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Caren's Story

Meet three-year-old Caren. Caren is the seventh and last born in the family. Caren loves walking and playing with her friends. We met this cute girl while on our ward tour this morning, and we think she’s precious!

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Meet three-year-old Caren. Caren is the seventh and last born in the family. Caren loves walking and playing with her friends. We met this cute girl while on our ward tour this morning, and we think she’s precious!

It wasn’t until Caren was a year old that her mother, Helen, noticed the unusual bowing of her legs and that her gait was also changing. To her it was not a shock since her first and fourth born children also had the same condition and healed without any medical intervention. “My mother in law informed me that the condition is inborn and therefore I should not seek for medical assistance,” Helen informed us.

Caren has a condition known as genu varum or bow-leggedness. This is the misalignment of the knees where they angle out and away from each other when the legs are straightened. The condition has affected her mobility as she wiggles and sometimes loses her balance and falls.

Helen is delighted to be at CURE, “This is my first interaction with a doctor. I'm happy to be at CURE where the doctors are friendly and free to the patients as compared to other hospitals.”

Caren was taken to theatre this morning to undergo a surgery called Bilateral PTO to realign her bones and joints. “I have high hopes that my daughter will walk normally like other children,” Helen informed us as she anxiously waited for her daughter to come from theatre. Join us in praying for a quick recovery!

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Jun 22, 2018

Caren still isn’t a huge smiling fan but at least this time round she did not cry as she was being seen by the doctor. We were able to get a word from her when it was time to part ways. She said, “Bye!” It was really funny but it cheered us up a little and we thank God. Caren’s mum is very encouraged by all the change she can see. Caren is a bit taller now because she can stand straight and walk like every other child around her now. We hope that the next time we meet them at clinic Caren will be jovial and she’ll say more things and laugh a little! Photo of Caren

Apr 30, 2018

Caren wasn’t very happy as her cast was being taken off. She shed a few tears because the noise was too much and it made her feel a bit scared. Her mum was with her the whole time and held her close. We appreciate mums because most of the kids look up to them and see just how much love and passion they have and this encourages the kiddos to press on. Caren is doing fantastically well and we’ll see her again next clinic. Photo of Caren

Mar 28, 2018

When we saw Caren this morning at ortho clinic, she was feeling unsure and wouldn’t smile at us. Later, she was feeling sleeping and hid her face from our camera. She then went to have her cast removed and cried immediately as the cast was being removed. We wonder if her poor little mind had been thinking of all the scary hospitals things and so getting her cast removed was extra traumatic! She had her pins removed too, but thankfully, by the time she was about to leave, new cylinder casts applied, she was sharing smiles with us. We’ll see her next on mobile clinic on April 25th! Please pray for her as she continues in her healing journey. Photo of Caren

Feb 16, 2018

Today all it took was a ‘hey girl!’ to make our lady smile. When we realized her and her mama were matching, we got excited and asked for a photo. Please thank Jesus with us that although Caren was miserable after surgery, we’re catching more smiles from her AND she’s going home! We’ll see her again on March 28th. Photo of Caren

Feb 15, 2018

This smile is brought to you by our silly dance moves. Caren is better today and we are thankful. We kept asking her about her eating habits: “Are you eating a balloon?” “What are you eating?” Caren was chewing on a plastic extension on her balloon as well as a piece of paper. Maybe she’d forgotten to eat breakfast! There’s a chance she’ll go home tomorrow, so thank Jesus with us about that! Photo of Caren

Feb 14, 2018

Our girl has a sweet little smile, but we didn’t see too too much of it today as she’s a bit miserable. Her mom even moved to become a human pillow for Caren after we snapped this photo. Different kiddos react differently to surgery. Some are happy the day after. Others take a few days to become themselves again. Having giant bulky casts stuck to your legs is kind of miserable so we can’t blame kids like Caren for being unhappy. Please pray that her joy returns soon! Photo of Caren

Feb 13, 2018

Yesterday was Caren’s surgery day, so today is a lay in bed, have the nurses give you pain meds, and play with bubbles kind of day. At first Caren wasn’t so sure about the bubbles. Bubbles are great, but they’re also a little scary. Imagine all of the sudden these strange round colorful things start drifting in your direction. Eek! Thankfully, as bubbles got blown with the children around Caren’s bed, she warmed up to the strange round colorful things. Thanks for praying for our girl! Photo of Caren

Feb 12, 2018

Oh sweet girl! Our new friend Caren has a precious smile that hides but pops up when you say or do just the right thing. It might be a tickle or saying something in Swahili, but whatever it is, her smile comes out and it’s real cute. Caren has already gone to surgery today since she was on the Monday surgery schedule. Please keep her in your prayers as she heals! Photo of Caren

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