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Dalitso was just eleven days old when we first met him at CURE Malawi. “He is my first born and only child. I had a C-section and immediately noticed something was wrong. I was so ashamed that my first born had this condition and I didn’t tell … Read more
Dalitso was just eleven days old when we first met him at CURE Malawi. “He is my first born and only child. I had a C-section and immediately noticed something was wrong. I was so ashamed that my first born had this condition and I didn’t tell anyone,” Dalitso’s mom, Mwandida shared with us.
Dalitso’s right foot not only has clubfoot, but his right hand also has radial clubhand, a condition in which the radius bone of the forearm is underdeveloped. He will be able to have casting applied to his foot and a splint put on his hand, but later down the road, Dalitso’s hand will still require surgery.
Mwandida told us, “Dalitso was born in in the Nsanje District. We are originally from Blantyre, and after coming to Queens Hospital, the doctors told us to come to the CURE clubfoot clinic. My cousin had clubfoot when he was a baby and CURE Malawi also assisted him. His parents treated his condition at the same age we are treating Dalitso. He is doing great now and we are very hopeful for Dalitso.”
When we asked if the community has been supportive back at home, Mwandida said, “My husband and mother have been very supportive. They both escorted me to CURE. Most of the people in our community do not know this disability exists in our family, since my cousin was treated as an infant, and I have kept Dalitso’s condition a secret.”
“I have great faith my child is going to be well after seeing the children who have come out of CURE healed. It appears to be a very good hospital. I hope that Dalitso will be able to attend school in his future and will not have any difficulties.” Mwandida continued by asking, “Please pray that my family should be able to relate to each other and my husband and I grow stronger together throughout this time of Dalitso’s healing!”
“Every time I come to the hospital I see that there is a lot of improvement on my son’s leg and we are happy that he is progressing well,” says Mwandida, Dalitso’s mom. Today we noticed that Dalitso was crying a lot, unlike the other days when his cast was being removed from his leg. We then saw that he had a blister which developed inside the cast was was making him uncomfortable. We asked our Physiotherapist Janet about it, and she says, “It is common for babies to develop a blister inside a cast because their bodies are still developing and go through a lot of changes. Other babies react to the cotton bandage inside the cast while for the majority is just the weather. Since it is summer, the leg can get hot inside the cast.” Luckily for Dalitso he has his cast change every week! Please pray for our Dalitso’s blister to heal as he continues his castings!
“I have seen a lot of improvement and I am extremely happy that Dalitso’s leg is improving each day,” says Dalitso’s mom, Mwandida. Dalitso came for another casting of his left leg which will continue for a couple of weeks until the foot is corrected. His dad, Madalitso, is making sure that he doesn’t miss the clinic and Mwandida says he has been very supportive. Dalitso has an arm splint which he only wear during the night to correct his right arm too. Thank you for your continuous prayers for Dalitso and his family!
It was so lovely meeting Dalitso’s family at the clinic today! His mom Mwandida, his dad Madalitso, and his step-sister Faida, were all there for his second casting. When we asked Mwandida how Dalitso was doing, she said there is a lot of improvement that she has seen after the removal of the first cast. She says she is happy that her son is now getting better. Dalitso’s step sister Faida is so bright and speaks good English, she told us that she loves carrying Dalitso around. Please continue praying for Dalitso’s total correction of his foot and we hope to meet him and his family again next week!
We are honored to have Dalitso with us for treatment at CURE Malawi! This new little one is just eleven days old and won't even remember having a disability when he grows. Thank you for making a bright future free from shame possible for Dalitso!
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