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Imagine you’re a mama. You have a three-week-old baby. You’re probably still feeling some effects of giving birth, but you’re also enjoying snuggles and loves coming from your new baby. And then one day, your house catches fire with that thre… Read more
Imagine you’re a mama. You have a three-week-old baby. You’re probably still feeling some effects of giving birth, but you’re also enjoying snuggles and loves coming from your new baby. And then one day, your house catches fire with that three-week-old snuggly baby inside it. You rush in, feeling the effects of the fire. But it doesn’t matter: your baby is inside! You find her, pick her up, and rush her to safety outside.
We don’t have every detail of the day, but something similar happened to Jacqueline, Faith’s mother. One day she found herself in this situation, and that’s what has brought her and her daughter, Faith, to CURE Kenya. Faith is now nine years old with a burn contracture on her hand, sustained from that house fire all those years ago.
We were told that Faith received treatment when she was around six, though we’re not sure exactly how much treatment she received. And then one day, her mom heard about a CURE Kenya mobile clinic coming to a nearby hospital and they came. “Were you happy?” we asked Jacqueline about when she heard Faith could have surgery. We received a smile, a nod, and a little ‘yeah.’ We’re happy too! Please pray for Faith, that this surgery will be all that she needs to have more function in her hands!
Faith and her mom did the theatre waiting bay march this morning. Apparently she’s going for that dressing change today (not earlier in the week like we’d said). Faith’s enthusiasm of yesterday was replaced today by somberness, possibly a mixture of hunger and nerves. Faith will have her pins removed along with the dressing change. We’re excited to see her continued progress over the next weeks and months! Please pray for her continued journey of physio and healing!
We caught Faith and her mama walking down the hallway toward their ward and when we called out, Faith turned around and came toward us. She let us stop her for photos, but once those were over, she gave us such a huge hug -- the two arm kind. Faith is a sweet girl and we wonder what kind of marvelous hug we would have gotten if we hadn’t stopped her! Either yesterday or today, it seems she received her dressing change, so now she’s ready to have some physio done on her hand to help her maintain the correction achieved on her healing journey in theatre. Thank you for your continued prayers for her!
Somebody has returned to continue her healing journey! Faith came - with her mama - for a dressing change. This should happen tomorrow, so in the meantime, Faith can hang out and hopefully spend time playing and socializing to pass the time. Please pray for her!
Faith’s smile must come from her mama -- can you see those two lovely smiles? Faith had a dressing change done at the nursing station instead of the OR and she looks good enough to go home over the weekend! We also shared get well messages with these two through a dad in the ward helping us translate. So -- keep on with those smiles, Faith and Jacqueline, cause those are two very good reasons to smile! Please pray for them as they travel and we’ll catch them in just a few weeks!
Someone was snoozing when we walked into her ward cube, but it wasn’t long before we looked over and caught her with the biggest smile. Faith has a reason to smile too: tomorrow she goes to the OR to have her surgery site checked! Please pray all goes well and that the results of Faith’s visit to the OR keep her smiling!
Dr. Kinyua operated on Monday and has made it so that now our girl can have more function in her hands. She should be able to bend at least some of her fingers better and this is wonderful when it comes to doing things like gripping! Now you can pray for zero complications as Faith’s body works God’s healing miracles on it!
‘Pop!’ That was the sound that could be heard in the ward this morning and may have been the reason for the expression on Lucy, Faith's nurse’s face. A balloon had popped! Lucy couldn’t help but smile about it or maybe it was her reaction to the startling sound. We’re not sure what Faith herself thought of the sound, but since she’s stuck in bed, maybe the excitement was nice! Lucy told us Faith is doing well too. We’re hoping in the next day or two, she’ll be able to get up and move around once her arm has been elevated for some time. Pray that she won’t be stuck in bed for too much longer!
As we chatted with Faith’s mama and other mamas from the ward, we found out that Faith is a bright girl. Her mom even wants her to be a doctor someday. Well, from what we can see so far, Faith’s smile is definitely bright, so we can only imagine about the brightness behind that smile! Pray for her this week -- that she’ll be smiling bright even as she recovers!
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