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“I want to go back to school”! Yetsube told us with a joyful glint in her eye. What's stopping her is that her feet are in near constant pain. “My feet always hurt when walking long distances and I can't wear any shoes other than big rain boo… Read more
“I want to go back to school”! Yetsube told us with a joyful glint in her eye. What's stopping her is that her feet are in near constant pain. “My feet always hurt when walking long distances and I can't wear any shoes other than big rain boots." Yetsube explained. Ever since she can remember both of Yetsube's feet were bent inward. It's a disability called clubfoot which essentially forces her to walk on the rim of her feet, creating painful pressure on not only her feet, but also her ankles. She had started school several years ago, but the long walk there and back every day proved impossible with her feet the way they are. Yetsube dropped out and has tried her best to carve out a good life despite the physical and emotional pain her disability causes her. On a chance visit to see her brother who now lives in Ethiopia's capital city, a stranger noticed her feet and was amazingly the first person in her life to share that her feet are treatable with surgery. She went to a local hospital to see if what this man had said was true and while this hospital was unable to help, they referred her here to us at CURE Ethiopia.
“Once I am healed, I will go back to school and eventually study computer science” Yetsube confidently declares over her life. We're thrilled Yetsube is here and we can't wait to do our part to get her just a little closer to her dream!
Yetsube’s cast change went really well! Dr. Mesfin said he saw some really good signs of healing while her cast was off and made the call she's ready to head back home! She will continue her recovery from there and we will see her again at the beginning of July when she returns for her check-up. Please keep on praying for her!
After having a solid weekend of rest and recovery, Yetsube is heading back into the OR today! It's not for another surgery, but for a cast change and to allow the doctors to check on and reposition her foot. It would be a bit of a painful experience if Yetsube were awake for it, hence going back to the OR and being asleep for the whole ordeal!
Yetsube is healing up well from her surgery yesterday. She's already up and about in one of the hospital wheelchairs which is always a good sign. She was telling us that, in her language, her names means "You are different from the others." While we are all made unique, her name doesn't carry positive connotations. Thankfully, now that she's had her surgery, she will no longer be different than the others!
Right on schedule, Yetsube has had her surgery! Since she's a little older than many of the clubfoot patients we treat, the surgery had to be a little more invasive. It was a bigger surgery, but everything went as planned and Yetsube is now in possession of a nice straight foot thanks to Dr Mesfin (L), the surgical and medical teams, and you! Please be praying for this young woman as she now begins the recovery process.
Yetsube is here at CURE Ethiopia and getting settled in along with her brother Kefyalew. They're getting a kick out of the whole experience and Kefyalew is documenting it all with his cell phone camera so they can remember it all and show their family back home! Please be praying for Yetsube as she gets ready for her surgery.
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