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Meet Catherine, a seven year old girl from a town in Western Kenya. Catherine lives with her grandma because her mum is not of sound mind. Our little friend was born like any other girl and had no problem at birth. She grew up well, and it came tim… Read more
Meet Catherine, a seven year old girl from a town in Western Kenya. Catherine lives with her grandma because her mum is not of sound mind. Our little friend was born like any other girl and had no problem at birth. She grew up well, and it came time for her to go to school. One day at school, as Catherine was playing with her friends when she was pushed over and fell. There were some ditches on the school compound and Catherine's leg got stuck in one of them. Because of this, Catherine’s leg was injured. She could not say a word about it though because every time she told her grandma that she fell, she would get in trouble for being careless. Her grandma did not understand why Catherine couldn’t stop crying and didn't understand that she was in pain. She decided to take her to the hospital when Catherine’s leg looked like it had stopped growing and she could not step down properly -- to the point that she could no longer bend her knee to walk on her leg. She now has to walk with a walking stick.
Catherine’s grandmother found out about CURE Kenya when she heard some ladies talking about a CURE mobile clinic in her town. She took her granddaughter and after being examined, they were told that Catherine would need surgery. Catherine’s grandmother was called and given a date to bring her grandchild to the hospital for surgery. She might need multiple surgeries to correct her condition, but please pray that once it’s all over, Catherine’s life will get back to the way it was before.
We saw Catherine this week during mobile clinic! She was as jovial as always and had been brought by one of her friends alongside her grandma. Catherine’s apparatus can now be removed and she needs to come to CURE Kenya for the procedure. Please pray for Catherine and her grandma as they plan to travel to our hospital in Kijabe!
Friends are fun and that includes Catherine’s! Last week we met her friends, saw her joyfully play with them, and even watched as she literally cruised around like nobody’s business on her crutches! She and her grandma welcomed us to their home and we’re so grateful for them. We’re also grateful for Catherine’s continued healing and we’ll catch her in a few short weeks when we go back to her hometown for clinic!
Although Catherine’s leg apparatus was not taken off as soon as we expected, she was still able to smile. We had a short chat about the weather back at home and she told us that it was raining a lot when they left to come to CURE. As a precautionary step, Catherine was given an AFO today to help her foot remain straight. If she had stayed in her leg apparatus longer, it may have caused problems later. Please keep Catherine in your prayers as she moves on to the next stage in her healing!
Catherine came to our mobile clinic camp in her town! She was very pleased to see us so she exchanged a few goofy faces with us. “Where is Pastor Emmy?” she asked us. “Pastor Emmy didn’t come this time but you can see her if you come visit us in Kijabe,” we responded. Catherine and her grandma love Pastor Emmy and enjoy her company. Catherine also saw the doctor who was able to examine her and look at her little leg apparatus. He said that it would be ready to be removed in a month’s time and that Catherine can be allowed to put some pressure on the leg. This was very exciting for her to hear! We are happy that we can witness every day transformation in our patient’s lives and that we can share all of it with you who help to make it possible!
Catherine and her grandma are so faithful to come for Catherine's doctors appointments and it isn’t easy either. Their home is a five to six hour drive to Kijabe where CURE Kenya is by car and from what we know, they come by public transport which often isn’t as nice or as comfortable as a car and potentially takes longer. But still -- they come. Today Catherine spent time with her friend Irene which helped keep her busy before and after seeing the doctor. She still had a bit of a rough go since the nurse had to take her stitches out and that is none too fun. But -- that’s over and we’ll catch her on November 6th at clinic where we’ll see how her progress is coming!
Here’s that moment we shared about last week -- Nelson and Catherine had talked and Catherine told him she wanted to go home. Well, God heard those words and Catherine has gone home! We’ll catch her in a couple weeks for a wound check. In the meantime, pray she enjoys her sweet time at home before coming back to CURE Kenya once again!
“She misses people back home,” Development Manager Nelson told us in the ward this morning while Catherine STOOD (yes, you read that right – she was standing!) with the help of some crutches. “She wants to go home tomorrow,” Nelson continued. We’re not quite sure when Catherine will go home yet, but thankfully we got to share with her and her grandma the love and prayers you’ve poured into her get well messages. Thanks so much for doing that! Nelson even wrote down the reference to Joshua 1:9 shared in one of the messages so that whenever Catherine and her grandma go home, they’ll be able to look up the verse in a language that is close to their hearts!
“I want to see this girl,” Spiritual Director Victor said today as he said his hellos in the ward. He and Catherine come from the same area of Kenya, so there’s an extra special connection there. He admired Catherine’s leg, once bent and now straight. It’s truly wonderful how the girl who used to have to walk on only one foot will now hopefully walk on two. We know that it won’t be perfect walking since her knee won’t bend much, but at least she won’t have to hobble on just one foot. Please pray for this new adjustment for Catherine!
Catherine’s pain was very evident today. This girl has had a hard, long journey these last weeks and months. Multiple trips to the hospital and even more to the OR. Tears and too many bad feelings. Her condition has it’s unknowns and we can only imagine what goes through her mind. But, in spite of it all, God has given her blessings. One of those blessings comes in the form of doctors who have spent years learning and growing and training. Yesterday, Dr. Mailu had two residents doing Catherine’s procedure with him. One was Dr. Koech. Dr. Mailu got to help pass on knowledge to both Dr. Koech and the other resident even as he passed on healing into Catherine’s body. Please pray that God will allow Catherine to see some of the blessings that surround her – including the doctors who want to help her find healing.
Catherine was so brave and only shed a few tears this morning as she waited to be put to sleep for her knee fusion. Yes -- you read it right: her knee fusion! Catherine has had a long and occasionally tearful journey in the hospital this time but God has finally allowed her to have the procedure she came to have! Her surgery was long but worth it and she’ll wear an external fixator for a few months as her knee fuses over time. In a few months, the fixator will come off and we hope things will just keep getting better for her. Please pray her tears will be no more and that she’ll just keep healing with zero complications!
When we saw Catherine this morning, she was hanging out with friends in the ward! A little later, she had the itch to go to the playroom, asked for colors, even wanted to watch cartoons on our phone! Her dreams of the morning were realized during the afternoon in a big and fun way! There is a group visiting from Garden Spot Village, a retirement community in the States, and they’re doing VBS activities with our kiddos! Already they’re bringing them so much joy. We’re really thankful they’re here! Catherine could really use all of that joy tomorrow because she’ll finally be going in for her big surgery. Please pray especially for courage and joy during Catherine’s tomorrow!
“We went in for a second look, just to make sure that she had cleared out the infection and that she was safe to have surgery,” Dr. Nyambati told us after Catherine’s procedure today. She went to theatre for a short debridement procedure and we are happy that most of the infection is gone. Her wound was cleaned and will be allowed to stay for two days, then the fusion can be done. Catherine was feeling down before her procedure a little. Please pray that she will be able to understand everything that needs to be done for her to be transformed and be able to use her leg.
You know what we are grateful for today? Catherine’s SMILE! God has been so gracious to Catherine that she has been able to fight her pain and go through the infection clearing procedure with so much courage. Today we are just so happy that Catherine is doing well and is waiting for the previously planned procedure to happen tomorrow. Please pray that when the doctors go back into theatre to do Catherine’s surgery that they’ll find no infection at all and that it will be safe for them to proceed with treating her!
Catherine was more jovial today! We found her having breakfast and when we asked about her pain, she said it was 'mostly gone'. We thank God for the progress she is making and we hope that she will be free from her infection before she has surgery on Friday. Will you join us in praying for that?
Normally Catherine would smile when she saw us in the ward. We would ask her how she is doing and she would say, “Poa” which means okay/fine. Today, that wasn’t the case. She was sad and in pain and didn’t want to eat anything. We asked her grandma how they slept and she told us that it was a struggle for Catherine. Catherine’s surgery did not go as expected. The doctors found a pocket of infection in her knee so they debated and decided to clean that out before proceeding with what was originally planned. Catherine needs your prayers, please pray that all she needs to go through is successful and she will come out smiling in the end.
Catherine spent some of her morning in our new OPD playroom, making sure that her toy with wheels didn’t get taken by any silly boys who might want to steal it from her. She also got to blow up balloons with some girls who were there. Catherine does need surgery to straighten and fuse her knee, and thankfully we’ve got her scheduled for that procedure at the end of September. There is probably some infection going on in her body, and it sounded like she might need another test regarding that, so do keep this sweet soul in your prayers. The good news is that the doc told us, “She looks healthier!” This is fabulous news that our girl seems to be improving!
Catherine and her grandma must be feeling like us at CURE Kenya are part of their family now because they have to keep coming to see us! BUT, it is all in pursuit of the best medical care for our girl. She came back for the results of the tests they did on her knee, and she also had blood work done. We’re not crystal clear on exactly what her infection was or is, but for now, she’ll hang tight for a bit. She was seen by our physios in hopes that maybe she would gain more movement in her knee, but was advised to move her knee only if she’s able. We don’t want to force her knee to do something that would hurt her! We’ll see her again in a month. Please pray for healing for her!
Guess who we saw at mobile clinic today? Surprise! After seeing her on Friday, it was almost just like yesterday that we saw her… because it almost was! Catherine had been told to come to our mobile clinic that was visiting near her home to make sure her incision site is doing okay and it IS! She’ll still come to CURE Kenya next week to find out her biopsy results. If it’s not bacterial, she’ll probably have surgery possibly even next week to fuse her knee. Please pray that the infection is something easily treatable so she can just have her surgery done and over with and not prolong her wait anymore!
This morning, Catherine was just a girl going to get a dressing change. And today is a good day because Catherine’s wound is looking fabulous, and she’ll hopefully get to go home tomorrow! This shouldn’t be the last time she visits CURE Kenya because her medical treatment isn’t over, but we’ll need to wait and see. We need to find out what kind of infection she has so we can ensure she gets the proper treatment. We’ll let you know what we can as time goes on. Please pray for the absolute best outcome for our lovely lady!
We realize yesterday’s update might be a tad bit confusing, so we have something to share with you that will clear it all up! Catherine had her surgery on Monday and we were going to tell you all about it yesterday and then it completely slipped our minds! Good thing is -- even though we forgot, God has not forgotten Catherine or her healing. Do pray for her though. Although she had the infection cleaned up in her knee, the doctors discovered that her knee isn’t in good shape. The best thing for her will be to have a knee fusion at some point. This won’t allow much movement for her in her knee, but it will allow her leg to be able to straighten again. And we can thank Jesus for THAT!
Being in hospital is serious business. Doing simple things like getting out of bed or back into bed can be a lot of work. When a patient has a cast or a wrapped wound like Catherine, movement takes a bit more intentionality. We’re thankful Catherine has her grandma to help her with difficult moving. Please pray that difficult won’t be the name of the game for too much longer for our girl!
Today was one of those hard days for Catherine. She was in some pain all night and still this morning when we saw her. She at least took some tea and bread this morning and that was a good sign of progress because she did not want to take anything last night. We hope that she can eat some more so her body can generate energy and make her healing process easier! Her pain has been managed by our great team of nurses and we pray that her recovery process will be smooth. Friends would you please pray for Catherine?
As the doctors examined our new friend Catherine this morning, they discovered she has an infection. When kiddos have infections in their joints, it causes pain, resulting in them not wanting to move the joint. This may be the case for Catherine and the reason her joint is contracted. The doctors’ ordered an x-ray and blood work this morning and both were done. Please be praying for her body to fight this!
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