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This cute little angel’s name is Shantel. When she was about one year old and learning how to walk, she got in an accident. Sharon, her mum, was making porridge in the kitchen when she left for a second to check on something else. Shantel screame… Read more
This cute little angel’s name is Shantel. When she was about one year old and learning how to walk, she got in an accident. Sharon, her mum, was making porridge in the kitchen when she left for a second to check on something else. Shantel screamed at the top of her voice and when Sharon came back to the house, she was shocked by the sight of her daughter’s hands inside the pot full of boiling porridge.
“It was cold that day, so I had dressed Shantel for the weather,” Sharon told us. “She was in an apron and two sweaters.” This made it very difficult to help Shantel. Sharon couldn’t remove all the clothes her daughter was wearing because when she tried, she caused more harm to her. Shantel was also wearing a metal bracelet on her wrist that had to be removed through surgery because it was covered in her flesh. This was a very traumatic accident for both of them.
Sharon rushed her daughter to hospital. She had suffered very serious burns on her hands, legs and back. Sharon was even afraid to call her husband to tell him about the ordeal. He was told later by a friend and when he got to hospital, he very nearly beat Sharon up but was stopped by the nurses on duty. Shantel stayed in the hospital long enough to make her mum grow weary of the treatment process to the extent of asking for a discharge. She stopped the treatment process.
Shantel ended up developing burn contractures. Sharon was kicked out of their home by her husband because she had ‘damaged’ his daughter. She did not have the means to continue treatment. Sharon later joined a women’s help group and that’s where she found out about CURE and brought her daughter for treatment. Please, dear friends, pray that the surgery Shantel needs will bring healing physically, psychologically, and spiritually to both her and her mum.
Shantel looked marvelous when we saw her at clinic last week. She was so excited to see us and so were we. Shantel’s healing journey is going on just fine. She just needs to work extra hard in exercising her hand as she was taught by our physiotherapists. Her mum is going to help her do this. Thank you for your prayers friends. They really touch these kiddos’ lives and they know this when we read them their sweet get well messages from you.
Sometimes life is just awkward, like when your balloon lands on someone else’s hospital bed and you’re too short to reach it. Thankfully, Shantel had some help and she got her balloon back. She wandered around the ward today, balloon in hand. Today was her last day to wander though because she’s been discharged and is going home! She was prescribed antibiotics to help heal the infection in her hand. Sadly for our girl, she’ll need another surgery since this one wasn’t completely successful. She’ll need to wait six months to allow her scarring to heal so skin grafting will be easier to do. In the meantime, please pray for no more complications and complete healing! We’ll also see her again at clinic on April 24th.
George the physio got to help Shantel today as she continues her exercises. “She’s got some infection in her index finger,” he told us. They’re also concerned that one of her fingers might be dislocated. So, unfortunately Shantel won’t be going home today like we thought. But, we’re thankful for the progress she’s made! Please pray that this infection doesn’t take long to clear up. They’re deciding what to do about it. Our girl has had such a LONG healing process and it seems it’s still going on, but we know our God is bigger than any infection or dislocation, so please just continue praying for her!
Oh our friends, thank you so much for the outpouring of love you continue to heap on our Shantel and her mama. Her mom sat on their bed, Shantel sitting in her lap, reading out loud your beautiful words. And do you see that little dot of white on Shantel’s face? Yep, that’s FOOD! After we arrived at Shantel’s bed, her mom gave her a boiled egg and some of it got left behind on Shantel’s face as evidence. “We’re going home tomorrow!” Mama Shantel told us. Shantel wasn’t wearing her bandage today, and her hand looks great! Thanks for praying and loving on these ladies. Our God is continually good!
Shantel is a bit upset today because she is supposed to go to theatre so that means she is not allowed to eat or drink anything before then. She does however love posing for our cameras and does not hide her smile when we want to take a picture! Today we got a special treat when she decided to pose as a model wearing her very warm jacket since it is very cold outside!
“I think Shantel spends most of her time eating or snacking on something,” one of the mums in the ward said. Shantel doesn’t joke around with food or the snacks her mum is able to provide for her. Most of the time we see her, she either has a cup of yoghurt or a banana. This is why you can’t hold her for more than five minutes without feeling a little strain. This is however a very good thing because it means that her immune system is high and she is a healthy girl! Shantel is here for a wound check, dressing change and possibly physiotherapy and we pray that her hand is doing well. Thank you for your continued support in kind and in prayers!
“I was happy to see her!” Storyteller Elvis said of Shantel. Shantel stayed with us at CURE for several weeks the last time she was here, and it didn’t take long at all for Elvis and Shantel to become best friends. Elvis has a special way with our kiddos. It’s the way he plays, the way he teases, the way he brings giggles. And sometimes, he forms a very special bond with them, like with Shantel. She’ll be here for a little while for some rehab to help ensure her burn contracture doesn’t re-contract. Please pray that she’ll be in and out pretty quick with no unexpectedly long stays in the hospital!
Friends, this is the best news you are going to receive today. Shantel is GOING HOME!! Yay!! We are bummed that we won’t have this cute little girl keeping us on our toes anymore, but we are super excited that they are going home. Shantel and her mum have really missed home and once Mama Shantel received news that she would be discharged, she was so excited about it. Shantel received a goodie bag from one of the sweet ladies who is here with the Kenai Spine team and she absolutely loves it. We pray that she is going to enjoy her stay at home as much as we enjoyed her company with us!
“When you watch this cute little girl play, you wouldn’t possibly think that she has to go for a dressing change or skin graft every day. She has too much energy and a very strong heart,” said one of the nurses as she was passing by a very playful Shantel. If there was a way to calculate just how much ground Shantel has covered today just running around the hospital, one would be amazed. She spent most of her day knocking her balloon in the air all over the hospital and if you gave her just a moment of your time, she would bless you with the cutest smile ever. Shantel has a blessing to many at CURE because of her charisma and we can only return the favor by loving her and praying for her!
“I am not very happy today because my baby has been hungry the whole day and isn’t going to have any procedure. I was hoping that she would at least go into theatre today so we might go home tomorrow,” Shantel’s mum told us. Shantel had to stay without eating the whole day as is a requirement before going into OR but ended up not having the procedure. Since there are spine surgeries happening this week, it's hard to predict for sure when a procedure will end. That's how Shantel ended up not going into the OR today. Hopefully it will be done tomorrow. Shantel cried herself to sleep because she was hungry so we didn't want to wake her up. Please be praying for patience in the waiting and that she will be able to have her procedure tomorrow!
Shantel received her get well messages today and was very excited to find out that she has so many friends following up on her progress from all over the world. We printed the get well messages so that mum could read them to her whenever she wanted. We found her mum reading a verse that was sent to her daughter and trying to explain the meaning to her. “I am very amazed at how much love we are receiving and I thank God for that. I also thank everyone reading about and praying for Shantel, God bless you!” mama Sharon exclaimed.
Happy Monday friends! Shantel is doing well. Her skin graft and dressing change were done today. The skin graft is taking a while to work but Shantel and her mum are remaining positive that it will be alright and they can go home soon. Please continue praying for healing for Shantel and patience in the process of treatment!
Shantel is doing well and we apologize for not letting you know how she was yesterday. We had a big event focused on giving the kids a happy Valentine’s day. Shantel will wait until next week to get another skin graft, but today she just has to bear with the tiny pain of a line being inserted in her leg so she can receive medication. Please continue praying for Shantel and also that God gives her mum peace. She is wondering why they have stayed this long in hospital and it's disturbing her emotionally.
There is never a moment when Shantel is not bubbly. Today, we had a bit of a fashion show where she was rocking her theatre gown and it was incredible! It took a while for her be called into surgery and since she's not allowed to eat beforehand, she got a little hangry/sad. Eventually, she did get called in and we're praying the procedure is a success!
Somebody has to go back to theater tomorrow and, Jesus willing, get a new skin graft! But for today, somebody is wearing a pretty dress and giggling and playing around the ward (and also hating the antibiotic drip she has to occasionally be attached to because it disturbs her play but we won’t mention that). Please pray for this little somebody’s tomorrow and that God would continue to bring healing to her body. https://youtu.be/Z_hlb4_rKiw
It wasn’t even 8am and this little lady was up and about and feeling feisty! She wanted her photos taken and she wanted to see them! She’s doing amazing considering that she is going back into surgery again and can't eat until after. Today’s procedure is a debridement to help clean up any unhealthy tissue on her surgery site. Please pray Shantel heals super quick so she can have her next skin graft! Thank Jesus with us because although her mama wasn’t feel very good on Friday, she’s better today.
As Shantel spent more time in theatre today getting her dressing changed, her mama got some baby time. One of their bed neighbors, Fredrick, brought his little sister to CURE with him and while Fredrick’s mom was away for a moment, Mama Shantel got to babysit. Our sweet Shantel is having a time of it! Her skin graft didn’t take so well, so once her surgery site is in the clear, they will do another skin graft. Please pray that God uses this situation for His good and glory in the lives of Shantel and her mama!
Singing rang out in the ward this morning as The First Lady of one of Kenya’s counties walked around the ward, greeting patients and their mamas and even giving out snuggles and hugs. A lot of this week’s patients are from the same county as she is from, so it was special to have a visit from her and the mamas’ singing was a great way to show that. We hope Shantel enjoyed the moment and the excitement in the ward. Our poor little friend has been here for ages, so any excitement to distract her from her long stay is a blessing!
As we soaked up some sunshine and some Shantel time, one of CURE’s kitchen kitties came into Shantel’s line of sight and she got a bit excited. “Does she like kitties?” we asked. “She likes them very much!” Mama Shantel told us. Sadly, this particular CURE kitchen kitty doesn’t seem comfortable with pettings, so it was a distance sighting for Shantel. But we’re still hoping it brightened her day like the sunshine did. Please continue to pray for her hand to heal well!
We couldn’t steal Shantel for even a second for a photo! She was glued to the TV watching Zootopia. She is recovering well and just has to be closely monitored for a few days before the doctors can decide if she is ready to go home. We are, however, excited to have her around because her heart is pure and she loves everyone equally. Please continue praying for her progress and healing.
We stood there, socializing around Shantel’s bed as she slept, oblivious. After a moment, her mom reached into her bag and pulled out a blanket. She draped it over Shantel, ensuring that Shantel could continue sleeping peacefully. Thank Jesus with us that her finger seems to be doing better today, post-theatre! A nurse explained to us that sometimes it’s an adjustment once the fingers are released. Maybe the body just isn’t sure what to do with itself! Please pray that Shantel’s body figures everything out so she can heal quick and easy.
Oh boy, so… our sweet friend went to have her dressing changed in theatre and one of her fingers isn’t looking so hot. Because of this, she can’t go home quite yet. She’ll hang out at CURE for a bit longer and on Monday they’ll check on her finger again. Meanwhile she’s drinking porridge and enjoying the company of her bed-neighbors. Although the news about her hand is discouraging and surprising for us, God knew all along that it was coming and totally has it in His hands. Would you help us leave it in His hands through prayer this weekend as we wait for Monday?
“I asked her if she was saved,” Pastor Philip explained to us later. The ‘she’ is the mama, Mama Frida, sitting next to sleeping Shantel and her mama. Mama Frida proceeded to share with Pastor Philip about how God was calling her to Himself after some time away from church. Right there in that ward cube, with Shantel sleeping on her mom's lap, God was being glorified and shared. Please pray that God will use this moment in the lives of anyone who heard!
“Take dolly,” Pastor Phoebe told Shantel after we came into the playroom, thinking we could get a photo of Shantel and dolly. So what did Shantel do? She pulled dolly closer to her by her dress! A very effective method. One must be creative when one of their hands is wrapped in a bandage. Now, we’d like to note this is a different dolly than the one we gave Shantel. She’s really getting herself lots of quality dolly time! We’re thankful Shantel is doing well and is awake and able to color and play with her friends. We’re hoping she’ll get her dressing changed later in the week. Please pray that all will be well with Shantel’s surgery site when this happens!
It may be the day after surgery, but this doesn’t stop Shantel from making her way around the ward. This morning she wanted a ‘dolly’ aka teddy bear, and her dream came true when we gave her one. Shantel was hanging out with a group of friends in another ward cube when we caught a photo of her and her dolly. She might be a bit less smiley today, but overall she seems to be doing well considering. Please pray she enjoys her time around CURE as she waits to go home!
Miracles definitely happen, and on their own time too! Shantel’s miracle came a little bit later than we expected. She didn’t end up having surgery on Friday because of her chest issues, but today was finally her day. Today was her moment when God used our doctors to help her gain more mobility in her fingers. We’re so glad God’s timing is perfect even when it’s not our own, and we’re also glad that our medical staff wants to keep our kiddos healthy and safe like they did with Shantel and waiting for her sickness to go away!
Our God does not slumber nor sleep and we know this because of the small and big miracles that happen every single day at CURE. A small miracle that happened today was that Shantel was cleared to have surgery and we pray that it's going to be successful, will you join us in that prayer? Here is a colorful high five to all of you who have already prayed for Shantel and will not stop until she is completely healed!
Shantel was scheduled to go in for surgery today, unfortunately she couldn’t because our poor friend has a chest infection. It was discovered this morning that she has a cold and her chest didn’t sound very okay. She was allowed to eat today and wait for an X-ray that would allow the doctors to determine exactly what the way forward would be. On the flip side, this meant that we had more time to play with her, and play we did! Shantel might need to go home then come back when her chest clears. Please dear friends, pray for her!
We'd like to introduce you to Shantel. She’s two years old and came to us with burn contractures on left hand, and her turn in theatre is coming tomorrow. For today, she’s hanging out around CURE in the playroom and elsewhere, charming anyone who will give her even a few seconds of their time. We’re quite happy that Shantel is here and that soon she’ll be able to use her hand in new ways!
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