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The picture above is of CURE in Malawi. Everyone who serves with CURE in Malawi, from medical professionals to office staff, are dedicated to providing the highest quality medical and spiritual care to people who, without CURE, couldn't find it and couldn't afford it, just like Hooke. To do that, we're inviting you to partner with us.

We need to raise approximately $1000 to treat children like Hooke. When you give a gift through Hooke's CUREkids profile, your contribution will help us continue our work in countries like Malawi. Have more questions? Ask us.

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Hooke's Story

“Hook is the second born of three children. He is a lovely boy that the good Lord blessed me with. He is very intelligent and I thank heaven for that. However, he was born with genu varus. This has brought sorrow on my family. People mock him be… Read more

“Hook is the second born of three children. He is a lovely boy that the good Lord blessed me with. He is very intelligent and I thank heaven for that. However, he was born with genu varus. This has brought sorrow on my family. People mock him because of how he walks. In fact, my son likes staying indoors in fear of being laughed at. This really breaks my heart so much. I come from Mozambique and where I live, I consulted different hospitals but they could not assist my son. I then lost all hope and thought there was no solution to his problem until one day, some kind people told me about CURE Malawi. I was so happy to hear about that, but then the big question was - where will I get money for the transport? This added more pain in my heart especially when I thought of the kind of man my son will grow into if not treated. It was as if I was dreaming one day when some well wishers said they will provide transport for me to get here to Malawi. I really couldn’t believe them until they told me for the second time. I was very overwhelmed with joy and I thanked God for the miracle. I spoke to myself, 'oh! God you are really alive!' And He watches over us. To be realistic, He knows everything we need and has the ability to do it for us. May God bless them and bless even others that give toward the hospital’s welfare. I am so happy to be here at CURE and I like the hospitality that CURE staff has. They are all like one family - very humble, loving and caring,” Margalita, Hooke’s mother told us with a smile.

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Latest Updates

Aug 18, 2017

Hooke has gone home, but should be back in about a month to have the plate removed from his other leg, which was slowly correcting the growth on his more mildly affected left leg. We already miss him, and made a video about his journey here at CURE Malawi! https://youtu.be/pdQ1irKL3Ms


Aug 17, 2017

Hooke and his mom Margalita were listening to some African tunes on their phone outside today and Hooke offered to let me listen for a second - it made me want to dance! Photo of Hooke

Aug 16, 2017

Hooke's recovering great from his frame removal yesterday. He and Precious both had operations and they're both making goofy faces and so happy today! Hooke seems super happy that his frame is off, a lot less pain for him! He's been discharged and will probably be going home soon. Photo of Hooke

Aug 15, 2017

Hooke had his surgery today to remove his frame. Theater Technician Margreet prayed for him before he went in for his surgery - and after he stole her cool surgery glasses! Please be praying for him as he recovers from his operation! Photo of Hooke

Aug 14, 2017

Hooke came for a checkup and he's been readmitted to have his frame off. We're so excited to see him back and making faces at the camera again! Please be praying for him as he goes to the operating room to have it off later this week! Photo of Hooke

Jun 19, 2017

We guess Hooke's X rays must have looked pretty good because he was discharged over the weekend! We're gonna miss his sunshiny face, but he'll be back on July 17th for another checkup and X ray to see how well his bone is healing. Unfortunately, the frame needs to stay on despite the fact that his bone is straight, because now it needs to keep the leg stable while the bone heals together! Photo of Hooke

Jun 16, 2017

Please be praying for CURE Malawi! Our x-ray machine has unfortunately broken, and it will be a while before we can fix it and get it up and running! This means we have to bus kids for x-rays to the nearby Queens Public Hospital, which is fortunately really close. Hooke went for his x-ray today in the big van and seemed excited about a 'field trip' to another hospital! Photo of Hooke

Jun 15, 2017

We brought Hooke his get-well messages and he's doing okay. He's really afraid of getting injections, so whenever the nurses come around he gets scared. Otherwise, he's improving. His mom is so grateful for the prayers and support! Please be praying that Hooke won't be scared! Photo of Hooke

Jun 14, 2017

Yamikani is the popular boy in the ward thanks to his computer and his collection of films! The kids have been gathering around and watching movies, including Hooke, who you can see on the left. Today it was a Bollywood film, in what sounded like it was most spoken in Hindi, but that didn't look like it was stopping them from enjoying it! Photo of Hooke

Jun 13, 2017

Hooke was having some fun playing with his mom's little phone today! He also took a pretty long nap this morning! Photo of Hooke

Jun 12, 2017

Hooke's doing grand! He's been yelling 'photo' and 'video' at us all day! We took this photo of him artfully covering his face for some reason or other, ha! He'll be having some struts added to his frame so we can put a band around his knee to keep it straight, which we very much doubt he'll be happy about so you can pray that goes well. Photo of Hooke

Jun 09, 2017

We brought Hooke get-well messages today! Because he speaks Portuguese we read them to his mom and then she tells him what you all said! He's just had his turns done so he's sad, but in general, he's doing well and he slept well last night. His mom says to thank everyone so much for encouraging them and praying for them! Photo of Hooke

Jun 08, 2017

Hooke loves having his photo taken, so much so that he's learned both the English and Chichewa for "photo" - but now he's learned a new word, "video!" We took a video of him and he sang us a little song! https://youtu.be/lQPQTb59xGU


Jun 07, 2017

Hooke started crying when Dr. Christy tried to move his leg this morning - he's still very anti-physiotherapy! However, Thandy's back and entertained him with the camera and he sure loved seeing his photo in the flip screen! Photo of Hooke

Jun 06, 2017

Hooke and Omali were having a blast riding around on a bike this morning! Unfortunately, physio has been pretty rough and he was crying a lot during his session this morning. It's tough to do physio with a frame on especially if the kid is too apprehensive to move it, and it just gets worse from being still for so long - please continue to pray for him! Photo of Hooke

Jun 05, 2017

Hooke's been pretty happy today, wheeling around the hospital demanding photos. The one time he was pretty upset was during physiotherapy - it's been a struggle to get his leg moved enough to keep his knee from getting stiff and painful, so you can be praying that that starts to go better. He's also been learning Chichewa, according to CUREkid Coordinator, Funny! Photo of Hooke

Jun 02, 2017

It's super quiet in the ward today. The doctors have discharged most of the kids so there's not a lot going on today, but Hooke's still here and new friends will arrive on Sunday to have surgeries next week. He was really enjoying his mandasi (donut) and yelled "photo!" at us again! Photo of Hooke

Jun 01, 2017

Hooke and the other kids were having a blast in the playroom today! Even though he speaks Portuguese, he's already learned both the "ndjumbule", which is Chichewa for 'photograph me' and the English word "photo". He loves taking the camera and scrolling through all the photos, so we try not to get too close to him with it or we're stuck all day while he plays with the camera! Photo of Hooke

May 31, 2017

Hooke was doing some more physiotherapy today! Margalita was doing a great job helping him out in practicing his walking with crutches! Photo of Hooke

May 30, 2017

Our wild child Hooke is making funny faces and generally in high spirits! He's been scooting around the hospital in his wheelchair and watching tv. At the moment, we just passed him and he was having his turns for his frames and didn't look quite so happy though, so you can pray they won't cause him too much pain. Photo of Hooke

May 29, 2017

Hooke is super happy again today - we spotted him at tea, chowing down a piece of bread and grinning at us! He also was yelling at us to come take his photo! There was some discussion and they're going to teach his mom to do the turns for his frame, but he'll probably staying at the nearby CURE hostel until they're done with the turns to get his legs straight. He'll need the frame on for a while after the turns are done so eventually he'll be going home with the frame and then coming back after the bone is healed enough to take it off. Photo of Hooke

May 26, 2017

Hooke was having fun in the playroom today. He's learned the Chichewa word for "take a photo of me" (ndijumbule) and was asking us to take his photo! They're going to start the turns today, so please be praying for his continued happiness! Photo of Hooke

May 25, 2017

Margalita is such a dedicated mom, and we see her almost every day helping out Hooke with his physiotherapy - which he doesn't seem to mind a bit, fortunately! Physio Diana was teaching her how to do some stretches with him. Please be praying for him when turns start in a few days - they're often the painful part of the whole frame process and he might not be quite as cheery once they start. Photo of Hooke

May 24, 2017

Hooke was doing some physiotherapy today! He was really enjoying swinging around, using mostly his arms on the bars! Margalita isn't afraid anymore and she's looking a lot happier, thank you all for praying for her! Photo of Hooke

May 23, 2017

Hooke's been "bouncing" around today - as much as you can be bouncing in a wheelchair - and was having a lot of fun with a balloon this morning! When we last saw him, he was passed out asleep with his mom! Photo of Hooke

May 22, 2017

Hooke's looking very happy today! He's been scooting around in his wheelchair and talking loudly in physio and we also caught him having a lot of fun with a coloring book! Photo of Hooke

May 19, 2017

Hooke's operation went well and he's recovering in the ward now! He's in a little pain so please be praying for him! Margalita was a bit stressed yesterday because the surgery was taking so long, and she was disturbed by the frame when he did come out. Unfortunately, none of our staff speak Portuguese and she only speaks broken Chichewa, so it was hard to communicate with her what was going on. She signed the consent form when the people who brought her here translated it for her, but they're gone now and there's difficulties in communicating! CUREkids Coordinator Avanell showed her some before, during and after videos of a child with the exact same condition and a frame so she could see what it accomplishes in the healing process, and CUREkids Coordinator Funny and the nurses did their best to comfort her last night. She's doing a lot better today, but still please be praying for her as she feels lonely here!

As far as Hooke's operation, it all went smoothly! The doctors cut the bone in a couple of places and then put a frame through the bone which over time will slowly bring the leg straight. His other leg is more mild, so they put a plate in the growth plate which will slow the growth in one side so the other side can catch up, making it straighten out over time. Please be praying for him as he'll have the frame on for quite a while! Photo of Hooke

May 18, 2017

Hooke's operation is going well! His poor mom was rather stressed worrying about her son being in surgery, but CUREkids Coordinator Funny reassured her that it's all going okay! Please be praying for Hooke's mom as he has surgery. We'll post more photos and information tomorrow! Photo of Hooke

May 17, 2017

Meet Hooke! Hooke is a sweet little boy from Mozambique who traveled all the way to Malawi with his mom to have surgery for his deformed leg! He's already making lots of little friends in the hospital despite the fact that he speaks Portuguese, not Chichewa like the rest. Please be praying for him as he has his operation tomorrow to have a frame put on his leg! Photo of Hooke

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