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“I want to go immediately. I want to be well!” This is what Ivy’s aunt told us Ivy said this morning as Ivy sat in her lap, waiting excitedly for surgery. Smiles come easily for Ivy, and they’re accompanied by a whole lot of joy and energy.… Read more
“I want to go immediately. I want to be well!” This is what Ivy’s aunt told us Ivy said this morning as Ivy sat in her lap, waiting excitedly for surgery. Smiles come easily for Ivy, and they’re accompanied by a whole lot of joy and energy. Despite the fact that Ivy hadn’t eaten this morning, all of these were still present. Ivy is also a loved little soul - she came with her mom, her dad, AND her aunt!
When Ivy was younger, she somehow knocked over a pan of hot water that burned her, eventually leaving her with scars on her left side, including her hand (which contracted) and some on her torso. She spent weeks in the hospital, and Ivy’s dad, Seth, explained that she used to bite her knuckles because of the pain. When we asked how her mom, Mable, felt after it happened, her answer showed her faith, “I believed God.” She was eight months pregnant with her third child at the time.
Her belief paid off. God had already been working through CURE Kenya in the life of someone else - Ivy’s neighbor. They had a child with clubfoot and had come to CURE Kenya for surgery. And just like that -- the connection was made.
So remember Ivy’s excitement from earlier? Ivy’s aunt explained the reason behind Ivy’s desire to go to theatre - she gets a bicycle once her surgery is over! And Seth explained even more - Ivy is doing so well in school that her parents promised her a bicycle. So once her precious little hand is healed, she’ll receive that bicycle! Let’s pray that God will heal Ivy really soon so that she’s able to get that bicycle and forever testify to the Jesus who helped restore her hand!
When we asked Ivy where her balloons were this morning, she told us, “It’s in the bag.” Which seemed kind of funny considering the bag she was referring to was mom’s purse and it kind of didn’t seem big enough for balloons. Ivy then proceeded to pull out two deflated balloons and blow them up, then let the air out. Free entertainment! We gave Ivy a hug from someone who’d sent her a get well message, and we let her take photos on our camera. As we were saying goodbye, her mom told her to tell us ‘thank you!’ And what did Ivy say? “Thank you Jesus Christ!” Amen to that because it is Jesus who brought Ivy to us and who is healing her right now! Thank him with us for both of these things!
“You are fun!” we told Ivy this morning and how did Ivy reply? With a very enthusiastic “YES!” We had been having a blast letting Ivy identify colors in her world around her. And when we read her and her mama Ivy’s get well messages, her mom would tell Ivy to say ‘amen’ and eventually, she gave us a very enthusiastic one! Kiddos often get a balloon while visiting CURE, but somehow, Ivy managed to get herself not one, but TWO balloons! Maybe it’s because she is so enthusiastically fun! As she heals, please pray that nothing squashes her fun and that after a dressing change, she’ll take her enthusiastic fun home with her!
When a surgeon is doing surgery, functionality and practicality seem to be things that they’re looking to achieve. This was the case yesterday for Ivy. When we’re wounded, scars often remain. When all is said and done, Ivy’s hand won’t look quite like her other one. There will be scars. Some of her fingers won’t bend like the others. But what she will be able to do is... hold onto things, like her bicycle handle. Wave at people, like her friends. And hold people’s hands, like her younger sister or her mother. And for that we are grateful. Pray for Ivy as she continues to heal!
Alice the OT visited Ivy’s bed as she waited for her surgery and subsequent bicycle. Alice came to measure Ivy’s right hand for a splint that will be put on her left hand after her surgery. Ivy was super lively this morning despite the fact that her surgery was today! Please pray that God will watch over Ivy’s entire healing process so that her hand is restored as much as possible!
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