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Benedictine’s mom Clare was basically curled up in a fetal position when I went to check on her halfway through her daughter’s surgery. “This is the first time I have had any of my children going into the operating room. It’s a new, not ver… Read more
Benedictine’s mom Clare was basically curled up in a fetal position when I went to check on her halfway through her daughter’s surgery. “This is the first time I have had any of my children going into the operating room. It’s a new, not very ‘interesting’ experience for me,” she admitted.
When little Benedictine was born the 3rd and last of her family, she was in perfect health, both physically and mentally. Clare proudly told me, “She was very intelligent, so she began going to school at a very young age.” Interestingly enough, it was a school matter that caused Clare to notice when Benedictine started having foot problems. Every term (about 3 months), she was having to buy her daughter new school shoes. On careful observation, Clare saw that Benedictine’s feet were becoming increasingly deformed, which is why her shoes were wearing out so quickly. They went to the hospital where doctors offered a solution of tight plastic foot braces. Soon enough, those didn’t solve anything but rather created numerous blisters all over Benedictine’s feet. While searching for another option, Clare was directed to CURE by a parent whose child we had successfully treated. She took their advice and came to us, and Benedictine was started on physiotherapy first. Because the improvements were slower than surgery would offer, we decided to go ahead and book her for her first operation.
Now with one foot down and one to go, I can’t tell you how excited we are to have Benedictine back for round two. Valentine’s Day hit during her week here, and she was relentless in giving chocolate to all her new friends in the ward. And every time I went to check on her, she never failed to impress me with her firm handshake and assertive speech. She just carries herself in the most mature way, far beyond what you’d expect from a 7-year-old. So as we prepare for March, I’m making sure we’re armed with the chocolates this time, along with some intelligent topics to talk about.
Benedictine has gone back to school, so her mama popped by CURE Kenya today with her CT scan results. The pain she’s having is in the area of her subtalar joint around her ankle. She’s currently wearing her brace which is helping to reduce the pain. But eventually, she may need the subtalar joint to be fused to completely stop the pain. We’ll wait a little bit and see how it goes. Pray for God’s very best for this young lady!
Bene and her mum were supposed to come for their check up last week but because of work commitments, Bene's mum wasn’t able to get the day off and bring her daughter. We are grateful to God that they got the opportunity to come today and be seen. Dr. Nyambati requested that an x-ray be done and he reviewed it in the presence of Bene and her mum. Bene came in with a complaint that her left leg was in pain after walking a long distance or standing for a long time. The doctor explained to them why this was happening and suggested that Bene takes a CT Scan. After that, a decision will be made whether to operate or not. Mama Bene was a bit concerned because Bene is now in high school and she goes to a boarding school. If an operation needs to be done, it means she has to wait till schools close for long holiday. Please pray that God is able to provide the best solution and the best time. Bene is also growing into a beautiful young lady and we are grateful to God for blessing her so much.
There was a lot of catching up to do when Benedictine and her mum came to clinic today. Benedictine has grown so tall and pretty and it's so awesome that God has blessed her so much. She is in high school now and she says she has had a good first couple of months there. Bene came today because once in awhile she would feel some pain in her knees. After examination, the doctor said that her knees are normal and there is nothing wrong with the movement. He however told Bene and her mum that she needs another surgery for her right leg. “Benedictine doesn’t really want to hear about another surgery,” her mum told us. Mama Bene then went ahead and told us that she was okay with it as long as the doctor thought it’s what’s best for her daughter. Schools reopen next week and so Bene has the next three or so months to come to terms with this issue and decide if she wants to have that surgery. Please pray that God gives her courage to face her fear.
As Benedictine shared about her favorite school things, one of them was music. “Sometimes we sing gospel,” she told us. “We’re going to start going to competitions soon,” she said a bit later. When we asked if she could sing for us, she told us, “Outside.” So that’s where we went, and she sung to us a song that she didn’t know the name of. She’s got a lovely voice and she’s very brave to sing for us! She saw the physiotherapist today and was measured for a special kind of orthotic for her other foot. We’ll see her when she comes to pick it up!
Friends, Benedictine is doing very well, in fact she is very soon going to stop coming to our hospital because she will be completely healed and this is some great news to hear! Today she came over for a check up and had an AFO made for her. She needs to use it for a while and we will hopefully see her again after six months. Thank you for your continued support both in prayer and in kind, may God bless you.
Friends, from this day onwards, we need to start calling Benedictine ‘Mheshimiwa’ which is Swahili for someone who is respected in society (most times it’s a politician). In recently concluded elections at Bene’s school, Bene was voted in as the Girl’s Representative, the equivalent of a Women's Representative in the national government. She won with a landslide which just goes to show how she is a people person even at school! Mhesh came to see us today, and we are excited that she had her cast removed. Her mum was hoping that she would go home without her crutches, but Mhesh was told to use them for a while as she regains the confidence to walk without them. She is healed and we can only thank God for this. Not so long ago, her school took part in a walk to raise funds for people who don’t have Bibles so that they can at least get them. Bene’s teacher asked her to stay on the bus as the other kids went for the walk, but Bene was having none of it. She joined the rest, and she walked the whole four kilometers. Bene’s mum was so challenged by her daughter. Please continue praying with us for Bene, or should we say Mheshimiwa’s, complete healing and that God blesses her with the diligence and integrity to lead in her new capacity at school. We'll look forward to seeing her again in July!
These beautiful ladies paid us a visit today! As always, it was a delight seeing Benedictine, her mother and this time around they had brought along Bene's big sister, Sharon! The few minutes Benedictine spent at the hospital today, it was mostly catching up with friends smiling, laughing and more fun moments, well, apart from the few minutes she had to get the cast and a pin removed from her leg. Yes, the pin was a bit painful but that took just a few minutes. God has really blessed this beautiful young lady with a special kind of joy and she does spread it to all those around her. We thank God that her leg is healing quite well though, she was quite disappointed when she realized she was getting another cast. “Do I really have to get another cast?” she asked, “My friends were really looking forward to me without a cast.” Thankfully it's the last cast she has to endure, she got measured for a foot brace that she will collect when she comes to get the cast cut off. Let's please continue keeping her in prayer.
Benedictine is going home! And her sparkling smile and goofy faces have returned, both yesterday and today! Today she shared some cookies with us and as she was talking about them, she said: “Strawberry… Sweet!” They really were sweet. We enjoyed them and they even made us drool a bit (that’s a story for another day). Later, she showed me a shirt she was going to wear. “I’m crazy,” she said. “My name isn’t Elizabeth, it’s Benedictine!” Her mom told us that she just had to have the shirt, but they couldn’t get one with Benedictine’s name on it. These ladies are fun, and we’ll look forward to seeing them on February 1st when they come for a checkup to see how our girl’s foot is doing!
Think Benedictine is cute?? You should see her sleeping. We visited her a couple of times today and this one time we found her sleeping so peacefully, not seeming to worry about a single thing in the world. We thought she was really, really adorable so we took this silly picture with her, which we'll have a good laugh together about later! She is in less pain now and we thank God for that. As Benedictine was enjoying her nap, we got the opportunity to speak to her mum and she told us about how all the people in her family have a different name for Benedictine. Bene, Babz, Bebo, and Bobo to mention but a few. Bene loves her family a lot and we could see this when she spoke to some of them on her mum’s phone. This Christmas they’ll spend most of their time indoors and we pray that Benedictine gets well soon and is discharged so she can enjoy good quality time with her family.
When we caught up with Benedictine this morning, she was doing well. She asked her mother to give us a muffin and her mom said, “She can’t eat alone!” The funny thing is, Benedictine had already ate her muffin. But, we’re thankful for her heart of sharing. Benedictine also had visitors today - her mom’s friend, her sister, and her sister’s friend. We caught some photos with all of them in the afternoon and our girl even managed to make faces at the camera! She was in some pain, and she had some tears. It made us sad. We know how much of a bummer it can be to cry in public. And, although we’ve never had a surgery like hers or been casted like her, we know that pain is a very real thing and is not a very fun thing! Please pray for Benedictine to feel better soon!
Our poor, sweet girl had to wait all day for surgery and didn’t go back until late afternoon. This means she didn’t eat. THE WHOLE DAY! We even caught her mom hiding from her in our reception because poor Benedictine kept telling her mom that she was hungry. Her helpless mama couldn’t really do much! But, the good news is that we still saw some smiles from our girl and the other good news is that Benedictine didn’t wither away. Phew! One of the other kiddos in the ward, Mary Faith, was even going to wait to eat her lunch until Benedictine ate. She probably didn’t understand the magnitude of this offer. Don’t worry, Mary Faith didn’t wait. We got to be in on a bit of Benedictine’s surgery, including one of the best parts- the prayer before surgery begins. We’re thankful Jesus is invited into the OR each and every time a surgery is done at CURE! And, would you like some more good news? We talked to the surgeon and he says Benedictine’s foot looks really good after surgery. Thanks be to Jesus!
Benedictine is a grown girl now and, she is almost a mirror image of her mother, the smile, the dimples, the laughter. It was awesome meeting Benedictine and her mother today. What hasn't changed about this pretty girl is her outgoing character, she is so much fun to hang around. The few minutes she was around we had so much fun playing with her. Benedictine is scheduled to come for another surgery very soon at CURE, please keep her and her family in your prayers as they prepare to come back to CURE. We look forward to hosting them again!
Benedictine arrived with her mother today for her followup at the clinic. She was sporting one of those great smiles that she always owns and was also rocking some killer boots! Her feet have made significant progress as a result of her operation. Here are some pics of her progress. http://bit.ly/1d4AqQx
Benedictine getting checked by our Dr. Theuri when she came for her appointment earlier today. God seems to have finally answered her prayers, because she is now off the foot brace. Follow - up still continues though, so we hope we will see her again in six months which should be very early next year.
Benedictine, her mother and Dr. Mbute during Bena's last follow up appointment. She has not been wearing her braces, and it is rather understandable based on her age. Her excuse has been that they no longer fit her well, so we sent her to the orthopedic workshop to have them adjusted. We will see her again in two months. A few days after her Birthday!!
sorry for the miscommunication, her review will be in May.
Benedictine was here today, and she is now officially off casts and on plastic braces. It is obvious that she hates casts so we are happy that she is now out of them. God willing we will see her in three months.
Benedictine's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 01/09/2013 - Sweet girl is leaving us today, but we will see her right after the new year!! Please pray for her as she recovers at home!
We went to go peek on Benedictine this morning and she was still very tired. When we asked her how she was feeling today she responded with a great big smile : ) and a soft spoken "fine." Such a sweetie ! http://bit.ly/Q6T9C5
Benedictine is in recovery at CURE Kenya
Benedictine has arrived at CURE Kenya - SWEET GIRL IS IN THE BUILDING : ) !!
Benedictine's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 11/19/2012
Lovely little lady finally came for her follow up today, I was so excited to see her and it felt good to know that the feeling was mutual. She has been okey, she is following her post surgical instructions well and now we are planning for her next surgery to correct the other foot. God willing, we will see her when she comes for the surgery http://bit.ly/Snc8sz
Benedictine's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 11/05/2012
Benedictine's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 08/22/2012 - No sign of Benedictine this week! Working on getting ahold of her family to find out how she is doing!!
Benedictine's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 08/15/2012 - Darling girl did not show up for her appointment last week and there were signs of her today so I talked to her mom and she told me they will be coming next week. Be praying for her, and God willing we will see her then.
Congratulations! Benedictine's funding goal is met!
Benedictine's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 08/01/2012
Benedictine's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 04/25/2012 - Our physiotherapists removed Benedictines cast then removed the pins on her foot. She was more than willing to show off what her foot looks like. The orthopaedic team measured plastic braces for her then she was later re-casted. We will see her again in April when she comes to pick up her brace.
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