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“My granddaughter Sellina was born very normal, but when she was only ten years old, she started complaining that her left leg was in pain. As time passed, her leg got very swollen. At that time, she was staying with her father, who never took he… Read more
“My granddaughter Sellina was born very normal, but when she was only ten years old, she started complaining that her left leg was in pain. As time passed, her leg got very swollen. At that time, she was staying with her father, who never took her to the hospital, but rather to herbalists which made the condition worse. I really wish I was there at the start of everything so I could involve medical people earlier. I believe the situation wouldn’t be as it is now,” said Everes, Sellina’s grandmother.
Sellina was then taken to a nearest hospital where she was admitted and operated on. “My grandchild received the necessary care and I thought after healing of the wound she would be able to walk normally again. However, it turned out the opposite way. She is not able to walk well and it’s worse when she wants to go to the toilet. This pushed me to seek further help at a central hospital and there I was referred here to CURE. Many of our relatives are very concerned about Sellina’s disability since she was born normal. We all feel sorry for her, especially because of the pain that she is in most of the time.” Everes explained further.
Sellina most likely had chronic osteomyelitis, a bone infection, in her hip. This destroyed the ball of the hip and some of the infected bone was taken out the first time she had surgery. We’re not 100% sure about what the other doctors did, but at this point she still has some deformed bone which is causing pain where it’s in contact with the pelvic bone. The doctors at CURE will do a Girdlestone operation to remove the rest of the destroyed hip, which will help with her pain, but after a few months she will most likely need a pelvic support osteotomy, making a ‘shelf’ out of the femur, to help her walk well.
“I thank God that despite my condition, my friends still play with me very well at school and at home. The biggest challenge that I face with my disability is being unable to do things quickly because of my slow movement. I really wish I could move from one place to another quickly. Above all I envy my friends who are able to run,” Sellina says.
“I believe after I am treated here at CURE I will be able to move faster and even run just as my friends do. It is my desire to become a nurse after I am done with my studies. I have passion to help the sick get better with the help of God.”
Please join us in praying that Sellina’s wishes will come to pass, that her surgeries go well and that she is able to continue her education and become a nurse!
Sellina's in today, this time with her mom instead of her grandmother! We've also discovered where Sellina's shyness comes from! We asked her a little about her family and she says, "I have one younger brother who is 9 years old." She just smiled and got shy when we tried to find out if they play together! We asked her mother if she has any prayer requests but she gave us the same shy smile and just says, "Just pray for Sellina."
Sellina disappeared yesterday morning but we managed to grab a photo of her before she left! It was such a small operation that she was in and out of the hospital before we had a chance to get to talk to her. She'll be back July 23rd in clinic for a checkup though! Please continue to pray for her!
Sellina is back a lot earlier than we expected for her epiphysiodesis surgery! Basically her left leg is longer than the right because the head of the hip is missing, the doctors are stopping the growth in the left leg so the right has a chance to catch up while she's still growing. She's already had her quick operation and is recovering outside theater! Please pray for her as she is still groggy from the anesthesia so we can't tell if it will hurt yet or not.
Sellina came in for her appointment today! She'll be admitted on August 7th for another operation. She says, "At first I was unable to go outside the house, but now I can go outside and visit my friends and chat with them, which wasn't possible before. My friends encourage me to not use the crutch because they love to see me walking without it and are happy for me! I have less pain now, but I'm not going back to school yet." Please continue to pray for Sellina while she heals!
Sellina came in for physiotherapy today, and Physio Shadreck says, "I'm not impressed." Unfortunately it looks like she hasn't been doing her home exercise program so her muscles are very weak in that leg. She'll be coming in on Monday to be admitted for a Pelvic Support Osteotomy though, which will hopefully give Shadreck more time to work on her leg! We're not 100% sure what's going on since we thought she was still too young for a PSO, but we'll let you know when we hear more!
Sellina came in for some physiotherapy today! Reports are that she's walking very well. She just needs a shoe raise, but Mr. Bruno, our "shoe raiser" is not in today so she'll be back next week to have it made.
Sellina was discharged home yesterday while we were out! She's coming back to be seen in clinic on June 4th, but in the meantime we'll be seeing her in the physiotherapy room fairly regularly since she needs to practice her exercises with them. Please pray for her as she heals and comes in for physio.
Sellina was having fun drawing in the playroom this morning! Funny from the Spiritual Department has been bringing in the kids to play and do school work more often nowadays, and Sellina seemed to enjoy it a lot! Yesterday she was teaching them math, but today they were having fun drawing.
Sellina's finally come off traction and is walking about physiotherapy today with the help of her watchful mother! Because she's fairly young still, she won't be able to have the Pelvic Support Osteotomy for a couple of years, we just discovered. But we should still see a lot of her as she lives locally and will need a lot of physiotherapy in the meantime!
Sellina had her operation yesterday to remove the deformed bit of her hip. Dr. Kaweme and scrub nurse Margreet opened up the hip and took it out - please be praying for her as she's in a bit of pain right now and is on traction for a while before she can go home!
Meet Sellina! She's come to CURE Malawi for surgery on her hip, which was infected and is now destroyed and painful. She'll have a girdlestone operation to take out the painful bone that's left of the ball of the hip. Then, in several months, she will have a major surgery called a Pelvic Support Osteotomy, which involves several cuts to the bone and a frame for a few months. Please be praying for her as she has her first operation tomorrow! Today, she's been in the playroom with Funny, one of our spiritual staff members, learning some math lessons!
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