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Challa isn't exactly a new face here at CURE Ethiopia, but he is a dearly loved one. Challa first came to us way back in 2013 as a little five year old. For years, he had been struggling with knock knees that impacted his ability to walk and play w… Read more
Challa isn't exactly a new face here at CURE Ethiopia, but he is a dearly loved one. Challa first came to us way back in 2013 as a little five year old. For years, he had been struggling with knock knees that impacted his ability to walk and play with his friends. His parents first noticed his condition when he was just three years old. The thing with knock knees is that the knees literally hit each other ("knock" into each other) as Challa walks making the whole experience painful and awkward. Thankfully Challa's family heard about us here at CURE Ethiopia from a previous patient of ours. Not knowing what they were walking into, but daring to hope Challa, his father, and his twin brother Dofte (who also had knock knees) saved up the transport money they needed and made the six hour journey to our hospital! When they arrived, they were blown away that not only could Dofte and Challa be treated, but that it could be done for free! The rumors they had heard were true and the relief on their face was immediately evident. Their family is a family of small scale farmers for whom surgical costs is far beyond what they could afford.
Challa received his first surgery, but due to life circumstances he wasn't able to make it back for his next surgery. It's been a while since we've last seen Challa, but we never gave up on him and he is back here to finish straightening his legs!
Bowling time! Challa and most of his friends in the long term patient ward are having fun with games of bowling. Every time a kid knocks down all of the pins, they get a piece of candy, and Challa was winning! He is doing well and enjoying his time in the ward!
Today, we found Challa outside playing volleyball with his friend Miten! He is making friends and enjoying his stay in the long term patient ward. While having in our care, his nutrition program is going well. Please pray for his continued progress.
With all the decorations made and hung, it's time to celebrate Christmas! We had a little celebration with both the kids and the CURE Ethiopia staff. We remembered the true meaning of Christmas and we also celebrated with a few small presents and some good food! Challa was pretty pumped about these Santa glasses (which also light up) and the new shirt he received!
The Gena (Ethiopian Christmas) preparations are going well in our long term patient ward! Ethiopia has a different calendar than the rest of the world and Christmas is celebrated on January 7th instead of December 25th. Challa (left) with his twin brother Dofte are joining in and helping us make and paint some clay ornaments!
Adding to the complications of getting Challa his next surgery is that both Challa (center) and his twin Dofte (left) are pretty underweight. They've both been admitted to our long term patient ward where they've been put on a nutrition program. They'll receive three solid meals a day and, once they're up to a healthy weight, they'll get their next surgery!
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