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  • Age11
  • Conditionbowed legs
  • Next Appointment 08/19/2018

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Margret's Story

“One thing that I really want is to have straight legs, to be able to walk without pain and being talked by others about my condition, to live a normal life,” Margret shared with us.

Margret is here with her grandfather Fred, who tells… Read more

“One thing that I really want is to have straight legs, to be able to walk without pain and being talked by others about my condition, to live a normal life,” Margret shared with us.

Margret is here with her grandfather Fred, who tells us that nothing pains him more than seeing his granddaughter Margret struggling to walk. Fred took Margret to live with his family so that he could find means to help Margret. When Margret was two years old, it was noticed that she developing an abnormal bend in both of her legs. Margret’s parents were so worried and had no idea what had caused their daughter to develop such condition.

“When I was told that Margret is not well, my first thought that came in my mind was to get her treated at our local hospital. I took Margret to the hospital where the doctors told us that my granddaughter has to wait. I was not happy to hear that. I had a lot of questions why Margret would not be treated at that time. I was told to go again after a few months but again, Margret was not treated. I was beginning to lose hope that Margret would ever get helped,” explained Fred.

Magret is schoolgirl and she is in grade five. “I feel pain when I walk and I love to play with my friends, but most times I am teased about my condition. This makes me not to interact in public. Most times I would take a lot of rests on my way home from school because of pain on my knees and feet,” Magret shared while telling us about her experience with blount's disease.

Margret was seen at a mobile clinic put on by CURE at a local hospital and she was booked to undergo an operation. “I know we have been here two days now, but one thing I am so grateful is how CURE is caring for us. I really like the living condition, we are provided with very nice blankets and hygienic meals,” said Fred. “I want to agree with my grandfather that this place is amazing. I love the toys in the playroom,” Margret added, agreeing with her grandfather.

We are so happy that we met Margret and her grandfather Fred. Margret and Fred both have so much hope for healing, we would love your help in support and in prayer for them!

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May 25, 2018

Margret's headed home after one last go on the physiotherapy bikes! We're gonna miss her giant smile so much. Her legs look so much better now! Just one update though, at the moment her knees are a bit turned inwards. We asked Dr. James if it could be corrected and he said that because she has arthritis due to the destroyed joint, her legs have been overcorrected so that the weight is put on a better part of her knee and she won't be in pain. Please be praying for her as she travels home, we'll see her again August 16th at her local clinic! Photo of Margret

May 24, 2018

Margret's looking quite coy today! She's so sweet and has been walking around the hospital, enjoying time in the playroom and doing some much-needed physiotherapy. Thank you for your prayers for her! Photo of Margret

May 23, 2018

Margret was having a grand time wheeling around physiotherapy yesterday, but today she went into theater first thing in the morning to have that wire removed from her leg. It was a minor operation but still, please be praying for a quick recovery! Photo of Margret

May 21, 2018

Margret is back! She's here to have a wire taken out, but we found out she has malaria so we need to wait a couple of days until the medications wipe out the infection before we can put her under. Her muscles are also weak from her last surgery so she's going to have some intense physiotherapy to help her start walking better now! Photo of Margret

Apr 19, 2018

We spotted Margret in the parking lot yesterday after work - didn't manage to chat with her but we assume she came in for a checkup! We looked around in the clinic diaries for information but it looks like she came late so the doctors didn't write in the book and probably just wrote future steps on her discharge paper. Please continue praying for her! Photo of Margret

Feb 26, 2018

Margret is still here! She's all set to go home and is just waiting for her ride to arrive. She said she's ready to go home but she was making the best of her time here, playing Bao with Kelvin! Photo of Margret

Feb 23, 2018

Margret has been discharged home today after one last physiotherapy session! Funny read some get-well messages to her before she left. She says, "I am so happy that you are all praying for me. I'm encouraged that you remember me. Please continue praying for me until I am fully recovered. God bless you all." She'll be back April 16th! Photo of Margret

Feb 21, 2018

Margret's surgery went well yesterday! Dr. James and Dr. Kaweme did a double elevation osteotomy, which will make the joint of her knee straight, as well as releasing some of the tight muscles from the frame. She's doing well and is recovering in the ward today. Her femurs are still a bit rotated which is affecting her ankle, but Dr. James isn't overly worried about it. If it is an issue after the bones heal, in a year he might do another surgery. Photo of Margret

Feb 19, 2018

Margret's back for her double elevation osteotomy and soft tissue muscle releases later this week! We're so happy to see her again and her legs are already so much straighter than when she first came to us! Please be praying for her as she's back for round two! Photo of Margret

Jan 29, 2018

Margret has headed home over the weekend! She'll be back in a couple weeks, she needs a soft tissue (muscle) release because it's pulling her foot down. Originally they were going to do it next week, but she has some pinsite infections they want to wait to clear up first. Also, on the more severe left leg she will need a double elevation osteotomy because Dr. James couldn't do it the first time because her leg was so severely deformed. Please be praying for her, we'll see her again February 18th!

Jan 25, 2018

Our lovely Margret is looking pretty happy with her straight, frameless legs! She had them taken off a couple days ago and is back to smiling again! She's still needing a lot of physiotherapy post-op, so please be praying for that. It sounds like she might need another operation to completely fix her legs; we'll let you know what the doctors say when we get a chance to talk to them. Photo of Margret

Jan 22, 2018

Margret’s been readmitted to have her frames removed and we’re so happy for her! We got a quick update with her and her dad:

“I prefer the frames to the metal they put in her legs, she used to complain about the metal, but with the frames she doesn’t complain about her legs hurting her anymore, and now she is able to walk with crutches and I believe once they take the frames off she will be able to run. I thank CURE for treating my daughter. I am so relieved now that she will be able to walk. I was a happy father, but I was always worried when I saw my firstborn’s deformity. I always asked myself, ‘how will she help her siblings with her condition?’” says Christopher, Margret’s father.

“I am fine, I am able to walk now and my legs don’t hurt anymore, once they remove these frames I will run and show my friends my legs, and I want to be a netballer like Linda, the best shooter at school!” Margret says.

Unfortunately Margret will need to have a cast on for a few weeks before she can compete with Linda at netball, but she’ll have her frames off tomorrow so the end is in sight! Photo of Margret

Dec 07, 2017

We brought Margret her get-well messages today before she goes home until January 22nd. She was a bit shy, but was smiling big! She said, "I'm so grateful that you're taking your time praying for me! I would really love if you came and visited me and see how I am doing. May God bless you all."

We also spoke to her yesterday about her spiritual walk and she said, "I am enjoying my time here at CURE. At times I forget that I am in a hospital because of all the spiritual and physical care I get. I can say that my life is not the same as it was spiritually. I learned a lot of good songs as well as Bible stories and verses." Photo of Margret

Dec 05, 2017

Margret is doing some physiotherapy today, and she seems pretty unhappy about it that. Unfortunately, they have to make her bend her knees because they're getting stiff, but it's pretty painful so she's crying a lot. Please be praying that it gets easier over time, and that her knees ease up! Photo of Margret

Nov 30, 2017

Margret had a lot of get-well messages build-up since the last time she was at the hospital - 18 of them! We brought them to her on Tuesday, and she really enjoyed listening to them. She said, "Thank you for your prayers! Please keep praying for me." She also told us she wants a Bible so she can read one of the Bible verses that was sent to her. We'll have to talk to the spiritual team about getting ahold of one for her! Photo of Margret

Nov 27, 2017

Dr. Lubega checked out Margret's wounds today. He's so gentle with the kids and pulled off her bandages very slowly and carefully, which we're sure she appreciated. He said it's very good that there wasn't too much wound breakdown. You can't see the bone, so we don't need to do any sort of graft. Instead, we can just wait for the wound to heal itself. We'll continue dressings, and see where we are on Friday! Photo of Margret

Nov 22, 2017

Margret's back in physio! She says she's feeling a lot better than on Monday - they gave her a ton of antibiotics and they seem to be working, even the wound looks better! She is also getting a bit of a foot drop from not walking enough, so that's why she's back to physio! Photo of Margret

Nov 20, 2017

Margret is back for her four-week check-up. Unfortunately, Dr. James' fears were realized, and she's managed to get a bad infection. It doesn't look like her family was cleaning the frame very well, so she's been admitted for a week to have IV antibiotics as well as regular pinsite care for at least a week. We'll try to teach her dad how to clean the frames again and hopefully he'll understand how important it is now! Unfortunately, it's very hot and dusty down in Chikwawa so even with the best care there's a risk of infection. Please be praying for her! She's getting a bit sick of the frames and wants to go back to school and play, but they need to stay on for a couple more months before all the bones will be healed enough for that. Photo of Margret

Oct 30, 2017

Magret was discharged over the weekend and is just here to enjoy the nsima (maize porridge) one last time. Either that, or she is waiting for a ride home, which seems a bit more likely. We'll see her every 4 weeks as we want to keep an eye on the pinsites to make sure they don't get infected. Please be praying for save travels! Photo of Margret

Oct 27, 2017

Dr. James is trying to see if we can get Margret home sometime this weekend. We're not sure if it will happen as they have to have a really good understanding of the frame and proper care for it. They have a dirt floor at home, which means they need to clean the frame twice a day (rather than once a day which would work if they had a concrete slab). On top of that, it's very hot where she lives which means there's a higher chance of infection. If the nurses are happy, then she'll go home though! Please be praying that everything will go smoothly and that they'll keep it clean and that she won't get an infection. We'll be sending her home with a course of antibiotics just in case!

We brought her your get well messages just in case she leaves at the last minute. One of the well-wishers complimented her smile and she says, "I am very happy to hear that you like my smiles. I will keep on smiling! Thank you for praying!" Photo of Margret

Oct 25, 2017

Chisomo is volunteering with our Spiritual Department and she posed for a great photo with Margret yesterday! Chisomo was a patient here many years ago and has great camaraderie with our kids! Photo of Margret

Oct 23, 2017

We brought Margret her get-well messages on Friday while she was waiting for physiotherapy. She loved hearing from all her supporters and said to tell you, "I am so thankful for the prayers that you are offering for me. May God bless you all for the well-wishes." We heard more good news today too - she might be going home later this week! Please pray her x-rays are looking good! Photo of Margret

Oct 19, 2017

"Today's a good day for her. She's even demanding to do more!" Shadreck told us as Margret did her physiotherapy today. She was grimacing a bit, and we asked if she was in pain and he said no. She's actually been struggling with pain the past few days but today is a lot better. We're so proud of her for pushing herself today while she's feeling alright, so that her legs can heal quicker. Photo of Margret

Oct 17, 2017

Margret seemed to be enjoying sitting by and watching the other kids do physiotherapy while she waited for her turn - she's so patient! She gave us a lovely smile when we took her picture! Photo of Margret

Oct 13, 2017

Margret is still doing well in her physiotherapy sessions with Lauren. She is able to walk using the walking frame and is being assisted by her grandmother who has come to visit her. We are happy that she has the passion to make sure that she gets well quickly. Please keep on praying for her! Photo of Margret

Oct 12, 2017

Francis has been assisting Margret today with physiotherapy and is doing the strut changes on the frames. Margret is not feeling any pain and soon will be doing her other sessions of physiotherapy. We thank God for Margret's progress! Thank you for praying for her! Photo of Margret

Oct 11, 2017

Margret has found a new friend and her name is Margret as well! She has been playing with her new buddy while sitting on her bed today. Margret is doing well with physiotherapy, and is working very hard in order to get well quickly. Please continue praying for her wellness and healing! Photo of Margret

Oct 10, 2017

Margret is still facing the other direction as compared to the others. This morning she had her tea facing the wall. However, she is happy and is enjoying her "mandasis" (fritters). Thank you for praying for Margret! Photo of Margret

Oct 09, 2017

Today has been a quiet day for Margret. She appeared to be lost in thought and we wondered what this little lady was thinking about! She has not been having any pain though, but she has still decided to stay as quiet as she can be. She chose to face the other direction while her friends were waiting for their wounds to be dressed. Please continue praying for Margret to heal quickly and also for her to bring her cute smiling face back. Photo of Margret

Oct 06, 2017

Margret is doing well today while staying in bed. The doctors said she can start strut changes today and continue with learning to stand. Let's keep praying for our girl Margret. With God, all things are possible! Photo of Margret

Oct 05, 2017

For the first time after surgery, Margret is learning how to stand. She is in pain and she is trying to hide it but her face is telling another story. Our physiotherapists are making sure that she is doing it alright and has less pain. Please continue praying for Margret to heal quickly! Photo of Margret

Oct 04, 2017

More physiotherapy for Margret and she was energetic as always! Today, she decided to try doing her physiotherapy exercises on her own as directed by our physiotherapists. We are happy for Margret for having the positive attitude towards getting well. It simply teaches us that God does great things when one has faith in Him! Photo of Margret

Oct 03, 2017

Magret is doing well with physiotherapy. She says she is enjoying every moment of it and we are happy to hear that. "Doreen has been so helpful because she also has frames on both her legs like I do so it is becoming easy to do physiotherapy together with her. I am hopeful that soon I will be able to do them on my own," says Magret. It is great to have a friend who assists you in times like these and all thanks should go to God for giving Doreen such great courage! Thank you for all your prayers for these girls as they are getting better each day. Photo of Margret

Oct 02, 2017

Margret is doing really well and she is happy today. She says she is only feeling mild pain. We understand that the pain cannot fully go away at once for her healing to be complete. Our team from the physiotherapy has been assisting her and they have given her a "theraband" (green band on the foot) to avoid contracture and also for her feet to be in the right position to withstand the frames. Please continue keeping Margret in prayers as she continues with her treatment! Photo of Margret

Sep 29, 2017

We could not believe how quickly and what great of a progress Magret's healing is coming! "I have been in bed most of the time and I feel better today. The nurses are so nice and my mother is happy too for the kind treatment I am receiving," said Magret. Magret loves the orange juice and she has been having it all day long. Continue keeping this sweet girl in your prayers! Photo of Margret

Sep 28, 2017

It has been a good day for Magret after her time in theatre yesterday. She is feeling well and today she had her first wound dressing in the morning. She is happy that everything went well and her sad face is gone. God has been so faithful during the whole procedure and also after. Thank you for praying for Magret! Photo of Margret

Sep 26, 2017

Magret has been in the theatre for hours because her operation is a long one. Please pray for her as the procedure still going on! Photo of Margret

Sep 25, 2017

Magret is not very happy as she has been admitted again today. We spoke to her and she says she has been well, but she feels pain when she walks long distances. Magret has come for her frame operation that is scheduled for tomorrow, please pray for it to be successful. We believe Magret will have quick healing if we stand together praying for her! Photo of Margret

Sep 05, 2017

Our friend Margret was already enjoying the playroom yesterday! The doctors consulted about her legs and decided since her blount's is so severe they would transfer her over to Dr. James, who will put a frame on her leg versus just doing cuts to the bone. Unfortunately, he's really busy this week and next, so she'll be coming back in two weeks for her surgery instead of having it done this week! Photo of Margret

Sep 04, 2017

Meet Margret! We made a short intro video to introduce her to you! She's just arrived at CURE Malawi and will be having surgery later this week for her bilateral blount's disease. Please be praying for her as she has her operation!

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