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“I want to be a doctor when I grow up!” Adem shares with excitement.
Adam comes from a family of six, and he is the second child for his parents. His father passed away when Adem’s mom, Fatuma, was three months pregnant with him. She g… Read more
“I want to be a doctor when I grow up!” Adem shares with excitement.
Adam comes from a family of six, and he is the second child for his parents. His father passed away when Adem’s mom, Fatuma, was three months pregnant with him. She got remarried right away because it is custom to marry the brother of the deceased husband. So, Fatuma married Adem’s uncle and she has three boys and one girl with him. When Adem was born the family was so shocked and sad because he was born with clubfoot and the condition was all new to the family. Adem’s cousin, Ahmed, heard about an opportunity to receive free surgery on the radio in the capital, and so they came to Addis Ababa. Upon reaching the hospital, though, they were told the free surgeries were only for cleft lip and palate cases. Fortunately, the hospital was helpful and told him about CURE hospital and to come to us. Because of the way he walks, kids at school called him monkey and made fun of Adem, but he is such a strong kid. He still goes to school and loves learning! Please join us welcoming Adem and his family while they start their healing journey!
Adem will be going back to Alemachin House today but he made sure to spend some time with his pal, Dalak. Wheeling Dalak around helps Adem practice moving and working on his posture. We'll miss him being around but really look forward to seeing his progress when he returns in a couple of months! Please keep those prayers coming for him!
Adem is determined in his commitment to healing and was doing some physio exercises with Ashenafi this afternoon! His body is getting much stronger but he still needs to work on strengthening his gluteal muscles. To help with this, Ashenafi showed him some more exercises he can do on his own over the weekend. It's inspiring to see Adem keep up with his strength training and putting in the work it takes to heal. Thank you for doing your part to keep him encouraged through your get well messages and prayers!
"Thank you so much for all the prayers and help," responds Adem after hearing all the get well messages he has received. One of our counselors, Tewodros, helped in translating them for Adem. He was so happy to hear all the encouragement and support from everyone and it made him very happy! Instead of walking with a walking frame, he has started using his crutches. He has been faithful in practicing with them, your encouragement has been motivating him to keep going!
Adem is walking well with his new AFO(Ankle foot orthosis) and is excited to be practicing! He spent most of his day doing his physical exercises, walking, and watching movies! We asked Addisu, another child in the ward, what he does with Adem and he told us that every single day in the morning they get up and do their physical therapy exercises together before having breakfast! We're thankful that they have each other - physical therapy is hard work and being able to do that together makes healing more fun!
Adem and his family are doing well. He started walking with a walker with the help of a physiotherapist and by himself for an hour a day. “Before I would fall trying to walk, but now it’s much easier. It’s easier for me now. I like being able to practice walking upright. I want to one day to be able to walk without my walker, but I cannot yet,” says Adem. In addition to using the walker, Adem has has a 10kg sand bag placed on his bottom while laying on his stomach three times a day for an hour each time. This is to help with his posture because he has had to walk bent over for so long. Before, his hands were rough and calloused from using them to walk, but now they are soft and normal. “I am really pleased with Adem’s progress so far. The family calls twice a day, I told them he started walking with a walker and they say really? It’s hard for them to believe. They are amazed. They are very eager to see the change they are hearing about,” Ahmed says with a huge smile! “I’ve seen improvement daily in how well he uses the walker!” he continues. Ahmed is Adem's cousin and caregiver here at the hospital and has been by his side. Ahmed then calls the family and we can hear their joy and excitement through the phone! “They are so delighted, though they haven’t seen him by their eyes yet, they feel light, he’s been born again. I can’t imagine what they will feel when they see him," says Ahmed. “When he comes home, walking on his own feet, I don’t know what I’ll say. I thank God and everyone who has had a hand in his journey so far.” says his mother relayed through Ahmed over the phone. We're thankful to be able to share his progress with you and the impact that healing is having already for this family - thank you for being a part of it also through your support and prayers!
Adem is back at our hospital with us to practice walking! He is doing very well and is continuing to heal. He will stay here for a couple of weeks doing different physical exercises. We're looking forward to sharing his progress with you!
Adem was so playful today! Before leaving the hospital he was making faces and playing with his neighbor, Abdi. We will see him at the end of November for an admission. Please keep him in your prayers!
Earlier in the morning we found Adem on a wheelchair soaking in the beautiful sun. He is in the hospital for a dressing change, and it seems that his foot is healing well! He will return to the Chesire home tomorrow and stay there until his second surgery.
Adem was feeling more comfortable and having fun before going to the Chesire Home where he will be staying for the next two weeks because he lives so far from the hospital and he needs a couple of more surgeries. We will see him on October 23rd for an admission to have a cast change. Please keep Adem in your prayers!
We’ve loved seeing Adem’s personality blossom as we’ve spent time with him. Throughout surgery prep, he was chill and calm and gave us a fist bump and a high five. You could tell that some of the surgery prep was uncomfortable with the necessary poking and prodding, but we know it’s all worth it. Adem had his first stage of foot reconstruction, and soon we’ll get to not only see our boy’s personality blossom, but also his physical transformation blossom! He’s doing great post-surgery and will hopefully get to leave the hospital on Friday! Friends, please pray for Adem’s continued healing!
We were able to meet Adem in his village! This is a photo how he walked last week and today he will have a foot reconstruction on one of his feet to help him have one straight foot first before we tackle the second one. He will have a couple of more surgeries once he heals from this one. Please keep him in your prayers!
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