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Naomi is a gift to her mama. You see, before Naomi, her mom had another child, but he passed away at only five days old. Thankfully, God sent Naomi after this and she is a joy to both her family and everyone around her! “She’s always happy,” … Read more
Naomi is a gift to her mama. You see, before Naomi, her mom had another child, but he passed away at only five days old. Thankfully, God sent Naomi after this and she is a joy to both her family and everyone around her! “She’s always happy,” her mom Salome explained to us. “She’s active, she likes playing with all the kids, even the older ones. When she wakes up, that's always where she wants to go, to the kids.” Salome laughs.
When she started sitting up as a baby, Salome noticed Naomi seemed to lean to one side. She took her to a hospital and once Naomi started walking, she started wearing a spine brace. It’s a bit hard to tell from the photos that Naomi’s spine is curving, but it is. Thankfully, Naomi is getting treatment early which will minimize the impact on her life! About two weeks ago, a friend recommended us here at CURE Kenya to Salome. Wasting no time, Salome came to see us and now she is already back, ready for Naomi to receive surgery to stop her spine from curving any more than it already has!
Salome is a bit nervous about Naomi’s surgery. “But, I’m very sure God is going to do something positive,” she said. And so we shall wait to watch all of God’s positives taking place in Naomi and her mama’s lives!
This sweet thing went home over the weekend, but let’s just reminisce back to Friday, minutes before she walked. In this photo, Naomi was standing close to mom, snacking on glucose. We’re thankful for the steps she finally made -- both to her mama and also toward going home! We’ll see her in a few weeks when we hope she’ll still be making steps!
There’s a saying in Kenya that goes ‘it takes a village.’ That’s what it took today. A village and one determined mama. Naomi needed to practice walking like she’d done yesterday when she had a friend with her. But today, her will of iron was keeping her fairly frozen in one place. People around tried to encourage her and her mama did too. After about ten minutes of trying, her mom bent down as if to give Naomi access to crawl on her back and the moment happened. Naomi walked! This means that sometime in the near future, she’ll get to go home. We’re thankful for both her and her mama’s determination!
We received a smile from Mama Naomi when we began asking her about her comment from earlier in the week when she talked of God doing something positive. “She’s just recovering well,” she told us of the positives that she’s seen so far. The other positives will come, they may just take time as Naomi heals and grows. And they may be secret positives, the kind that we may never even see because Naomi is healed and growing more normally. But -- we know God sees them, and we pray that Mama Naomi will see them too!
We love the smile that seems to be hiding under Naomi’s collar even as she pokes in our direction. She’s got a chest cast on most of her torso which makes life a little harder when it comes to movement and being picked up by her mama, but we’re hoping that with time, she’ll get used to it. She was well enough to come out of the High Dependency Unit today and we’re hoping for her to be able to go home by the end of the week!
We’re so grateful for little Naomi’s surgery yesterday! Dr. Theuri performed a spine fusion that didn’t require any hardware placement. By fusing her spine, it should stop it from curving any more. We're just grateful that Naomi came to us when she did so we were able to take care of this early and get the best results possible!
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