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Flora's Story

“When I saw what happened I was very upset, and I had some questions as to what has happened to my daughter Flora. I thought, this is the work of the devil, so I said to God, “If this is the work of the devil, may You take control, since I’m … Read more

“When I saw what happened I was very upset, and I had some questions as to what has happened to my daughter Flora. I thought, this is the work of the devil, so I said to God, “If this is the work of the devil, may You take control, since I’m very young compared to You. I cannot handle it, so I need You to help me.” So I’ve left everything in the hands of God,” says Liness, Flora’s mother.

“One day in 2011 as Flora was going to our neighbor’s house, she fell down. Later in the day, she went with me to the stream to get some water and I saw that she was not walking properly. That’s when she told me about how she fell. We went back home, but she was still complaining that she was in pain. We slept that night, and in the morning she was still in pain.”

“I didn’t trip over anything, it was just flat where I fell. I don’t remember much else about it, ” Flora says.

Liness continues, “We went to the hospital, and by then the whole leg was swollen. At that hospital, they referred us to a district hospital because the case was too complicated. At the district hospital they said she needed an operation. When she went to the operating room and came back, they said outside the leg she looked fine, but it was injured inside. They made an incision on the top of the leg and removed the pus and blood. They were dressing the wounds, and they gave her injections morning, afternoon and evening. They continued doing that until the wound was much better, and they sent us home to continue dressings at our local hospital. All this happened in 2011. Nine months after the surgery, she was healed, and was able to go to school and to farm, and do everything at home.”

“However, this year I asked her how her leg felt with all the things she was doing. And she told me, ‘There’s pain inside again.’ I asked myself, “Is she just overdoing things?” because she was drawing water and getting firewood and many other things. Later though, some wounds started to develop and the whole leg became swollen again. I took her back to the local hospital and they referred us again. The district hospital did an x-ray and told me, ‘Your child has an injury, the bone is fractured and the pieces are stabbing the flesh. That’s why wounds are developing. So we will give her medication to ease the pain, and you should come back on the 13th of June.’ I did as I was advised and I was seen by the CURE Outreach Clinic there, when I was given a date to come here.”

Flora had chronic osteomyelitis, otherwise known as an infection in the bone. It’s not known what causes this most of the time, but the infection would weaken the bone enough to cause fractures from just a simple fall. It also keeps the bone from healing back well. In the West we treat osteomyelitis with antibiotics before the bone becomes this infected, but unfortunately here in Malawi the lack of resources and distance from hospitals often results in cases like Flora’s. Now the infection has cleared, but the fracture is still there and is what causes the pain.

“My friends both at school and at home mock me, saying, ‘Look at her with a broken leg’. I feel so bad about that, but I just keep quiet. I am now not able to walk as I used to before I was injured. I mostly feel pain, ” Flora says.

“My daughter is not able to go to school sometimes because of the pain. When she stands, the leg with the fracture sticks out. I thank God that the teachers are understanding. And also, some of her friends who knew her before she was injured are also helpful to her. They will help her do some things which the teachers ask her to do, for example, carrying 5 liters of sand to help develop the school,” Liness says.

When asked her hopes for the future, Flora says, “When my leg is healed, I will be able to go to the stream, to the farm, and also do other things which I am not able to do now. I want to be a doctor when I finish my education.”

Liness told us, “From what I have seen, CURE Malawi is very helpful. There is a boy in our village, who was unable to walk, but he was here, he has been assisted and now he can walk. And I believe my daughter will also get better. Help me pray for my daughter’s condition to improve, that it should not be like this again.”

Please join us in prayer for Flora and Liness as Flora receives treatment for her fracture at CURE Malawi!

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3 days ago

Flora is a social butterfly! She makes friends with just about everyone in the hospital. These are her new friends Frank, Tamara and Agripa. Today we caught them playing with balloons and watching Tom and Jerry on Storyteller Alexis' phone. They all had the most expressive reactions! Flora says, "Tell everyone purple is my favorite color! Purple! Purple! Purple!" We can't get her to stop saying "purple" now that she knows the translation in English. She finds it so fun!

Flora is continuing her turns during physio until she completes her program. Luckily, the doctors have shortened her program, so it should go by faster, but we continue to joke with her that she is staying here until Christmas! Please continue to keep Flora in your prayers while she is here with us at CURE Malawi! Photo of Flora

Oct 10, 2018

Flora discovered what a sticky note was yesterday after digging through Storyteller Alexis' backpack, but today her sticky note ran out of sticky! She decided to use a hair clip to make it stick and has been wearing her new orange post-it as a fashion accessory! Flora is switching her turning program from the long assessment to the short assessment, since Dr. Lubega says she is doing well and doesn't need to do the longer version anymore. She says she is having a bit of pain in her leg today, so please to keep her in your prayers! Photo of Flora

Oct 08, 2018

Today we caught Flora in the playroom drawing! Funny, from the Spiritual Department, asked the kids to draw a picture of God's creation from Genesis 1:1. Flora definitely won the award for most colorful! She had many creative and beautiful drawings! Flora is continuing her new program and will come to physio again today! Please keep her in your prayers! Photo of Flora

Oct 05, 2018

We delivered your get well messages to Flora today as she was on an exercise bike at the physiotherapy room! She was able to read some of the messages and got ideas, as for the rest, we had read them to her! She says, “I'm so thankful to all who wrote the get well messages to me because when I hear such messages, I'm happy. I will continue smiling and being happy throughout my healing process. I love you too and keep on being “sweethearts” to me.” Flora is still waiting for her new turning program. Thank you for giving her lots of love! Photo of Flora

Oct 03, 2018

Flora is back to wiggling her eyebrows again! During her snack this morning, she offered Storyteller Alexis some of her dried cassava and laughed as Alexis made an interesting face after realizing it was most definitely not frozen banana. Flora's mom says she was worried about Flora going out at home while her leg was still healing, but found out Flora had been sneaking out to go to church with her friends. She doesn't know what to think of it because it is church after all! We all laughed. Please continue to keep Flora and her mom in your prayers during this time! Photo of Flora

Oct 02, 2018

Flora is back in the hospital but has not been admitted. She was supposed to be seen by the doctors for a review in the clinic but she and her mom, Liness were late for the clinic! Though it’s hot today, Flora had the courage to put on a top and cover herself, wow! Flora will spend a night in the hospital as her home is far and she will be seen tomorrow during the ward round. Please keep her in your prayers! Photo of Flora

Sep 07, 2018

Finally our girl has been discharged and will probably be going home over the weekend! Her mom, Liness is waiting to meet up with the Physio team to discuss her strut change program. Before Flora goes, she will have a wound inspection in the ward and her mom has already been taught about pin site care. Flora has been busy in the ward saying goodbye to her friends, Gloria and Manuel. Please pray for Flora and her mom for travel mercies, we will see them in three weeks! Photo of Flora

Sep 06, 2018

We walked into Flora and her mom having an awesome argument! Apparently Flora may be discharged soon and she is not in agreement with the idea of going back to school. Her mom Liness thinks otherwise! Flora: “How do you expect me to go to school with the frame?” Mom: “Don’t worry, I will organize that you are taken to and from school either by motorcycle or bicycle.” Flora: “I don’t want the one driving to throw me off accidentally.” Mom, jokingly says: “Don’t worry, if they all fail we will be taking you to school in a wheelbarrow for your safety.” They all laughed! Flora has so far improved and she is able to bend her left leg which is the leg the frame is on. The doctors have given her a new compression distraction program which is used to enhance and quicken the healing of the bones in her leg. Please continue praying for our girl Flora as she is fully recovering! Photo of Flora

Sep 04, 2018

“Here you go, have your crutches,” says Diana as she was mocking Flora to take one of the crutches with her during their physical therapy sessions! As always, she laughed it off! We are glad that Flora is doing well and has not complained about any pain so far. She is being brave, so adorable! She finished her frame tuning program and is waiting for a new one from the doctors. Please continue praying for Flora as she is still in the hospital. Photo of Flora

Aug 29, 2018

Flora went in for surgery yesterday! The surgeons changed out her pins and put a new wire in her frame. It should makes things a little bit less painful for Flora. Unfortunately, they found out Flora has a bone infection. She will be put on antibiotics and tomorrow begin having her dressings changed. Please pray for Flora's infection and that she will be back wiggling her eyebrows in no time! Photo of Flora

Aug 27, 2018

Flora is back in the hospital! The doctors plan to put new secure pins into her frame and tighten them all up. Once they make sure the osteomyelitis isn’t reoccurring, they will start her on a new program.

Flora was drawing flowers and trees with bees today! When we asked her what she’s been doing at home, she said she’s been gambling, playing poker with farm eggs and peas. We told her that’s not a good idea and her mother agreed saying, “I want her to be memorizing Bible verses instead!” Flora said, “Why? I am winning!” and then went on to recite her favorite Bible verse, John 3:16 in Chichewa, wiggling her eyebrows at her mom. We all laughed! Flora’s mom was impressed, but asks for prayers for Flora’s studies and her continued healing! Photo of Flora

Aug 14, 2018

Flora is headed home tomorrow! She will be going to physio today before she is on her way! Yesterday, she was working on some drawings of people, eyes and chairs. She says she really enjoys drawing and her favorite colors are brown and yellow. The plan for Flora is to be back in two weeks. We sure are going to miss her while she is gone, and the way she wiggles her eyebrows! Please keep Flora and her mom in your prayers as they prepare to journey home! Photo of Flora

Aug 10, 2018

Flora is always smiling! Yesterday, when we asked her how she was feeling she said, "I am doing okay. I just have a little pain." She told us her favorite activity at the hospital is reading and playing board games. When we asked Flora who she is missing at home she said, "I am missing my younger brother. He is six years old.” Flora’s frame program is pretty short, but the doctors are a little bit concerned that the wound from the operating site might break down, so please pray that doesn’t happen! Photo of Flora

Aug 07, 2018

"I'm doing well. I want a photo with you!" Flora told Storyteller Avanell, when asked how she was feeling today. We were more than happy to oblige! She mentioned she still hasn't heard from her family, so you can pray that they reach out soon! The turns for her frame will start later this week! Photo of Flora

Aug 03, 2018

Flora gave us two thumbs up during physio today! She says, "I'm feeling good after my operation. Just a little bit of pain. Physio is going well, I had my first session today. I've made friends with Sarah, Diana, Filla... and you [Storyteller Avanell]!" She's so sweet! She and her mom haven't heard from home yet; her mom told us, "There's no phone at home, so I told my neighbor she should beep me when she's at my home so I can call." Hopefully she'll get to check in with her family soon! Flora's leg needs some time to rest before they start on the turns for her frame, so that won't happen until next week. Please continue to pray for her! Photo of Flora

Aug 01, 2018

"I'm feeling bold. I'm not afraid. I want them to make me well. Please pray for a successful surgery," Flora said before she went in for her operation. We're so grateful for our doctors who come from all over the world to work, train or volunteer long-term and short-term to help our patients! Flora's surgery was done by Dr. Karolina from Poland, Dr. Lubega from Uganda and Dr. Lambat from Rwanda! They're cutting out the jagged cuts from the fracture and then putting on a frame to help hold everything together and slowly join the bits of bone straight. Please be praying for Flora as she recovers. Photo of Flora

Jul 30, 2018

Meet Flora! She's already enjoying singing songs in the CURE Malawi playroom with the other kids! She came in last Friday and is here to have surgery for her post-infectious leg. A bone infection made her tibia very weak, making it fracture, which is now causing a lot of pain for our poor girl. She's going to have surgery later this week to cut off the jagged ends and then put a frame to stabilize everything while the bone heals back together. Unfortunately, she may also need to have her leg lengthened in the future since it will be shorter than the other. Please be praying for her! Photo of Flora

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