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Abigael’s mother noticed that her daughter’s leg wasn't normal when she got to an age when she could stand. Every time she stood or anyone held her up in a standing position, Abigael would stand on the edge of her left foot. Her mother consulte… Read more
Abigael’s mother noticed that her daughter’s leg wasn't normal when she got to an age when she could stand. Every time she stood or anyone held her up in a standing position, Abigael would stand on the edge of her left foot. Her mother consulted a doctor and after a review, Abigael was given a special shoe that helped her stand normally.
Several years later, when Abigael was three years old, her mum noticed that the problem was recurring. She was walking with a tip-toeing gait and she really struggled with squatting. Her mother took her back to the hospital. Several hospitals down the line and several referrals later, Abigail’s foot kept getting worse. In the last hospital they visited, one of the staff referred them to CURE.
Abigael is just in pre-unit (kindergarten), but she is already dreaming big. She one day wants to be a doctor, and she knows what kind of a doctor she wants to be - one who gives injections! It’s our prayer that this lovely, joyful girl will find healing here at CURE, and that one day her dreams will come true.
“She is just afraid of using the walker, but when she goes home and interacts with her friends, she will figure out that she needs to move around and that’s when she will use the walker. But I will not stop trying to help her learn how to use it,” Abigael’s mum promsied. Yesterday was a public holiday and Abigael got to go home. She was so excited because she knew she was going to see her sister, brother and dad. We saw her for a bit before she left, and she shared a selfie video with us where she was very happy saying things a child would say and it was a great reflection of how excited Abi was! Please continue praying for her recovery.
Abigael has somehow found a way to avoid using the walker when the physical therapist comes to see her. She cries a lot, saying she is pain and wants to hear nothing from anyone. Her mum told us that she didn’t think her daughter was in as much pain as she claimed she was in. When we spoke to Abigael, she told us, “I want to go home without using the walker and I want this thing (pointing her cast) removed now!” We tried to explain to her the importance of using the walker in a language she would understand, but she still refused to do it. Thankfully, mom's cellphone came to Abigael's rescue today and helped as a distraction. Please friends, help us in praying that Jesus will give Abigael understanding and that her recovery goes on smoothly. We’ll update more on Friday since tomorrow is Kenya’s 4th of July!
Today, Abigael was in a bit of pain which got her eyes teary for a bit, but overall she is doing well. The physiotherapist helped her use a walker to try and move around, but it was not possible because she was in too much pain. Abigael wasn’t ready to put weight on her leg which made it difficult to use the walker. She will give it another shot tomorrow and we hope the results will be encouraging. Abigael was trying to reach her sister on the phone to update her on her current state when we spoke to her. They did not get to talk presumably because her sister was busy, but Abigael did not let that take away her smile!
Abigael had to wait a very long time to go into surgery. This meant that she had to stay hungry for most of the day and that was not a very good feeling. She was a bit teary as she went into the OR. Our best guess is that she didn’t want to leave her mum’s side. When she got to the room where her surgery would be done, we did our best to cheer her up. Before she was given the anesthesia, she turned and smiled for the camera. It is just amazing how innocent kids are - imagining all she had been through but she still managed a smile. No wonder Jesus told his disciples to be like children. When we left Abigael’s surgery, all was going well. Tomorrow we’ll update you more on her progress. Please be praying for her as she recovers.
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