Recent Patient Updates
Today was day one of Mazuba's physiotherapy treatment. Our physiotherapist, Ian, did a great job while being helped by Godfrey and Mukisha. Although Mazuba was in some pain, he later appreciated it and is willing to do it again tomorrow! We're thankful for his willingness to persevere!
Mazuba had another debridement today. The significance of today's surgery is that this is the first time since his accident that he has been given a cast. Godfrey is happy because he has been given other great news! The news is that Mazuba will start physiotherapy tomorrow so that he can start using his other leg again. We serve a living God!
Today has been a good day! Believe it or not, what this picture shows is something that doesn't happen often. Mazuba is pictured here eating lunch during the same time that the other kids are eating lunch, and up until today, this has been impossible because he always eaten a little later after surgery on most days. No wonder he has that smile on his face! He is scheduled to have surgery again tomorrow afternoon. Please continue to pray for healing for Mazuba!
"I can feel my leg now, there's no pain, but there's a little discomfort from the pins stuck in my bones. I feel alive sitting next to this window and breathing in the fresh air. Sometimes, when I see the other kids in wheelchairs, I wish I could ride in one too and go out to see the sunshine, but I am not discouraged, I know that time is coming!" Mazuba shared with us. We are thankful for the small joys of sunshine and fresh air and are praying toward the greater joy of being mobile again!
"We will do whatever it takes to save his leg", Doctor Moyo assured us, " The wounds are clean, there are just a few parts that have a few dead cells and we will make sure all gets better." This is the news that Godfrey was delighted to hear. He is happy that despite news that the fight with infection had become intense, all indications are that we are winning! This is the grace of God.
Justine came back for review today and chatted with one of our visitors from Woodmen Valley Church! He was bleeding under the cast and that was making him very uncomfortable, so doctor cleaned his leg and put a new stronger cast on him. Other than that, his healing has progressed very well!
Today, Mazuba talked to us about how he feels when he looks at his leg, all torn up and bandaged. Although the doctors have done a great job cleaning the wounds, infection has been almost inevitable, and he feels bad and scared! But the comfort is that the doctors are doing everything they can, and hopefully will come up with a solution that will better the quality of his life. Please keep praying for this young man!
Mazuba, who today was supposed to go for another theatre appointment for wound cleaning, did not go because there isn't enough blood available to do the operation. He has been okay today, save for a few complaints about pain. In other news, his dad had a haircut! God is good!
We have all been overwhelmed with Mazuba's situation and he's been receiving the immediate attention he needs. Today, we wanted to shift our focus to Godfrey, his dad. We took some time to sit with the brave man who carried his son from all the way near the Zimbabwe border in Chirundu where they come from to here. This is what he had to say " I was really afraid and the fear drove me to bring him all the way, I was afraid to lose my son. For the first few days, my head was filled with thoughts. I would look at my son, immobile on the bed and in pain. Sometimes, I would take a walk just to clear my head. The days have gone by now, and by the grace of God I have seen the improvements that have happened because now Mazuba is able to sit up, and the other day he was telling his mother on the phone how he is able to feel blood flowing through his leg to his feet now. This makes me very happy! I am no longer afraid!"
Mercy was discharged today! She is feeling so much better and she has been allowed to go and recover from there. Dr. Moyo will see her in Katete for review next month. Did we say she is ok? She is, except that she woke up today crying that she wanted Nshima (traditional maize meal food). Once her belly was full, she cheered up!
Emmas' bright smile always lights up the room. He says he hasn't been able to draw since his operation, but is eager to get back to it as soon as he gets home and that may not be too long from now! He will be discharged tomorrow and will be back again in a few months for review. This is exciting!
Activity for the week of Sunday, Mar 26
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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