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Meet James, a seven year old boy and the second born in a family of three boys. James lives in a children’s home with his brothers as their parents are no longer with us. James is an interesting little man and says he wants to be a pilot when he … Read more
Meet James, a seven year old boy and the second born in a family of three boys. James lives in a children’s home with his brothers as their parents are no longer with us. James is an interesting little man and says he wants to be a pilot when he grows up.
James has come to CURE Kenya with his guardian Beth who is an orphan as well. She is a bit older and in college studying music. She was tasked with the responsibility of bringing James to hospital and taking care of him. Beth and James met when he was brought to the children’s home as a very little boy. She has known him since then and are good friends.
Beth told us that when James came to the home, he appeared normal and had straight legs. But along the way as he was playing, he fell down a flight of stairs and injured his leg. His treatment took a long time and wasn’t properly done causing James’ leg to start bending inwards at the knee. For the longest time, the home was trying to find a proper solution for this problem so that James could grown normally like his brothers and friends.
The leadership of the children’s home eventually found us here at CURE Kenya when a nearby hospital referred them our way. After the initial consultation was done, we were thrilled to tell them we could help! James and Beth are now at CURE Kenya and are hopeful that the surgery will be successful!
With Beth and Naomi's (physical therapist) encouragement, James was able to walk around the ward aisle and even up to the bathroom! He was quite slow since the cast on his leg goes from his thigh all the way down to his foot which makes his left leg quite heavy. We are hopeful that by tomorrow, James will be doing better with his new crutches and be prepared to be discharged to continue with recovery at their home. God is indeed good!
It was a happy moment between James, Beth, and their new found friends in the ward. They were joking about how social distancing has forced people to be shouting when talking! Besides some shouting, James has been recovering well and he's already scheduled for a light physical therapy session later today. Let's continue praying for James and Beth with their new friends during their time here at CURE!
James has had his surgery! The operation involved two procedures. The first corrected specific deformities in his femur (the long bone in the upper leg) and his hip joint. The second allowed for the realignment of his tibia (lower leg) and thereby shifting the weight-bearing access to the healthier portion of his knee, correcting the alignment deformity. We thank God for getting James this far!
“I want to be a pilot when I grow up when I am done with school!” James told us. We are glad that he gets to begin his transformation journey at CURE Kenya and we can only pray and encourage him to pursue his dreams. Beth is really good friends with James and will be taking care of him while they are at CURE Kenya.
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