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  • Conditiona limb deformity
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James's Story

"All my kids are well and healthy, James just got an accident that made him disabled," Baba James told us.

James is thirteen years old and is the firstborn in a family of seven. He is a very hardworking young man who helps his dad with far… Read more

"All my kids are well and healthy, James just got an accident that made him disabled," Baba James told us.

James is thirteen years old and is the firstborn in a family of seven. He is a very hardworking young man who helps his dad with farming and herding and also goes to the market on Wednesdays to sell cabbages.

When James was younger, a lorry bringing supplies to the market was leaving, so he hopped on to it just to enjoy the ride. He fell down awkwardly and fractured his leg around his knee. He was in so much pain! His dad was called and told what had happened. He rushed his little man to hospital where he had surgery and a cast put on him.

"They kept telling us that he will heal okay but when the cast was taken off, his leg couldn't completely stretch," Baba James explained. This was a bit frustrating considering how much time they had spent in hospital. James' leg was healed but he was forced to live with a not completely functional leg as it could not completely bend around the knee.

James and his dad are at CURE Kenya hoping that after surgery, James' leg can go back to normal and that he can lead a normal life, going to school and helping his dad with work at home. Please pray that this will happen in just the way God wants!

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Feb 11, 2019

“I exercised,” that’s what James did this weekend. “A bit better,” that’s how James’ wound looked according to one of our nurses. “Happy!” That’s probably how James feels about going home. Let’s pray for James’ wound to heal over the next couple weeks. He’ll go for dressing changes someplace close to home, then return to CURE Kenya for a checkup. Thanks for all of the prayers that you’ve already prayed for James and his dad! Photo of James

Feb 08, 2019

James sat doing some excellent coloring on his bed this morning, his leg wrapped in gauze. Today is just a laid back kind of day as James waits for Monday to have a dressing change. But you know what? He’s still got his foot. Yesterday he was meant to have an amputation. We think his dad didn’t fully realize that this was meant to happen though, so it ended up not happening. We’ll see how his wound heals. He may need an amputation eventually. But, for now, he has both of his feet and that is something to be thankful for every single day! Have you thanked God for your feet recently? Photo of James

Feb 07, 2019

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV) ‘All circumstances’ -- even when your foot has issues, you’re once again back in the hospital, and you can’t even eat food because you’re waiting to go to theatre. Again. James keeps his thankful face on even in these ‘all circumstances’ though! And he does have things to be thankful for - he didn’t have his amputation, his toes don’t look as bad as was thought, and although he’s got a sore on his heel, we’re going to watch it and see if it gets any better before considering an amputation. We thank Jesus for all of these things and more! Photo of James

Feb 06, 2019

James’ journey hasn’t been an easy one… remember his toes around Christmas time? Well, he’s also now got a wound on his foot and he doesn’t have feeling in his toes (we’re not sure how long this has been an issue). His dad was having a hard time accepting that an amputation was the best option for his son, but thankfully, God allowed one of our pastors to talk to him and with the help of our pastor and others, he was finally convinced. Pray for wisdom for the doctors as they decide how much to amputate. James was admitted today and tomorrow he’ll hopefully go to theatre for his amputation and also to have his fixator removed. God is always and forever good, but this is hard even though it is the best for James’ health. Please pray for this boy and his dad in these next days. Photo of James

Jan 09, 2019

Cheers to every smile that surfaces on sweet James' face! And he needs those smiles -- today was hard. He got the sutures removed from his recent surgery site and it was PAINFUL! He’s also slowly losing his toes, and his dad doesn’t want them to be amputated. He’s hopeful that by putting medicine on them, they will get better. The test results haven’t come back yet, but his surgery site looked good and in a few weeks when James comes back, we’re hopeful he will have healed even more and we’ll know more about how things will go for him in the future. Next time he may even get his external fixator taken off! Be praying for our sweet smiling boy! Photo of James

Jan 03, 2019

Happy New Year! We're finally getting around to updating you on James. Our sweet friend went home on Christmas Eve. He'll come back next week and we're hoping he'll get the results of the test taken regarding his infection. Please do pray for him -- that whatever the results, it's treatable and that God's best will happen!

Dec 21, 2018

So we’re just gonna take this one step at a time. PT Marygoretti came to help James and they worked together, including practicing walking. James went to theatre yesterday and will now stick around a few days to wait for the results of a test that needed to be taken regarding his infection. It’s Christmastime everybody, so we need to pray for James. First, that the results will come back swiftly so that he can go home before Christmas. Second, that those results would be concrete and also good news. And finally and most importantly, that James would know the Jesus who came on Christmas! Photo of James

Dec 20, 2018

And still he smiles…we love our James and the joy God has given him. He’ll still go back to theatre today for that wound cleaning, and hopefully go home soon after. The bummer part about it all is that gangrene has also set into his toes, which means eventually, he’ll lose them. The doctors will need to chat with his dad about that to decide what’s best, so you can be praying about it all and especially for James’ future adjustments. Pray that the joy God has given him will see him through all along the way! Photo of James

Dec 19, 2018

Poor James has some swelling and a wound going on that his family has been trying to treat, but it could still use some more TLC. So - TLC is what we’re going to give it! He was to get an x-ray and then we’ll go from there in regards to seeing exactly how he’s doing. Tonight he’ll sleep at CURE Kenya and then tomorrow make a little trip to theatre to give his wound that TLC. Please be praying for our boy and thank Jesus for his smile in spite of his wound! Photo of James

Nov 08, 2018

Snoozing was what James was doing this morning when we saw him, but it wasn’t long before he woke up and we had ourselves a little conversation. “What are you learning in school?” we asked James and he told us, “Pilot!” He probably thought we meant ‘what do you want to be when you grow up?’ and so we continued with the conversation and even asked him if he was going to fly home today. He kept nodding his head yes. He also showed us what pilots do when flying a plane. Thankfully, home isn’t far, so flying home won’t take long at all! After some training on how to keep the pins in his legs in tip top shape, he got to to fly home and we’ll catch him in just a few short weeks! Photo of James

Nov 07, 2018

“God loves me,” James told us when we asked him about his balloon and we started asking him about who God loves. We asked about people in the ward, the doctors, the nurses. And each time, he told us God loves them. We concluded that God loves everyone and then we asked, “Do you love God?” he told us he did and then said, “So much!” God and James both love each other and there’s no better thing on earth than that. Please pray that as James continues to heal, he realizes that his healing is an expression from God of His deep love for him. Photo of James

Nov 05, 2018

Due to James’ injury and probably the care he received afterwards, his knee has actually fused itself. Dr. Mailu operated yesterday, and was able to fuse it into a better position. He’ll still have limited movement of his knee, but it will hopefully make walking easier and when James gets older, he can have a total joint replacement! In the meantime, he can learn to walk with his knee in a new position and continue to help his dad by selling his cabbages. Please pray for him in this new adjustment! Photo of James

Nov 05, 2018

When we asked James to give us style, this is what we’ve got! James is open and friendly. James comes from a tribe in Kenya where almost everybody has cows, and when we asked him how many he had, he told us 20. We then learned that they’re actually his dad’s cows. This funny boy! We know that once he’s healed and grown-up though, he’ll probably have his own 20 cows! Photo of James

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