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“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!
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!
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!
"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!
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!
"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.
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!
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