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“In November 2017, I was at the shop when my son was burned. He was playing with a ball, since he loves playing with balls I had bought him one. Unfortunately, the ball fell in boiling water and when he stuck his hand in to pick up the ball, his … Read more
“In November 2017, I was at the shop when my son was burned. He was playing with a ball, since he loves playing with balls I had bought him one. Unfortunately, the ball fell in boiling water and when he stuck his hand in to pick up the ball, his hand was melted. He was with his nanny then, but she did not see what had happened. When she noticed, I was called and I rushed home,” says Sarafina, Dan’s mom.
Dan is an adorable one and a half year old boy who has burn contractures on his left hand, which has affected both him and his family. He’s a bit too young to tell his story himself, but his smiles and giggles say a lot!
Sarafina says, “I took him to our local private hospital, but to tell the truth, he was not helped. All the doctors that were there were just trainees. They were only cleaning the wound but they did not apply any medication on it. It took two weeks of them doing that but there was no change. My husband then decided to take Dan to another private hospital in Lilongwe. In Lilongwe, he was helped a lot until the wounds were healed in another two weeks. When he was healed, I noticed that he was unable to stretch his fingers out. Since then I have been taking him to a district hospital, and I was told to wait for CURE doctors to come. My husband was impatient, and decided to bring Dan to Queens Hospital next to CURE Malawi, and they referred us. I’m very impressed by CURE; the medical personnel are always there for us. You see one after another of them coming to attend to us.”
“Dan’s friends are very young, so they’re just curious and say, ‘Look at Dan, he got burnt.’ But many adults in my community say that my son’s disability is strange and mysterious. They say, ‘Oh what happened to the child? It doesn’t look like a normal burn, he must be bewitched.’ They have even said that I should not go to the hospital; that they will not be able to help me, instead they say that I should go to traditional healers. However as a family, we have accepted it was an accident. Because I fear God, I didn’t listen to them when they said my son was bewitched, and I refuse to use any traditional herbs.”
When asked about her hopes for Dan's future, Sarafina says, “I’m not sure yet how it will affect his schooling since we don’t know which hand is dominant, but I believe when my son gets operated on, he will be able to hold his ball very well – since he loves balls – and this will make his life better."
Please join us in praying for Dan and Sarafina as Dan has surgery here at CURE Malawi!
Oops! Dr. Linda changed her mind after consulting with her husband Dr. Chokotho, who is a plastic surgeon at nearby Queens Hospital. He thought it would be best to at least try splinting before operating, so Dan's going home and we'll see him again on August 1st! Sarafina is understandably not overly thrilled at the development, but says she'll be strong and asks us to pray that he'll be ready for surgery when he returns!
Physiotherapist Ndapile has tried splinting Dan's hands and says, "He was crying the whole time - he's going to need to have surgery now instead of later." It's unlikely splinting would get anywhere since he's so resistant to it, so he will most likely be receiving surgery tomorrow from Dr. Linda! Please pray for him!
Meet Dan! He's an adorable little boy who has already stolen our hearts with his smile! Currently he's having his fingers splinted for a couple days to see if it helps his condition. Dr. Linda will either operate on him this week, or if it seems that splinting may improve his hands, he may have his operation delayed and will have a smaller surgery after his fingers have been stretched at home. Please be praying for him and his mommy Sarafina!
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