Jacquireen

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  • Age15
  • Conditiona bone condition
  • Next Appointment 05/06/2019
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Jacquireen's Story

"My classmates say, 'Look at the girl with the disabled leg!' I am alone during my breaks at school, and do not have any friends to play with, but my teachers encourage me." Jacquireen shared her beautiful heart with us, along with the hardships of… Read more

"My classmates say, 'Look at the girl with the disabled leg!' I am alone during my breaks at school, and do not have any friends to play with, but my teachers encourage me." Jacquireen shared her beautiful heart with us, along with the hardships of her story. "I remember falling when I was five years old in the kitchen. I think that is how my leg became this way, but I don't know. Around that time, I was also sent to the hospital. The hospital in my village told me to draw a hot bowl of water, soak a towel, and apply it to my leg. It didn't help, and the swelling became worse."

Jacquireen came into the hospital this week, but has been here twice before. Even though Jacquireen remembers falling, her condition isn’t usually caused by any incident at a child’s age like herself. Jacquireen has pseudarthrosis, where the bone cells around her bone are weak, and her bones tend to act like a joint by its motion. This can allow the bone to fracture very easily. The doctors are coming up with a plan on how to best assess Jacquireen’s condition, and plan to operate on her this week by placing a frame on her left tibia.

“It’s been eleven years with my leg like this.” Jacquireen said. She expressed that school has not only been hard in terms of friendships, but also in the journey to get there. “Going to school has been difficult. Sometimes I am late because of how long it takes me to walk there. There is another girl at school who struggles with a disability too, but she somehow has friends. Mine is worse. I have only my teachers.”

“I hope that after CURE I can go draw water from the well or fetch firewood, since now the distance is too long. I also hope I can skip rope.” Jacquireen continued, “I hope to be a nurse one day so I can help people like me.” Jacquireen asks for prayers for a “speedy recovery and intelligence in school.”

We are so blessed to have Jacquireen at our CURE Malawi hospital, and are excited for her healing here with us! Please keep Jacquireen in your prayers as she prepares for surgery, and that she feels deeply loved by others and mostly, by Jesus!

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Yesterday

Jacquireen is going home! Her mom used Storyteller Alexis' phone this morning to call all of her relatives and tell them they are coming home. How exciting! We are so proud of how much progress Jacquireen has made and will miss her sweet smile around the hospital. Her friend from the bed beside her, Vanessa, wanted a picture with Jacquireen before she left. Jacquireen will be missed by many kids and guardians in the hospital. Thank you for the continued encouragement during Jacquireen's stay, and please join us in praying for a safe journey home! Photo of Jacquireen

Mar 19, 2019

Jacquireen's mom is coming today! Yay! She has been patiently waiting for her mom to come back to stay with her at the hospital. Although she loves and appreciates her aunt, Jacquireen has a special bond with her mom and is so excited to see her. Jacquireen also showed us her new hairstyle yesterday. Her, along with a few others in the ward, all have the same spikes. The girls had a great time over the weekend getting their hair done by some of the moms in the ward. Jacquireen is still having her afternoon physio sessions where she is mobilizing and non-weight bearing. Please continue to keep her in your prayers! She is so strong! Photo of Jacquireen

Mar 15, 2019

Jacquireen is on the move! She has improved so much during her physio sessions and now loves to use her walker to go to the playroom and back. "I'm going to the playroom! I'm going to the playroom!" she told us giggling as she hobbled her way down the hall. The doctors say she will be discharged home on Monday. Jacquireen says she's still in pain, but her smile remains regardless. We are so proud of how hard Jacquireen is working and thank you for all of your prayers and encouragement during her recovery! Photo of Jacquireen

Mar 12, 2019

Jacquireen's cousin, Ladea, came to visit her in the hospital! Ladea's mom, who is also Jacquireen's aunt, is Jacquireen's current guardian in the hospital. Jacquireen is patiently waiting for her mom to come back, but is enjoying her aunt in the meantime. Jacquireen loves having her cousin Ladea here to chat with while she recovers. The doctors advised her to continue icing and elevation. We are glad to see Jacquireen so happy, and thank you for your constant prayers! Photo of Jacquireen

Mar 08, 2019

Jacquireen is smiling through the pain! She has had a really difficult recovery so far, but has been so strong. Today she was advised to continue elevating her leg and will have ice applied constantly throughout the day to help the swelling and pain. She appreciates all of your encouragement, and is excited to have her mom come back next week, as her aunt has been staying with her this past week. Thanks for keeping Jacquireen in your prayers! Photo of Jacquireen

Mar 06, 2019

Jacquireen is in recovery from what was suppose to be a four to six hour surgery, and ended up being a seven hour surgery, excluding anesthetics. Wow! This girl is a trooper! She is in a lot of pain today and is a bit groggy from the medication. Her lip was also swollen this morning, so the doctors are changing her antibiotics. They will be checking her X-ray today, and the doctors also mentioned that they did a bit of a leg lengthening at the end of Jacquireen's operation yesterday since they were already in deep. Since Jacquireen is in a lot of pain today, we are posting a photo of her from yesterday, right before she went into the operating room!

Today Storyteller Alexis brought Jacquireen her favorite drink, Cocopina Sobo, that she had kindly asked for last week saying, "Could you bring Cocopina Sobo for me after theater (the operating room) Tuesday?" Even with all the pain wrinkles across Jacquireen's forehead, she smiled when Storyteller Alexis handed her the Sobo! It will be as intense of a recovery as it was a surgery, so feel free to send Jacquireen some love and get well messages! Thank you for your constant prayers and encouragement for Jacquireen during this time. Photo of Jacquireen

Mar 05, 2019

Jacquireen is in for a six hour surgery today! This operation is super intense, and the doctors have been preparing for it for a week now. As Dr. Flavia explained, the surgeons are going to resection and take out the pathological bone in Jacquireen's tibia and place rush rods in the bone to align her leg. The surgeons will then graft the bone and the periosteum (which is like skin around the bone) from her pelvis to wrap around the defect in her tibia. Lastly, they will place an Ilizarov frame to secure her leg, since the bone is weak and they don't want it to fracture. Please pray for Jacquireen, as it will be a hard recovery! Photo of Jacquireen

Mar 01, 2019

Jacquireen was getting super into her game of Bao, with Funny from our Spiritual Department. It's a pretty even match, even though Funny and Jacquireen both say they are the best! Timothy, Jacquireen's new friend, came into the playroom to watch them compete and to see who the real champ is. He can't seem to pick. "They are both really good!"

Jacquireen's surgery has been delayed until Tuesday, as the surgeons need more time to review her case, since it will be an intensive operation. Monday is a holiday here in Malawi, so when Dr. Lubega planned for Jacquireen's surgery being Monday, the doctors all joked, "Good luck on your own!" Jacquireen is excited to enjoy her last weekend before she gets her frame. She says she can't really imagine what is will be like. "Maybe heavy, or maybe light. I think it will be heavy, but I hope it will be light." Thanks for your encouragement for Jacquireen as she prepares for surgery next week. Photo of Jacquireen

Feb 27, 2019

We talked to Jacquireen and her mom today to see whether they are ready or not for tomorrow. Jackie will have a frame put on her left leg in the operating room. "We are hoping for the best and putting our trust completely in the hands of God and the doctors," said her mom, Benedeta. Seeing how Jacquireen does not have friends back at home, her mother expressed how happy she was to see her daughter play and talk to the other children with disabilities in the ward. She shared, "It's really great to see her interact, and it's easier for them to connect as they are in the same situation. It's also comforting for me to be surrounded by guardians and parents I can share my experiences with." Jackie is looking forward to the day she can properly walk again. Please continue praying for her, so that she feel the grace and love of God showered upon her. Photo of Jacquireen

Feb 25, 2019

Meet Jacquireen! She just came in this week with pseudarthrosis. This usually effects adults after trauma or surgery, but occasionally occurs in children without trauma and the bone can fracture. Jacquireen has been here three times before and after medication to help her nutrition, she is finally ready for surgery! The doctors plan to place a frame on Jacquireen's right leg in the operating room on Thursday!

Jacquireen has the sweetest personality! She says that she loves "chips (french fries) with everything" and if she were to pick a chitenje fabric from the market, it would be "black and HAS to have flowers!" Please keep Jacquireen in your prayers as she prepares for surgery Thursday! Photo of Jacquireen

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