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  • Conditiona limb deformity
  • Next Appointment 10/08/2018

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Luka's Story

"Coming here was my first thought when I looked at Edson, my other child who CURE helped to treat. Luka has the same condition that his older brother Edson had. I came here some years back for Edson, and now Luka needs the same treatment. I take CU… Read more

"Coming here was my first thought when I looked at Edson, my other child who CURE helped to treat. Luka has the same condition that his older brother Edson had. I came here some years back for Edson, and now Luka needs the same treatment. I take CURE like my family because anytime I came here I have never been turned down. I am always rejoicing when I see the healing that Edson has and I believe that Luka will come out the same. Luka and Edson's father works and we have only these children. If it was a paying treatment for these children, we could not afford it and we are ever thankful to all who have raised funds and resources for our children. I am always encouraged when I come here because it really feels like my family, my friends. We are always growing here in spiritual life because of the prayers that we have." - Enifa, Luka's mother,

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Jul 10, 2018

Luka came to visit his big brother Edson, who had surgery a couple days ago! They're both doing well and Edson is going home today! Luka says, "Jeffery's mother painted my fingers!" Edson says, "I'm happy to see my brother. I'm also going home today. We'll play with our stuffed animals." Apparently the boys don't live together - Luka stays with his mom and Edson stays with his grandmother because of all the hospital visits they need, it makes it easier. We suggested they speak to Dr. Linda and see if they can come to the hospital at the same time in the future, if that makes it easier for their family! Photo of Luka

Mar 22, 2018

Luka's going home! When they brought him into theater yesterday Dr. Linda realized he had a rash all over - perhaps post measles or rubella - and although his hands were fine she couldn't find a clear spot to take a graft from. We sent him to the General Practitioners to check up on instead, and he'll be leaving and coming back on April 24th. Photo of Luka

Mar 20, 2018

Luka's back! He came in today and has been admitted to have some more fingers separated by Dr. Linda tomorrow. Please be praying for him as he goes into theater for his operation in the morning. Photo of Luka

Feb 27, 2018

Our buddy Luka is back (funnily enough his brother Edson was here yesterday) to have a checkup and some physio. We can't find who did his physiotherapy, but the doctor's notes have him scheduled to come back in March for his next surgery! Photo of Luka

Dec 12, 2017

Luka, Edson, Enifa and Granny all came in today to see the physiotherapists! We caught a photo of them walking out of the hospital and Luka was super into his mandasi (donut)! Ndapile says there's a lot of improvement for his hand, so it looks like your prayers are helping and he's doing the exercises at home! Dr. Linda will see him again in February. Photo of Luka

Oct 24, 2017

Luka and his mom Enifa came in today for an appointment, and they met up with Edson, his older brother, and their granny. Edson and granny came together earlier this week for another operation, and then Luka came today for a check-up and physiotherapy. Physicist Shadreck says that his hand is looking okay, but unfortunately they haven't been doing the exercises enough so the outcome might be poor in the future. Please pray for Enifa and the rest of the family taking care of them- that they'll be intentional about making Edson and Luka do their therapy. Photo of Luka

Sep 19, 2017

Luka came to the physiotherapy room today! He was in a jovial mood but when Thandy spoke to his mother Enifa, she looked unhappy so we encouraged her and reminded her that nothing beats a great smile. Luka needs a new splint which he will be given in two weeks after review. Please pray for patience for Luka and his mother as he is in the process of healing and sometimes that process takes a long time! Photo of Luka

Aug 22, 2017

Physio Janet - "He's mad right now." "Why?" "Because we did some physiotherapy with him." A lot of the kids don't like physiotherapy despite the fact that it's crucial to permanent healing. Despite Luka's irritation, his mom Enifa is thrilled, and says "The way my son's finger has healed was like waking up out of a dream. All of a sudden I saw healing. I have so much hope that Luka will have completely healed fingers soon!" Luka will be back in another month for probably another operation, but please be praying for his big brother Edson who has been admitted with the same condition and will be having another operation later this week. Photo of Luka

Aug 08, 2017

Luka's hand is looking pretty good today so he's being sent home with dressing supplies and will be back in two weeks to make sure it's still healing well! Thank you all for praying for him, we'll see him again soon! Photo of Luka

Aug 07, 2017

Luka's smiling again today! He seems to be warming up to the hospital, he was sitting outside with his mom enjoying the tea and the lovely weather! Photo of Luka

Aug 04, 2017

Luka's back to his skeptical face today - but maybe that's because the sun was in his face! He's doing well and his hand is still recovering! Photo of Luka

Aug 03, 2017

We found a way to get Luka to smile - we decided to let him take a selfie! He didn't really understand that he shouldn't get too close to the camera!

Aug 02, 2017

We were wrong about Luka! He's not here for his next operation. Unfortunately, his skin graft from his last operation has gotten infected and broken down a bit, so he's here for dressings and potentially another skin graft for that area. Please be praying for him as he doesn't seem very happy! Photo of Luka

Aug 01, 2017

Luka came in for another checkup and he's been readmitted to the hospital. He'll probably be having another surgery tomorrow to separate more of his fingers! Photo of Luka

Jul 18, 2017

Luka had his wound inspection today in the ward instead of in theater, and it's looking pretty good so he's going home and will be back August 1st for a checkup. Please continue to pray for him as he heals! He was in a little pain during the wound check, but seemed more fascinated than anything else! Photo of Luka

Jul 17, 2017

Luka and Enifa were hanging out today! Luka seems a little bit happier today, and will have a wound inspection on Wednesday. Photo of Luka

Jul 14, 2017

Luka was having some puffs today, but he still does not look happy about being stuck in the hospital! Please be praying for him as he heals and has a wound inspection next week! Photo of Luka

Jul 13, 2017

Luka's syndactyly release went well yesterday! Dr. Linda separated two of his fingers, which turned out to be a little more complicated than she expected because the bone was fused a little bit. She could have separated another set on the other side of the hand, but because he's severely malnourished she didn't want his body to work any harder than it has to when it comes to healing. She's told the nurses to put him on a high protein/calorie diet which should hopefully help, but please be praying for him! Photo of Luka

Jul 12, 2017

Luka's waiting for his syndactyly release! He was crying a bit this morning - probably because he was hungry since he needed to fast before his operation - but a glove balloon seemed to calm him down! Photo of Luka

Jul 11, 2017

Luka's back! He'll be having his next operation for syndactyly tomorrow, so please be praying for him. We're so excited to see him back, although he seems a bit apprehensive about being back in the hospital! Photo of Luka

Apr 25, 2017

Luka came in for a checkup and is doing well! He was snuggled up on mom's back in the physiotherapy ward - it's cold for Malawi! He's doing "bwino-bwino" (good-good) his mom says! Dr. Linda will see him on June 6th to plan for his next surgery! Photo of Luka

Apr 11, 2017

Here's a picture of Luka's big brother, Edson! He came in for a wound check today and we thought you might like to know what Luka's brother looks like! You can see the family resemblance! Photo of Luka

Apr 06, 2017

Luka's going home! But no worry, he'll be back April 25th for a review, and he has a lot of operations coming up in the future, so stay tuned! His thumb webspace looked good yesterday so the doctors felt comfortable sending him home! Photo of Luka

Apr 05, 2017

Luka went in for his wound inspection today - this is him waiting with Zainabu to go in - and he's already back out again and hanging on mum's back! We'll hear tomorrow on ward round how his hands looked! Photo of Luka

Apr 04, 2017

Luka's enjoying tea time with mommy Enifa today! They were sitting outside and he gave me the sweetest smile! He'll be going to have a wound inspection tomorrow in the operating room - hopefully his thumbs look good! Photo of Luka

Apr 03, 2017

Meet Luka! Luka is a little boy with severe syndactyly (fused fingers). All of his fingers on both hands are stuck together, so he's going to need several surgeries to release them all! If you release two fingers next to each other at once there's a danger of the one in the middle losing circulation, so it's better to do multiple surgeries! He's already had one operation last week to make the webspace between his thumbs bigger, but he'll need at least two more operations, possibly more, afterwards! His big brother Edson has the same condition and we see him all the time, so we should probably be seeing a lot of Luka in the future! He's going to have a wound inspection later this week to make sure his hands are healing alright! Please keep Luka and big brother Edson in your prayers! Photo of Luka

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