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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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Jan 29, 2020

Guess who ruined her last pair of shoes by her village adventures? Flora! We expected her back, but not this soon. Flora is one active being! She's here for a new shoe raise with her new pair of shoes since the ones she got a few months ago are completely destroyed. Of course, the CUREkids office was her first stop when she came in yesterday and she plans on hanging around here until her shoes are ready today. Flora found out her name means "Flower" and that one of the fairy godmothers in Sleeping Beauty also has the name Flora. It made her really excited. She also received some cards from her volunteer friends in Texas and was so excited to read them, practicing her awesome English. Flora's shoe should be ready by this afternoon and she'll be back on her way until she destroys this pair with her fun adventures. Thanks for sending Flora so much love and keeping her in your prayers! Photo of Flora

Sep 13, 2019

Flora is heading home today with her new CURE Care Kit! She is excited to tell her community more about CURE Malawi and the successful healing she has experienced at our hospital. Flora says she won't be back until she wears out her new pair of shoes. Knowing Flora, it won't be long! We will miss our friend, but know this isn't goodbye! Thanks for keeping Flora in your prayers throughout her healing at CURE Malawi. Tionana (See you) Flora. Until next time! Photo of Flora

Sep 10, 2019

Flora is still waiting on her new shoes and hanging out in the CUREkids office every second right by Storyteller Lexi's side. We gave Flora some multiplication problems this morning that she aced! After teaching her the method of problem solving, she quickly learned how to solved math problems like "245x213." We gave her a dragonfly sticker for her excellent work and let her watch Cinderella. Flora loves hanging out in the CUREkids department and when we asked her if she had anything to say today, she said, "Tell everyone that... that in Standard 6 I learned the method of cooking!" We all laughed. Flora can be so random sometimes! Flora will be going over to Queens hospital next door to pickup her shoe raise this afternoon. We are happy for her shoe raise, but know that means her time at the hospital will be coming to an end soon. Regardless, we know we'll be visiting Flora in the future! Photo of Flora

Sep 09, 2019

Flora is here! Our day has been made! Apparently Flora completely wore out her shoes in her village and needs new shoes and a new shoe raise. She stopped by the CUREkids office to check with our Storytellers who has come through the hospital since she's been gone. She was so excited to look through all the photos and videos of her friends - Alice, Evance, Harriet and more. Flora LOVES the hospital and even though she had her "final" discharge, we knew she'd be back soon since this crazy girl is always getting herself into trouble. We all had a big dance party when Flora and her mom arrived. Flora also sang along to some Lauren Daigle songs, since Lauren's her favorite and heard it's her birthday today. Happy birthday Lauren! Flora and her mom will be here for a few days waiting on her shoe raise and making many more friends during there stay. Thanks for keeping Flora in your prayers! Photo of Flora

Jul 12, 2019

Our spiritual team caught Flora at our mobile clinic near her home for her final discharge! Yay Flora! She's walking around frame and crutch free and we are so happy for her! Since Storyteller Alexis couldn't make it to the clinic, she sent Flora a congratulations card with the spiritual team, along with a pack of playing cards. Flora lost her last pack of playing cards and says she is now ready to play with her friends in her village again. Even though Flora's been discharged, she hopes to one day come back and visit the hospital if she can find transport. Her mom was in awe of Flora's final discharge and says she gives many thanks CURE and God for her daughters healing. They both hope that CURE comes to visit them at their home soon and our spiritual has already penciled Flora in for a hopeful home visit. Thank you for all of your prayers for Flora and her healing. She is so thankful! Congratulations Flora! Photo of Flora

May 10, 2019

Before Flora left yesterday, she asked Storyteller Alexis to walk her to the gate and take a photo together. Although Flora has a good feeling she'll be back at the hospital again, it was a "just incase" moment, since the next time she'll be seen is at her clinic in Thyolo and she's not sure if they'll finally discharge her. Knowing Flora, she'll convince the doctors to let her come back for something regardless, but we are hopeful for her healing! Please keep Flora in your prayers, that she receives the full healing God wants to give her! Photo of Flora

May 09, 2019

Flora has been discharged! Yesterday evening she stopped by the CUREkids office to hang out, and more importantly, listen to her favorite song, "Still Rolling Stones" by Lauren Daigle. She practiced the lyrics and says she loves to sing the phrase, "Six feet under" as well as "Rise up!" Flora also wanted to learn the lyrics to "You Say," another song by artist, Lauren Daigle. She spent a long time practicing and really enjoyed it. Flora LOVES singing and dancing! Along with that, we delivered your get-well messages to Flora. She was amazed by how many of you also like Lauren Daigle. Check out this video of Flora singing her favorite song,

The doctors plan to see Flora again at the Thyolo clinic in Flora's district on June 26th. She also will have a wound cleaning on May 16th back home. Flora's mom says she's sure she'll be back at the hospital soon after. Flora says she loves having her frame off and her leg feels so light! She took a bouncy ball and dribbled it and bounced it under her leg to the other side. She laughed with joy of being able to move her leg around more comfortably. Thanks for keeping Flora in your prayers, and please join us in continuing to pray for Flora's healing with her frame free leg!

May 07, 2019

Flora is having her frame removed today! Finally! Before going into the operating room, we taught her the word "Pom-pom" so she would know how to explain her hairstyle. She's now been saying "Pom-pom" all day. We are so happy to have Flora back with us and for her frame removal. Please keep Flora in your prayers while she is in surgery! Photo of Flora

Mar 18, 2019

"Hi. This is Flora. I like potatoes. I like mangos. I like cassava. I like bananas. My favorite color is purple. Tomorrow I will take home my crutches. Yesterday I came from home to the hospital in my wheelchair. I like the wheelchair better. Lex (CURE Malawi Storyteller) kept my crutches in her office so I didn't lose them. I think lollipops are better than ice cream. Lions are my favorite animal. I want an orange frozy. Thank you."

Flora had some things she wanted to say, so we helped her write her own status today. She was in for physio today and will returning home tomorrow. Please continue to keep Flora in your prayers! She truly appreciates it! Photo of Flora

Feb 04, 2019

Flora has been discharged! She won't leave until tomorrow, so we are enjoying our last moments with her! Today she helped Storyteller Alexis write out all the names of the new admissions. She likes knowing who everybody is in the hospital. She also learned the song "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," and can now say it SUPER fast in English. She enjoys reciting the English definition of skeleton and agriculture... we have no idea why, but she learned it somewhere and now tells us the meaning of each word everyday. Flora loves to learn! Today Flora had a wound inspection and was given lots of medicine and extra bandages for her time away. We plan to see Flora again on March 18th. Please keep Flora in your prayers while she is at home, and that she doesn't get an infection, as that seems to be a common result with this fun-loving girl! Photo of Flora

Jan 30, 2019

"Flora! Flora! Amayi (mom) Flora!" Flora's name has been called and echoed throughout the ward all day! This is one popular girl! She has been in a lot of pain since her operation yesterday, but is still sweet as can be. This morning she had a wound inspection, dressing change, X-ray, and was told she will be going back into theater tomorrow, which created a few tears. We held her hand throughout the day, as she called us over. This girl is a trooper! Tomorrow she will be having an operation on her right leg to stop the growth, as it is longer than her left. She told Storyteller Alexis, "Can you bring me chips (french fries) after theater?" Alexis replied, "But Flora, you didn't want to eat after surgery yesterday, are you sure you will tomorrow?" Flora then said, "That was nsmima, this is chips (french fries)." A sneaky grin wiped across her face, and Alexis then said, "Haha, Flora! I'll see what I can do!" Please keep Flora in your prayers as she prepares for another operation tomorrow, and that she not be in too much pain! Photo of Flora

Jan 29, 2019

Flora is back! We showed her an interview of her favorite American singer, Lauren Daigle, talking about the video she had seen of Flora singing one of her songs. Flora began dancing with joy, singing the song over and over again, "Rise up! Rise up!" Flora says she's missed the hospital, but was not so thrilled when it came to the fact she has to have surgery today! Flora will be having a fibula osteotomy and bone graft on her left leg. Please keep Flora in your prayers as she goes into the operating room, and that she "Rise up! Rise up!" again when she recovers! Photo of Flora

Nov 30, 2018

Flora played lots of games today! It started off with soccer where she taught Storyteller Alexis how to head the ball and kicked it around the hospital with her right foot. She jokingly pretended she would kick the ball with her left foot with the frame to give everyone a scare. Flora loves to joke around! She later played cards with Alexis and won just about every time. No wonder she says she always wins gambling her farm eggs and peas back home. Flora will be discharged tomorrow and the doctors have advised her to clean her wounds well so she will not come back with another problem! Please keep Flora in your prayers and that she doesn't get an infection while she is away! We plan to see her back again on January 28th! Photo of Flora

Nov 27, 2018

Flora is having surgery and is the last patient of the day! The surgeons will be putting her bone back in place that has been pushing out of her frame. She's kept herself busy reading and memorizing an English bible verse while she waits. Over and over we heard her repeat "John 16: 13-15, When He the Spirit of truth has come..." We later took a video of her reading so she could play it back and watch how well she was doing! Her mom was so proud of her and very impressed! Please keep Flora in your prayers while she is in the operating room! Photo of Flora

Nov 26, 2018

Guess who's back? It's Flora! She's just come in with a new buzzed head that she is super excited about. She was admitted immediately from clinic, as it looks like her bone is beginning to push out through her frame. The nurses have bandaged her up and she will be going into surgery tomorrow for the surgeons to re-straighten her leg and put everything back in place. Please keep this fun-loving girl in your prayers as she prepares for surgery tomorrow! Photo of Flora

Oct 24, 2018

Flora is headed home! She was suppose to leave yesterday, but ended up staying an extra night for transportation reasons. She went around giving hugs to all of her friends in the hospital before departing and we all walked her to the door. Flora will be missed by many, but she says, "Don't worry, I'll be back November 26th!" Please keep Flora in your prayers until then! Photo of Flora

Oct 22, 2018

Flora has been singing "Still Rolling Stones" by Lauren Daigle all weekend. She can't seem to get it out of her head from last week! Today, Storyteller Alexis showed her a video of Lauren Daigle singing the song live. Flora has watched it on repeat about 40 times and has been carrying Alexis' phone around with her all day, so she can keep listening to the song whenever she wants. She absolutely loves it and is trying to learn the lyrics! Flora has finished her program and will have her last physio session today before she heads home tomorrow. We are really going to miss having her love and energy around the hospital, but look forward to seeing her again soon! Photo of Flora

Oct 19, 2018

We read your get well messages to Flora today! She says "Zikomo Kwambiri! Zikomo Kwambiri!" which means, "Thank you so much! Thank you so much!" She loved trying to read them on her own in English. Flora is finishing her frame turning program this weekend and will be discharged Monday after she gets an X-ray to make sure everything is okay. After reading her messages, she started playing music off our computer. Even though she had no idea what the lyrics were saying, she tried to imitate them and sing along while balancing the computer on her head! We always love hanging out with Flora! Thank you for your continuous prayers and encouragement throughout Flora's time here at CURE Malawi!

Oct 18, 2018

Flora and her friends, Tamala and Rachael, put on a performance for us today! They sang a song in Chichewa and showed us some of their Malawian moves! When playing it back they laughed so hard that Flora even had tears running down her cheeks. It was a great time!

Flora's program is going well and when physio is happy with her progress, she will be discharged! Please continue to keep Flora in your prayers while she keeps with her pin-site care!

Oct 16, 2018

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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