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An accident over 2 years ago drastically changed his life. In an instant, his left arm was reduced to a fixed position, the elbow stuck at 90 degrees. This may sound like a bad dream but this is reality for 7-year-old Chisomo. While playing near… Read more
An accident over 2 years ago drastically changed his life. In an instant, his left arm was reduced to a fixed position, the elbow stuck at 90 degrees. This may sound like a bad dream but this is reality for 7-year-old Chisomo. While playing near his home, he lost balance and fell onto a pot of boiling water. The result was not life-threatening but most definitely life-changing. He spent over 2 months in the hospital recovering, and now he's at CURE to release the contracted skin. Doctors will release the axilla and elbow, hopefully during the same procedure. Chisomo translates to "grace" in English and the name fits him perfectly. This little boy will get another chance at a normal life. A life free from deformity. A life free from ridicule and exclusion. A life with an inspiring story to tell others. Both of his parents work as domestic farmers to support the family financially. Chisomo is currently in the 1st grade and wants to get back to school with his friends soon. We can't blame him. He's endured a tremendous amount of pain and discomfort before arriving at CURE, and he still has a long way to go. Please pray for our new little friend and the journey to healing that's ahead of him.
Chisomo's skin graft is looking good enough that he's been okayed for discharge! He's going home probably today or tomorrow, but for the moment he's doing one last physiotherapy session and posed for us with Neymar!
Chisomo is still waiting for his next wound inspection, which is next week. He's been watching a lot of tv - fun African music videos - as well as playing with the other kids! He even graced us with a full on smile today!
Chisomo is doing well! Since his operation, he's mostly been resting in bed but has been smiling and seems pretty cheery! He'll have a wound inspection next week and his arm will be stretched out a little more!
Chisomo is having his operation today! Dr. Lubega released some of the small contractures left in his armpit and then moved on to his elbow. They took some graft from his leg to cover the excess flesh and then sewed it all up. Please be praying for him while he recovers, that the graft will take well!
Chisomo is back at CURE Malawi! It's been four years and ten days since we saw him last - quite a long time! It looks like he has a small bit of contracture still left over from his burn so he'll need a simple little z-plasty to fix it, but we're excited at how good his arm looks after four years of healing from his last operation!
Chisomo was discharged from CURE Malawi and is scheduled for a future follow up appointment at the Dedza mobile clinic on September 17. We caught him before he left the hospital and gave him a soccer jersey donated by CURE supporters. He loved it. Learn more at http://bit.ly/141AtHz http://bit.ly/10TvbLB
Wound inspection today for Chisomo. The skin grafts are healthy and the CURE docs are happy. Chisomo will continue his recovery here at CURE until there is less risk for infection. Chisomo is being his usual, happy self. He is a champ when it comes handling the discomfort when the nurses clean his wounds..
Here's a short video clip showing the extent of Chisomo's burns before his operation. http://youtu.be/1dIWncIZK6w
Chisomo is in surgery at CURE Malawi. Lift this boy up in prayer. His operation may take up to 3 hours as the surgeons have to excise and attach 2 delicate skin grafts. We are in the operating room by Chisomo's side and will share pictures soon. Learn more at http://bit.ly/141AtHz
Surgery is scheduled for tomorrow morning for Chisomo! Follow his progress as we update through his recovery. Please share this boy's life-changing story with friends and family. We hope to meet his funding goal soon but need your help. Lift him up in prayer, big day tomorrow. His arm and elbow will be freed by CURE surgeons, but he will need skin grafts to cover the wounds after the release of the contracted skin.
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