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Mary is an eight-year-old girl born in a family of five. She is the fourth born baby in her family. As Mary’s mum was narrating her daughter’s story to us, we got a picture of how interesting Mary’s life has been. Regina, Mary’s mum, told u… Read more
Mary is an eight-year-old girl born in a family of five. She is the fourth born baby in her family. As Mary’s mum was narrating her daughter’s story to us, we got a picture of how interesting Mary’s life has been. Regina, Mary’s mum, told us that she gave birth to her daughter in her living room at home with the assistance of a traditional midwife. Mary’s delivery was successful, but a day after she was born, her mum noticed some kind of deformity in her legs. She was shocked because all her other kids were okay.
Being a single parent, it was really hard to bring up four kids at that time. Regina struggled to find treatment for Mary and she caught a break when her neighbor told her about us here at CURE Kenya. Unable to make the long journey at the time, Regina took Mary to a hospital near their home where Mary was put through a serial casting treatment. Regina says the casting may have helped a little, but Mary still has her deformed legs.
Regina finally decided to make the journey to CURE Kenya and is hopeful that her daughter will walk in the near future, with the ultimate dream of Mary being able to go to school. “When she is able to walk I can save a few shillings that I buy diapers with because she will be able to take herself to the toilet whenever she feels like going,” Regina told us of even the simple economical benefits of Mary's correction. Please pray for Mary’s surgery - that she’ll maybe be able to walk - and for sufficient grace for Regina - that she will continue raising her kids without tiring.
Mary and her mom surprised us this morning when we walked into CURE Kenya’s kitchen! We’re grateful for their sweet relationship and for every single thing Mary’s mom does to ensure that Mary is loved and cared for! Today it included taking her to have her cast removed, for an x-ray, seeing the doctor, and even for some PT. Mary is healing and will be back in a few weeks for more PT!
Poor Mary seemed to be a little scared today, so we’re glad to be able to share at least her smile with you! She had her casts removed, an x-ray taken, pins removed, and new casts put on. During the process, tears came -- probably a mix of pain and fear. Thankfully, she was given some pain meds. The healing process for our kiddos isn’t always a happy one, but the results often are and for that we’re glad! Hopefully in six weeks, Mary will come full of smiles and hope for those happy results as her casts come off for good!
Today is the day for Mary! She not only got her cast painted, but she also got discharged! Our spiritual intern Anastacia took time to paint Mary’s hip spica cast, including the bar that runs across it. Mary will be going home in style and sprouting a pretty cast that has a reference to John 3:16. As Mary goes, she’ll be sharing God’s word with the world! We also had the chance to share your get-well messages with her and her mama. Mama Regina told us: “Thank you and please continue praying for Mary … Tell them to pray for her so she’ll be well.” Do pray for Mary and that God will watch over all the details of her life. We’ll see her again in a few weeks!
Mary and mama were cozy in bed this morning, showing off some big smiles! Mama was wondering about Mary’s cast ... she seemed to want it painted. We told one of our pastors who is in charge of the playroom and cast painting, so we'll see tomorrow what kind of magic will happen to Mary’s cast!
Dr. Jomo and Dr. Theuri operated on both of Mary’s legs in one go! They released her hamstring muscle and also had to do some adjustments to her bones called an osteotomy in order to help her legs be straighter. When we asked if she’d be able to walk, Dr. Theuri told us: “That’s something we’ll have to decide later.” There’s a chance that walking may be difficult. But, even if that’s the case, the fact that Mary will be able to sit herself on a bed or in a wheelchair easier is good news! Pray for her body to heal itself well and in the best position possible!
Mary was so happy to meet us this morning. We’re blown away at how joyful she is! We’re hoping that this happiness carries her through as she spends the week here resting and recovering from her upcoming surgery. We’re grateful that God has given Mary this gift of joy and that God’s given all of us the gift of Mary!
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