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“My family lives near a river and I love going out there and play. One day as we play with my four other friends, the crocodile attacked me. I do not remember what happened after that, but all that I remember was that I was in the hospital with m… Read more
“My family lives near a river and I love going out there and play. One day as we play with my four other friends, the crocodile attacked me. I do not remember what happened after that, but all that I remember was that I was in the hospital with my parents. My mother told explained everything to me and I was so shocked,” Said Samuel.
“I could not believe what happened to Samuel that day. Four of his friends came running with Samuel carried with so much bleeding. I cried because I thought Samuel was dead. One of the older boys in the group told me that they beat the crocodile with sticks and it took about an hour to rescue Samuel from the crocodile’s mouth. My heart was full of anger to think why did God allow this to happen to my lastborn child. His father and I with a few friends, we run to a nearby community hospital where Samuel was told he cannot be treated and was given an ambulance to go to a district hospital for help. We got a bed and stayed in the hospital for some weeks. After that, I was told that Samuel needs to go to a bigger hospital in town. The ambulance came and we made our way to Queens Hospital in Blantyre. My hope was now fading out to see how the hospitals are referring us to so many different hospitals for my son Samuel. Thankfully, Samuel was seen and he started receiving treatment. I could see his smile now and little by little my son's face was lighting up,” Said Samuel's mother, Mercy.
"I have not walked for so long and would love to walk by myself again. I know the doctors are doing what they know but I still feel so much pain. I believe that I will walk again because my mother tells me so. I want to go to school after my treatment and visit my friends who rescued me from the crocodile attack," Said Samuel.
"We have come so far away and this has been God, a month later at Queens, the doctors encouraged us to be seen by CURE doctors and I agreed. When we met CURE doctors, Samuel was transferred to CURE hospital where he will continue receiving his treatment. I have hope that Samuel will recover and that his dreams to be a social worker will come true," Said Mercy, mother to Samuel.
"God has been amazing and I know that those friends who helped me from the attack were given strength by God and that God has a plan for my life," Said Samuel.
Sam has been discharged! He will check in again with our CURE Malawi doctors in three months' time! However, if anything happens between now and then (like if Sam is feeling any pain or discomfort), he knows he's welcome to come back any time! Please continue to pray for his smooth healing!
Samuel's operation successfully broke his growth plate on his long leg which will slow it's growth and allow his short leg to catch up! Thank you so much for your support that has brought a beautiful smile to Samuel's face. Through all his surgeries, he now has hope to walk again, to play again, and his future that once seemed lost is now within reach once more!
Samuel is going to the OR today! The doctors are going to intentionally break the growth plate on his long leg which will slow down how fast it grows. This will allow Sam's shorter leg to catch up and then they can grow on together, at the same lengths! Please keep Sam in your prayers.
Samuel is back at CURE Malawi! He has been home for a few weeks and he's returned for his follow up appointment! He's been healing well, but it's now time to address the length discrepancy between his two legs. He'll be heading into the OR tomorrow for a little procedure to slow down the growth of his long leg, allowing his short leg to catch up. He's been using the shoe raise we made for him, but the best case scenario is one where both legs are the same length. Please join us both in welcoming him back and praying for this next step!
Sam came back for a visit today! He came to get measured in order to have a special raised shoe made for him that will help balance out the slight length discrepancy between his two legs. He will come back in a bit to collect it once it's been made for him. We had a good time with him asking him what has been up to back home. He says he has been able to go back to school and able to speak English! He read his get well messages and says thank you so much for remembering him in your prayers!
Samuel is heading home today! He says he's really going to miss his bud Felix, who he has been hanging out with around the hospital. They love playing the game "Bao" together. Luckily, they are both going home today and are planning to see each other the next time they both come back. Sam is really excited to show his friends at home his frame is gone. Please continue to keep him in your prayers while he gets closer towards his full healing.
We delivered your get-wells to Samuel today! He says, "I am so thankful to you all for your prayers, support, and encouragement! I just want to extend my gratitude to all my friends, especially Robert and Moses, who rescued me from the deadly crocodile attack. I'm in much less pain from the time CURE started helping me. I almost do not feel pain at all!" Samuel loves having his frame off and will be going home tomorrow, so please join us in praying for his safe travels back home with his dad.
Sam is hanging around this kid's ward playing the board game Bao with his friend Felix. He claims to be the reigning champion from over the weekend. Sam will continue physical therapy this afternoon and have his x-ray reviewed by the doctors again to see what's next! Thanks for keeping Sam in your prayers!
Samuel is working hard at physio! His operation yesterday went well and he's super excited to have half his frame removed. He's looking forward to the day it completely comes off, but is patient and persistent in the waiting. Thanks for loving and encouraging our brave Sam! We are exciting to see him take leaps toward full healing.
Samuel is here and heading into the operating room! He'll be having the bottom half of his frame removed so he can start bending his knee. Sam will then be working with our physical therapy team this week to regain movement. Samuel's really excited for some of his frame will be removed and is looking forward to his leg feeling a bit lighter. Please keep Sam in your prayers during his procedure today!
Samuel is heading home! He had his operation where the surgeons grafted a small piece of bone into his leg which will help it regrow. It wasn't fun, but Samuel is so strong! Before being discharged, Dr. Lubega said, "This boy is super tough. They should have a national geographic documentary just on him and his recovery from the crocodile bite." We agree! Thanks for keeping Sam in your prayers as he remains brave while healing. We look forward to seeing him again in November!
Samuel is here for clinic today and he's first in line. Sam is quick to make new friends and has been chatting and laughing with the kids all around him. He told us that he'd really like to be admitted back into the hospital, and his dad is worried about one of the wounds around his frame. The doctor told us he'll definitely be admitted, so please continue to keep Sam in your prayers while he is with us at the hospital.
Sam was suppose to go home today, but him and his mom couldn't wait to go home, so they ended up working hard through physical therapy and leaving yesterday afternoon. They were just waiting on transport money to be sent from their family and then they were on their way. The physio team joked with them saying, "We will pray the transport money doesn't come through until tomorrow so you can stay with us one more day." They laughed, both saying, "No way, we are definitely leaving today!" We love how much they have missed home and pray they made it back safely! Please keep Sam in your prayers while he is healing at home. We look forward to seeing him again on August 5th!
Samuel is going home tomorrow! The doctors decided Sam's been in hospitals far too long, both ours and the slew of others, over this ordeal. They are letting him go home for 3-4 weeks until he needs to come back for the reconstruction of his leg. The nurses will be teaching Sam's mom how to manage his pinsite care at home. Both Sam and his mom are SO excited to finally be going home! Sam is really excited to see his friends that his mom says are "actually like his brothers." Sam and his mom can't thank you enough for all your prayers and support during his stay at CURE Malawi!
Samuel is all smiles today, but that's how he is everyday! The doctors have advised him to continue physical therapy and we are excited to watch his continued improvement. Today he plans on hanging out with his mom since the two of them are pretty close. He'll go to physical therapy in the afternoon and although it's painful, he's excited to practice walking again. Thanks for keeping Sam in your prayers!
God's healing is at work! Samuel, who thought he would never walk again after the crocodile bite, is now taking his first steps. "I am speechless. I don't know what to say to the CURE Malawi doctors and nurses who are always helping my son. Samuel walking again is a testimony to God's goodness" Mercy, Samuel's mother told us. Samuel is doing exercise today and his mother Mercy is so happy to see her son walking.
"Do you want a pillow fight? Cause I am ready for it," said Samuel. Unfortunately, we were not ready for a pillow fight and had to surrender. Samuel finds anything to play with and he has about four pillows in his bed. Samuel continues to get better each day and he is so happy today! His mother sends her thanks to you all for your constant prayers and get-well messages. Keep praying for Samuel as the doctors and nurses are helping him through this time!
Samuel is feeling super sleepy after his intensive operation yesterday. The surgeons cut off both ends of the broken bone where it had been infected and placed a temporary eight-inch block in between, connecting the broken bone. The doctors also adjusted his frame to keep the bone and block in place. Due to the strength of the bacteria that is infecting his leg from the crocodile bite, most antibiotics will not work, but the one we have him on currently is helping to kill the infection throughout his bones! If everything stays clean and the infection leaves, Samuel will be able to go home in about two weeks. If not, the process can take much longer. The surgeons hope for sooner rather than later so they can remove the cement block and replace it with a bone graft from his pelvis. Meanwhile, Samuel is enjoying his time playing with new friends at the hospital and participating in morning and evening prayer with the CURE Malawi community. Please join us in praying for Samuel, that he'll feel better soon and all infection be cast out in the name of Jesus!
Samuel is set to have his operation today! His mother Mercy asks for your prayers and as they're nervous about the whole ordeal. Ultimately, this surgery is nothing compared to what Smauel has already gone through, but the unknown is always scary and we get that!
Join us in welcoming Sam to CURE Malawi! Sam has recently been shuffled around a bunch of different hospitals, being treated for a crocodile attack. He's got a bad bite and infection on his right leg. Sam comes from an area with a big river. He was playing with his friends one day when he got attacked. Sam is a vey smily boy and he is here with his mother, Mercy.
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