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“I want to see her grow without any problems and be able to achieve everything she wants to do in life” says Hajo, Fatuma’s mother.
Fatuma had to travel for two days to get here to CURE Ethiopia seeking help for her bow legs. She was … Read more
“I want to see her grow without any problems and be able to achieve everything she wants to do in life” says Hajo, Fatuma’s mother.
Fatuma had to travel for two days to get here to CURE Ethiopia seeking help for her bow legs. She was born like other kids, but her family noticed the bowing problem when Fatuma started walking. “When I saw her legs, I took her to the hospital where I gave birth, but they told me I had to wait." Hajo remembers. Around the same time, Fatuma's little sister also started to exhibit some problems in her legs and Hajo doubled down on her efforts to find healing. Thankfully, another hospital told them about us here at CURE Ethiopia and Fatuma, Hajo, and Fatuma's little sister have all made the journey here to get treatment.
Fatuma is a fourth grader who loves playing soccer with her friends! When we asked her what she wants to do in the future, she covered her face and told us she is still figuring it out and hasn’t decided yet. Please join us in Fatuma's healing journey!
Fatuma is still at home getting strong, but we just wanted to let you know that CURE is hosting a webinar tomorrow at 1pm EST where we will talk to one of Fatuma's doctors as well as CURE Ethiopia's counseling director. The plan is to do a deep dive into her and her sister Meriyem's story and their journey to healing here at CURE Ethiopia. To register, head on over to https://cure.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uPqYuPIYTPi_LMM9pfDUnQ and we'll see you then!
Fatuma got her official discharge notice and has gone home! It's crazy to think how much has happened over the last six months she has been with us. She is going home a new woman! The goodbyes were pretty emotional and there were a few tears on everyone's behalf since we've all become really close. But that's the goal of every child's stay here at CURE Ethiopia, that they can go home and carve out a new, disability free life for themselves! Please be praying for Fatuma, her sister Meriyem, and their mother Hajo as they reacquaint themselves with life at their home.
We shot this little clip during Fatuma's music time with our counselor Nahom. As you might be able to guess from the actions, "Exaber" means "God" and "fiker" means "love." So when you have the lyrics "Fiker. Fiker. Exaber fiker now." it means "Love. Love. God is love." https://youtu.be/tRSXWpIFb1I
“Thank you all so much for your messages and I love you all!" says Fatuma after hearing the get well messages you've all been sending her. “Now I know I can walk like my friends and that makes me very happy!” Fatuma is doing a great job with her exercises and steadily gaining more confidence.
Fatuma had an x-ray done today and while she seems to be doing great on the outside, the x-ray confirmed she's doing great on the inside as well! Both her and her sister Meriyem have been through a lot here with us and there's finally a light at the end of the tunnel. The doctors are saying that the two sisters are almost ready to go home! Please be praying for strength and perseverance that Fatuma will finish strong.
Fatuma is taking her physical therapy exercises step by step. She is starting off with just standing while holding on to the walking frame to get some strength back in her legs. Our physical therapist Sofanias is there just to make sure nothing happens. She's gone through these exercises once before, so she knows the drill!
Fatuma is finished with her casts! And after seeing her x-rays, Dr. Tim told her she can start her physical exercises as well! Fatuma is excited to get moving again and to be able to walk around with her sister Meriyem!
Fatuma is continuing her healing and while she is doing that, she spends most of her time in her wheelchair, wheeling around and playing different games with the other children. It's not the most fun being wheelchair bound, but she has a great attitude which we really admire. Thank you all for your prayers and please keep on praying for her!
Fatuma is doing wonderful! For now, she doesn't have any physical therapy sessions like her sister Meriyem regularly does. Fatuma still has her big casts on. Instead, she spends her time hanging out in the long term patient ward, singing songs and listening to stories with our CURE Ethiopia counseling staff!
Fatuma is done with her surgeries and the doctors have discharged her back to the Rees-Jones Foundation (RJF) ward, our long term patient housing. She is already with her friend Kasib, listening to Bible stories from Temesgen (one of our counselors) and back to her usual routine of having fun in the RJF!
Fatuma is already out of bed, wheeling around, and enjoying the beautiful day out! The doctors have her on some pain killers which have made her a little extra smiley today, but after two big surgeries in one week, she's proven herself incredibly strong!
Fatuma did great in the OR today! She had the same straightening procedure as Tuesday, but on the upper part of her right leg this time. Dr. Tim straightened her leg and then inserted a pin to keep everything in place. Please keep this young girl in your prayers for a speedy recovery!
Fatuma is recovering well from her operation! Today she spent most of her day in bed resting and chatting with her little sister Meriyem while getting ready for her third operation. Tomorrow Fatuma is going to have the upper part of her other leg straightened. It's a big week for this young one!
Fatuma's operation went great! Her first surgery had straightened her legs beneath her knees and this operation straightened her left leg above her knee. It was a straight forward process and afterwards she got put in yet another long leg cast. She is doing well and resting now. Please keep on praying for this young girl!
Fatuma is making a lot of progress! The lower part of her legs are straight, but she needs another operation on the upper part of her legs. She's back in the main ward and will be heading to the OR to straighten the upper part of her left leg. Please keep this young woman in your prayers as she goes in for round two!
Fatuma sat with her mother Hajo and Teddy from our counseling staff to listen to all your get well messages. "Thank you very much. I love you all and I won't forget what you have done for me" says Fatuma. Thank you all so much for going above and beyond to show love to this young woman!
Fatuma had a treat today when Nahum from our counseling team brought his guitar to work and did some singing with the patients in the longterm patient ward! The was basically an Amharic (Ethiopia's national language) version of the children's song "head, shoulders, knees, and toes" if you know it. Check it out for yourself here: https://youtu.be/C4DmxAXrlRY
Hair day is a big deal around here and can take literally the whole day. But Fatuma and Hajo love each other and cherish this time together. It's also little moments like these that allow life to seem a little more normal in between all the physical therapy and doctors appointments!
Today we found Fatuma coloring. Whenever she takes breaks from her physical therapy exercises, she plays with her friends and does different crafts. She is doing a great job with her therapy and making great progress. Please keep on praying for this young lady!
Fatuma is continuing her physical therapy and she is making a lot of progress. For the first week of her physical therapy, she just focused on muscle strengthening exercises. Now that she's mastered that, she's moved on to actual walking practice! She is a strong young woman who is improving every day!
Fatuma has officially started her physical therapy exercises! She is taking this new development literally one step at a time. The first step is just standing with the help of the walking bar to strengthen her muscles. Once they get a little stronger, she will be able to start walking. For moral support, Hajo was right there next to her. Please keep on praying for this young girl and praising the Lord for her progress!
Today Fatuma saw her straight legs for the first time and she was so PUMPED! She was also a big nervous to move them as they've been trapped inside casts for the past eight weeks. It'll take some time to readjust. While this is great progress, she's not done just yet. Fatuma got two "walking casts" on which will give her support and protection while also allowing her to start some physical therapy to get her walking again!
Fatuma played a game today with CURE Ethiopia counselor Temesgen and the other kids in the long term patient ward. The goal was to use the exercise ball to hit a balloon in the middle of the circle. We're pretty sure Temesgen just made up the game, but it kept the all the kids occupied and entertained!
Fatuma has no need to be the center of attention and is more than happy to sit back and let all the other kids in the long term patient ward be a little crazy. But don't let that ever make you think she isn't paying close attention and staying involved in her own sweet way!
"I used to be so worried about my child, thinking will she never get a chance to walk or go to school or get married. In our village, life is hard if you have a disability like Fatuma's" Hajo (Fatuma's mom) shared with us this morning. She also noted how happy she was when Fatuma got her surgery and remarked how even though Fatuma still has casts on, she can still see how much straighter Fatuma's legs already are!
In the seven weeks Fatuma has been here, she's had one major surgery to straighten out both her bow legs and countless photos taken along the way. Today she decided to strike back as she us her mom's camera phone to sneak a few photos of us. There were a whole load of giggles on both sides when we caught her!
Since Fatuma's big surgery a few weeks ago, she's just been resting in our long term patient warm giving her legs the time they need to heal up and get strong. As we were chatting with her today, she updated us on her weekend saying she spent it watching TV and playing different games with her friends and her sister Meriyem. We're so glad for the friendships she's found and her sweet, calming presence in the ward!
Fatuma has settled into a nice routine in the RJF ward. With just needing time to let her body heal itself, she's doing a lot of hanging out. Thankfully, our counseling staff organizes plenty of games. crafts, and movie times for the kids. There's also a solid group of friends that has formed in the RJF ward that Fatuma is central to. Please continue praying for her as she progresses!
The big news right now is that Fatuma has been moved out of the ward into our long term patient housing aka the Rees-Jones Foundation (RJF) ward. The RJF ward is for patients who live a long way away and can't make regular trips between their home and our hospital for follow up appointments, next surgeries, physical therapy, etc. It provides a place where children like Fatuma can have a home of sorts while also having easy access to our medical services while they heal up! Fatuma's whole job for the next few weeks is just to heal up as strong as possible and the RJF ward is a great place to do this!
Life has settled into a familiar routine for Fatuma as she heals up here at CURE Ethiopia. While the coronavirus hasn't gained a big foothold here in Ethiopia so far, it's definitely changed up the routine a little bit and everyone, including Fatuma, is much more intentional about washing their hands!
Fatuma is doing well! As usual we found her in bed resting and chatting with her neighbor and sister Meriyem. She spent most of her day in bed resting, but did manage to get in her wheelchair again for a few outside adventures. This long of a healing process isn't the most fun, but Fatuma has a great attitude about it all!
Fatuma has now spent the past seven days in bed resting and recovering from her operation. But today she was strong enough to get in a wheelchair for the first time and she went outside to get some fresh air! Thank God for her progress and please keep praying for this young woman!
Fatuma has a pretty good system of propping herself up with pillows in order to sit up and removing them to lay down. It's not the most fun being bed bound, but she passes her times with snacks and chatting with her sister Meriyem and her other bed neighbor!
Check out Fatuma sitting up, smiling, and doing wonderful! She has her younger sister Meriyem in the bed next to her and their mom Hajo doing a stellar job taking care of both of them. Please continue praying for this family!
Fatuma was in a little post-op pain this morning, but some meds and care from both her mother and the nurses helped clear it right up! She is feeling better now and resting comfortably. Keep on praying for this young girl for a speedy recovery!
Fatuma has had her surgery! The surgeons operated on both her legs to straighten them right out and it went great! Afterwards, she got some nice casts on which will help keep her newly straight bones in place as they heal up. Please keep her in your prayers for a speedy recovery!
Fatuma arrived here at CURE Ethiopia over the week so while she's new, she is already making a lot of friends. Today she joined in a play therapy session outside with a parachute and bunch of her new friends from the ward. Not a bad first day if we say so ourselves!
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