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“I was a young and scared mother at 19. My daughter was motionless three days after delivering her. I immediately went back to the hospital and baby Stelanna was attended to promptly. She recuperated well," shared Cynthia, Stelanna's mother.… Read more
“I was a young and scared mother at 19. My daughter was motionless three days after delivering her. I immediately went back to the hospital and baby Stelanna was attended to promptly. She recuperated well," shared Cynthia, Stelanna's mother.
At three months old, Stelanna got diagnosed with meningitis and it rendered her totally dependent on her mother Cynthia for the next three years. Back at the hospital, the treatment was incomplete due to insufficient funds as a result of Cynthia being young and still a dependent herself.
“I was abused and looked down upon. I had to go back to the village for a time to clear my head,” Stelanna’s mum Cynthia tells.
When Stelanna turned three, an old friend came to check up on Cynthia. When she saw Stelanna, she advised Cynthia to take her to CURE. Later on, she helped Cynthia join a self-help group known as ‘Visionary’s Mothers of Children With Disability’ and from there, CURE was mentioned several times and after a few months, Cynthia visited the mobile clinic in her area and she was assisted in helping Stelanna get specialized treatment.
Cynthia and Stelanna are now at CURE Kenya and preparing for Stelanna's treatment! Please join us in praying for them!
Stelanna has been given the green light to continue with recovery at home and will be up for a serial casting process beginning this coming week and later on to measure for an AFO(ankle foot orthosis). An AFO is a shoe that assists in aligning the foot. First, we need to see positive progress on her left foot. We thank the Lord for how far she is in her recovery journey.
The thought of starting to walk using this wheel slider was a bit overwhelming for Stelanna. It is a new experience for her, but she got a loving hand from her mom Cynthia. The physiotherapist advised Cynthia to keep on helping Stelanna practice walking when at home, as this would help her coordinate her limb movements. After today, Stelanna and her mom will be continuing with the exercises at home for a week then come back for a review. Please pray for Stelanna's peace about all the changes, and Cynthia's perseverance in helping Stelanna make progress.
Stelanna was trying to look over her bed towards the ward aisle as people were passing by. She had received her right foot cast. Curious, Stelanna was sort of crawling onto the edge of the bed to see what was going on around her. The doctors have put her on observation for a day and will be discussing the results of her progress. We thank you for your prayers and support this far.
After a careful diagnosis of Stelanna's condition, the doctors recommended serial casting for her spastic cerebral palsy (in which the legs are the most affected limbs). People with spastic diplegia often have a “scissor walk,” characterized by the knees turning inward/crossing, and this is the reason why Stelanna has not been able to walk. Serial Casting will reduce the severity of her condition which has caused stiffness, weakness, and lack of mobility. We found Stelanna waiting in the ward for her mom to come back from speaking with the doctor.
Stelanna cannot sit on her own and depends entirely on her mother. However, this is way better than how she was a few years back. “I don’t know whether to call it faith, but seeing her having made a step forward, it really makes me happy and being here, even happier.” Stelanna’s mom tells us. Stelanna is now at CURE to begin her transformation journey!
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