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Meet Samuel, an eight year old jovial and playful boy. Samuel is a grade two pupil and is also bright --he was position two in a class of fifty students! He informed us that he used to be at position one but the pain he’s experiencing from his ri… Read more
Meet Samuel, an eight year old jovial and playful boy. Samuel is a grade two pupil and is also bright --he was position two in a class of fifty students! He informed us that he used to be at position one but the pain he’s experiencing from his right foot has led to him dropping to position two.
Besides being bright, Samuel is also innovative at home. He is nicknamed as ‘Engineer.’ “We call him Engineer at home. Whenever we experience a challenge in our TV, radio, and even phones, we tell him. He has a magic hand that turns everything ‘round,” Pauline, Samuel’s mother, informed us with a smile.
He also likes playing football and that is his main hobby, but his condition is affecting his mobility. He tiptoes as he walks and he feels pain every time he is walking. Samuel was born like any other child, but starting at the age of two, Pauline noticed an abnormal walking style. He also complained of pain in his right foot. He went to different hospitals where more than five x-rays were requested by the doctors yet they could not identify the cause of the pain. “We have struggled to look for hospitals to seek for solution to his problem, but (at) most of the hospitals we visited (we) were given pain killers and a jelly to smear to avoid swelling and pain as well,” Pauline explained to us.
“We visited Chogoria hospital located in Meru as our last hospital and we met a doctor who gave us hope. He not only referred us to CURE Hospital but he also promised us that once we go to CURE, we will get better and specialized care,” Pauline responded to us when we asked how she came to know CURE Kenya.
Samuel is scheduled to undergo surgery this afternoon. His mother is at peace and she has already confirmed to herself that the surgery will be successful. “Following what I was promised by a doctor in Chogoria, I have truly confirmed that indeed CURE is the place to bring our children. The doctors are friendly, ready to listen and answer any question well. The entire CURE staffs (is) good!” Pauline said.
“I would say the doctors to continue with the same heart and reach to as many people they can for I believe there are so many people out there looking for a good care but they don’t get. You have the best doctors and staffs in the whole country,” she responded to us when we asked her how she feels about being at CURE Kenya. Let’s continue to pray for our ‘Engineer’ that the surgery will be successful and he will have a quick recovery!
Samuel knows how to wait in style - just sleep! It passes the time and helps your body rest at the same time. His waiting paid off and now that he’s had his cast removed, foot measured for an orthotic, and a new cast put on, he can just wait out the next six weeks and sleep as much as life will allow!
And in other news, Samuel gets to go home and it’s not just with his mom! His dad and sister came to pick them up and the only person in their family that was missing was the middle sibling. Alice the OT came and helped Samuel practice walking with his new crutches and his sister and and dad stood by, enjoying the moment with their phones. We’ll catch this awesomely close-knit family again in January and in the meantime, we’re thankful for them and their support of Samuel!
“He accepted Christ yesterday,” Pastor Emmy told us this morning! Yesterday’s discussion about what it means to be saved was probably a super chance for Emmy and Samuel to chat and after showing Samuel the salvation cube, he accepted Jesus. Today Samuel was able to show how the salvation cube works and his friends were even watching! Let’s pray this fun boy will be able to keep explaining salvation to his friends, regardless of whether he has a salvation cube or not, and also simply thank Jesus for this moment in Samuel’s life!
“What does it mean to be saved?” This is the question that Pastor Emmy was asking Samuel and his bed neighbor this morning. His bed neighbor said it was obeying your parents. Samuel said it’s, “To love God.” Brandon also shared a Bible verse from John 14:15 with Emmy, “If you love me, keep my commands.” Brandon’s dad is a pastor and it seems that his family has been infusing Brandon with God’s Word and teaching him to love Him for awhile now. He’s already preaching! He’s also walking (or was going to do so today) and he will hopefully be going home tomorrow where he can continue learning more about how to love God!
“He’s feeling hunger,” Samuel’s mom told us because Samuel seemed so very serious in the theatre waiting bay yesterday. Before he was taken for surgery, Gladys the nurse came to do a safety check which hopefully Sam appreciated after his seatbelt concern yesterday. “Right patient, right procedure, right site,” Gladys told us of some things she needs to check. You can imagine what might happen if the wrong patient was operated on or the wrong body part or even the wrong surgery done on the right body part! Thankfully, nurses like Gladys come to the rescue to make sure this DOESN’T happen! Please thank Jesus with us for her and every medical staff who help keep our patients safe!
We were teasing Samuel about buckling up as he held onto the seatbelt of his car while in the playroom. Samuel is quite a guy and we’re glad he puts safety first! He doesn’t seem to be one to share his smile all the time, but we’re hoping in the next few days he’ll feel like sharing with us! Please keep him in your prayers that just as he kept himself safe with his seatbelt, God would also keep him safe as he has his operation done and as he heals!
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