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Paul was born with bilateral clubfoot and his parents started the ponsetti method of treatment when he was little. A few years later, the mum and dad had a disagreement and the mum decided to leave with Paul and she went to her mum’s home. This a… Read more
Paul was born with bilateral clubfoot and his parents started the ponsetti method of treatment when he was little. A few years later, the mum and dad had a disagreement and the mum decided to leave with Paul and she went to her mum’s home. This automatically meant that the treatment process had to stop. Paul’s clubfoot was neglected. For years, nothing was done to address Paul’s clubfoot.
Steven is Paul’s dad. For the longest time, he tried to look for his son with no luck. When he tried calling the mum, his wife, he found that she changed numbers and her old number didn’t go through. Steven asked for advice from his mum and he was told to check if his son could be at his grandmother’s (Steven’s mother-in law) place. Steven went to his mother-in law’s home and found Paul there. Paul was very thin and not well taken care of. Steven found a away to take Paul back and try to get him into school.
Paul’s grandma, Steven’s mum, was able to get some help and someone offered to support Paul through school. While at school they found out about CURE Kenya and that Paul’s condition could be treated surgically. Steven did everything he could and got Paul to CURE Kenya. They are now here and Steven desires that his son gets healed and that he lives a normal life.
Paul had a chance to watch TV today and just relax in the ward. We found him watching and thought we’d sneak up on him and take a picture but he turned and saw us and so we took this picture instead. Paul looks forward to when he can go home but he understands why he is here and is okay with it. Due to the complexity of his frame, he needs to have it checked by a doctor regularly. That is why he is staying at CURE Kenya a bit longer than usual.
Paul is doing well. He has been able to overcome the pain in his leg and is feeling much better. His movement has been limited, but he is still jovial and is taking every opportunity to cheer other people up.
We are so glad to see Paul smiling. God is surely doing a great thing in his life, and it is beautiful to see. We pray that this will be the trend from now on and that God will bring complete healing to our little friend.
Paul keeps getting waves of pain, and it really is putting him down compared to his friend Baraqo. We are kindly asking you to pray for him to be strong and to overcome the pain. Paul has been receiving pain medication and will continue with that. Due to the delicateness of his apparatus, he needs to be checked on constantly and our doctors are doing just that.
After a long night of pain and very little sleep, Paul was able to get some sleep this morning. This allowed his dad to rush to the shop and buy a few things like soap and toothpaste. Paul is doing better today. He is taking pain medication to help relieve the pain. Please continue praying for his smooth healing.
Paul went to the theatre today. His operation was done very differently from the way we have always done clubfoot correction procedures. This week, we have visiting surgeons here to teach our surgeons how to use TSF (Taylor Spatial frames) fixators to treat serious bone deformities. TSF fixators basically are external apparatuses used by orthopedic surgeons to treat complex fractures and bone deformities. “This new way will take a bit longer but will eliminate the chance of Paul getting an infection. We are stretching the ligaments over a long period of time so the body will adapt and the wound won’t crush,” one of his surgeons told us. Please pray for Paul because the next few hours are going to be painful and seeing such a complex apparatus on his leg might scare him a bit.
“I feel very bad when Paul comes home and tells me that some kids were laughing at him and calling him names at school,” Steven told us. Steven wants so much for his son to be transformed so he can be normal and not have to go through ridicule ever again in his life. Please pray that his feet are corrected and that at the end of his journey with CURE, Paul will be transformed both physically, mentally and spiritually. Paul is a happy kid and really loves his dad!
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