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In Kenya, cornmeal made into a dish called ugali is the favorite food in most rural homes. It goes well with a variety of vegetables and even meat cuisines. On this particular evening, Elizabeth, a 45-year-old mother of five, instructed her third … Read more
In Kenya, cornmeal made into a dish called ugali is the favorite food in most rural homes. It goes well with a variety of vegetables and even meat cuisines. On this particular evening, Elizabeth, a 45-year-old mother of five, instructed her third born daughter to heat water on the stove to get ready for the cornmeal. Her daughter dutifully obliged.
Elizabeth put Tom, her 11-month old son, on the baby coat and stepped out for some air. Tom, realizing that his mum was not there, decided to escape and explore! As he tried to crawl towards the door, Tom unknowingly tipped the lid of the pot open and the hot water poured over half his body!
The sound of the pot tumbling to the floor made Elizabeth to bolt back into the house only to find Tom was writhing in pain and screaming on the floor. Confused and disturbed, Elizabeth tried to relieve his pain by pouring water over his burns before she rushed him to a nearby hospital. He was treated, but to treat bad burns is both a long and expensive process. As Elizabeth's money run out, she had to leave the hospital without Tom fully finishing his treatment. Tom's left hand was severely burned and because he didn't heal properly, it formed a contracture around the elbow. Tom isn't able to use both his hands properly.
A while later, Elizabeth saw the first lady of Kenya speaking on TV about CURE Kenya and an upcoming outreach we were hosting. Elizabeth brought Tom to the event where he was seen, diagnosed, and scheduled for surgery. Elizabeth could not hide her joy! Tom is now at CURE Kenya and they are looking forward to his contracture being released so that both his hands can attain full functionality.
“I still may not know how I got here but all I can say is, glory to God” says a smiling Elizabeth.
Tom spent some time with Acadius, a content creator at CURE Kenya before he went in for a wound check and bandage change. We spoke to his mum a bit and she told us that she was a bit concerned about Tom’s wound. She was reassured by the nurse who did the dressing change that everything was okay and that Tom would continue with the healing process as expected. Please thank God with us for this far Tom has come!
Tom might not have understood the get well messages we read him, but you can surely tell that he was excited to know that there are people who are reading his story and who care about him. His mum was so excited to see your messages and was helping translate them for her son. Tom is doing okay and will be observed over the weekend before he is allowed to go home, hopefully, on Monday.
In an attempt to cheer Tom up, Acadius a storyteller at CURE Kenya held him and tried to give him his specs. Tom was tickled a bit but he was too shy to smile. Tom is doing well with the recovery process. We hope that he will have a wound check either today or tomorrow and we’ll find out how his wound is doing.
Tom is an interesting little character. Everyone who is medical is bad until proven otherwise. Before Majory, an anaesthetist at CURE Kenya could take Tom’s temperature, heartbeat, and a few other pre-surgery readings, Tom didn’t want to see her near him. He was very feisty! But after realizing she didn’t mean any harm, Tom warmed up to her. Tom had his surgery and his burn contracture was released! Please pray for an easy recovery.
Tom is an adorable, active boy. He is always running around, making friends and he hasn’t even started talking! We're really looking forward to seeing him come out with a successful surgery. Your prayers and support are going a long way for Elizabeth and baby Tom!
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