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Meet Chriss, a lovely boy we just met today at our hospital here at CURE Malawi!
“Most times when children get involved in a fire accident burning their hands or feet, parents often go to a local hospital and if they do not see any improvem… Read more
Meet Chriss, a lovely boy we just met today at our hospital here at CURE Malawi!
“Most times when children get involved in a fire accident burning their hands or feet, parents often go to a local hospital and if they do not see any improvement, herbalists are the next option. I did not want to go to the herbalists, but instead I went to a local nearby hospital for help,” said Triphonia, Chriss’ mother.
Chriss is the only child in his family and his father works. Both of Chriss’ hands are contractured due to the fire he tried to play with and got burned. His mother Triphonia tells us more, “It was such a shocking moment when I came back from a shop getting some groceries, to find my son crying. His hands were all swollen and bleeding. My heart was broken and I had to gather all the courage to run with my son Chriss to the hospital for help,” said Triphonia. By the time this incident happened, Chriss’ father was away at work.
“My husband came and he has been encouraging me that Chriss our son will be well. After a few wound dressings at the main hospital, I was told to be attending a local health center. Chriss’ hands were not getting better, instead the end results were that his fingers melted together, again causing this little boy failure to hold things and to eat well,” said Triphonia.
Chriss was later on referred to another hospital where CURE doctors go to conduct mobile clinics. Chriss was one of the children who was seen and booked to undergo an operation at CURE hospital.
“I am so happy to be here! My first time hearing about CURE was when we got booked. Many parents talked about someone they know being helped by CURE. I became so encouraged and I wanted to take my child to CURE as well! The presence of CURE doctors has brought peace and hope in my life. I am so happy and thankful for CURE,” Triphonia shared with us.
Over 75% of all the burned patients in Malawi hospitals are children under five years old. If a child is not taken to the hospital at a young age, most of them drop out of school due to shame, being laughed at and made jokes about their deformity. We are grateful to have Chriss for treatment, and our doctors are doing their best work to help this little boy.
Join us in praying for Chriss and his mother Triphonia, who will be here for a while for the treatment of Chriss’ burn contractures. Every prayer is heard and makes a difference in Chriss’ healing journey!
Chriss has been discharged home! He's still grumpy around the camera but we managed to grab a pic of him - his mother Triphonia is quite amused every time he starts complaining about it, hence the huge smiles on her face! Triphonia says, "Being at CURE has helped me a lot because at first I was not able to pray by myself, but now I can. I have faith that my spiritual life will grow stronger, and I will be able to do more than just pray." We'll see him again June 18th in the Lilongwe Clinic!
We finally got a picture of Chriss awake, but he's a bit cranky! He's a little intimidated by the camera unfortunately. He's doing well, yesterday he went into theater because he needed a more stitching on the skin graft. Please continue praying for him - and that he starts to feel more comfortable!
It's been so difficult to get a good picture of Chriss awake! He's been in and out of the hospital staying with nearby relatives so he only comes in once a week or so for a wound inspection. This morning he went into theater to have his skin graft checked out and now he's fast asleep!
We caught Dr. Lubega beinging a bad influence on the medical students, teaching them to do 'thumbs up' hand signs while we were trying to take a serious photo! Sally is a medical student from Australia who is here with us for a couple of weeks and it's been lovely having her here helping out! She and Dr. Lubega released Chriss' fingers yesterday and were taking a skin graft from his tummy when we took this photo. Chriss is doing well and recovering in the ward fast asleep right now, and will have a wound inspection next week!
Chriss is back and will be having surgery today to deepen the webspace on his right hand! He got a splint yesterday, which he wasn't too thrilled about, and still doesn't seem to sure whether he likes the camera or not! He seems to alternate crying and smiling every time he sees me. Please be praying that his surgery goes well!
Chriss has been discharged, but he decided to have a nice, long nap before his trip back to Lilongwe tomorrow! He's so cute! He'll be readmitted on April 22nd for more surgery for his hands, and in the meantime he'll have dressings locally. Please pray for a safe journey!
This is the newest, coolest, (and youngest) member of our Spiritual Team! Chriss was in the Spiritual Team office this afternoon visiting Hastings, Thandy and Maya and he couldn't resist trying on Thandy's sunglasses. He's going to have another wound inspection next Tuesday, then a splint and if his hand looks good he'll be heading home.
Lester, one of our lab technicians, was picking up Chriss and playing with him this morning! He was happy to get a photo with such a cute toddler but Chriss looks a bit more skeptical about the whole thing!
"Chriss! Why are you fussing? Oh, you just want french fries!" Chriss has been wandering around the ward with a cheery grin on his chubby face all week, having fun with balloons from a visiting church team, Woodmen Valley Chapel, but today he was enjoying his fries!
Chriss' fingers are still pretty tight, although they're better than the original fists that they were. Dr. Lubega released the fingers on one of his hands and straightened them out, using a skin graft to cover the excess area. Please be praying for him while he heals!
We visited the clinic in Lilongwe to review old kids and book new ones for surgery and happened upon Chriss! We didn't recognize him at first but thought he was one cute dude! His mom, Triphonia, says "My son's condition has improved so much. He is able to hold things now, which was quite impossible before his operation." He still has some contractures of his fingers so he'll be coming back March 18th for another operation!
Chris is going home! How exciting it is that Chris is going to see his dad and everyone else back home! "My life has been so encouraged through the prayers and being in CURE family. I have experienced love, care and serving others with kindness," said Chriss' mother, Triphonia. Chriss will be checked up on in two weeks for wire removal at a local hospital. Thank you for praying for him while he was at hospital, and please keep him and his family in your prayers as they travel home!
Chriss is enjoying the swing this morning! It's sunny but he is not bothered at all as long as there is someone pushing him on the swing. Thank you for praying for Chriss' healing! As he makes more progress, the hope of playing with his friends with healthy hands becomes more of a reality!
It's time for Chriss to eat! Because he loves his photo taken, Chriss is facing the camera and smiling. His wound inspection yesterday was quick and our doctors are saying he is doing fine. Chriss has been very calm today and has quietly been moving all over the ward following his buddy Thandy (CURE Storyteller) around! Please keep Chriss in your prayers as his wounds on both hands are healing.
Chriss is doing well today! He went into the operating theatre for wound inspection looking super excited. His mother, Triphonia, was there to make him feel relaxed. Please pray for Chriss as his wound is healing!
Chriss and Thandy (CURE Malawi Storyteller) are getting along really well after his surgery yesterday! In the morning, Chriss followed us around during ward. He has been temporarily discharged, so will come back next week. Please continue keeping Chriss in you prayers!
Chriss' surgery went well yesterday! Doctors decided to release burn contractures from both hands and not only one as earlier suggested. Thanks for all your prayers and please keep them coming as Chriss is recovering!
Chriss is having surgery today to release the burn contractures from one of his hands! He looks a bit grumpy, but mommy Triphonia looks thrilled that Chriss is starting on his healing journey. Please be praying for them today as Chriss has his first operation!
Meet Chriss! He is just arrived for treatment here at CURE Malawi for burn contractures on both hands. Fortunately, Chriss is already feeling at home! We found him playing with our other kids in the playroom and was enjoying playing a xylophone. Please pray for him as he will probably be having his operation tomorrow!
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