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Etsehiwot is the youngest of three children to her two loving parents. She's a smiley little one who loves both running and playing and she often does them in conjunction with one another. She also loves school but "because of corona, I'm not going… Read more
Etsehiwot is the youngest of three children to her two loving parents. She's a smiley little one who loves both running and playing and she often does them in conjunction with one another. She also loves school but "because of corona, I'm not going to school even though I want to" she tells us with a giggle. At first glance it seems that Etsehiwot doesn't have a care in the world, but when you look closer you'll notice that she slightly favors her left hand, an oddity in Ethiopia as it's almost shameful to use your left hand. Three years ago, Etsehiwot was cooking some dinner with her mom and accidentally tripped, falling into a pot of boiling stew. Instantly, she badly burned the right side of her body. Her family rushed her to the nearest medical center, but there wasn't much this center could do for them. In time, Etsehiwot's burns did heal, but they did so with a flap of melted skin healing across her right armpit. While small, this flap of skin has monumental implications. With her arm the way it is, the movement of Etsehiwot's arm is restricted, limiting what she can do. For the longest time, Etsehiwot and her family just thought this was their life now. It wasn't until they ran into a previous patient of ours here at CURE Ethiopia that they found out that healing is not only possible, but also attainable. Etsehiwot has now been admitted to our ward and will get the surgery she needs to get back both her arm and her future!
Etsehiwot came back for her check-up today and she is doing great! The wound from her operation is healing well too. The bandage she had on was removed and now she needs to do a couple of physical therapy exercises from home and we will see her again in a month when she returns for another check-up!
Dr. Tesfaye said Etsehiwot is healing wonderfully and she was discharged over the weekend! She will continue her recovery from the comfort of her own home and we will see her again in a couple of day when she returns for her check-up!
We found Etsehiwot in bed playing and having fun with her neighbor Darek! Today she is heading back to the OR for a bandage change where Dr. Tesfaye will remove her bandage, clean her wound (which would be pretty painful if she weren't asleep), and hook her up with a new bandage. It's a straight forward process, but please join us in praying for her nonetheless!
"It doesn't hurt". Etsehiwot told us, a hint of pride in her voice. It's amazing she is already outside running around and playing all with her big armpit bandage. She is doing well and continuing her recovery. Please keep praying for her!
Etsehiwot's operation went beautifully! Dr. Tesfaye was able to easily release the melted skin flap that's been interfering with her shoulder. Praise the Lord with us as Etsehiwot is resting and recovering back in the ward!
Etsehiwot has made it here to CURE Ethiopia and she is getting ready for her operation! Starting this week, all patients and caretakers who are being admitted for surgery have to be tested for corona virus first. It's a precaution to protect both our patients and our staff. As you may have guessed since she is here, Etsehiwot had no problems passing the test and it'll soon be surgery time!
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