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“During my childhood growing up as a little girl, I have learned that a child needs a parent to take care of them. When Yohane was born, his mother was not ready to have a family. Despite all that, Yohane’s mother took excellent care of her b… Read more
“During my childhood growing up as a little girl, I have learned that a child needs a parent to take care of them. When Yohane was born, his mother was not ready to have a family. Despite all that, Yohane’s mother took excellent care of her baby up until I decided to help her. I adopted Yohane and he lives with me now. His mother is still doing school and I want her to finish her education,” says Yohane’s grandmother, Lucy.
Lucy is a teacher at Yohane’s school and Yohane’s mother is attending a different school. When we chatted with Lucy, she told us how Yohane faces school life with his friends and coping with his condition.
“Many times Yohane would come to me with a sad face and he looks so lonely. I feel sorry for him knowing that at school, children are supposed to have fun and make friends. But Yohane is not progressing in his social life activities.”
Lucy shared with us how Yohane got burned. “Yohane woke up one morning and it was so cold. Just outside the house there was fire going. Every child in my village uses fire to get warm. But this day, Yohane was alone. He had a cloth wrapped around his body. Unknowingly, the cloth was loose and it caught fire. My grandson Yohane got burns on his left hand, knee and part of his stomach. Luckily I was not far away and I heard Yohane crying. I ran and I found his cloth was on fire. I put out the fire and ran to the hospital.”
We met Yohane’s family later at a local hospital during our mobile outreach clinic and he was booked to come to CURE for an operation for his burn contractures. Just a day after Yohane and his grandmother walked into CURE, we asked them how they felt being here. Lucy says, “When I came here it felt like heaven! From the floor to everything, it is so beautiful! I was not expecting this joyful and hopeful place. It does not look like a hospital, it’s a home and place of peace and caring with love.” After talking to Lucy, we were very humbled and encouraged. We knew that this is not us but God displaying his character through us to many of the people who come through CURE for treatment. We believe God will continue to do mighty miracles in the lives of children with disabilities like Yohane!
We finally got a big smile out of Yohane - he was in a good mood this morning and we saw that Lucy passed down her smile to her grandson! His hand looked good for his last wound inspection and he'll be having another wound inspection on Monday and hopefully going home until his next operation.
Yohane is a bit glum today since he had his operation yesterday - his pal Tonny woke him up this morning! His operation went smoothly. Dr. Lubega did a release to the side of his hand/wrist and his small finger so that it will come around straight. Part of it they fixed by doing a z-plasty - a sort of reorganizing of the skin in a zig-zag pattern so that the scar is fixed, and then took some graft from his stomach to cover the excess flesh. He'll need another, larger operation in the future for the back of his hand, where he has his hand temporarily sewn into the skin on his stomach, but Dr. Lubega wanted to get the small finger straight before they go forward with that. Please pray for him while he heals and has a wound inspection next week!
Yohane's waiting with granny Lucy to go in for his operation! While he was waiting outside theater, his pal Tonny came over to visit - Tonny had surgery yesterday and he's already back to walking around the hospital. We hope Yohane is in the same place tomorrow! Please be praying for him!
Yohane's warming up a bit to the hospital - especially since he gets to play in the playroom and race his new friend Tonny on the motorcycles! Please be praying for Yohane as he has surgery tomorrow to release his wrist and little finger!
Meet Yohane! His grandma Lucy has an amazing smile and seems so glad to be here for Yohane's healing. Yohane looks a bit more skeptical about the camera and the hospital though! Please be praying for him as he has surgery later this week! Currently, he's on malaria treatment so he can't have surgery until he's finished his medications.
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