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“It has not been a long time since my son started complaining of pain, but now he is in so much pain. I do not know the real problem that Thom has, but we trust God that He will heal my son,” said Ellen, Thom’s mother.
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“It has not been a long time since my son started complaining of pain, but now he is in so much pain. I do not know the real problem that Thom has, but we trust God that He will heal my son,” said Ellen, Thom’s mother.
Thom has a problem with his right hip which makes it difficult to walk and do most things at home. In the middle of this year, he told his mother that he was feeling pain in his stomach and was taken to hospital for help. The doctors told him that he had an infection in his stomach called a Psous abscess and needed to undergo an operation to remove it with a washout. The infection removal was successful but after a few days, Thom’s right leg started to become painful and his hip was very sore. He will now need a another operation because his previous infection had damaged his hip bone. He cannot walk or stand and he has dropped out of school because he is unable to get there. He has a twin brother who is also sad to see his brother in pain and not able to go to school. Thom is in grade six and the second born in his family of four and they live close to our hospital. Please join us in praying for Thom’s healing and recovery!
Thom is doing well and had a lot of get-well messages today! He's going home so we figured we'd read them all to him before he leaves! He says he's happy to be here and is glad he's nearing the end of the treatments. He's so glad he gets to go home soon this time - almost right after his surgery! He thanks all of you for praying and supporting him!
Thom's operation went smoothly yesterday! He had metal plates put in to temporarily stop the growth in his left knee so his right leg can grow and catch up. The surgery went well, it was relatively short and he's recovering well in the ward now!
Thom is back and he's having another operation today! He'll be having the growth plates in his left knee temporarily stopped so that his right leg can grow and catch up since it's a little shorter because of his hip operation. Please be praying for his surgery!
Thom came in yesterday! He's doing well and is going to school! Things are going slowly with physiotherapy - 'little by little', or 'pang'ono, pang'ono' as they say in Chichewa. Please keep praying for progress for him.
Thandy spoke with Thom today! Thom is doing well - he says he's been improving in school since they last spoke and he's been going every day! They came in last week and his mom was a bit tired of how slowly Thom is improving - healing takes a while - but she was a lot happier and more optimistic today! Please continue to pray for Thom and his mom as they come for physiotherapy!
Thom came back for another checkup today! This time he came with his older brother - and they were both wearing the same rad red pants! They look like twins - although apparently his older brother DOES have a twin, so maybe if they were all together with their red pants they would look like triplets! Thom is doing well, he's bending to 90 degrees now instead of just 70 according to Diana, and he says he's been going to school! He still needs to put more weight on his leg though, if not, he'll be using crutches for a lot longer. He's still hesitant to put his full weight on it, so please be praying for that!
Thom came in yesterday, but unfortunately we didn't manage to grab a picture of him in physio, so here's Edson, another CURE Physio regular! He was having a blast playing on the physiotherapy toys! Thom is doing well and doesn't have any pain. We asked him what he wants to do when he grows up because one of the messages we delivered last week asked and we forgot his answer! He wants to be an International Businessman - big plans!
We finally got a chance to deliver Thom's messages today - he was up to 25! Wooo! He's really excited to finally be going back to school soon, since he hasn't been in a long time! He doesn't have any pain when walking so he got the green light to be able to go to school now! He says 'thanks' for everyone who's been praying for and encouraging him! The doctors looked at his X-ray and confirmed for Diane that he can stretch his leg fine and push it, so they're continuing with physiotherapy and we'll see him again on May 2nd!
Ellen is an awesome mom, making sure Thom comes for his physiotherapy appointments all the time and learning how to do a good job at home. Thom is getting better and we're happy that he's improving. Physiotherapist Diane says there's some callous on the bone so she wants some feedback from the doctors on how much she is allowed to push it - just to make sure they won't break anything. She signed him up to come in on the 24th to see the doctors!
Thom is back, doing physiotherapy with Patrick! Patrick says he's doing a bit better, bending to 60 degrees where before he was only at 50 - which is a fair gain apparently. He still has a long way to go to build up strength in his leg muscles before the physios will be happy but at least he's improving! He'll be back again on Friday!
Thom came back today for a quick physiotherapy session and is gone again! He'll be back in two weeks. Ndapile says his knee and hip are really weak and he really needs to do his exercises - he's not really working hard enough to build up strength. Ndapile warned him that if he didn't do his exercises he might need an amputation and she said he was a bit more motivated after that! It doesn't seem a likely outcome for Thom, but sometimes a stern warning is the best way to get the older kids to do the exercises their muscles desperately need to keep working! Please be praying that he'll do his workouts consistently at home!
Thom was discharged this morning and he's already gone home! Because he lives locally, it's really easy for him and his mom to do outpatient care. He's doing well, but we're kicking ourselves for not delivering his get-well messages sooner! He's always in and out of the hospital so quick! No worries, hopefully we can catch him at one of his Monday physio sessions, he'll still be coming in to do some therapy with us here at CURE now that his frame is off!
Thom's frame removal went well! Once it was off (a really quick procedure), Dr. Karolina did a quick release of some tight muscles in his leg. He's doing well and is recovering in the ward now and we expect he'll be sent home soon since he lives near the hospital and can come in for physio as an outpatient!
Guess who just popped up and is having his frame off today! Thom had an appointment on Monday that was missed and Dr. James decided he should come in today to have the rest of his frame off! We're sure he'll be thrilled to have his leg free again! He had his frame taken off and had a couple quick little incisions to release the tight muscles!
Thom came in again today and will be back next week for a wound dressing and checkup with the doctors! Today he just had physio with Gift again. Unfortunately there's no big change - his leg muscle is atrophying a bit from lack of use, which is why we're trying to get him to do regular exercises. Because his knee has frame pins, it's hard to get it to bend, and without enough movement, it can get stiff. Fortunately he doesn't have a pin site infection, so Gift is grateful for that! Please continue to pray for Thom!
Thom is here and physio student Gift did some exercises with him. Gift says unfortunately his muscles aren't doing too well so you all can be praying for that - he says he's doing the exercises at home so we're not quite sure what the issue is, but physio is a lot of work! He'll be back next Monday for some more therapy!
Thom came by our office today and Thandy gave him a crayon! He saw Thandy's CDs and DVDs and says he wants to buy a computer so he can borrow them and listen to them. He told us he'd be back next week and that he'll bring a thumbdrive for Thandy to put some Hillsong music on it for him to listen to.
Thom came in today for some physio! Ndapile says he's doing well and she taught him some more exercises. He's in less pain and less stiff now than last week when he had his frame off. His hip is fine now, the other half of the frame is just holding the bone that they were growing back in place until it heals together. Please keep praying for him!
Thom headed home early this morning before we could deliver his get-wells to him! We finally got to meet his dad, who came to drive him and his mom home! We'll see Thom again on March 13th for another checkup, although he may come in sooner for physiotherapy. Stay tuned!
Thom's operation went well and he's probably going to head home today or tomorrow since he lives so close to the hospital! At the moment, he's lying in bed recuperating and just taking it easy. He'll have a short physio session too, hopefully it will be easier to move his hip now that part of the frame is gone!
Thom has already gone in to have the top part of his frame removed! Because it's relatively short and easy to remove part of a frame, we didn't photograph his operation, but we'll update his 'after' photo tomorrow! Please be praying for a quick recovery! Here he is waiting in bed early this morning, playing on his mom's phone!
Thom is getting readmitted to the hospital to have part of his frame removed! Since he lives nearby the hospital he's going to have his surgery done tomorrow. It will be pretty minor, it's just the upper half of the frame that's no longer necessary so they'll be removing it. The bottom part off the frame will still stay on and will be removed in a couple more months. Please be praying for Thom!
We saw Thom's mom around the hospital so we know he was here, but we didn't see him personally! He came in for a quick checkup with the doctors and then was out again, but we'll see him in the future for physiotherapy. Thandy invited him to the Christmas party on Saturday again so we may see him again very soon!
Thom was in again yesterday for an appointment! His mom Ellen has been so amazing, bringing him in for appointments all the time and helping out with exercises, like in this photo. Thom said he wants a picture of himself for Christmas, so we'll see if we can try to print one up! Thandy invited him to our Christmas party for the kids in the ward on the 17th, so maybe we can get one to him then. We aren't sure if we'll have photos from that event since CKC Avanell is going home for Christmas that day, but we'll see what we can do!
We're so thankful for our amazing physiotherapists who work so hard here at CURE Malawi and often don't get the thanks they deserve for all the effort they put into helping these kids move again! Ndapile was helping Thom with his exercises again yesterday. He's doing much better now and his mom is happy with the progress, but he still needs more physiotherapy to keep things loose!
Patrick says Thom is doing better since last week! He has been more compliant in doing the exercises - pray that he keeps it up! He still is in a lot of pain when he does them though, the poor boy cries during physiotherapy, so you can be praying for that as well!
Thom is back and had a checkup with the doctors and physios today. Unfortunately, 'he's being really lazy' (his mom's words, not ours!) and hasn't been doing his exercises at home as much as he should, and instead has been watching TV. Patrick is a bit concerned about it and is trying to convince him to work harder! Please be praying for Thom - it's hard when you're a kid to recognize that pain now might benefit you in the future!
Thom isn't doing very well today... Patrick saw him for PT and says he needs to do more exercises - he's not extending his leg enough and has stiff quads. He was instructed to massage them a lot to keep them loose. Patrick says he was "crying plus plus" though, so it sounds like he could use some prayer! He'll be back next week.
Ndapile says that Thom is doing excellent today! The doctors reviewed him and checked out his x-ray and it looks perfect. They gave him a new program for more turns and he'll have another review next Monday. He's also been doing a good job doing his home exercises! Thank you for your prayers for him!
Thom had another physiotherapy session today and will be back on the 17th to see the doctor and have a strut change. Unfortunately, Ndapile wasn't around for us to ask how he's doing on his exercises, but we'll see him again in a week anyhow! Please continue to be praying for him!
Thom came in again for another therapy appointment! Ndapile says he has regressed a bit with knee flexion, but she got it back to where it was by pushing him. Poor Thom was crying, but it's really important that he doesn't get a stiff knee! His mom isn't pushing him as much as she probably should at home because it causes him pain. Please be praying he is brave and does his exercises right at home!
Thom came in for a checkup today, including an xray and a physiotherapy appointment! Ndapile says he's doing well, his knee isn't much better, but at least it isn't getting worse. And he's building up strength in his thigh and can now go up stairs better!
Thom came in for a quick physiotherapy session this morning! He looked less enthusiastic about it than this baby's mom! We talked to Physiotherapist Ndapile and asked how he was doing and she made some pretty interesting faces when we asked! She said his muscle strength is coming back and gives it a 2/5 - which is good when you consider that he started at 0! But his knee range of movement is decreasing and she's not happy about that - he's not been as aggressive as he needs to be when doing his knee bending exercises at home because it hurts. Please be praying he and his mom will be diligent in getting it done! We'll probably see him again later this week or next!
We read Thom a message from Connie (his most faithful encourager) today when he came in for physiotherapy! It's always awesome for the kids to get good get-well messages! Thom is doing well, but was feeling a bit of trepidation about coming back for physiotherapy - especially after having to walk quite a ways to get here! Ndapile says that he's doing well though, which is good news!
Thom is still here, but is going home for real today now that he has a special fitting for the toilet he can use with his frame! We read him his last get-well message before he left! He is so excited to be going home, and invited Thandy to have tea with him! He'll be coming in Monday for a quick strut change, and to begin with, will be having physiotherapy three times a week here at CURE, so we'll still be seeing a lot of him!
Thom was sitting outside enjoying the lovely sunshine this morning! We talked to Physiotherapist Ndapile and she says he's doing awesome and he'll be going home later today! We're so excited for him and will probably be seeing him regularly for physiotherapy since he lives nearby!
Thom is doing well and will be discharged as soon as Ndapile and the other physiotherapists give him the okay to go home! That might be in a day or two, but we're glad he's doing well with the other things like turns! He's been walking around on crutches too now!
Thom is doing okay. We read him get-well messages today while he was doing some therapy exercises with his mom. He says he's in a lot of pain and hasn't been sleeping well because of it, so you can definitely be praying for that.
Thom was doing physiotherapy with Ndapile today. Poor kid was in a lot of pain, please be praying for him. Ndapile told me she felt bad afterwards, but hopefully one day when Thom can bend his leg and use it normally he'll be grateful! On ward rounds today Dr. James says we need to accomplish three things before he can go home. 1. He and his mom need to learn how to do the turns at home. 2. He needs to be directed when to come in to CURE for frame strut changes. 3. He needs to learn how to regularly bend his knee to 90 degrees, or else the knee could dislocate. Fortunately he lives nearby so he can come in for regular physiotherapy to make sure he does enough exercises, but that's still a lot to accomplish! Please be praying he and his mom learn the turns and exercises so he can go home!
One of the physiotherapists and Thom's mom were examining his frame today, trying to figure out the plan for turns, marking the different struts with their numbers. The turns to start lengthening his leg will start today! Please be praying for him, as turns can be painful!
Thom was playing with the toy piano today... then Thandy came over and said he'd sing a song to put Thom to sleep! At first Thom was unamused, but he couldn't resist smiling for long! He's doing well and isn't in pain, praise God!
Thom had a friend visit today! He and his mom stopped by to check in on Thom! During ward rounds today Dr. Lubega said the poor guy will have to have the top part of the frame on for three months, and the bottom part for six! It takes a long time for this bone to heal! The physiotherapists were encouraged to get him to bear weight on it to encourage the bone to strengthen!
Thom is chilling in bed today deconstructing his phone (not really, he was just cleaning the back). He got out and about a bit in a wheelchair to go watch some tv, but otherwise not much has been happening!
Thom had surgery on Friday and it went really well! The ball of his hip is completely missing, so the femur just sort of slides around and isn't supporting his pelvis anymore. To remedy this, the doctors did what is called a pelvic support osteotomy, where the femur is broken a bit of the way down to provide a sort of platform for the pelvis. The leg then isn't straight anymore and a bit shorter, so our doctors cut it again lower down so that his leg will be straight, and added a frame so that they can lengthen the bone, eventually making it the same length as his normal leg. Please be praying for him as the healing process takes a pretty long time, and lots of physiotherapy! Fortunately he is doing well today and is smiling and chatting with people in the ward!
Thom is going in for his operation today! Please pray that it goes smoothly! We caught a photo of him in the waiting area with his mom right before he went in! We'll post a photo collage and more details about his operation on Monday!
Thom is playing outside with Mustafa today! He's having a blast! There's a third musketeer, Shailet, hiding in the back of Mustafa's bike! Please be praying for Thom as he goes for his operation tomorrow.
Thom is enjoying playing outside today! He looks a bit introspective in this photo, but he was smiling and having a blast, we promise! He will be having his operation on Friday, since we have a really full operating room list this week!
Guess who's finally back for his pelvic support osteotomy! Thom is back in the hospital and will have his operation later this week, probably Wednesday. He also finally has an after xray shot if you want to check it out! Because the ball of his hip gone, the doctors will manufacture a sort of 'platform' by cutting the femur. This will unfortunately shorten the leg so he will need a frame to support the bone while it heals and also lengthen it! Please be praying for him as he'll be around for quite a while coming in for physiotherapy afterwards!
Thom came in today and the doctors decided he needs a longer period of time to heal! Poor boy! We didn't manage to grab a photo of him unfortunately, he was in and out so fast! He will most likely be coming in for physiotherapy more often, so we'll let you know when we see him! He'll be seen again for another checkup in August!
Guess who we found! Thom came in for a wound check today and we found out why he wasn't admitted last weekend! It looks like the wound from his Girdlestone operation hasn't healed completely yet. We don't know exactly when his surgery will be now, but he will continue to come in regularly until they decide he's ready for the Pelvic Support Osteotomy. Stay tuned!
Thom didn't come in for his appointment this weekend - we're not sure if we missed something or misread the date! Usually when kids don't show up it's because they live far away and their families have to save up money for transportation, but Thom lives fairly close to the hospital! He's been coming in regularly for appointments and wound dressings too. We asked Dr. James and he doesn't know why Thom hasn't come either. We aren't that worried, we saw him just last week and are sure he'll come in soon and we'll get to see what happened! If not, we'll give his family a call. Please keep him in your prayers!
Thom came in for some physiotherapy and stopped by our new office for some crayons and get-well messages! He will most likely be readmitted this Sunday and hopefully have his second operation next week! Please be praying for him as it's a huge operation and it will take time for the frame we will put on to do it's work!
Thom is feeling a lot better now! Thank you for praying for him as he recovered from his malaria! He will be having his operation next month, and will be coming back to be admitted sometime around Valentine's Day. Please keep him in your prayers!
Thom came in today for a checkup and we delivered his get well messages! He wasn't feeling very well today, he's had malaria and has been on treatment. Don't worry, malaria is pretty common here and as long as you catch it, it's easy to treat with medication and you recover in a couple of days! He's just still feeling a bit lethargic and drained from it! He will be coming in tomorrow for a checkup with Dr. James to see when he will be ready for his second surgery! Please keep him in your prayers as he's still recovering from malaria!
Thom came in for his weekly physio appointment! His mom says he's doing well but he still hasn't been back to school. He has his second surgery in a month and he will be in the hospital for a long time for that operation. Please continue to pray for his recovery. He was really enjoying a lollipop when we stopped in for a chat!
Thom came in today for a wound check and some physiotherapy! We caught a photo of him waiting for his appointment. He's doing much better and is looking forward to going back to school after he heals from his next surgery. He has to come back next Tuesday for some more physio and another wound dressing, so we'll hopefully snap a picture of him next week too!
Thom[son] came in today for a wound inspection and some physiotherapy! We're glad he lives nearby and can stay at home but come in for some of the services we have here! He looks like he's doing really well, and has no more pain!
Thom was discharged late yesterday! We snapped a photo of him on the way out of the hospital! No worries though, he lives locally and he'll be coming in for a wound check on Friday and then he will be back again in February for his second operation!
Plans changed for Thom! He won't be going back on traction again, so after he has physio for the next week or so he'll be good to go home for Christmas and return for his second surgery in a couple months! We're glad he doesn't have to be on traction as long as we thought he did!
Surprise! Thomson's real name is apparently Thom. This happens a lot more than you'd expect, especially in a country without birth certificates! His mother finally corrected the doctors yesterday during ward rounds! The confusion probably arose because Thom likes being called Thomson, even though his mother doesn't! We have to update him in our system though so please don't be confused by the name change, he's still our lovable Thomson! On Monday, he gets to have a rest from traction for a couple days of physiotherapy before he goes back on it!
Thomson had his hip operation yesterday! Because of an infection in his femur, the ball of his hip had weakened and broke off. The ball of dead bone was very painful and wasn't doing anything helpful so we had to remove it. He will have limited movement and will have to come in again in a few months after the bone has healed to have another surgery so that his leg is more useful. It will involve taking the top of the bone and making a sort of platform to support his pelvis, and then doing several other cuts to make his leg straight. He then will need a frame to lengthen his leg because it will be shorter than the other leg. He will be on traction (bedrest with a weight pulling the leg to keep the bone in the correct position) here in the hospital for 3-4 weeks before he can head home until his next surgery. Please be praying for him today as he's in pain after his surgery and has a long way to go in recovery! He will need a lot of encouragement in the days to come!
Thomson is going into surgery today, not tomorrow! He's a bit bored right now, waiting around to go into surgery with some of the other patients and their moms. The surgeons have time today to operate on him so he will be going in for his Girdlestone operation. Please be praying for him, hip operations are painful!
Even the boys like to paint their nails! Thomson was in the playroom again today and everyone was having fun with nail polish and glitter! Vincent, Thomson's friend was trying to ask one of the CUREkids Coordinators about her family in America and everyone was quite amused! Thomson said he had four brothers, but we're a bit skeptical and think that maybe things got lost in translation! We'll ask again when Thandy is around to translate!
Meet Thomson! He's a pretty cool kid who is in a lot of pain, so please be praying for him! As we understand it, the head of his hip had an infection and now is basically destroyed, causing Thomson to be in a lot of pain. He will go into surgery on Thursday to have a Girdlestone operation, where the ball of the hip (the top of the femur) is removed. Please be praying for him and his quick recovery!
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