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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!
Yohane was discharged yesterday! He went home early this morning, so we didn't get to see him again. He's doing well, except for a small infection from the donor site on his tummy that you can be praying for. We'll see him again at our large Lilongwe clinic in February!
Yohane's been doing well! His wound inspection this morning showed that he's healing well. He'll have another one on Monday and then can hopefully go home! He was looking quite smug enjoying his banana as desert after lunch this afternoon!
Yohane looks so happy to be going into theater today! We don't usually see him this enthusiastic and excited, but it's nice and cool and rainy out today since the hot spell finally broke. More importantly, though, he's having his hand taken off his stomach! That must be quite a relief for him. Please be praying for him as he goes in for this quick surgery to have it detached!
It is very hot in the ward and because of Yohane's hand, he can't move around a whole lot. The poor kid seems pretty bored, but he gave us a little smile today! He was also playing with a fancy red car earlier. Please continue to pray for him! We checked his hand and it's looking pretty good, hopefully he can have it taken off his stomach next week and get it all sewed up!
Poor Yohane was in some pain last Friday when we brought him your get-well messages. He enjoyed hearing from you, but was obviously not at 100% well! Unfortunately, his hand got a bit infected because it's so hot, so the bandage gets sweaty really quickly. That means it's hard to keep it as clean and dry as it needs to be. He'll be having daily dressings now because of it, so please pray for healing!
Yohane's operation yesterday went well and now he's been passed out asleep most of this hot, muggy day in Malawi. It's bad enough when you feel 100% in this weather and you just want to sit in the shade. When it's this hot, however, and you just had a surgery - well, we don't blame him for napping all day! Please pray that he heals quickly and is back to his happy self!
Yohane is back! He's here for another operation for his burn contracture. This time, it's the larger operation where they temporarily sew the hand into a 'pocket' of skin on the stomach so that the skin and flesh can heal on. He's already out of surgery and asleep, so please be praying that he recovers well!
Yohane came in for a wound inspection and checkup today! He looked a bit sulky, but his hand is looking really good. Not much is happening, but he and granny Lucy are happy! Please be praying for him as he going back to school in September!
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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