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Luka's Story

“Luka was born deformed and he has improved through the hospital treatment he has been receiving,” said James, Luka’s uncle.

Luka’s mother has the same problem of Bone Dysplagia also known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta. When Luka was at… Read more

“Luka was born deformed and he has improved through the hospital treatment he has been receiving,” said James, Luka’s uncle.

Luka’s mother has the same problem of Bone Dysplagia also known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta. When Luka was at the age of learning to walk, he was unable to, but after receiving some treatment, he was able to walk and move around a bit. Now, Luka feels too much pain. He is barely able to walk far or run around. He walks so slow because of the pain in his legs.
Luka was seen by CURE Malawi doctors and is now booked to undergo an operation to help his legs. He is the first born child in his family of two and his parents are business people to support the family.

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Aug 08, 2017

Luka's surgery went well yesterday and now he's looking a bit glum, but recovering well in the ward. Dr. Maina put in 8-plates which will redirect the growth in his knees so that they straighten out. It will take a while to see the improvement as he grows, so please be praying for perseverance! He's actually being sent home today since he lives locally, and will be back September 12th. Photo of Luka

Aug 07, 2017

Luka's back for another operation! His knees are still turned inwards, so he'll be having surgery today to correct them. Please be praying for him as he goes to the operating room today! Photo of Luka

Aug 01, 2017

Luka is back for another checkup! He says he's not bad, but there's still pain when he walks a lot. Fortunately he's able to go to school and he's glad to be getting checked up on by the doctors/ He'll be coming back on Sunday to be readmitted for his next operation so hopefully that should help sort out his pain! Photo of Luka

Jun 13, 2017

Luka's here for a checkup and some physiotherapy! He needs to have another rush rod operation for his other leg, so we'll see him on July 25th! Photo of Luka

Jun 01, 2017

Luka went home early this morning and we didn't manage to get a photo before he left! Unfortunately, he also missed playing Jenga with Malita and Cathy in the playroom, but we're glad he got to go home! We'll see Luka again next week for a wound inspection, and then again in six weeks for a follow up appointment. Photo of Luka

May 31, 2017

Luka's doing well with recovering and Funny brought him his get-well messages this morning. They were looking pretty cool in their matching orange shirts! Luka says that he's happy because although there's still a little bit of pain, it's a lot better than before his operation. He's happy that there's people wishing him well, he's very thankful and asks for you to continue praying for him. One of the well-wishers sent a photo of a dog, which he really liked! Funny asked him, "Are you afraid of dogs?" A lot of Malawians are afraid of dogs since most of them are guard dogs that bite! There's not very many people that have them as pets. He said no, he's not scared because he's never been bitten by a dog. The dog in the picture looked like a pretty friendly poodle anyways, so we don't think he would have been scared! Photo of Luka

May 30, 2017

Luka's surgery yesterday went well - the doctors fixed the fracture in his femur and then put a metal rushrod through it to hold it stable. His tibias are fine for the moment, but they're fusing with the fibulas, the smaller bones in the leg, which could potentially cause problems in the future so please pray for that! He's recovering in the ward now and once the physiotherapists are happy with his progress he'll go home! Photo of Luka

May 29, 2017

Luka's back! He's waiting for his operation today and will go in later to have a rush-rod replacement. Please be praying for him as he has his surgery! Photo of Luka

May 23, 2017

Apparently "come back when needed" was a lot sooner than we expected! Luka's back in clinic and was looking pretty glum when we spotted him - maybe he had just found out that he needed another operation. He'll be admitted this Sunday and will have surgery next week for one of his femurs, which is bowed and needs to be cut and re-rushrodded. Please be praying for him! Photo of Luka

Aug 09, 2016

We caught a quick glimpse of Luka today! It looks like he came in for a quick checkup with Dr. Maina! We went to check on the clinic book to see when he was coming back but it just says to 'Review PRN' - which is a Latin abbreviation, 'pro re nata' meaning, 'when needed' or 'when the circumstances arise'. We guess that means we won't be seeing him for a couple years until he's grown enough that he needs a rush rod or two replaced! Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to deliver his messages before he headed out, but please be praying for him nevertheless! Photo of Luka

May 23, 2016

Luka went home over the weekend, but fortunately he'll be back at CURE in a month for a checkup! Please be praying for him as he recovers at home!

May 20, 2016

Luka isn't looking too happy today - he was in a lot of pain this morning and crying a bit, but he seems to feel a little better at the moment - they did a lot of cuts in his poor tibia! Please be praying that he'll feel better! Photo of Luka

May 19, 2016

Luka is doing as well as can be expected the day after operation! He is in bed recovering, but fortunately doesn't look like he's in too much pain. Yesterday, the surgeons took out his old rush rod which was holding his tibia straight, but unfortunately, had gotten too short for his leg. They removed it and then did a corrective osteotomy (cut the bone so they could make it straight again) at the bottom of his bone where the rush rod hadn't reached. They had to make a second cut in the bone a little higher up as well because it wasn't quite straight enough, and then they put a longer rush rod through which should keep his bone straight until he grows some more! Sadly, kids with Osteogenisis Imperfecta (brittle bones) need lots of surgeries to keep everything working right! Please continue to pray for Luka as he heals! Photo of Luka

May 18, 2016

Luka is having his operation today! He was lounging around outside the operating theater waiting for his turn to go in! He looks quite comfortable - please be praying for him, we'll post photos and more information tomorrow! Photo of Luka

May 17, 2016

Luka's back! He's already playing Bao again, silly boy! He's going to have another operation, this time a rush rod revision in his left leg so that they'll both be straight again! Please be praying for him as he'll probably go to theater later this week! Photo of Luka

Mar 02, 2016

Luka came in for a wound dressing today! He's doing well, and laughed when we asked how Favor was! We think that means he's doing well too! Please continue to keep him in your prayers! Photo of Luka

Feb 26, 2016

Luka gets to go home today! He lives locally so he's going to come in on Wednesday for a wound inspection by the nurses, if we interpreted his discharge note correctly! His dad and little brother Favor came to come get him today, such a cute little guy! We'll see Luka again in a month to check on how his leg is coming along, and down the line he will come back for the same surgery on his other leg! Photo of Luka

Feb 25, 2016

Luka had his surgery yesterday! He's doing okay today, but is still sort of uncomfortable. Because his right leg was causing pain, the doctors only operated on that one, so that he will still be able to get around with his left leg, but eventually, he'll need to return for an operation on his other leg. Dr. Minor and Dr. Samoya removed the rush rod from when he was younger, and then inserted another, longer and larger rush rod into the bone, as well as fixing the fracture in his leg to make it straight. Please continue to pray for him! Photo of Luka

Feb 24, 2016

Luka has surgery today! He's looking quite serious while he's waiting for his turn to go into theater! Please be praying for him as the doctors operate later today, that his surgery goes well and that he doesn't have much pain afterwards! Photo of Luka

Feb 23, 2016

Luka loves playing Bao! It's pretty much the only thing he's done since he's gotten here! He's played with his uncle, with his new friends, with the other guardians - pretty much everyone! When your leg is so painful it's hard to walk, there's not much else to do with your time! His right leg is the one that's giving him trouble, it is very painful, so the doctors are going to revise the osteotomy and put a rush rod in his tibia to keep it straight and fix the pain when he walks. He will probably be going for his operation tomorrow as long as they have space in the operating room, please keep him in your prayers! Photo of Luka

Feb 22, 2016

Meet Luka! Luka has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a condition where the bones are brittle and fracture very easily. He first came to our hospital in 2007, before the online CUREkids Program even started! He is here to have a revised osteotomy - that's where they cut the bones to make them straight - and to have rods put in his legs. We're not 100% sure what the plan is yet; we'll hopefully find out tomorrow during ward rounds! He will most likely be having his surgery later this week! Photo of Luka

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