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“For a while before we came to hospital Daron would take his crutches and practice for when he has his second surgery,” Mama Daron told us. Meet Daron, an 11-year old-boy who was born normal without a single health issue to worry his parents. D… Read more
“For a while before we came to hospital Daron would take his crutches and practice for when he has his second surgery,” Mama Daron told us. Meet Daron, an 11-year old-boy who was born normal without a single health issue to worry his parents. Daron brought joy to his mum and dad and they were very excited at all the milestones they would watch him achieve.
When Daron turned one, he started walking around the house holding on to things. His mum noticed a small problem with how his legs looked as he tried to walk. She was concerned! She sought medical intervention because Daron’s legs looked like he had clubfoot. She was told that he didn’t have clubfoot and that the condition would correct itself as Daron grew older.
Mama Daron brought him to CURE Kenya and they were given orthotics to see if this would correct the problem without surgical intervention. It didn’t, so the doctors decided to operate. Daron’s grandfather couldn’t let this happen! He told Mama Daron not to go ahead with the surgery. At this point, Daron was seven and he even had an appointment to come have surgery.
Later, Daron’s grandpa agreed to the surgery being done. We asked Mama Daron why she thought Daron's grandfather had a change of heart. “Maybe he saw my boy playing during one of the Christmas holidays and saw that he needed a correction of some sort,” she told us.
Daron has been to CURE Kenya before and had surgery for his left leg and now he is here for the right one to be done. “I hope his leg will be healed without complications just like the other one,” Mama Daron said. Please pray for our friend as he goes through this familiar procedure all over again.
“Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.” If you’ve ever seen White Christmas, you know the song. Well, did you also know that Daron’s aunt works for CURE Kenya? Her name is Mary and today she took a little bit of time to catch up with her sister (Daron’s mom) and family! We love families at CURE Kenya and value them highly, so we’re thankful for this connection. Aside from a little visit from his aunt, Daron also saw the doctor, got an x-ray, and visited the physio. He’ll need to keep walking on his crutches, but at least he can put some weight on his leg. We’ll see him next at CURE Kenya in June, but we hope he gets to see his Aunt Mary before then!
Daron was one of the first patients to be seen today, and as he waited to leave after seeing the doctor and being told his surgery site is healing well, he chatted with Pastor Peter. They talked about what class he was in and such and after a little while, he turned and smiled at us. “His sister told him to,” Pastor Peter explained. What are sisters for! We’ll catch Daron when he comes back in just a few weeks for a checkup!
TGIF for Daron! He’s going home! We caught him on the way to his family’s car this morning. When we asked what Daron was up to this weekend, we suggested movies, naps, and playing with his sister. He seemed to be affirmative to all of them! Who knows, but we’re thankful he’ll get to do any and all of them at home instead of camping out at CURE Kenya for the weekend. We also shared a couple Get Well’s with him. If you send him more Get Wells, we should be able to deliver them when we catch him up with him in a couple of Wednesdays for his checkup!
The first day after surgery is usually the hardest for most of our kids. They spend most of it sleeping and those who are not able to sleep are usually quite feisty. Daron chose the sleep option so when we went to check on him this morning, he was pretty much in dreamland. We are happy because he gets to rest and make the recovery process easy. Please pray for a smooth time as he recovers.
Daron's mum had a good heart to heart with the doctor today and they came to a solution for the problem of Daron's leg length difference. The doctors found that Daron's leg could use a small revision/straightening and are quite confident that this straightening will help even out the length difference. Daron's mum was on board with this plan and Daron went into the OR today! Before he went in though, he had a good time of making friends and playing games on a neighbor's cell phone!
Look who is back at CURE Kenya. It’s Daron, one of our favorite artists! Remember the last time he was here? Him and his mum were concerned about his limp? Well they are back to see if something can be done about it. “I spoke to one of the doctors about the fact that one of Daron’s leg is shorter than the other and we are looking for the best possible solution for this whether it surgical or not.” Mama Daron told us. Please pray that Mama Daron and the doctor will be on the same page when a decision is made!
Daron can now walk well although he still has a little limp. We had a short chat with his mum and she expressed her worry about her son’s limp. She asked the doctor about it and the doctor suggested that Daron be given a shoe raise. This was a little hard to process for both of them and we would like you to pray for Daron and his mum in their adjustment and acceptance to the solution!
Daron is on his feet, even if he’s got four feet instead of two! Crutches are kind of like glasses except that glasses are extra eyes and crutches are extra feet! Daron spent time doing physio today. He’s doing well, and in a couple of weeks when he comes back for more physio, we’ll see how much well-er he’s doing! We’re hoping that pretty soon, that well-er will include Daron walking back on two instead of four feet. Please pray for that well-er with us!
Daron came to CURE Kenya today for check up. He was in some pain as he has not been using his leg to walk so it is a bit stiff. His mum was also concerned that Daron had a tiny wound slightly above his knee but the doctor reassured her that it was going to heal on its own. The doctor also suggested that the wound be cleaned and Daron be taught some stretching exercises. Please continue praying for Daron to gain full confidence in using his leg to walk and run and play with his friends!
Out with the old, in with the new! That cast you see on Daron’s leg is no longer there. It’s been replaced with a new cast that Daron’s foot sticks out of which means as he’s able, he’ll get to practice his walking. We’re so happy for his healing journey and how before we know it, it’ll be over! His family is joining in on his progress too because they came with him! That pretty little lady is his sister Shantel and his parents are in the photo too. Let’s pray they’ll be his cheerleaders as he continues healing and as he starts walking. We’ll see them again right before Christmas when they come back for another visit to CURE Kenya.
Remember yesterday we promised to let you in on the colorful things Daron was doing? Well, Daron loves drawing! So we put him up to the task of helping us draw some art that we are going to use later on and he did it with such professionalism. He had so much fun working on our little project and we love all the things he drew. We teased him about designing wedding cards for someone and he told us that he was very much ready to do it. Daron is going home today and we are happy that he will recover at a familiar place and hopefully do some more drawing!
On Monday, Daron told us he liked football and hide and seek, so we played hide and seek in the ward. Today, now that cruising around the ward is hard, we handed Daron our phone and told him to hide it from us. We played for a little while and he was always better at finding our hidings than we were at his (wanna guess why this might be so?)! We also got him started on a project doing one of his other favorite things. But -- we’re gonna keep you guessing about what it is until tomorrow! We’ll give you a hint though: it’s something he can do in bed and it involves colorful things!
Our doctors are like the carpenters of the OR. It takes them years of schooling and training to learn their skill, but they’re still using tools and making something better than it was just like other kinds of carpenters. And they’re not the only carpenters in the room making something better than it was -- Jesus was a carpenter and He is there too, from the very beginning to the very end of the surgery, making sure that kiddos like Daron are made better than they were when they came into the room. Please pray that Daron will come to love and appreciate this Carpenter who helped make him better than he was!
This morning when we saw Daron in the ward, we thought we caught a wink from him, so we asked him to do it again and he did! This boy is a winker and he’s more than just that -- he’s loads of fun. When we asked him what he likes about school, he told us, “Everything!” When we asked more, he said, “I like the teachers. I can’t remember the other things!” This week, we’re going to watch changes happen in Daron’s leg, but as the weeks and months pass, it’ll be fun to watch him change more and see what this love for school will become for him!
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