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The picture above is of CURE in Ethiopia. Everyone who serves with CURE in Ethiopia, from medical professionals to office staff, are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and spiritual care to people who, without CURE, couldn't find it and couldn't afford it, just like Belen. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

We need to raise approximately $1000 to treat children like Belen. When you give a gift through Belen's CUREkids profile, your contribution will help us continue our work in countries like Ethiopia. Have more questions? Ask us.

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Belen's Story

“We saw a little abnormality when she started crawling but we didn’t know she has this problem back then” says Taeme, Belen’s father before continuing “we realized it when she started walking and we started looking for help”.

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“We saw a little abnormality when she started crawling but we didn’t know she has this problem back then” says Taeme, Belen’s father before continuing “we realized it when she started walking and we started looking for help”.

Belen and her father Taeme have come to CURE Ethiopia seeking help for Belen’s hip. She has a condition called developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) which means her hip easily and painfully pops in and out of its socket. Her hip sockets are not in the proper position causing a length discrepancy between her two legs and thus a limp when she walks. When her family found out she has this problem, they took her to a hospital which in turn referred them here to CURE Ethiopia. Belen's condition is thankfully still in the early stages so it hasn't affected her life too much just yet. But if it would go untreated, it would make walking increasingly difficult and relegate her to a lifetime of pain and difficulty. Thankfully Belen is here in CURE Ethiopia getting all the treatment she needs!

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Oct 15, 2020

Earlier in the morning, we found Belen in bed getting ready to head back home. The old spica cast she had on is gone and she now has a new one! She will continue her healing at home and we will see her again in a few weeks when she returns for her check-up! Photo of Belen

Oct 14, 2020

Belen is back! She's here at CURE Ethiopia again to have a spica cast change in the OR. It's been six weeks since we've seen her last and she's been doing well. Today, the plan is just to remove the old spica cast and replace it with a new one, which will have to stay on for a few more weeks. Please keep this little girl in your prayers! Photo of Belen

Sep 04, 2020

Belen is doing so well that the doctors decided to discharge her today, but not before our counselor Chaltu could give her a CURE Care Kit that has a few gifts in it including a little rabbit! Belen will continue her healing from home. She will return in a few weeks for a cast change. Please keep on praying for her! Photo of Belen

Sep 03, 2020

Belen is doing great after her surgery. Because of the big spica cast she has on, she can't move around a lot. It's not fun. But she did get to spend some time on one of our wheelchairs wheeling around the ward visiting people. She also has a great dad who is keeping her entertained with endless, imaginative games while stuck in bed! Photo of Belen

Sep 02, 2020

Belen's operation went great! Dr. Laurence did a beautiful job putting the head of her femur bone back into her hip socket. And ,after placing it in the right position, he applied a spica cast which covers half of her stomach and goes all the way down to her foot. Now Belen is back in the ward recovering! Photo of Belen

Sep 01, 2020

Little Belen is an active girl! “Even though she has a limp, she runs around and plays as much as possible but (the limp) does make her fall quite a lot” Belen’s father, Taeme, told us. The length discrepancy between her two legs is caused by her DDH and, in turn, has been causing her falling. Thankfully she is about to have her operation to fix this! Please keep this sweet child in your prayers. Photo of Belen

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