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“My daughter Evelyn was born healthy, but when she was only six years old she got hit by a car as she was trying to cross the road coming from school and it broke one of her feet. I rushed her to our local hospital which did not waste time but in… Read more
“My daughter Evelyn was born healthy, but when she was only six years old she got hit by a car as she was trying to cross the road coming from school and it broke one of her feet. I rushed her to our local hospital which did not waste time but instead referred us straight to the central hospital,” says Lucy, Evelyn’s mother.
“I spent five months in the hospital and I was later discharged to continue wound dressings at our local hospital. I did as advised and the wound was eventualyl healed. I was so glad that all has come to an end. However, little did I know that my daughter shouldn’t run because running just for a short distance caused a cut on her foot which oozed blood and pus. I really got very worried as to how my child’s life would be. To make matters worse, her body temperature is always high since she was injured,” Lucy continued.
“I thank God for one Sunday morning, which brought back the hope I had lost. It was announced at church that CURE doctors would be visiting our local hospital and all children who are disabled or have issues to do with the bones should go there. I was filled with joy knowing that my daughter will finally be assisted. On the day, I went to the hospital and I was seen by CURE doctors and they gave me a date to come here to CURE,” Lucy continues.
Evelyn, who was injured in 2014, is now nine years old and has had an ongoing infection ever since the accident. The wound on her foot is still oozing and we hope to treat it here at CURE with persistent dressings and antibiotics before operating to fix her anklebone, which is also broken.
“Evelyn’s disability has made my life very difficult. I no longer work with peace of mind because I always have to watch how she is doing all the time. The five months we spent in the hospital were very traumatic for me. I am a single mother with four children so you can imagine how hard it was to leave behind three children for five solid months. However, I can never give up on my beloved daughter because I believe all this will come to an end some day soon.”
Evelyn, who is always smiling, is very privileged to have good friends who still love and play with her even with her deformity, which is uncommon in her culture. “I thank God that my friends always play with me the same way they used to even before I got injured,” said Evelyn happily.
Lucy believes that now that she has made it to CURE, her daughter will be treated. She has seen some kids with more threatening conditions than hers being treated, and this has boosted her hope for her daughters future. Please join us in praying for Evelyn and Lucy!
Evelyn is going into the operating room today! For now she's just having her wound cleaned and a vac put on - a special machine that sucks up all the bad stuff and promotes wound healing. Please be praying for her, and that the vac works well so that she can have her actual surgery soon!
Evelyn is doing well today and she is still having regular dressings. They're considering doing a muscle flap (taking healthy skin and flesh from higher on the leg and bringing it down) but will need to wait until after her wound heals up. Else Hitt, wife of our CURE Zambia Executive Director Steve Hitt, is here for a few weeks and today was teaching our kids how to play Uno in the playroom. Evelyn was really enjoying learning a new game!
Meet Evelyn! We can already tell she's going to be a lot of fun to be around! There's some kids who just make wherever they go light up with laughter, and even in the hospital they're full of joy! Evelyn has had a wound on her foot since it was run over by a car in 2014, and we're hoping now we can sort out why it hasn't healed yet and what the best course of action is to heal it surgically. Please be praying for her!
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