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“Francis was covered in chitenge (a local fabric) near the firewood stove, when all of a sudden the fabric caught on fire. I was out in the garden farming with my niece at the time. When I received the news, I ran home and saw that his left arm a… Read more
“Francis was covered in chitenge (a local fabric) near the firewood stove, when all of a sudden the fabric caught on fire. I was out in the garden farming with my niece at the time. When I received the news, I ran home and saw that his left arm and hand had been burned. He was only two years old,” said Brenda, Francis’s mother as she shared the hardships of Francis’s condition with us.
“I rushed him to our local hospital, but they made us wait a day because they were full, and instead referred us to Queens Hospital. Queens treated his burns and preformed an operation on Francis, but later when we were at home, the burns got worse as Francis grew older. I then heard about Beit CURE International Hospital on the radio and knew Francis needed what CURE had to offer.”
“In our village, people were saying my child was bewitched and told me to seek a local healer, but I refused. My family was supportive and is just thankful Francis is alive. I was so blind that a place like CURE existed, but knew God had a plan.”
Brenda continued, “When Francis is around his friends, they mock him saying that his hand is bent and burnt. He constantly asks me if his hand will ever be straight. Francis is a hard-worker and pushes himself to use his hand to hold a cup he is drinking from or brush his teeth. I am excited for what will come after his surgery and the even greater things he will be able to accomplish. We are both grateful for CURE.”
Brenda then laughed when telling us, “I don’t really want to spend a lot of time in the hospital. Hospitals worry me, so I pray that Francis should recover as quickly as possible so we can go back home!” She then ended with, “I’m also carrying a baby in my womb, and so I would really like to rest!” We all laughed and congratulated her!
Please keep Francis in your prayers for his upcoming surgery and rapid recovery!
Francis had a wound inspection in the ward this morning and is headed home! We are going to miss this sweet boy, but look forward to seeing him again in 2019. He is scheduled for a check-up at his local hospital in Lilongwe on November 7th. His best buddy, Miracle, is really going to miss him and hopes to reunite again at CURE! Please pray for Francis and his mom, Brenda, for their safe journey home!
Francis, who had surgery Wednesday, and his buddy Miracle, who had surgery Thursday, have both recovered and are back to hanging out every second together! These two are the most caring best friends. They both sat beside each others beds waiting after they each had surgery! It's so good to see them playing together again pain free! Today they were drawing, drinking juice and smiling hard at the camera. Please continue to keep Francis in your prayers during his healing!
Francis had his first surgery today. The surgeons released his skin and did a z-plasty to begin straightening Francis' hand. He will need another operation in the future to release his fingers, but for now the operation was a success! He was very nervous before going into the operating room, so please keep him in your prayers as he wakes up and begins recovering!
Meet our new buddy Francis! He's just come into the hospital and will be having his first operation tomorrow. Francis is a handyman! He loves to make toy cars out of resources he finds locally. His favorite snacks are kamba (corn puffs) and biscuits! He has an older sister Margret, and his mom, Brenda, laughed as she asked that we pray for a quick healing because she doesn't like hospitals very much! Hopefully CURE Malawi will change her opinion! Please keep Francis and his mom in your prayers during their time here at the hospital!
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