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“She was born on Sunday morning and I think it was on Friday,” Pauline told us of her daughter coming to CURE Kenya after being born with clubfoot. “We were so much welcomed,” she shared. For Monicah, there was casting and braces and then A… Read more
“She was born on Sunday morning and I think it was on Friday,” Pauline told us of her daughter coming to CURE Kenya after being born with clubfoot. “We were so much welcomed,” she shared. For Monicah, there was casting and braces and then AFO’s.
“Mom, my shoes... my shoes. I want to go to sleep. She was very happy with them.” That’s what Monicah used to tell her mom when it was time to wear her braces for sleeping. Kiddos wear braces for three months for almost all the time, then switch to just wearing them during sleep times.
Sometimes, correction is achieved but then things happen. “Last year in August, I noticed instead of the leg going outside it’s going inside,” Pauline told us. And so the casting started again and after months with no change, Monicah was in need of a small surgery to help correct her completely.
“They’re my family,” Pauline shared of CURE Kenya. This sweet mom and daughter have been coming for years and last year, Monicah was invited to our annual Night to Shine event and given gifts! Monicah is a little CURE ambassador too. She saw a boy who had clubfoot and insisted her mom talk to the family about him. They had already visited CURE, and after her mom encouraged them to sort some things, they came and the boy is now healed!
God has used Monicah and her story for His glory and He’s not done with her yet! “You can find her singing, praying. Even she can preach!” Pauline shared of Monicah. “One thing I have noticed about her is she usually carries her Bible.” Before bed, they each read a verse, then they pray. She also tells her mom, “I want to be a doctor in Kijabe. I want to help children.” Let’s pray that Monicah stays healed and that one day, God will allow her to become that doctor and help heal other kiddos!
Monicah came and saw the doctor today! She slipped out before we got the chance to hang out with her, but the doctor tells us she is doing so well that she doesn't have to come back for another six months! The doctor also said she's adjusted to her new shoe well. She still doesn't love it, but she is working with it and we're thankful for her spirit of determination!
Today we noticed how beautiful Monicah’s eyelashes are. She’s a gorgeous lady who is also very girly -- can you see all the pink she’s wearing? She’s the only girl in her family aside from her mama, so she may as well live it up and wear pink whenever she feels like it! She got her new shoe today which will take some adjusting to because she’s not overly happy about it. Maybe if we’d made it pink, it would have been better! But regardless, we know it’s good for her and will help her keep her correction. We’ll see her next in July when hopefully she’ll be well adjusted to her new shoe!
After having her cast removed, Monicah was being mischievous and touching her mama with the toes of her other foot. Monicah is gorgeous and fun and she is also progressing! She had to see a clinician because of a wound on her foot, but she also got to be measured for an orthotic and given a new cast for another six weeks! All that to say, she’s doing pretty well. God is good!
“We are trying to make Monicah to become beautiful,” Pastor Emmy told us as she painted Monicah’s cast. “They complimented me on my hair this morning, so I told them I am a child of God, so I should always be beautiful.” There’s something to be said about representing God in the way you look and giving Him your best even in that. “They should be shining!” Emmy said of children of God. Let’s pray for Monicah as she goes back home today -- that she will shine for Jesus!
Yesterday, Monicah lay in her mom’s lap, resting, and their Bible lay next to them. “She read a verse,” Pauline shared with us. Monicah had been experiencing some pain, but thankfully she’s got her God watching over her, and He’s allowing her to rest and recover. Monicah and Pauline had read a Psalm, and when we shared with Pauline that we’d read Psalm 116 today, she went and read it for herself! You can never get enough of God in your life, and Monicah and her mom are living examples of that!
During yesterday’s surgery for Monicah, Dr. Mailu worked on training and guiding Dr. Eva as she did the procedure. Dr. Eva is a third year resident at CURE Kenya -- she’s training and learning as she works. The procedure was a bit of a modified one since Monicah’s condition wasn’t too severe. Let’s pray for Dr. Eva as she trains and for Monicah as she heals!
“She’s very hopeful. She’s excited!” Her mom was referring to a specific instance when she said this of Monicah, but our gorgeous new friend seems to have a lot of that in general! John, our nurse anesthetist also has a lot of the same, so he came and hugged Monicah when it was her time to go to theatre today. We’re excited to share more of this hope (and excitement) with you as the week goes on!
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