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Emma is a 5 year old girl who was born with bowed legs. Her parents didn’t notice because she didn’t start walking until she was 1 year and 4 months old. Fatima, Emma’s mum, went to a hospital near home and she was told that this was very com… Read more
Emma is a 5 year old girl who was born with bowed legs. Her parents didn’t notice because she didn’t start walking until she was 1 year and 4 months old. Fatima, Emma’s mum, went to a hospital near home and she was told that this was very common in kids and that Emma would soon outgrow it. So she went back home confident that her daughter’s condition would change.
Three years down the line, she was still waiting for Emma to one day wake up in the morning and voila, her legs were straight. As you might already have guessed, nothing of the sort happened. In fact, Emma got worse. At this point, Fatuma was so confused what was happening. She took Emma to a different hospital and they suggested making special shoes for her daughter. These were expensive but Fatima knew she had to do everything in her power to make sure Emma was comfortable. A few months later, the shoes started causing Emma more pain than comfort. Mama Emma dropped them as well.
The next hospital she visited, she was told even before anything was done, that they could not deal with Emma’s condition. One of the medical practitioners there was kind enough to let Fatuma know about a place she could get her daughter help. She was told about CURE Kenya. Fatuma went back home to look for money to enable her to come to CURE. She is now here and is trusting God for a miracle both physically for her daughter and financially for her. “I hope she gets well and that her problem won’t be worse. The best part though is that God heard my cry and He is answering me!” Fatuma told us when we asked what she is looking forward to the most.
Emma came with her dad today and she had her final cast removed! Although she’s still getting used to legs without casts, she’s able to stand and walk! She had an x-ray taken and over time, she’ll gain confidence in her walking — this time with straight legs! She’ll come back in a couple of weeks for more physical therapy.
Emma is doing well enough that the doctors were able to remove her casts and then remove the pins that were placed during surgery! She didn't love the process so we held her hand and although she had tears, it didn't take long and it’s over. This means she’s one step closer to healing. Well, actually -- it’s more than one step because she also got new casts put on, the kind she can walk on! We’ll see her again in October when maybe she’ll also take some steps cast-free since she’ll have her casts taken off for good!
Emma and her mum will be leaving for home tomorrow! Emma had a really bright face today when she learned from her mum that they would be discharged soon. Emma went to the OR today for a cast change and will be observed today. Assuming nothing goes wrong, she will then be allowed to go home. We are happy because Emma is happy and also because God is so faithful and HE answers our prayers!
Rev. Victor sat with Emma and and her mama today. They spoke about a wide range of things including life in general and, most importantly, salvation. Rev. Victor ministered to Mama Emma and told her about God. Mama Emma knows about God and goes to church, but she does not have a personal relationship with Jesus. She takes her children to Sunday school where they are taught the word of God. We're praying God works in their heart to understand the importance of a personal relationship. In medical news, Emma was in a bit of pain as her leg had swollen up a bit and there was pressure building up inside her cast. This is a pretty normal thing to happen after surgery and she had her cast split open which relieved the pressure while still providing the support she needs.
Mornings like this one aren't the most fun. The mornings right after surgery where you realize you have a cast on and it's heavy and you can’t move as much as you were used to and your little sister isn’t there to cheer you up because she had to go home and so on and so on. It's been a rough day for Emma. Please continue praying for her recovery process and that she is able to shake off the discomfort and the post-surgery funk she's in!
Emma’s little sister was really bummed out when we saw her today. By the time she had woken up, Emma had already gone to surgery and she didn't have anyone to play with! Their mom had to explain several times that Emma had gone for a few hours, but would return soon. Emma’s surgery was successful and we invite you to join us in praying for her recovery!
Emma has a little sister who is just as pretty as she is. They are so cute together and love each other a lot. Emma’s little sister will definitely help keep Emma's spirits high as she goes through the healing process with us here at CURE Kenya. Please pray as Emma waits to have surgery and for her little sister to understand why its important for her sister to go through this!
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