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“When my granddaughter Stella was five, she started a preschool near our homes. She used to be dropped off at the school and left there with the other children. One day her teachers came to work late and there was no one to attend them. As childr… Read more
“When my granddaughter Stella was five, she started a preschool near our homes. She used to be dropped off at the school and left there with the other children. One day her teachers came to work late and there was no one to attend them. As children, they gathered the trash to make fire for it was cold that morning. As Stella was getting a huge pile of dried grass, her dress caught fire and she got really bad burns. Lucky enough, a mother who lives near Stella’s school, ran and rescued her when she saw the fire. Stella was taken to the hospital where she was treated. Stella got healed from the wounds and now she has skin contractures that are so itchy and disturbs her when she sleeps. I have two grandchildren and Stella is the older one between the two. My family depends on local farming to earn a living as we live in extended families. We came here just a day ago, but the way we have been welcomed, cared for and led into prayers, all these have really put a hope that my granddaughter will be well,” said Stella’s grandmother, Alice.
Stella's gone now! Dr. Lubega finally got ahold of Dr. Chokotho, who told her that she should do lots of stretches for her hand for the next two months and then he himself will operate on her. We'll let you know when she's readmitted!
Dr. Lubega was unable to get ahold of the plastic surgeon from Queens, Dr. Chokotho, yesterday. He's going to try again today to get a second opinion. Unfortunately, the public hospitals here are often understaffed, so the surgeons at the local hospitals are often very busy and hard to get in contact with. Still, we're so glad that we have a good relationship with many of the doctors at the public hospital and we have opportunities to work together on cases like Stella!
Stella's still here! She was too late to see Dr. Lubega yesterday so he checked her hand out this morning. They need to do a flap for her hand, but unfortunately all the areas that they usually get a skin flap from are covered with burn scars, so he's putting in a call to the plastic surgeon at Queens Public Hospital to ask for advice before they operate. Please be praying they find a good solution!
Stella's back for a checkup and physio and was playing with the toy motorcycle in the physiotherapy department! Before the operation, she couldn't move her arm but now, her granny Alesi says it's much better. That's a great change and Stella is so happy! She's still living with her granny who has been helping her do physiotherapy. It's such a joy when guardians are diligent about physio, it's almost as important as the operation itself! Please continue to pray for her!
Stella had her wound inspection today and it looked good so she's heading home! We brought her get-well messages and she really enjoyed hearing from you all! She says she's excited to go home and play with her little brother Brian, and that she doesn't have any pain. We'll see her again September 4th for a checkup and she'll be booked for her next operation!
Stella's hand looks well, but she'll have another wound inspection on Friday just to make sure she's all set before she heads home! Today she was enjoying some time in physiotherapy, playing with all the toys!
Stella's doing well! She and Ezekiel were checking out Faith's school books this morning - although maybe not getting much out of them at their age! They're both having wound inspections tomorrow for their hands, please be praying for them!
Stella's operation yesterday went well! She seems really happy today, recovering in the ward and already running around with her friends! Dr. Lubega and Dr. Karolina released the burn scars on her arm so it can straighten out, and then took a skin graft from the back of her leg to cover the area. She'll have a wound inspection next week, thank you for praying for her!
A mission group of about 50 college age students from the US came today to visit the kids in the hospital! Jason, one of the chaperones, led some songs in the ward for the kids and even let Stella play with his guitar a little bit!
Meet Stella! She's new to CURE, but it's Day 2 and she's already smiling for the camera! She quickly made friends with another little girl, Tadala, while she waited for surgery for her burn contractures on her right hand. She has some pretty severe burns and Dr. Lubega wants to get a consultation from the nearby plastic surgeon at Queens before he goes ahead with the operation, mostly because the areas where they would usually take a graft from are also scarred from the burns. Please be praying for her!
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