Calvine

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  • Conditiona limb deformity
  • Next Appointment 09/25/2017
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Calvine's Story

“Calvine and I come from Mozambique looking for help of which I could not get there. I was really very much scared when I was coming, knowing that I am stranger in this country. But to my surprise, the people here are so loving and accommodating … Read more

“Calvine and I come from Mozambique looking for help of which I could not get there. I was really very much scared when I was coming, knowing that I am stranger in this country. But to my surprise, the people here are so loving and accommodating that all fears are gone. It is unbelievable that all the good medical help and food provided is free of charge. My hope for my grandson to be able to handle things will be realized here at CURE so that all the discriminations leveled against him will be gone. I am so amazed that with such help I am paying nothing,” Jasinta, Calvine's grandmother explained. We're excited to have Calvine here and to play a part in healing his little hands. Our prayer is that he would use his healed hands to bless people and to show them the love of Jesus!

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Yesterday

Calvine's in for another checkup! He doesn't look very happy in this picture, but he cheered up when he got to play with the toys in physio! His granny says he's doing well, especially the hand with the splint. The next time he comes he'll probably have a release for the contracted little finger. She's so happy with this news and his progress! It's been a full year of multiple procedures for Calvine and we'll see him again September 25th for another one. Thank you for playing a big role in prayers and support for Calvine's healing! Photo of Calvine

Jul 04, 2017

Calvine's finally been discharged home! We're going to miss his amazing giggle, and him coming into our office to play with our keys and toys! But no worries, he'll be back for another checkup and possibly surgery on August 15th. https://youtu.be/gT0aZW-Cpok


Jul 03, 2017

Amigo is still here, the life of the party! We love being greeted by Calvine's smile on Monday morning after a weekend away from our favorite little buddy! Photo of Calvine

Jun 30, 2017

Our little Amigo, Calvine, seems to be enjoying life at the hospital - so many fun toys outside and in physiotherapy! Please be praying his hand heals up quickly so he can go home next week - not that we want our little Amigo to leave, but we're sure his mom misses him! Photo of Calvine

Jun 29, 2017

Calvine came up to our office again! He's gotten a new nickname, courtesy of Thandy. Everyone has been calling him 'Amigo', which means 'Friend' in Portuguese, his language! He does seem to be friends with everyone! He'll be staying until at least next week since his wound is a bit gunky - Dr. Linda is tired of him going home and then not getting proper care and coming back with more issues, so she's not letting him go until she's happy this time. We're sure his granny isn't happy about staying longer, but it's all so that they don't have to come back AGAIN for a complication - his fingers on his right hand are already in need of another operation because they contracted caused by him now wearing his splint at home. He'll have six operations in total and he should have only needed four. Please be praying for quick healing this time! Photo of Calvine

Jun 28, 2017

Our buddy Calvine came into our office to hear his get-well messages! We're not sure how much he got out of it since he doesn't know a ton of Chichewa, but he's learning really fast. He really enjoyed hearing from you all - and playing with the toys! Photo of Calvine

Jun 27, 2017

As always, Calvine has been running around our office, playing with keys and stuffed animals! His favorite thing is to get his photo taken, and Thandy was happy to oblige. Dr. Sam is going to talk to Dr. Linda about whether or not he can go home today or tomorrow and have wound dressings at home. Please keep praying for continued progress! Photo of Calvine

Jun 22, 2017

When CUREkids Coordinator Avanell came in today, Calvine was already in physio and in the CKC office running around with Thandy. Calvine loves "DJ" Thandy and he complains if we turn off the African music! He also likes to sit on Thandy's desk and touch everything! Photo of Calvine

Jun 21, 2017

Calvine and a bunch of the other little boys - Neyma and Ebenezer - are playing the "run away screaming and giggling" game! It's so much fun! Unfortunately, Calvine's hand doesn't look good enough to go home yet, but hopefully next week he'll be all set! His granny seems a bit disappointed, but he doesn't seem to mind having more time to play with the other kids! Photo of Calvine

Jun 20, 2017

Calvine might be discharged later today depending on how his hand looks, so Nate asked to take a photo with him! Nate is a medical student who helped out with Calvine's surgery so he wanted a photo with his 'patient'. Calvine looks a bit skeptical about the whole situation, but maybe he's just apprehensive about the upcoming wound inspection! Photo of Calvine

Jun 19, 2017

It's nap time for the toddlers! We spotted Calvine and Neymar (in the background) snoozing away right after lunchtime. Calvine is usually running around and bubbly, but sometimes you just run out of steam and need a nap! He had a wound dressing this morning and was quite cross after that, but hopefully he'll cheer up after sleeping off the grumps! Photo of Calvine

Jun 16, 2017

Calvine is doing well - he's been playing in physio with Shakira and Veronica again! We tried to take a video of him, but it's hard when he's so close to the camera, we think we managed to get a pretty good view of his cute little smile though! Unfortunately when he had his wound inspection a couple of days ago, they said it looked a bit mucky so he'll have to stay while we make sure that it's clean and will heal well. He'll have another wound inspection next week! Please be praying it looks good! https://youtu.be/ZXhn_VnTKw4


Jun 15, 2017

Calvine has been running around with Shakira today! We locked her out of the office for a bit because they were touching everything, but then we got distracted playing with her and Calvine through the glass. We brought him his get-well messages and he says he has an itch under his bandage - must be so annoying - but that hasn't stopped him from having fun! Photo of Calvine

Jun 14, 2017

Calvine had his wound inspection today and now is happily enjoying his lunch with his granny after a post-anesthesia nap. We'll hear tomorrow during ward rounds how his skin graft is healing! Photo of Calvine

Jun 13, 2017

Shakira's taken Calvine under her wing and has been leading him around the hospital. Today, they were playing outside and then she went to take him back in - she had to make a bit of an effort to get him past the camera though! They'll both be having wound inspections tomorrow to see how their skin grafts are taking, please be praying they look good! Photo of Calvine

Jun 12, 2017

Calvine is having a ball today! He was watching some tv, then went outside and was running around with the other kids. Unfortunately, the big kids were playing a bit rough and he got knocked down and cried a bit, but we comforted him and Shakira walked him back to his granny and five minutes later he was smiling again! Photo of Calvine

Jun 09, 2017

Calvine was enjoying spending time in the playroom today when we brought him get-well messages and was a little distracted by the fun toys, like the toy stethoscope! He was trying to talk to Thandy in Portuguese, but unfortunately Thandy didn't understand him. He pretty much communicated the fact that he's happy and enjoys get-well messages. His granny was resting while he's playing with the other kids! Photo of Calvine

Jun 08, 2017

Calvine is looking a bit sulky today post-operation, but we're sure he'll cheer up soon enough - after all he has a pretty rad car! He'll have a wound inspection next week to see how his hand is doing! Photo of Calvine

Jun 07, 2017

Calvine had his surgery today! Dr. Karolina released the syndactyly on his hand, separating the fingers and then using a skin graft to cover the excess flesh from where the fingers were fused. Dr. Linda, who is his primary doctor, was also in and helping Karolina and says that when she saw photos of Calvine smiling she couldn't believe it! Apparently he never smiles for her - probably because she's always messing with his fingers! He'll need another surgery for the contracture but Linda is afraid that if his granny doesn't understand why he needs the splint, he'll just keep coming back with contractures. Please pray that we'll be able to explain just how important the splints are! Photo of Calvine

Jun 06, 2017

Calvine's come back early! His hands are looking okay - unfortunately it looks like maybe he hasn't been wearing his splint on his right hand, so his fingers have gotten a bit contracted there and might need another operation. As far as his left hand goes, he just needs two more fingers separated. We'll see whether he gets the right hand or the left hand done first and will find out tomorrow when he has his surgery! Please be praying for him! Photo of Calvine

May 11, 2017

Calvine has gone home today! He was just supposed to come for a wound inspection, but because he was so late Tuesday he ended up staying the night, and then didn't get a chance to see the doctor on Wednesday! They checked his hands today and he was booked to come back July 4 - and fortunately for him before they left they got one of the gift bags from a group visiting from a local church! Please be praying for him while he continues to heal! Photo of Calvine

May 10, 2017

Guess who's back! Calvine showed up late last night and we were thrilled to see him! We're not sure if he's been admitted or not since his file isn't around, he might just be waiting to see Dr. Linda - and enjoying his rice and beans! Photo of Calvine

Apr 25, 2017

Calvine came in for a checkup today and was passed out waiting for a wound inspection on granny's lap! Jacinta is worried because one of his fingers is a bit bent and isn't straightening out - the doctors prescribed for him to have physiotherapy every other day to help it, and he'll be seen next month on the 9th! Photo of Calvine

Mar 28, 2017

Calvine's been discharged! The ward is VERY full this week so it's a good thing he's heading home to make room for the other kids! He's finally got his splint made - one for both of his hands. His agogo (grandma) is making him wave with his splinted hand! We brought him into the office after the splints were made to listen to get well messages. He was very teary eyed after physio, but a bit of chocolate cheered him right up! Photo of Calvine

Mar 27, 2017

Our cheeky baby Calvine is doing well today! He was playing with a much loved Bible in the ward this morning and seems to be in a really good mood based on the amount of giggling he's been doing! Photo of Calvine

Mar 24, 2017

Calvine is really quiet today. We delivered his get wells and finally asked his granny how he got the cut on his face. It seems that he was walking around the house practicing fixing things like doors and cars (apparently he's destined to be some sort of handy man if he's starting at the tender age of two). He got the wound because a door fell on him as he was trying to fix it, but he's doing fine now. He's going to get a splint for his other hand because he needs to work on stretching his fingers so they don't contract, please be praying it doesn't hurt him too much. His granny says thank you for the messages! Photo of Calvine

Mar 23, 2017

Calvine's surgery went well yesterday! He's looking a bit grumpy today but he's still following Jacinta around and "helping" with laundry so we think he'll be smiling soon enough. Dr. Maina released his little and ring fingers from each other and then took a skin graft from his stomach to cover the excess flesh. Unfortunately, we can't release more than one finger at a time because if we did there's a risk that there would be a loss of blood flow to the finger in the middle of the three fused fingers. Please be praying for him as he recovers! Photo of Calvine

Mar 22, 2017

Calvine is not looking very happy with granny Jacinta after she force-fed him the medicine to help him fall asleep! He's going in for his next operation today, please be praying for him. We'll post photos tomorrow! Photo of Calvine

Mar 21, 2017

Calvine is enjoying some time running around physio with the giant ball! We were kicking it gently to him and it's bigger than him so he giggled and braced himself every time! This morning he was fast asleep while Dr. Maina checked out his hands. He's going in for surgery tomorrow to have his little finger released from the other two, please be praying for a quick and successful surgery! Photo of Calvine

Mar 20, 2017

Guess who's back! Calvine has been readmitted to the hospital for another operation! It looks like he took a bit of a tumble and got a cut on his cheek, poor buddy! Thandy isn't around today to translate for us, but his grandma speaks a little bit of English and indicated that he fell and got cut! Please be praying it heals cleanly! Otherwise he's looking just as happy and healthy as always! Photo of Calvine

Feb 21, 2017

Calvine's going home so his grandmother and Thandy coaxed him into saying tchau tchau (bye bye in Portuguese, his grandmother's language) to the camera and you all! Not that he needed much coaxing! His grandma Jacinta says he's actually really unhappy that he's going home - he likes it that much in the hospital, with all his little friends like Jo-jo and Boniface and Tressy! Grandma on the other hand, is really happy to be able to go back to Mozambique to be with their family! No worries, Calvine will be back with his chipmunk cheeks on March 19th for his last surgery! YouTube link is at https://youtu.be/xndiP9TpelQ.


Feb 20, 2017

Someone is on the big boy bike today! Calvine was walking around physio and looking interested in the bike so we put him up there and pushed him around for a bit and he had a blast! Afterwards, we tried to take him down (we weren't sure if he could get down by himself) but every time we tried he started to cry, even when we distracted him with the camera first! Finally we left him up there for a few minutes (the physios kept an eye on him) and went to the ward, and by the time we got back he was bored of sitting on his perch and happily let us take him down! Photo of Calvine

Feb 17, 2017

Calvine is back to his usual cheery self after being spacey the other day from anesthesia - we were gone yesterday at a clinic but we're sure he was already back to normal yesterday! Today he was running around physio with Boniface giggling as usual! Photo of Calvine

Feb 15, 2017

Calvine ended up having his wound inspection today, and he's super spacey now after anesthesia. He's so cute but no smiles today - just vacant looks! We're sure he'll be back to normal pretty quickly! His skin graft unfortunately isn't looking that great, and there's a bit of necrosis so he's going to have daily wound dressings for his hand - poor buddy, it's painful to have wound dressings! Photo of Calvine

Feb 14, 2017

It's been a pretty quiet grey day today, but Calvine's as happy as ever! He got his temperature taken this afternoon and he'll be having a wound inspection tomorrow, hopefully it looks good! Photo of Calvine

Feb 13, 2017

Calvine has been EVERYWHERE today - this morning he was following us around on ward rounds, wanting pictures and to be picked up! Then we found him in physio playing on the toy bike. Around lunchtime, he and his buddy Boniface were chasing CUREkids Coordinator Avanell around and trying to get her to toss them in the air, their new favorite game. She obliged a couple times but Calvine is getting pretty heavy, so after a while she needed to run away to get a break! Photo of Calvine

Feb 10, 2017

We brought Calvine a get-well message today - he seems to enjoy touching the computer more than listening, but it's hard to blame a two year old for that! Thandy had to hold him down and tickle him to keep him from touching all the buttons! Calvine says that he REALLY wants bread. Thandy was supposed to bring him bread but he forgot this morning because the shops were closed, but promised to bring him some during lunch! Photo of Calvine

Feb 09, 2017

We wanted to show you what Calvine's expression is like when he sees the back of the camera - a phone in selfie mode is basically the same thing! He was playing with Tressy this morning and we were playing peek-a-boo around the corner with them, much to his delight! His wound looked good yesterday and they'll check again in another week before he can head home!


Feb 08, 2017

Calvine didn't look very happy this morning as he waited for his wound check, but he gave us a small smile as he cuddled up with granny. He loves messing with the dial at the back of the camera and seeing other pictures, so he gave a huge grin when we let him do that, but it's hard to capture a photo of a kid looking at the back of the camera! He'll be going in later today, please be praying that his wound looks good! Photo of Calvine

Feb 07, 2017

Our buddy Calvine has been everywhere today! He's such a cutie and everyone loves him! We were picking him up and tossing him in the air and he thought it was so much fun - Boniface, another CUREkid who also has syndactyly, came in to join the fun! Currently we have four little boys all under two who are all getting surgery for syndactyly - please be praying for them all! Photo of Calvine

Feb 06, 2017

Calvine and granny went for a walk outside today, enjoying the fresh air and lovely greenery that's popped up now that it's rainy season! He'll be having a wound inspection probably on Wednesday to check out the skin graft, pray that it's taking well! Photo of Calvine

Feb 03, 2017

Kennedy and Joshua were both acting up for the camera today because they love having their photos taken, and Calvine thought it was quite hilarious the poses that they were doing! He was looking over at granny to see if she thought they were as amusing as he did! We brought Calvine his get-well messages today and Jacinta said that he's feeling a lot better today. Yesterday he was grumpy because he was still in pain from the operation, but today he's quite perky and smiley! Photo of Calvine

Feb 02, 2017

Calvine's surgery yesterday went well! He's a bit glum and fussy today but otherwise seems to be doing alright. Dr. Linda decided to finish up the right hand before moving on to the left, so she released his middle and index finger, while Dr. Maina took a skin graft from his stomach to cover the excess flesh. Please be praying the skin graft takes well and that he looks good next week when they do a wound inspection! Photo of Calvine

Feb 01, 2017

Dr. Kaiser okayed Calvine for surgery today! He says the cough is mild and there isn't any other signs of sickness, so it looks like he'll be having his syndactyly release on his left hand later this afternoon. He's quite fussy at the moment, it's hard to fast for surgery when you're only two! Usually they send in the youngest kids first, but there was a one year old who was before him. Please be praying for Calvine and his grandma! We'll post more photos and details from his surgery tomorrow! Photo of Calvine

Jan 31, 2017

Calvine has a bit of a cough, so the anesthetist has to check him out and give him the okay before he'll be allowed to go to surgery. The theater list for tomorrow hasn't come out yet, but hopefully he'll be on it and won't have to wait any longer! Photo of Calvine

Jan 30, 2017

Guess who's back in the hospital for his next release! Calvine is here and will most likely be having another release on Wednesday, probably on the same hand as last time, although we're not sure yet. He wasn't very happy this morning and still needs to readjust to being in the hospital - maybe he understands why he is here and is not looking forward to another operation! Please pray for him! Photo of Calvine

Dec 07, 2016

Calvine's finally been discharged! He doesn't have a follow up date yet beyond weekly dressings at the local clinic near his home, but we'll probably see him again in the new year, probably around February. Please be praying for him as he heals and travels home! We're gonna miss his adorable face! Photo of Calvine

Dec 06, 2016

Calvine's wound looks good and so he's getting discharged tomorrow! This morning they decided to discharge him, but he had to get wires removed from his hand and he had to get a splint made in physio, so now it's a bit late to write a discharge for him to go home anyways. After they write the discharge, he'll go back to rehab tech Patrick for more instructions before he goes home. We're gonna miss his adorable smile! Photo of Calvine

Dec 05, 2016

Calvine's still hanging out here at the hospital! We imagine the doctors will probably check his wound tomorrow after ward rounds in the morning and most likely discharge him if it looks good. We found him in the playroom and he toddled straight over to us when he saw us walk in for a photo shoot! Photo of Calvine

Dec 02, 2016

Calvine is still in the hospital - we saw him early this morning helping his granny wash clothes! Late yesterday we delivered messages to him - he really enjoyed hearing them and his granny says thank you! He's excited because his birthday is coming up in two weeks and they're hoping they can be home in Mozambique for that and Christmas if his wound inspection looks good next week! Photo of Calvine

Dec 01, 2016

Calvine is sharing his cheese puffs with Thandy today! Thandy graciously declined and let him have them back. All the kids love cheese puffs! He'll be having another wound inspection next week and will be going to Feed the Children today. Please keep him in your prayers! Photo of Calvine

Nov 30, 2016

Calvine accidentally got put on the theater list today so by the time they caught the mistake he was very hungry - fortunately that means he really enjoyed tea this morning! Thandy says he was 'eating everything'! He'll probably be going back to Feed The Children soon! Photo of Calvine

Nov 29, 2016

Calvine didn't see Thandy at first, but as soon as he saw him he wanted Thandy to pick him up! He was being pretty serious as Thandy carried him around doing his work, but we got him smiling with some tickling! He was going to have a wound inspection tomorrow in theater but because he has a cough, the anesthetist probably wouldn't be comfortable putting him under, so we opened it up today in the ward. It hurt a bit but his wound is looking good! He'll be going back to Feed The Children until next wound inspection. We're gonna miss him! Photo of Calvine

Nov 28, 2016

Calvine's away at Feed the Children, a local shelter where we send kids to when the ward is full. No worries, he'll be back tomorrow with his adorable grin so that he can get a wound inspection in theater on Wednesday!

Nov 24, 2016

Calvine's surgery yesterday went well! CUREkids Coordinator Avanell was out sick so CKC Thandy covered for her and did an awesome job! Calvine's original surgery - the little finger on the left hand was separated and had started to go back and heal together again, so unfortunately the doctors had to sort that out again before they could move on to separating other fingers. Please be praying that it heals better this time! Photo of Calvine

Nov 22, 2016

Guess who's been readmitted to the hospital and will be having an operation tomorrow?! It's our buddy Calvine! He doesn't look very happy in this photo, but we're pretty sure he had just gotten a blood test to make sure he doesn't have any malaria. We're hoping to see his normal, adorable grin soon enough though - although it might not show up until after his operation! Please be praying for him and granny Jacinta, as Calvine heads into the OR tomorrow! Photo of Calvine

Oct 11, 2016

Calvine came in for a checkup and has been scheduled for his next operation at the end of November! We're so excited to be having him come back for his next surgery, please be praying he'll be ready when it happens! Photo of Calvine

Sep 27, 2016

Calvine came in for another appointment again today! He was going to be admitted for his next operation, but unfortunately Dr. Linda, who usually does the syndactyly releases, is away this week! Don't worry though, we'll probably be seeing him for his next surgery in the near future! Photo of Calvine

Aug 23, 2016

Calvine came in for a checkup today with Dr. Mania! He says his hand is looking good, but they still need to wait for it to heal more before he'll be ready for his next operation! We'll see him again in four weeks, and he'll hopefully be ready then! Photo of Calvine

Aug 09, 2016

Oops! We just published Calvine and he's already headed home! He's been discharged so he can heal completely from his first operation before he has the next one, but don't worry, we'll hopefully see him and his granny in a couple of weeks at his follow up appointment! Here's a photo of him from earlier this week - Thandy temporarily kidnapped him for a photo shoot! Calvine is such an enthusiastic model! Photo of Calvine

Aug 08, 2016

Meet our bubbly little friend Calvine! He's such a cutie! He loves having his photo taken so much! The other day he was monopolizing CUREkids Coordinator Thandy and the camera! He cried every time Thandy left him with his grandma! Calvine has bilateral syndactyly, a condition where the digits of the hand or foot are fused together. For Calvine, on both hands his pinky through middle finger are fused. He's already had one operation to separate his right pinky from his other two fingers, but in the future he'll need another three operations to separate the rest of his fingers. You can't do it all at once or you run the risk of accidentally cutting off blood supply and losing a finger, that's why he needs so many surgeries! Please be praying for Calvine and his grandma Jacinta as they're here all the way from Mozambique! Photo of Calvine

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