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“Walking in CURE corridors, I was really nervous and had no idea what the doctors will say. I have been in a few health centers for help, but have been turned down. It seem like no wanted to help my daughter. It was really hard for me as a mother… Read more
“Walking in CURE corridors, I was really nervous and had no idea what the doctors will say. I have been in a few health centers for help, but have been turned down. It seem like no wanted to help my daughter. It was really hard for me as a mother,” shared Maliana’s mother, Fungisai.
Maliana is the second born child of three children in her family and the only child who was born with a deformity. When her parents took her to the hospital, Fungisai told us that it was the same story - that they had to go home and come back after a month or so. “If I was told why my daughter Malaina was being told to wait it could have been better, I could have hope that Malaina will be treated. My hope was fading away and my patience was not building up,” explained Fungisai.
Maliana would ask her mother why does she have such fingers, melted together. It is a question that Fungisai had to answer, but it was not easy since she could not find an answer for her daughter Maliana.
“One day I took Malaina to the hospital because she had some fevers. There, I was told about CURE! I had never heard about CURE. I was not sure if I wanted to go, but I became so encouraged when I heard a few people recommending me to try our CURE,” said Fungisai.
In addition to what Fungisai told us, she shared a bit of her experience here at CURE. “I have a testimony on how CURE has treated us, with respect. You have given me hope that Maliana will definitely be well,” said Fungisai.
Fungisai has hoped that her daughter will be well by seeing and hearing the stories from other parents in hospital. Join us in praying for Maliana and her mother Fungisai as our doctors are planning to operate on her daughter to separate the fingers that are conjoined together since birth!
Maliana's back and showing off her gorgeous smile! Physio Janet says her hand is doing really well. Apparently her ring finger's first joint is a bit out of place, so she may be coming back in a year to have that operated on according to Dr. Linda. We're not sure why the wait, but we trust that the doctor knows best! The syndactyly has healed well though and now her fingers are all separate!
Maliana has been discharged! Since she lives close to the hospital, she actually went home over the weekend already, but now it's official since they've seen her hand during ward rounds this morning. We'll see her again May 8th for another wound check!
Maliana had her surgery yesterday! Because of the breakdown of the skin graft and wound from her last operation, Dr. Linda needed to deepen the webspace between her fingers again since her fingers were starting to fuse back together at the base. She's doing well and is already grinning big again in the ward!
Maliana is back! Unfortunately, according to her readmission papers, it looks like the infection between her fingers has caused a mild contracture so she'll need to have them separated and straightened again in the operating room. Please be praying for her as she most likely has surgery tomorrow.
Maliana came in for a checkup with the doctors and some physio today! Unfortunately a bit of the skin between her fingers has come back so she'll need another small operation to deepen the webspace between her two middle fingers again. Please be praying for her as she comes back sometime in April!
Maliana is back! Physio Diana says her middle finger is still stiff unfortunately, so she needs to continue doing a lot of exercises. We'll see her again in January 2018! Please be praying that she keeps up strengthening it!
Maliana's back! Her wound looks good and physical therapist Patrick said they aren't doing wound dressings anymore, which we're sure is a relief for her! Still, she needs to be coming in regularly for physiotherapy now that she has a splint, so we'll see her again next Monday. Her middle finger is a bit stiff, so Patrick is going to teach her some exercises to do to keep it moving well.
Maliana's doing well and her hand is slowly improving from the infection! Today the physiotherapists are going to make her a splint to hold her hand in place while it heals so that she doesn't get contractures. Thank you for your continued prayers for her!
Maliana is back for another wound dressing! Volunteer storyteller Francine read her all the get-well messages that have built up since the last time she was officially in the hospital! Fungisai said, "Thank you for all the good wishes for my daughter. Please continue to pray for her, as well as for the doctors who are operating here at CURE." Maliana said with all the grace and tact of her three years, "Tell them to send me a kitchen set to play pretend house with!"
Our little pal Maliana is in again today! We talked to the nurses and they said that her hand is definitely improving from the infection, and that she'll be back again on Friday for another wound dressing.
Maliana is doing well, the infection in her hand is clearing up, and the nurses haven't come across any pus recently, but she's still coming in regularly for wound dressings. She seems hesitant to smile for the camera now, that whenever she comes in she's apprehensive about wound dressings!
We spot our little friend Maliana about once a week in the ward for a wound inspection! She has been popping in and out so fast that we haven't gotten a chance to do much more than smile at her! Please pray that her hand continues to do better and better!
Aren't they cute together? Calvine is going to miss Maliana because she is temporarily going home. The doctors says Maliana's wound is healing very well. Please pray for Maliana and Fungisai, her mother, as they will be traveling home!
"Tandijambule iwe! [Take a picture of me!]" Maliana said on top of her voice. We found her so busy playing with a matching board, and she seemed to be enjoying every moment of it. Please continue keeping Maliana in your prayers!
"I love sharing my Puffy snacks," six words mean a lot to us as Maliana speaks on sharing her snack with her mother, Fungisai. "Thank you all for wishing my daughter the best, and her healing is promising," said Fungisai. We continue to follow this cute girl through her progress with the treatment. We believe that prayers change everything!
Maliana is so energetic and happy today! She is feeling good and is not complaining of any pain in her left hand. She even tried greeting a doctor from Uganda (Short term AO Fellow) using the same hand! We are so proud of her. Thank you for your continued prayers for Maliana!
Our girl Maliana is back! She came in for a wound inspection which was done yesterday in the operating theatre. Today we found Maliana enjoying her pack of Kamba (puffy round snacks) on her bed. The doctors are saying that her wound is healing. Thank you for your prayers for her!
Our lovely little lady Maliana was eating some kwacha today - silly Maliana, money isn't for eating! She held her hand out to me and I joked that I could buy my mandasi (fried donuts) now and the moms all thought that was really funny. Despite the fact they can't understand much English, they did understand mandasi. Maliana will be going home since she lives nearby and will be coming back for another wound inspection next week. Thank you for continuing to pray for Maliana while she heals!
We got another adorable smile out of our friend Maliana! She was enjoying watching some African music videos with her new friend Margaret this morning. Healing happens in the friendships that are developed here at CURE!
Today we found Maliana enjoying a drink in a bottle, guess what it is? Tea! And yes in a bottle! She is sitting on her mother's lap with two other guardians sharing the tea. Maliana is feeling well today, please keep on praying for her quick recovery!
Maliana's operation went well yesterday and now she's grinning away in the ward! Dr. Linda separated her fused fingers and then sewed on a piece of skin graft taken from her stomach. She'll have a wound inspection next week to see how the skin is healing on, please pray that it takes well!
Maliana is waiting to go in for her surgery today! She seems a bit apprehensive now that the day is finally here. Please be praying that she won't be afraid as she goes in for her operation, and for her mommy Fungisai as she waits!
Maliana is going to have surgery tomorrow to release her fingers! We're so excited for her and she seems pretty excited too. We're already falling in love with her adorable smile! Please pray for her as she has her operation tomorrow!
Meet our newest, cutest CUREkid, Maliana! Maliana has already won us over with her adorable little smile and the way she was reading a book about Malawi with her mommy Fungisai this morning! She has syndactyly, a problem where the fingers are fused together and she will have them separated later this week in surgery!
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