. Although he can’t help but cry when moving, he still manages to say hi to the staff and give a sweet smile when he’s resting. Please continue praying for Arnel. The nurses will be taking care of him over the weekend and we will get to hear more about his status next week!
We just saw Gladimer last week, but his arm is still really stiff and he’s struggling to move his elbow, and Gloria was pretty insistent that he have it checked out. Sometimes it takes a while to get motion back, but better safe than sorry. PT Specialist Alex did some stretching with Gladimer, and everything is fine, he just needs some more time to heal. Please be praying for Gladimer as he continues the tough road to healing!
We met up with sweet Evanie in the lobby while she was waiting for her follow up, and she showed us one of the brochures from our front desk, which featured her story! When we told her that we chose a handful of patients with awesome stories to share with everyone, she got a shy grin, but was definitely flattered. Dr. Jun checked her out, and gave her the OK to start walking, but wants to leave her casts on for just a few more weeks. She took some steps in PT with crutches, and did well enough that Alex told her she didn’t need her wheelchair anymore. Evanie let out a panicked “what?!?!”, but walked out of the hospital unassisted, so he was right! She’ll be back in a few weeks to finally get those casts off, yay!
Arianne was back to have her casts removed today, and her grandmother told us, “Arianne is going to give a testimony to the church about God’s goodness when she is able to walk.” Already on her way to being a preacher! She’ll be admitted to the ward next week, but it’s not for more surgery. Since the family lives far away, in an area without any sort of physical therapy, she will undergo a few days of pretty intense PT, which will get her on the road to walking on her own. It’ll be a tough couple of days, but if anyone’s up for it, this girl is. Please be praying for an extra dose of strength for her and the family!
John Paul was back to his old self this morning, and we were so thrilled to see it! He was so excited to see us in the lobby that he almost bounced right out of his wheelchair! His cast was removed, and he jumped right into some physical therapy exercises. His legs are weak and he’s feeling some pain, but he was able to put some weight on them, which is great for his first day! He’ll be coming back regularly for PT, so we’ll get to watch his progress first hand, stay tuned!
We all know that Ithan is a ball of energy. But until today, we hadn’t seen him so ecstatic, like spazzing out in excitement ecstatic, while chasing a soccer ball! He has been getting more and more active on his feet. He also worked on balancing with weights on his legs and taking a few steps with it. Ithan’s mobility has improved so much and we’re glad that he’s having a lot of fun in the process!
Gabe is back and he’s not only giving hi 5’s this time, but we also got to have a slight interaction with him! That’s amazing given that he barely says a word every time we get close by to talk to him. Also, we noticed that it’s the happiest state that we’ve ever seen him in! We are just excited to have him back and seeing a lot of improvements, especially his healing. Through a medical perspective, his leg wounds look great, but still in the process of healing. We've changed his dressing and we taught him and Joventino how to do it themselves when they go back to OLV, where they’re currently staying at for now. Before Gabe could walk, he needs to work on gaining upper arm strength in order to use crutches, so he was sent out with some physiotherapy exercises to work with. Please continue praying for Gabe! He’s so close to being able to walk!
Jhonny Boy is back in the city! He was actually looking forward to coming back and he is more comfortable with his surroundings this time. He stayed close to the city post-op, but was able to go back to their house eventually. With a cast on one leg, he still had to ride a motorcycle through the mountains. Plus, someone had to give him a piggyback ride since he could not walk on the rough path- what a trooper! Jhonny Boy is doing great! We changed his cast and put a brand new one on which he will be back in a few weeks to get that taken off. Your thoughts and prayers for Jhonny Boy are appreciated. Please keep them coming!
Mthunzi describes yesterday as her best day ever! She met Zambia's First Lady who was visiting CURE Zambia. Mthunzi was asked if she would like to give the first lady a bouquet of flowers and she joyfully obliged even with a slightly painful knee. She has not stopped talking about her very "happy moment meeting the First Lady!" We know this moment will stay with her for a long time to come. Her knee is healing well and we think she might be going home today. Please keep this sweet girl in your prayers!
Sauda is straight back at it, you'd hardly know she'd had surgery yesterday! She's made firm friends with Trudes, another girl being treated for burn contractures who is around the same age. These two have been running around together all day causing all sorts of mischief, but mostly just making us laugh with their constant demands for "ndijumbule!" which is Chichewa for "take my photo!"
Activity for the week of Sunday, Aug 30
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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