Stephen

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  • Age5
  • Conditiona bone condition
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Stephen's Story

"I had prolonged labour for two days, and my son had to be in a nursery for a month," Stephen's mother said.

Stephen's condition was new to many people including the doctors at their local hospital. It was later found that Stephen suffered f… Read more

"I had prolonged labour for two days, and my son had to be in a nursery for a month," Stephen's mother said.

Stephen's condition was new to many people including the doctors at their local hospital. It was later found that Stephen suffered from OI (Osteogenesis imperfecta, an inherited, genetic bone disorder that is present at birth). It is also known as brittle bone disease. A child born with OI may have soft bones that fracture easily and bones that are not formed normally. At one and a half years old, Stephen could not walk. When Felister, Stephen's mom, noticed an issue, she took him to hospital. The diagnosis was inconclusive, and they went home. Frustrated, she bought Stephen a tricycle to help him start feet coordination and possibly walk and play with his friends. Unfortunately, Stephen fell and broke his femur (thigh bone).

In a bid to find proper treatment, Felister registered and applied for sponsorship for Stephen's surgery but was declined. She almost sank into depression. "I felt alone and neglected because no one understood my pain and frustration," Stephen's mom shared with us.

After numerous trials to look for funds, Felister resorted to physiotherapy sessions at a local centre. Stephen's pain only increased, and his femur bone started curving outward. On this development, the therapists recommended CURE after realizing it was most likely brittle bones disease.Therapy couldn't be done anymore since it would pose a risk to Stephen's bones. They are now at CURE Kenya for a procedure that will straighten Stephen's femur and enable him to walk.

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Feb 11, 2021

Felister performed a cloth bath for Stephen since he can't be in a full bath because of the extent of the cast. To Stephen, it was a tickling affair! He was giggling with amusement the whole time. Felister was however careful in turning Stephen over to bathe his back in a bid to avoid rapid movement of the knee area. We are glad that both Stephen and Felister are doing well. Photo of Stephen

Feb 10, 2021

Because lollipops are on sticks, Stephen can conveniently enjoy them while he rests on the bed. He's faring on well after the surgery yesterday! The cast was applied from his waist all the way down to his legs so that he can have minimal movement to enable faster healing. Let's continue to pray for Stephen's quick recovery and be strong enough to start school! Photo of Stephen

Feb 09, 2021

During Stephen's surgery, our surgeons, led by Dr. Sough, used rush rods (or antibiotic cement-coated rods) and nails which were infused into Stephen's femur. This method has long been used to treat fractures of long bones of the body, and in Stephen's case, it will take 4-6 months for the femur to heal completely. We thank God for the success of the surgery this far. Please continue to keep Stephen in your prayers for a full recovery! Photo of Stephen

Feb 08, 2021

Stephen and his mom were having a great time in the ward earlier today. "He's always jovial and laughing. I just want him to go back to school since he was denied entry last year," Felister told us. Let us pray and support Stephen and Felister during their time at CURE! Photo of Stephen

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