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  • Age9
  • Conditionburn contractures
  • Next Appointment 04/15/2018

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“When we reached the public hospital, they examined Innocent and offered to cut off his legs- claiming that there’s no way they can cure him. I was heartbroken, I refused their offer and went home without hope of ever seeing my son walk again,… Read more

“When we reached the public hospital, they examined Innocent and offered to cut off his legs- claiming that there’s no way they can cure him. I was heartbroken, I refused their offer and went home without hope of ever seeing my son walk again,” Matthew said.

Matthew’s son, Innocent, is a nine-year-old boy who was burned on both his feet several years ago. Matthews explained, “It was during harvest in May of 2009. We had dug a pit to burn the maize husks in. One fateful evening, Innocent was playing with his friends and was accidentally pushed into the burning pit. Luckily his uncle was around so he quickly saved him and rushed him to a nearby public hospital in Dowa.”

When they arrived at the hospital they were offered a bed, and were told that he would be treated the following day since no doctor was around. “When they told us that my son with severe burns would not be treated, I was not pleased. So, I took him to another hospital where we stayed for three weeks, but again, they had limited resources, so we were then referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital were his burns were treated for about three months before he was discharged.”

When they reached home, life was difficult for both Innocent and his parents. Coping with deformity was pretty hard for Innocent, who now had to crawl or be carried by his parents to and from school.

When the burn contractures started to get worse, they went to a hospital in Lilongwe where they offered to cut off Innocent’s legs. Fortunately, Matthews turned down that offer. Later, a nonprofit called World Vision referred him to CURE International Hospital. They did not hesitate and rushed to the hospital where they were admitted last week.

“I was so happy to see the kind of hospitality they offer here. We received a quick treatment. He received an operation on his right knee as soon as we got here. The operation was to open up his veins so that blood can move and reach his feet. Currently, we are waiting for another operation where they are going to straighten his feet,” Matthews explained.

Innocent still has quite a long journey of healing ahead of him! As his father said, he had already recieved one operation to prepare for a flap, where the skin and muscle is taken from one area and put in another. Once the skin heals onto his contracted foot over several weeks, he will need a frame to slowly manipulate his foot into the correct position. Please join us in prayer and support of Innocent and his dad Matthews who has rushed him to us for help!

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Feb 08, 2018

We went up to the clinic in Lilongwe for three days and spotted Innocent on Monday! He was chilling, waiting to be seen by Dr. James. He says, "I am doing much better than before." His dad is also very happy that his son is improving, but they aren't done yet! He'll be back April 15th for a frame to correct his foot! Photo of Innocent

Dec 08, 2017

Innocent and his friend Margret are enjoying one last game of bao before they head home over the weekend. We're so happy Innocent finally gets to go back home! He'll have regular check-ups at the local hospital, and then we'll see him again on February 5th at the clinic in Lilongwe. Photo of Innocent

Dec 07, 2017

We brought get-well messages to Innocent and another CUREkid, Francis, while they were enjoying the sunshine today. Innocent said, "It's so nice to have friends who can still remember you in your hard times. Thank you for your prayers. May the Lord bless you all." Photo of Innocent

Dec 05, 2017

Innocent's surgery yesterday went well, and he's already running around the hospital with his friend Chisomo. Now that his flap has been stitched up again, he may be going home in the next day or two! Photo of Innocent

Dec 04, 2017

Innocent is waiting to go into the operating room to have the graft sewn on a bit tighter. It's a minor operation, but please still be praying for him! Photo of Innocent

Dec 01, 2017

I was taking a photo of Innocent while his dad took a photo of me photographing him! Ha! Matthew asked after I was done for a photo of me (Storyteller Avanell) with Innocent. Innocent's doing well and we'll probably be sewing the graft so that it's tighter on the foot on Monday, but Dr. Mak is checking today to make sure it's healthy enough for that. Please be praying it is! Photo of Innocent

Nov 30, 2017

Volunteer Storyteller Francine read Innocent his get-well messages a couple days ago. He and his dad were so thrilled to hear from you all, and his dad told us to tell you, "Thank you, we are praying for you too!" Photo of Innocent

Nov 28, 2017

Innocent has been readmitted! Unfortunately, his wound inspection did not look all good yesterday, so we're holding him here until we're happy. Fortunately, the graft looked okay, but it's pulling away a bit from the sides and there's a bit of pus. Dr. Lubega said he's been running around and using his foot too much from the look of things, so we're gonna keep him under surveillance at the hospital until we're sure it's healed on okay! Photo of Innocent

Nov 27, 2017

Innocent has come in for a checkup today! He's just going to have a wound inspection and as long as it looks all good he'll be off and then will be back February 13th to be readmitted! Photo of Innocent

Nov 10, 2017

Innocent had a wound inspection this morning and it's looking really good, so he's headed home until February 13th when he'll probably be readmitted for a frame. Physical therapist Shadreck set him all up with a cast splint to keep it safe and straight in the meantime. Please be praying for Innocent and Matthew as they travel home! Photo of Innocent

Nov 09, 2017

Innocent was having a ton of fun during teatime with his friends Lazaro and Yassin today. They were doing some pretty interesting poses for the camera! We're glad Innocent is warming up to being in the hospital and is making friends! Photo of Innocent

Nov 06, 2017

We got a photo of Innocent with his dad Matthew today! A lot of the times it's moms who come with their kids so it's always encouraging to see a dad come in! Matthew cares so much about Innocent and wants to bring healing into his life and we're so glad that he's committed the time to bring Innocent here to CURE for multiple operations. Photo of Innocent

Nov 03, 2017

Innocent's surgery yesterday went well! Dr. Lubega and Dr. James took a flap from his upper leg and moved it down to his foot. Once it's healed on well in a couple months, he will need a frame to move the foot slowly into the correct position. Please be praying for him as he heals! Photo of Innocent

Nov 01, 2017

Innocent will be having his surgery tomorrow. Please be praying for him- that the surgery will all go smoothly as it's a pretty big operation. Today, however, he's enjoying listening to some visitors share the gospel story in the playroom! Photo of Innocent

Oct 31, 2017

There are no friends like best friends! Innocent and Edvaldo have really hit it off and have been wheeling all over the hospital together today! Photo of Innocent

Oct 30, 2017

Meet Innocent! He's a bit shy, but he's so sweet! This poor boy has bad burn contractures on both of his feet, but mostly the right. He had an operation last week to stimulate blood flow to the area that we're going to graft to the tight area on his foot. It will take a while to heal, then he will have a frame a couple months later to slowly move the tight foot flat again. Please be praying for him as he has a long ways to go! Photo of Innocent

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