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  • Age10
  • Conditionan amputation
  • Currently In Hospital

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The picture above is of CURE in Kenya. Everyone who serves with CURE in Kenya, from medical professionals to office staff, are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and spiritual care to people who, without CURE, couldn't find it and couldn't afford it, just like John. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

We need to raise approximately $1000 to treat children like John. When you give a gift through John's CUREkids profile, your contribution will help us continue our work in countries like Kenya. Have more questions? Ask us.

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When you partner with us monthly, we'll send you an email each month to introduce you to a different child who was helped because of your generosity. You can choose to follow their updates and send them get well messages. That means that each year, you're a part of helping 12 different children, beginning with John. We call it being a CURE Hero!

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John's Story

“I was so shocked and hated myself for a while, but I slowly came to understand the situation through my mother who really assisted me!” Kellen, John’s mum, told us.

John is 10 years old and he is in 4th grade. He wants to be a pilo… Read more

“I was so shocked and hated myself for a while, but I slowly came to understand the situation through my mother who really assisted me!” Kellen, John’s mum, told us.

John is 10 years old and he is in 4th grade. He wants to be a pilot when he grows up because he enjoys seeing air planes and watching them move across the sky. John was born with a condition so rare, it appears in only 1 out of every 200,000 children. John was born with a congenital femoral deficiency which means his hip is deformed and his left leg is significantly shorter than his right making it essentially useless.

John first came to CURE Kenya almost eight years ago. At the time, the doctors decided the best way forward was to give John a prosthetic leg that fits around his smaller leg in order to give him one complete leg. This prosthetic helped John walk and move around. But as John has grown, this type of prosthetic has become less and less effective. Kellen, the rest of John's family, and our CURE doctors have now decided that it is time for John to have his deformed leg amputated in order for him to get a proper below knee prosthetic leg.

Kellen and John are now at CURE Kenya for John’s amputation. Kellen says she has spoken to John about the procedure and they are both comfortable with what is going to happen. Kellen told us that every once in a while she would remember how other children spoke ill of her son in school and she would cry. She is now happy that John can have this procedure and hopes he will leave CURE Kenya a transformed young man!

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Jan 08, 2021

John’s friend, Bravin, who was in the same cubicle in the ward with him when they first came to CURE Kenya, came today for a review. John’s mum and Bravin’s mum have been in communication since they were discharged, so Bravin’s mum knew that John was back in the ward. She told Bravin and he was excited to go see John. Unfortunately, when Bravin went to the ward, John wasn’t in the best mood because he was in pain. John got his wound cleaned and stitched up yesterday and might be wanting to stay in bed and sleep today to avoid feeling pain. Thank you for keeping John in your prayers. Photo of John

Jan 07, 2021

John is back at CURE Kenya with his Christmas gift, a new watch. He is super excited that he can tell time when he wants to. John is back because his stump wound opened up. He needs to go back to the theatre and have it checked, cleaned, and stitched up so he can continue his healing process. Please remember John in your prayers. Photo of John

Dec 18, 2020

John went in for a wound check and bandage change today. His wound is healing properly and there is no infection. We thank God for John’s healing process! John is likely to go home today and it is good to know that he’ll be recovering at the comfort of his own space. Photo of John

Dec 17, 2020

John read his get well messages today and was very excited. You have no idea just how much these messages mean to the kids we serve. They cheer them up! John is doing well. Please keep praying for his healing. Photo of John

Dec 16, 2020

John went to the OR yesterday and one of the surgeons assured us that it all went very well! John had his leg amputated below his left knee. After he is healed, the plan is to have him measured for a prosthesis! Please pray for his healing. Photo of John

Dec 14, 2020

Other than his leg deformity, John also has a hand deformity. His left hand is shorter and less developed in terms of form. John has learned over time how to be independent and does most things for himself. We found John getting dress and putting on his prosthetic leg after his x-ray had been taken. It was impressive to see him using one hand and not stopping until he was done. Photo of John

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