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  • Conditionburn contractures
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Birtukan's Story

“I have never gone to school. If I got healed and have a straight leg, I want to walk to school like my siblings and friends!” Birtukan shared with us.

Birtukan comes from a big family and she is the youngest of seven, she has five broth… Read more

“I have never gone to school. If I got healed and have a straight leg, I want to walk to school like my siblings and friends!” Birtukan shared with us.

Birtukan comes from a big family and she is the youngest of seven, she has five brothers and one sister. She came with her mother, Mulunesh, to CURE Ethiopia seeking treatment for her burn contracture. Her mother Mulunesh explained to us how Birtukan got hurt, “She was around three when it happened. I went out to fetch water and her father was a bit far from our house doing farm work and the other children were not in the house either. She fell on a fire and her father heard her but when he got to the house, her left leg and some part of her abdomen were burnt.” She continued, “We took her to a hospital right away and her abdomen is healed now but we could not afford to follow-up for her leg treatment.” Birtukan's left knee and ankle have been disabled by contractures ever since the accident. To get around to places she used to jump with one of her legs, but when she got older she could not do that as easily so now she crawls. Birtukan told us that the children in her neighborhood are all supportive and she plays with them too. Birtukan shared that she wants to be a doctor when she grows up! Join us welcoming this family as they start their journey of healing!

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Dec 20, 2019

Birtukan came back for her modified brace and she is now walking without any more problems! She is now heading back home and back to school and we will see her again in six months when she return for another check-up! Photo of Birtukan

Dec 12, 2019

"I'm in school now," Birtukan shared at her check-up today. The first time we met Birtukan she told us that she wanted to walk to school just like her siblings and friends. Now, she is doing that! She is walking well, but the foot brace she is using needs a little modification. We will see her again next week when she returns to get her new brace. Photo of Birtukan

Sep 10, 2019

Birtukan is so happy today. She is finally going back home with her mother Mulunesh to reunite with their family! The only thing left for her is to continue with her exercises and to get stronger and stronger! We will see the progress she makes in a couple of months when she returns for her check-up. Thank you all for your support and prayers! Photo of Birtukan

Sep 04, 2019

Look at these two! Birtukan is such a good girl and didn't disturb her mother Mulunesh while braiding her hair. Once she is done with her hair, Birtukan returned to her daily physical therapy. Thank you all for your prayers! Photo of Birtukan

Sep 02, 2019

Birtukan was in bed playing with her balloons but when she saw the camera she stopped and posed as she always does! It's so hard to get a candid shot of this one, but we love her attitude and playfulness! Photo of Birtukan

Aug 30, 2019

Birtukan loves posing for the camera! Today we found her right after her physical therapy appointment which gets easier and easier every time she goes! She is doing well and continuing her healing! Photo of Birtukan

Aug 26, 2019

Birtukan is struggling with a few of her physical therapy exervises as some of them are a bit hard for her, but she is doing her best and getting stronger every day! Keep this sweet child in your prayers! Photo of Birtukan

Aug 20, 2019

As usual Birtukan was doing a good job with her physical therapy. Ashenafi, one of our physical therapists, is showing her some more exercises to help her strengthen her muscles and mix things up a bit! Keep her in prayers! Photo of Birtukan

Aug 19, 2019

A couple of weeks back, Birtukan started walking on both feet with the help of a crutch. She is now able to stand without any support and she wants to show off to all of you with this pose! She is doing well and doing a wonderful job with her physical therapy! Photo of Birtukan

Aug 15, 2019

Birtukan is doing very well. As usual, she is owning her exercises. She told us she is looking forward to going back home to be with her siblings. The good news is Dr. Tesfaye told her once she gets stronger, he will send her back home. Even more motivation to keep up with her physical therapy! Please keep her in your prayers. Photo of Birtukan

Aug 13, 2019

Look at Birtukan doing her physical therapy exercises! Besides her walking practice, she does different exercises to strengthen her muscles! She is doing a wonderful job and showing good progress! Keep on praying for her! Photo of Birtukan

Aug 07, 2019

Birtukan is getting stronger and stronger by the day! Today we found her exercising and she is doing a great job! She spent almost all day exercising and then resting. Keep on praying for her! Photo of Birtukan

Aug 06, 2019

Today Birtukan started walking with just one crutch. When she started her walking practice, she was using a walking frame. But now, it's just one crutch! She has come a long way and has been brave throughout the process. Once she gets used to the one crutch, she will start walking without any support! Thank you all for your prayers! Photo of Birtukan

Aug 01, 2019

Birtukan is doing great! She got her raised shoe today which helps to even out the length difference in her legs! She's getting used to walking with the new shoes. She still uses the walker for the time being, but she insisted she show how she can stand and balance without it for the camera! Photo of Birtukan

Jul 25, 2019

Birtukan is falling into a good routine here at CURE Ethiopia. She wakes up, has breakfast, and then throws herself into her walking exercises! She's working hard and we're so proud of her! Photo of Birtukan

Jul 23, 2019

Birtukan was working with our physical therapists again today and trying some different exercises. She, of course, also had some walking practice. Slowly but surely, she is getting stronger and has a wonderful attitude about the work she has to put in! Photo of Birtukan

Jul 18, 2019

Birtukan is making improvements! She had her cast off and is practicing walking with the help of a walking bar. There is a little length discrepancy between her legs so she will be getting a shoe with a raised sole to help even her legs out. For now, she will continue her exercises and strengthen her leg so that she can walk without any assistance when she gets her shoe. Keep on praying for her! Photo of Birtukan

Jul 16, 2019

Birtukan started her walking exercises today and she is doing a great job! This is the first time she's walked with both legs and she says she loves it! We're looking forward to the day when she can walk with both legs and without any crutches! Keep this sweet child in your prayers. Photo of Birtukan

Jul 11, 2019

"I’m very grateful for all that has been done for my daughter. I remember how her legs had affected her life and seeing the progress she is making brings joy to my heart. I’m just so thankful!" Mulunesh shared as she wheeled Birtukan around, enjoying some fresh air this morning. Photo of Birtukan

Jul 09, 2019

Birtukan is doing well. Today, she had an appointment in the OR to have the staples removed from her leg! She handled it like the pro she is and she is now resting up in bed. Thank God with us for the strength he's blessed this young one with! Photo of Birtukan

Jul 04, 2019

"Thank you so much!" says Birtukan after hearing all the get-well messages she's received. Nahom, one of our counselors was reading the messages to her and she was giving all of her attention to them. Thank you all for making her happy! Photo of Birtukan

Jul 01, 2019

We were surprised to find Birtukan sitting up in bed immediately after her cast and dressing change! She was full of energy and happy to see us which we loved. The doctors say the wound from her surgery is healing well and everything is going great! Keep on praying for her! Photo of Birtukan

Jun 27, 2019

Birtukan is doing well and taking it easy today. A few days ago, she had a skin graft which wasn't a fun process, but is a big step forward in her healing process! The doctors say her wound from her last operation is still healing well and overall she's showing great progress! Please keep praying for her! Photo of Birtukan

Jun 18, 2019

Earlier this morning, we found Birtukan outside with her mother Mulunesh, wheeling around and enjoying themselves. Birtukan had a cast change and the wound from her operation is healing and showing a good progress! Photo of Birtukan

Jun 17, 2019

Birtukan has had her surgery! She was really nervous before going to the OR as she hates needles and heard there were some in there. We did our best to try and distract her by showing her photos of herself and it worked! Our little lady had a procedure called an ankle release and it went very well. She did amazingly! Photo of Birtukan

Jun 11, 2019

Birtukan is making a lot of friends in the ward. Belen, pictured here, is one of them.The two of them were wheeling around the ward together and they were having the time of their lives! Birtukan is continuing her healing and enjoying her time in the ward! Photo of Birtukan

Jun 10, 2019

Birtukan told us she had a restful weekend and spent some of the time playing with her friends! Today she had another dressing change and her wound from the operation is healing beautifully. We're so happy she is doing so well! Photo of Birtukan

Jun 06, 2019

We found Birtukan right outside the operation room ready to go in for her dressing and a cast change. While most kids are afraid while they wait, there wasn't a trace of fear in this brave little one! Her cast change went super well. The doctors say her knee is healing right on schedule and her skin graft is taking hold just like it should! Photo of Birtukan

Jun 04, 2019

Birtukan is learning the Amharic language and today she greeted us by saying, "Selam nesh" which means "how are you?" Her healing is progressing well and she's doing a great job with her Amharic! Keep on praying for her! Photo of Birtukan

Jun 03, 2019

Birtukan is doing well! We found her in bed with a glove balloon she got from one of our nurse. She told us how the nurse drew a face on the ballon for her! Today she had a dressing change and her wound from her operation is healing beautifully! Photo of Birtukan

May 31, 2019

Before going to the operation room, Birtukan was relaxing in her wheelchair and just enjoying her morning. Today she had a skin graft on her right knee and it went very very well! She's is now back in the ward resting and recovering well! Please continue praying for this sweet child! Photo of Birtukan

May 24, 2019

We found Birtukan combing her hair and fixing it up. She's looking great and her healing process is going fantastic as well! She is enjoying her time in the ward and continuing her healing. Please keep on praying for her. Photo of Birtukan

May 21, 2019

Birtukan is making new friends in the ward! Today she was playing with her two friends Kevin and Medenekiya, they were tossing a pink balloon around. She is healing and having fun! Photo of Birtukan

May 20, 2019

We found Birtukan in bed after wheeling around with her mother Mulunesh! She told us she had a restful weekend and that she is doing well. Thank you all for keeping this sweet child in your prayers! Photo of Birtukan

May 14, 2019

"God bless you all and thank you so much!" said Mulunesh, Birtukan's mother after hearing all your get-well messages to her daughter. Both of them were so happy to hear from everyone, thank you all for bringing them joy today! Photo of Birtukan

May 10, 2019

Birtukan is doing very well! Today she had a cast and dressing change, her wound from the operation is healing and showing good progress. Thank you all for your prayers! Photo of Birtukan

May 08, 2019

We found Birtukan in bed taking a break from her wheeling around, she loves getting around the hospital in her wheelchair! As she has not yet started operating the wheelchair on her own, her mother Mulunesh faithfully takes her around the ward. She is doing well, thank you for your support and prayers for her! Photo of Birtukan

May 07, 2019

Birtukan was wheeling around the ward and enjoying her day! Today she had a dressing and cast change. The wound from her operation is healing well and showing great progress. Keep on praying for a speedy recovery! Photo of Birtukan

May 03, 2019

Take a little look into Birtukan's surgery, Dr. Tesfaye did a beautiful job straightening her leg! She is resting and recovering now in the ward, please keep on praying for her recovery and a restful weekend! Photo of Birtukan

May 02, 2019

Birtukan's chickenpox is gone and she is healthy! Now it is time for her operation and today she will have a knee release on her left leg. Please keep her in your prayers for a successful surgery and speedy recovery! Photo of Birtukan

Apr 22, 2019

Birtukan came back to CURE Ethiopia hospital for her operation but unfortunately, she has chickenpox! So for obvious reasons, we had to postpone her operation. Please keep her in your prayers for those itchy spots to clear up so that she can move forward with her treatment! Photo of Birtukan

Apr 18, 2019

Meet Birtukan! She is such a friendly girl and is getting ready for her operation here at CURE Ethiopia. She will have her surgery next Monday, please keep her in your prayers! Photo of Birtukan

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