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“One time I took my son to a certain hospital where kids who are living with disability are treated, go to school there and eventually work there. After seeing the conditions in that place, I immediately thought to myself, ‘Is my son in pain? N… Read more
“One time I took my son to a certain hospital where kids who are living with disability are treated, go to school there and eventually work there. After seeing the conditions in that place, I immediately thought to myself, ‘Is my son in pain? No! ‘Can I manage to live with him at home? Yes’ That is how I made the decision to take care of him by myself.” Mama Edwin told us.
Edwin is a 12 year old boy who was born with unilateral clubfoot and the management wasn’t done very well. As soon as the mum realised her son had a deformity, she sought for help from multiple places. One place looked very promising as her son was engaged in a casting program for a while and then the doctor/medical practitioner asked Mama Edwin to buy leather shoes for the next bit of correction. The plan was to make Edwin wear the shoes in the opposite way forcing the deformed leg to correct. As expected, this didn’t work.
Mama Edwin moved on to a different place and this time the guys looked even more serious. Like they were sure what they were doing. The only problem however is that Mama Edwin wasn’t comfortable leaving her child to board at the hospital seeing that the conditions were not very favourable. She even noticed that some kids had worse deformities and this just prompted her to make the decision to go back home with her son. Edwin’s clubfoot became neglected for a while.
One of Edwin’s teachers at school noticed that he was a really good soccer player. He also noticed Edwin’s deformity and reached out to his mother. He told told Mama Edwin about his friend who knew about CURE Kenya and he connected them so Edwin could get help. Long story short, Mama Edwin learned about CURE Kenya and brought her son for check up. She was told that Edwin would need surgery and how much it would cost. As much as this was stressing owing to the fact that she has financial constraints, Mama Edwin was determined to find help for her son.
Edwin and his mum are now at CURE Kenya asking God for a miracle to happen so Edwin is healed. Edwin’s favourite subject in school is Math and he would like to be a pilot when he grows up. We asked him why he was interested in this career path and this is what he told us, “Pilots are paid a lot of money so if I can become one I’ll be able to buy my mum a car, build her a house and get her some land to farm.” Edwin has big dreams and our role in this is to pray that God comes through for him as he takes this first step towards transformation.
“Can you kindly inquire for me when we will be allowed to go home?” Edwin asked us. Edwin has started to feel homesick, and today he opened up about missing home. We encouraged him to be a bit more patient and soon enough he’ll be discharged to go home. Please pray that God may give Edwin, his mom, and his sister strength and hope that they will be able to go home soon.
Edwin’s little sister was born prematurely. So, she is very delicate and needs a lot of attention. Edwin loves her so much, and today we found him playing with her. Edwin’s sister enjoys it when Edwin laughs and it's cute how she laughs along with him. Edwin is doing well. He needs a cast change that will happen at the beginning of the week, and then he can start physiotherapy.
We had planned to take Edwin outside today for a change of scenery but the weather outside wasn't very favorable. He had to stay covered in his blanket most of the day. We will have to wait and see if tomorrow the sun will come out, and we can take Edwin outside. Edwin is expected to go to the operating room for a cast change tomorrow as well.
This morning we found Edwin lying down strategically so he can watch the TV in his ward cube. He seemed brighter than yesterday, which means God is answering our prayers for strength for Edwin. His cast was too tight at first and had to be split to stop his leg from swelling too much. He also felt itchy, which is normal after an operation. No more itch today and he is showing signs of improvement. Please pray for Edwin's recovery.
Peter, a cleaner at CURE Kenya, noticed how much pain Edwin was in and decided to go to his bed to encourage him. Peter is deaf so he had to use sign language. When he noticed that Edwin didn’t understand him, he put his hands in together in prayer. We asked Peter later what he meant to tell Edwin. He explained that he wanted to let him know he was praying for his pain to go away and for strength to push through. Friends, could you kindly join Peter and ask God to restore Edwin’s strength and smile?
Despite a strange feeling of numbness and some foreign material on his leg, his smile didn’t go away when he came back from the operation room. We thank God for a successful operation, and we would like to invite you to keep praying for Edwin during his recovery and stay at CURE Kenya.
Where there is Edwin, there are babies. Edwin’s surgery got postponed again. So, Edwin, his mom, and tiny sister spent time with Melvin and her mom, from another ward cube. The good thing about CURE Kenya is that kids find that they are rarely lonely and making friends comes easily. We hope this friendship helps pass the time for Edwin until his surgery on Monday!
Edwin moved about the playroom in his car, but since there are places in the playroom that are only single-lane, he waited for little Carebu to pass. Edwin and Carebu were both hanging out in the playroom today waiting for their trips to the operating room tomorrow. Please pray for them both! You can read about Edwin's friend Carebu here at https://cure.org/curekids/kenya/2019/03/carebu/
Edwin brought his mom and little sister, Rose, with him when he came today. As Edwin spent time outside with them, he tried to make sure little Rose stayed safe and warm under her blankets. He’s such a sweet big brother! He had his cast taken off, a new one placed, and he’ll wear that one for a short while until he comes for his next surgery which will hopefully be soon!
Edwin was here not so long ago. The process of serial casting has now began and as earlier mentioned, this will go on for 3 more weeks before he can come back for his surgery. Edwin had never seen a cast cutter or experienced how it works so he was a little scared. Onesmus, one of the orthopedic technicians here at CURE Kenya, did a good job showing Edwin how the cast cutter is designed to only cut the cast and can't hurt him! In the end, it was a nice and easy process!
We found out today that Edwin got saved during one of our mobile clinics! We’re thankful for his few days here to hopefully help bring him a little closer to the Jesus he met on clinic. For now, he’s heading home for a couple weeks and we’ll see him again to start his serial casting. Pray that he keeps getting to know Jesus more!
Before Edwin’s procedure, the surgeon took us through the plan and roughly how long the treatment would take to be complete. He told us that this first procedure is in layman’s language, to set a foundation for the bigger procedure that will happen in a few weeks. He said, “What this operation will do is to sort of make his leg soft to allow us to do the actual procedure later.” In two weeks time, Edwin will start serial casting which will be done four times after which Edwin will be ready for another surgery. Please thank God with us for this first step that has been made.
Edwin is such a loving young man. Back at home, he helps babysit his sister when their mum is doing other household chores. Even here at CURE Kenya, Edwin spends some time holding his baby sister just to give his mum some time to rest. Please pray for our new friend as he waits to go in for surgery!
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