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Wairimu is five and her enthusiasm agrees. She’s got these fabulous dimples when she smiles and as she waits for surgery, she was moving around the ward, fast. Although she’s got clubfoot, it doesn’t stop her from moving! In fact, she loves p… Read more
Wairimu is five and her enthusiasm agrees. She’s got these fabulous dimples when she smiles and as she waits for surgery, she was moving around the ward, fast. Although she’s got clubfoot, it doesn’t stop her from moving! In fact, she loves playing a lot, even jumping! She plays with her friends and goes to school.
According to her mom Margaret, Wairimu started walking when she was two years old and that’s when her mom noticed her clubfoot. Margaret took Wairimu to the hospital where she was born. She was given insoles for her shoes which didn't do much. Next they tried braces which also did nothing. Thankfully, Margaret found out one of their neighbors had had clubfoot and was treated here at CURE Kenya.
“If I’d known earlier, I’d have come earlier,” Margaret said of coming to CURE Kenya. She came to CURE recently for Wairimu to see a doctor, and now Wairimu has been admitted for surgery! Although Wairimu doesn’t get slowed down too much by her clubfoot, we know that life will get easier and walking will be even simpler once surgery is done. Her mom just wants Wairimu to study and to live a good life. Can you pray that this will happen for her and that she’ll grow up with continued enthusiasm to learn and to grow and to ultimately know about Jesus!
Roasted maize (corn) is a favorite roadside snack that you can buy in Kenya -- even from your car window! Wairimu stood at our reception desk an eaten husk after getting a snack on her way to visit us. We're going to consider it a celebration snack too because she was fitted for her brace today which means great progress has happened, and we’ll catch her next in December!
There’s nothing quite like the safety of your daddy’s arms. Wairimu came with both of her parents today and got herself measured for an orthotic and a new cast put on. In another six weeks, we’re hoping she’ll be able to walk out of CURE Kenya with her new orthotic and holding her parents’ hands!
By the time we got to the ward today, Wairimu and her mum had already been discharged and left for home! We didn't get a chance to say bye but we remain hopeful that we will see her again when she comes back for review in.
“Her stomach is empty,” Mama Wairimu warned us this morning about Wairimu being a little grouchy although you couldn't tell it from her smile. Wairimu had her cast split open a little bit ago to help relieve the pressure caused by some swelling, but today is the day to get a new cast put on in the OR. Today was also the day for Wairimu to wear her stocking cap since yesterday, it was teddy’s day. We’re hoping Wairimu, Mama, and teddy will all get to go home tomorrow once the new cast is on and settled!
‘A hug across the miles.’ That’s what Wairimu gets every time she hugs this teddy from one of our partners. It's a good thing too because she cab use all the hugs she can get right now! Yesterday she was a little sick and in pain, and even today she has complained of a little pain. But she was also up for hugging her teddy and even sharing her stocking cap with it! We’re grateful she’s on the mend with that mama of hers to lean on!
Dr. Jomo and Dr. Mailu worked to lengthen Wairimu’s achilles tendon and they also moved a tendon in her foot. This will both allow her to step down better and also ensure that her foot no longer pulls inward. These steps seem simple, but there’s so much complexity in them and so much knowledge necessary to perform the steps. We’re grateful for our doctor who know how to carry out complicated procedures such as Wairimu’s!
“Lean on me, when you're not strong, I'll be your friend, I'll help you carry on...” Are you singing along to that Bill Wither’s song yet? As much as Wairimu is energetic and strong, these next few days and weeks may require a little more leaning on mom than usual. We’re grateful though that she’s got a mama to lean on. Pray for the two of them!
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