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“God blessed me with two healthy daughters on the same day, Bertha and Beatrice. They were born very normal but just after three weeks Bertha got very sick. Her blood and water levels were so low. The doctors tried so hard to find the nerves wher… Read more
“God blessed me with two healthy daughters on the same day, Bertha and Beatrice. They were born very normal but just after three weeks Bertha got very sick. Her blood and water levels were so low. The doctors tried so hard to find the nerves where they could transfuse the saline and blood by tying a band on her leg. This really worked but unfortunately the band was left on the leg for a long time and upon removal there was a swelling on the leg, which resulted into a wound. Healing of the wound has left my daughter with a disability.”
Rabecca has brought her daughter Bertha to CURE seeking healing for her daughter’s deformed foot. Because of this old wound, the skin is tight around the ankle, making walking difficult. The doctors plan on using a flap – a piece of skin and muscle from higher on the leg – to cover over the exposed flesh when they cut out the scar tissue.
“I feel very bad when I remember that she was born without any problem. My daughter doesn’t play with her friends because I am afraid that they might hurt her and worsen the condition. She is always with me where ever I go. I thank God for MACOHA, an organization that takes care of people with disabilities which opened my eyes that there is still hope for my daughter to be well again because I thought that she would be like that for the rest of her life. They took me to our district hospital on the day CURE doctors were there and I was seen by them. They gave me a date to come here to CURE. I am so happy to be here at CURE and I really appreciate how the doctors, nurses, and the entire staff work here. It is indeed a God fearing hospital! No wonder when kids go to theatre they come out alive. All this is not possible with human powers, but God alone. Many blessings to CURE hospital,” said Rabecca, Bertha's mother.
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Our joyful Bertha has been discharged home today! We managed to get one more funny photo of her before she left. We'll see her in Lilongwe again on June 18th, please be praying she'll be happy and healed then!
Bertha's doing grand and has been hanging around the hospital, although it sounds like she'll be going to the hostel soon until her wound inspection on Monday. Everyone already loves her and was exclaiming "Berrrrrthaaaa!" when we saw her on ward rounds this morning! She can't put any weight on her foot so she's mostly been sitting in bed, but that's not keeping her from having fun!
Bertha was healthy enough to have her surgery today! Dr. Lubega decided he could do an operation called a z-plasty, where the skin is cut in a zig-zag pattern and then sewed back together differently to make the scar line flat, instead of doing a flap and taking healthy skin and moving it down. This means less trauma for the area and that it will probably heal faster, so we're glad it's possible! Most of the issue is with deep scar tissue in her foot, which they are excising. Please be praying for her as she goes to the ward to recover!
Look at that big smile! Bertha has already been entertaining us with her antics - she sure doesn't act sick! The anesthetist is going to check her out again today to see if she's getting better for surgery next week!
Meet Bertha! She showed up at our Lilongwe Clinic the beginning of February and was booked to come in and have surgery this week! Unfortunately, she's a bit sick at the moment with a chest infection, so we're waiting for it to clear up with antibiotics before we operate and then she'll have surgery next week. Please be praying her cough clears up quickly! https://youtu.be/5bjlrxsPlI8
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