Recent Patient Updates
We caught Chisomo waiting outside the plaster room after lunch! He's going to have a slab made to help him with walking on his foot while he still has his frame - he's been bending his knee instead of walking on it which is not helping with his contracture! Hopefully the physios can make something for him to use to walk with the frame!
Caroline and her grandmother Maria were enjoying some nsima and beef this afternoon! It was nice and rainy out so it was cool in the kitchen area. We still don't know if Caroline is going to have an operation or not, but we'll let you know tomorrow what the doctors have decided during ward rounds!
Thom has already gone in to have the top part of his frame removed! Because it's relatively short and easy to remove part of a frame, we didn't photograph his operation, but we'll update his 'after' photo tomorrow! Please be praying for a quick recovery! Here he is waiting in bed early this morning, playing on his mom's phone!
Edina's still waiting to go in for her operation! She's such a cutie and has been waving at us every time we walk by the waiting area! Today she'll be having an operation to have a rushrod (a long, straight metal rod) put through her tibia to hopefully keep the false joint from coming back. Please be praying for a quick recovery!
Pearson is looking pretty good today, he even gave us a bit of a smile! His surgery yesterday went well - Dr. Saf and Dr. Karolina opened up his leg and removed all the bits of infected bone, and then did a washout with saline to get rid of all the pus and infection. In a couple of days, they will start dressing the wound. For osteomyelitis, the wound is left open so that the infection can drain out, and because his wound is so long, it might take quite a while before it's all healed and drained enough for him to go home. Even after that, the bone will take a long time to regenerate and he may need surgeries to help it grow back - please be praying for Pearson, he has a long way to go!
We saw Stelia briefly during clinic early this morning, but other than that, we didn't get a chance to speak with her! We checked the clinic notes and she'll be coming February 19th for a guided growth operation, where a plate is put in the knee's growth plate to make the leg swing around to be straight! We look forward to seeing her back in the hospital!
Thom is getting readmitted to the hospital to have part of his frame removed! Since he lives nearby the hospital he's going to have his surgery done tomorrow. It will be pretty minor, it's just the upper half of the frame that's no longer necessary so they'll be removing it. The bottom part off the frame will still stay on and will be removed in a couple more months. Please be praying for Thom!
This photo just goes to show that teens the world over are pretty much the same! Chisomo, Yankho, and Bertha were all hanging out together today - by completely ignoring each other and playing on their moms' phones! Cell phones are one of the few pieces of technology that is a bit more common in rural Malawi, and when the kids are bored in the hospital, it's not that uncommon to find them listening to music or watching music videos or playing games like Snake on the phone their mom brought! Don't worry, they aren't just spending time on the screen, we also caught Chisomo reading a Bible earlier this morning!
Caroline is back in the hospital and is doing well! She's not walking normally yet, but has lots of range of movement. The doctors are going to do Xrays on her hip and knees to see what's going on. Sometimes younger kids can end up walking fine without having a Pelvic Support Osteotomy, which is a major surgery that includes months in a frame and lots of physiotherapy. Dr. James is hoping that what she has left of a hip will work fine so she doesn't need a PSO and will just have lots of therapy instead to get walking better. Fortunately there's not a whole lot of leg length discrepancy, which is usually a big issue with kids who have had the ball of their hip removed. Instead of using a frame to lengthen the leg, we might be able to just stop the growth plate in her knee on the other side. Please be praying she won't need the major PSO surgery!
Patsani has been discharged! The nurses are going to train her cousin Patricia how to clean her wound really well at home since it will take two months for it to heal over, and they don't want to be in the hospital that whole time! She'll be coming back every four weeks to see how her leg is progressing. Hopefully she can head home later today, but if not, she'll leave probably tomorrow. In the meantime, she's waiting and all the moms and guardians were having fun playing Bao and chatting on the bed behind her!
Pearson is going in for surgery today! He doesn't look very happy about it - but we're glad that there's a chance that he won't need an amputation. Please be praying that the infected bone will all get removed the first time (sometimes they need a second surgery for some lingering pieces) and that the bone will regenerate fine afterwards. Surgery and wound dressings for osteomyelitis aren't fun, so please be praying that Pearson won't be in too much pain when he wakes up and for the next few weeks!
Here's a photo of Edina with her "babies" - she's picked up another one since we saw her last! She was tying them on her back with a chitenge like a proper mommy! She'll be having her operation for a rushrod tomorrow most likely. Please be praying for her and her mom Gladys!
We brought Chisomo his get-well messages today! He learned today that he might be able to go home next week, so he can't wait! He's happy his healing is going well. He told us to tell you, "When I am gone home, I wish you well!" Dr. James wants him to learn some stretches in physio to help the knee - because they switched the pin in his leg that should help a bit, but unfortunately stretching the ankle means that the muscle on the back of his leg is getting stretched, which is re-contracting his knee. Hopefully they'll be able to cast it straight after he's out of the frame in 3-4 months. Dr. James says the knee is still pretty flexible - please pray it all works out!
Meet Pearson! He was admitted this week with a very serious case of osteomyelitis (infected bone). He was supposed to have surgery this week, but he had malaria so we put him on treatment and will operate next week! Please be praying hard - the infection is very serious and it's quite possible they'll have to amputate his leg. Dr. James is planning on trying their best to save his leg before they do that, by taking out the infected bone, but if it doesn't start to grow back it's possible he'll need an amputation and prosthetic. Obviously Pearson is quite unhappy about the possibility of losing his leg, so please pray for healing!
Edina is happy today, she's back from Feed the Children and there's not a lot of friends for her to play with there, so she much prefers being here at CURE! She has a baby doll (a teddy bear she's tied to her back with chitenge), but she says she hasn't named him or her yet! She really enjoyed hearing get-well messages from you all today!
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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