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“My name is Thokozani and I am the first born child in my family of four children,” he told us with pride. “From the day my son was born, he was all fine and without any deformity, but after about three weeks, Thokozani was reported to have a… Read more
“My name is Thokozani and I am the first born child in my family of four children,” he told us with pride. “From the day my son was born, he was all fine and without any deformity, but after about three weeks, Thokozani was reported to have a deformity on his right leg. I still do not know what caused this condition, but all we want now is to get our son help,” his father Shawa shared with us. Thokozani and his father came to CURE after being told by a friend who saw him struggling to walk from school. Thokozani is a schoolboy and he is in Grade 4. He has borne the brunt of jokes regarding his condition and he told us that he feels bad when other people pay attention to his deformity.
“When I heard that I will be coming to CURE, I knew I would be well! My dream of becoming a doctor is more hopeful now and I am so happy,” said Thokozani. Thokozani and his father Shawa are so thankful and they believe that all what Thokozani needs has been found here at CURE. “Coming here at CURE for help of my son Thokozani is a great relief to all of my family but mainly, Thokozani will live a happy a life and he will have peace,” said Shawa. His father is full of hope and is positive that when they return home, his son will be well. The name
“Thokozani” means Thankful. When we talked with this young man, he had a humble heart and we are happy to tell you that we’ve welcomed him into our CURE family in search of treatment for his leg. Please join us in praying for Thokozani and his father as they are here at CURE for treatment!
Our boy Thokozani is so quiet today! This morning during ward rounds he was very attentive and observant to what our doctors were saying. His leg is looking good and he is continuing the needed turns on his frame. Please be praying for Thokozani to keep his trust in God and pray that he will be healed soon!
Thokozani can't get enough of reading today! He asked for some comic books from the playroom and has been reading them this morning until lunch hour. Thokozani likes reading and is excited when he find books. He is also getting better with each passing day. Thank you for keeping him in your prayers!
Thokozani's physiotherapy exercises are improving day by day! He seems to enjoy them more since they are only a little painful, so he says. This morning, doctors said he is doing well and should continue with strut turns. Please continue praying for Thokozani!
Today Thokozani visited us and we took the opportunity to give him his get-well messages! Thandy read some of them to him and he read the others. He's a good reader! We are glad that he is able to walk around without any pain, please keep on praying for Thokozani's healing process!
Thokozani is not feeling very well today. He says he has a headache. Despite that, he is still strong enough to enter the physiotherapy room with his friend Mavuto for some exercises. Please continue praying for Thokozani to heal from the headache as he continues to recover with the frame on his leg.
Today is another quiet day for Thokozani. He was complaining of itching on his right foot, which is the same leg that has the frame but he says he is not feeling any pain. Later we found Thokozani in the playroom with his friend, Shadrick, who is the shy one hiding his face, and his other friend, Blessings! Thank you for keeping Thokozani and his friends in your prayers!
Thokozani was draped over the bed today, eating some food and watching his mom and another patient's guardian play bawo, a mancala-type game where you try to capture your opponent's stones (or seeds).
Thokozani is having a quiet day today and looks relaxed! He has been spending time with Alinafe on the same bed as she awaits for her physiotherapy session. Thokozani is so strong and hasn't yet complained of any pain, despite the frame. Please continue praying for him and his dad Shawa to also have spiritual strength during the recovering process!
We're always amazed when we look back at the before photos of a kid and then see what they look like now - especially with the frames, sometimes improvement is so slow you don't notice it day to day. Thokozani still isn't done with the turns, and already his leg looks so much better than it used to! Please continue to pray for him as he heals - we're so excited to share his progress with you when he's completely healed!
Nurse Ulemu was chatting today with Thoko while she cleaned up his frame and pinsites. We're not sure what they were talking about, but they were thoroughly enjoying talking! We're glad that the pinsite care isn't causing Thokozani any pain!
Thokozani was enjoying the sunshine today by himself, but was soon joined by his new friend Mavuto! Thokozani is super friendly and has already made a lot of friends with the other kids in the hospital, despite having never met them before! We talked to him and he says he is so happy with the hospital's morning devotions and prayer times and he is excited to learn how to pray since he hasn't learned how to pray by himself. Please pray that God continues to work in Thokozani's life, both physically and spiritually as his leg corrects and he learns how to pray!
Thokozani's operation went well yesterday and he seems pretty happy today! Dr. James and Dr. Christy took some wedges out of the bones in his lower legs so that they can swing around straight, and then put on a frame so that they can gradually turn it and make it in the right position. Please be praying for him as he has a long way to go for healing!
Thokozani is finally going in for his operation today, we're so excited for him! He's going to have a frame put on his leg that will slowly move the bones into the right position. Here's a video of him walking before his surgery! Please be praying that his operation goes smoothly. https://youtu.be/zQkmOx28JW8
Thokozani is having a blast today! We caught up with him playing a game called "Bawo" which is a mancala-like board game. The game is played by two people and small stones are used to pass around the small holes of the board. Whoever loses the stones first, loses the game! But in this game, it seems like everyone is a winner! Please continue praying for Thokozani as he still is awaiting for his surgery any day this week.
Thokozani has been in the playroom today painting and drawing different objects with other kids in our hospital! He was supposed to have his operation today and has been rescheduled for later in the week since his surgery will be very long and the doctors have a lot of surgeries to accomplish today. Please be praying for him and the other kids who had surgery today!
Meet Thokozani! He has severe Blount's disease on his right leg which has made his leg to bow making it difficult to walk properly. Thokozani has been brought to our hospital in Malawi by his dad Shawa. He will be having his operation tomorrow and will have a frame, please be praying for him! Here is Thokozani and his dad telling his story to Thandy.
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