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“My name is Doreen and I live with my mother Edina. I have been with my mother since I was a small girl. I remember most times with my mom, we make local foods, we would go to fetch water and live happily. Those were the good old days with my mot… Read more
“My name is Doreen and I live with my mother Edina. I have been with my mother since I was a small girl. I remember most times with my mom, we make local foods, we would go to fetch water and live happily. Those were the good old days with my mother,” Doreen explains.
Doreen is a schoolgirl in Grade 6 and she is the last born child in her family of seven children. We met Doreen at the walk-in clinic here at CURE Malawi with Edina, her mother.
“I knew about CURE some years past because I came here as well for help. Doreen has a sister who had bowed legs. When we came here at CURE for help, CURE helped my other daughter and now she is fully healed! I thought that if I would bring Doreen here at CURE, she will definitely be treated and have a hopeful future,” said Edina.
Doreen looked a bit unhappy when we were having a chat and we asked how she felt about having a deformity up until this age and still be going to school. It was hard for her to speak up but she told us how she felt and how has life been with bowed legs. “Most times when I am at school, children would walk up to me and start wondering how my legs looks like. It becomes very uncomfortable to the victim and drew people’s attention to me. But in all that, my mother has been my best friend and she has never let me down or discriminated against me because of my condition. She has been telling me that the God who created me will have His way with healing to my legs and that one day, I will be well. I believed my mother and today I am here at CURE for help! I can see all that my mother Edina meant when she used to say ‘one day you will be treated.’”
Edina is so happy to finally find the help she needs in her life. Doreen will be living her happy life, full of joy and with a promising future. Both Edina and Doreen are very kind people and they are so respectful. Please join us in wishing them an encouraging time at the hospital, and prayer for Doreen as she will be undergoing an operation in correcting her legs soon. Let us join hands in prayers from different nations to support Doreen and Edina!
We went and visited Doreen yesterday and got a lot of photo and video and interview! Hopefully there will be a blog and video coming out soon about her story, stay tuned. In the meantime, she says, "I'm now able to walk and draw water, which used to be very hard. I have more faith in God because He has done something that I never thought would be possible. I pray more than I did before the operation. I am so thankful for the people who have paid for my surgery. I never thought my legs would be this straight. May God bless them all!" She is so excited to be going back to school next Monday, for the first time in the nine months since her first surgery! We went with her to visit her school and her teachers reassured us that they will do everything in their power to help her catch up and excel in her classes. Please join us in praying for her as she goes back to school, and stay tuned!
Lovely Doreen is back! We're so happy to see her smiling all the time now that her legs are straight. She had some physiotherapy and Francis says that she's walking well, and she came in without crutches! We'll see her for her doctor's appointment in May.
Doreen is in for some more physical therapy and now that her bandages are off we decided it would be a good time for an after photo! It's amazing how much she's grown in the past 6 months and 1 week, but even more amazing is the change in her legs! We are so happy for her and although she's still having physiotherapy it's encouraging to see how far she's come!
Doreen's joy was overflowing today when she came in for her physio! She says, "I am so happy that they removed the frames and that my legs have been straightened. It seems like a dream to see my legs normal. I am now able to walk and sometimes without even the crutches! It’s a good feeling! I want the doctors to discharge me so that I can go home since I have been staying at my brother's house throughout my treatment here. I want my friends to see my legs, and I can’t wait to see my mom's face! Once she sees my legs I know she will be so happy! Mostly I want to go home so that I can continue my studies and become a doctor, I want to be a doctor so that I can help deformed kids in my village… and also I can’t wait to play netball at school!”
It turns out that Doreen has been hiding out at the CURE hostel for the week because she needed a wound inspection today. Oops! It sounds like she might need another wound inspection next week, but then she will be going home!
Doreen had her frames off and headed home yesterday right away! We're going to miss her great smile! She'll be reviewed at her local clinic in Liwonde on May 10th, please be praying with her as she continues to heal.
Doreen's going in to have her frames removed today and then will probably be going home tomorrow! She's been smiling so big and we bet she just can't wait to have those clunky things off! We spoke to her late yesterday. She'll have to wear casts after the frames are off so it will still be difficult for her to walk until they're off, but she still said she's looking forward to it because it means she won't have to sleep on her back anymore!
We saw Doreen today and got an update on her life! “My legs were bent once. I used to ask myself 'Why me?' My legs used to hurt a lot, I sometimes missed classes because of the pain. So when I came here and was given these frames I knew that I would be healed, although it’s difficult to wear them. But I know that one day, I will be able to walk normally. Today I met another boy who is going to have a frame, and I encouraged him to be courageous and to have patience. I have had to wear them for six months!" Doreen says. After we spoke to her, we all learned that she's being readmitted to have them off this week - it's so exciting! Please be praying for her!
Doreen is doing very well according to Physio Diana! She's walking and has been bending her knees - they aren't 100%, but we've maintained the bending which is very important for frame patients or else they can get stiff knees and might need more operations. Her pinsites look okay but Diana sent her to see the nurses to get them squeaky clean since she won't be back for review until January 9th now!
Doreen came back for another physiotherapy session. She's doing well, but she's just a bit hesitant to bend her right knee. Patrick encouraged her to work on it some more until we see her again in two weeks.
Doreen's back for a checkup with the physiotherapists, and she looks really happy! She gave us a big grin when we saw her coming in. Physical therapist Patrick was explaining to her dad the exercises she needs to continue doing. We'll see her again December 4th.
Doreen is happy that she is finally going home! The doctors said she is fine and is ready to go. Her mother has been taught how to clean the pin sites on the frames, and she says she is glad that they are leaving after Doreen has been assisted. "I am not only happy that am going home with her, but I am also excited at the fact that Doreen will be able to walk properly after this," Edina said while smiling. Doreen, who has missed a number of classes at school, can't wait to return and learn more. Chisomo, our Spiritual Assistant, gave Doreen some encouragement messages before the departure. We are happy for her and her mother! Please continue joining us in praying for them as they travel, and for Doreen's quick healing at home!
Today, we gave Doreen a big thumbs up! She made Margret remove the fear during physiotherapy and now Margret is doing it more than the teacher herself. Dr.Kyle asked Doreen specifically to be assisting Margret and to be encouraging her that she will be able to walk properly one day since they both have frames. From the look of things, Margret grasped the idea and it's working perfectly. We thank God for the work He is doing in these girls! Please continue praying for them.
Doreen is feeling chipper today! She has been chatting and laughing with the other kids in the ward. We thank God for the joy she has despite the condition she is in. Your consistent prayers and support is always an encouragement to Doreen, thank you!
Doctors are happy with Doreen's progress! During the ward round they told her and her mother, Edina, that they might be going home on Wednesday because both frames on her legs are looking good. Doreen was all smiles again. We can tell that she misses home. We thank God for all He is doing in Doreen's life to get healed. Thank you for keeping this beautiful girl in your prayers!
Doreen is excited about the fact that her treatment is going on well everyday. She can't wait to go back home. We are very excited for her and her mother as she is continuing to learn the strut changes. Thank you so much for your prayers for Doreen!
Doreen is having a walk around the corridors of the hospital as part of physiotherapy and she is doing great. She is able to do more things on her own and the physiotherapy team and doctors are happy with the progress. Let's continue praying for our girl to keep up the good work as she gets closer to proper healing!
Today Doreen and her mother Edina have been sharing verses and hearing words of encouragement from one of our Spiritual Assistants. One of the verses is from John 14:1 when Jesus was comforting his disciples about going to heaven and it says, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God, believe also in me." Doreen liked the verse and she has memorized it by now! Please keep Doreen in prayers as she is continuing her treatment and being encouraged by the Word of God about her situation!
Doreen is getting familiar with the strut changes and so is her mother. Our physiotherapists are still continuing with the turns on her frames and the doctor said if her mother has learnt all she needs to do on the frames, then Doreen might go home next week. Let's continue praying for Doreen and Edina to learn and be able to do this at home!
While waiting for her physiotherapy session, Doreen got her "get well" messages read by Thandy. She is so thankful for the best wishes for her. Thank you for keeping Doreen in your prayers and for making her feel loved by your wonderful messages!
It's an afternoon of laughter for Doreen. She is having fun with patient attendants who are checking their vital signs. She is feeling good and she hasn't complained of pain which means the healing is progressing well. We are happy for her and we are hopeful it will remain like that. Thank you for your continuous prayers!
There's more physiotherapy for Doreen. We are happy that she is doing well both physically and spiritually. She is being encouraged with daily inspiration from the word of God by the spiritual team. The doctors say she needs to continue with wound dressing and physiotherapy. Please continue praying for Doreen!
Oh, that smile! Doreen is so happy today, and she says it's just one of those good days. We are happy for her, too, knowing that everything is working properly in her healing process. We thank God for giving her the joy to be able to smile!
"The doctors say I need to continue doing physiotherapy and I am able to see great changes on my legs," says Doreen. Doreen's treatment is going so well and she is happier each day. We are so thankful to all who are wishing this amazing girl a quick recovery, and for her to have patience during the healing process. God bless you all!
"Look at this! They are glitters and they are many on Doreen's dress!" Maliana shouted. Doreen is having a good time playing and chatting with Maliana who has come to visit her at her bed. They are both removing glitter on Doreen's dress and placing them on their faces! Please keep them in your prayers for them to be healed quickly.
Doreen seemed to enjoy her meal today! She is having Nsima (Malawi's local staple food) with meat and vegetables and she says the food is very nice. Doreen is feeling well today and is still continuing the turns on both her frames, and with wound dressing changes. Her physiotherapy is also right on track. Please continue praying for Doreen to heal quickly!
Today was a quieter day for Doreen as she battled some pain yesterday. She has been resting on her bed the whole morning. Our Spiritual team has been encouraging her with prayers and the word of God. Please keep Doreen in your prayers as she is making progress in her healing!
Doreen is a very happy girl! We have been praying together and she has been responding so well to the gospel teaching that we have been sharing. "I love the playroom and watching the gospel music. I am so much better this week and I am so happy to see my legs getting super correct!" says Doreen. Today Doreen has been watching TV with her mother and other guardians. Thank you for supporting her healing process!
Our lovely friend Doreen was waiting for her wound dressing change today. They've pretty much decided that at this point she's not going to be here long enough to teach them the turns - Doreen isn't very confident in doing them and neither is her mom, plus they'll need to come back for some strut changes throughout the weeks. When she's done with the turns she'll go home with the frames on while the bones heal through, and then she'll be back for a few weeks up to a couple months later to have them removed. Let's thank God for Doreen's healing process so far!
Doreen's doing well today, although most of the time she stays in bed because she walks so slow with the bilateral frames. Today we were trying to get a photo of her walking to her bed, but behind us someone was cheerfully yelling "ndjumbule!" which means, "Take a photo of me!" We couldn't resist this face, so here's a photo of Doreen's friend Stephano, who has the bed right next to her and is currently enjoying a mandasi and the photographer's attention!
Doreen is really doing well! We found Francis from Physio helping Doreen and her mother Edina doing turns on the frames. Doreen will have a strut change on Monday and will then hopefully be going home! Please keep her and her mother in your prayers!
"These days I don't feel much pain and I can sleep at night without any problem!" Doreen's doing well and we brought her some get-well messages and caught up with her. She's a bit homesick, but was thankful for your encouragement and prayers!
Our lovely gal Doreen was enjoying tea and mandasi (fried dough) this morning! She's been smiling so much bigger now that she's getting used to the hospital and is learning more about Jesus! Unfortunately, her mom's eyesight isn't that good, so she doesn't feel confident about doing the turns for Doreen's frames since the numbers are very small and she doesn't read well either. Dr. James has instructed the nurses to start teaching Doreen how to do it instead, with her younger eyesight and more recent schooling we think she'll be able to do it just great! She has some strut changes coming up for her frame as well so she won't be able to leave until the 11th of October anyways, so that gives her plenty of time to learn how to do the turns herself. Please be praying for confidence for her!
Doreen is smiling so big today! She says,"Ever since I gave my life to Christ, a lot of things have changed. I have peace of mind and am able to pray. Thanks to CURE hospital for helping me!" Our spiritual team here at CURE does their best to make sure that kids don't only receive physical healing, but also spiritual healing through Jesus!
Doreen is doing well today and we brought her some get-well messages from all her well-wishers! One of her followers is a lady who has a son who also needs surgeries and Doreen says she wishes him all the best! She enjoyed hearing from everyone and said 'thank you' for the messages and prayers.
Today is quite a calm day for Doreen! We met her entering the physiotherapy room to have some sessions for the day and she is able to walk without her mother's help despite the frames! Dr. James is trying to teach her mother how to turn and adjust the frames so she can continue treatment at home. Please pray that she and Edina learn how to do that quickly so she can go home soon!
"My daughter Doreen had her other leg framed as well Wednesday. It is good that CURE doctors and myself have suggested to do both legs, though it is not easy. But, it is good for Doreen. I am so thankful to CURE people who are always around me and encouraging us," said Edina, Doreen's mother. Doreen will need your prayers and encouragement for patience during her healing!
Doreen's operation yesterday went well and now she's recovering in the ward! Dr. Christy started off the operation and then was joined by Dr. James when he finished a different surgery. They did the same thing that they did with her right leg, cutting the bone in multiple places and then putting a frame on that will slowly brings the bone into alignment. Please continue to pray for her as she heals!
Doreen's made her decision and is going for it! She'll have a second frame put on today - this is the first time we in the CUREkids office have seen bilateral frames for blounts, so it's sort of a big deal! Please be praying for her as she has another frame put on today!
Doreen's doing well, and her physiotherapy is going so well that the doctors have offered to do the same surgery on the opposite leg - another frame - so that she can get everything over with as soon as possible. We told her to think about it and let us know what she wants to do. Just in case she wants to go ahead, she went to get a blood test to make sure she's all set for surgery. Please pray for wisdom for her to know how much she can handle, and that if she does decide to get another frame that she'll be able to manage having two frames at once!
It's been another slow day for Doreen. She has been in pain, but is managing to carry on. Her physiotherapy sessions are getting much better. Please continue to be praying for her and her mother while she is treated for her Blount's disease!
Doreen's having a chill day today - most of the other kids are in the playroom, but she's enjoying the peace and quiet in the ward now that more people are being discharged from the hospital as it gets towards the weekend!
Doreen was doing physiotherapy with her friend Faith, who also has a frame, this afternoon. Doreen says, "I feel so much better now and my leg is slowly improving." Her mother Edina says, "Even though I cannot see an instant change, I know that Doreen's leg is improving. I am so thankful to the physiotherapy team and nurses for encouraging her." Healing is a step by step process - thank you for being a part of Doreen's!
We took a photo of Doreen watching tv this morning. She told us that she was in the playroom and loves the game Jenga, and the kid's gospel movie that they watched in there. She's walking well on her crutches and doesn't have any pain. We're so happy for her! She's going to have turns for her frame start on Wednesday though, so please be praying those don't hurt.
Doreen's operation went well yesterday! There were a LOT of doctors operating on her! Dr. James, Dr. Dan, Dr. Christy, Dr. Harry and Dr. Karolina were all working on her leg to put the frame on! They cut the bone and then put on a frame which will slowly bring the pieces of cut bone into alignment. Please be praying for her as she recovers!
Meet Doreen! She's a young girl with severe blounts disease who has come to CURE for treatment. She'll be having frames to slowly bring her legs straight, but will need to have them one at a time, with one leg being completely healed before the other one gets a frame. Since frames take a long time, she's going to be in the hospital for quite a while! Please be praying for her as she has surgery later this week for one of her legs. Here's a video of her walking today before any treatment in our physiotherapy department. https://youtu.be/Iuv3WB8NvZQ
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