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"My name is Zainab and I love netball, however, I fail to play due to my feet. They hurt so much when I run, walk a long distance and most often my friends make fun of me," Even though Zainab overlooks what her society say about her condition, this… Read more
"My name is Zainab and I love netball, however, I fail to play due to my feet. They hurt so much when I run, walk a long distance and most often my friends make fun of me," Even though Zainab overlooks what her society say about her condition, this girl does not stop from going to school with pain in her heart and desiring to become a medical Nurse!
Zainab was born with deformed feet. The day she was born, the doctor told her mother that her daughter would need to have her feet cast (Having POP) when she is a bit older. "Even though this was really painful to have a deformed baby, I accepted the condition and I remember saying to myself that I will do all I could do to get my daughter treated!" Said Melina, Zainab's mother.
Melina and her daughter came to hear about CURE from a fellow doctor from their local hospital and Zainab together with her mother came to meet CURE doctors for help.
Zainab goes to school and she is in grade 5, her favorite subjects are Chichewa, English, and Math! "When I get my feet all corrected, I will believe that becoming a nurse is possible!" as Zainab had said her passion is to become a nurse and your support can be part of bringing her dreams true! Please join us in prayers and support while our doctors are planning to have Zainab treated here at CURE hospital.
Successfully frame free! With her frame off, Zainab will be going home today! Our CURE Malawi doctors have given her the all clear to head out and she's got a crutch that will provide some support as walks and gains back her strength. Thank you so much for being part of her healing!
The day Zainab has been waiting for has finally arrived! Today our CURE Malawi doctors are going to take her frame off in the OR!!! It is a happy day for Zainab after having the metal frame for almost a month! (tomorrow is here one month anniversary here) Zainab's mother is so grateful for what has happened. "The love, care, and prayers that CURE Malawi showed us, I have never seen anything like it and I will never be the same. I will walk out from here at CURE going home with a happy and changed heart!" said Melina, Zainab's mother told us, joy radiating from her!
"When my leg completely heals, I want to be a nurse. I have seen how CURE Malawi nurses care and love other kids and I admire that," Zainab told us earlier today. This young lady's heart seems to have been inspired by her stay here and this is directly thanks to your support! Zainab's leg is doing great and she says there is no pain. Now she just has two more days of frame turns left!
Zainab loves to babysit for every child she sees there is no mother around. She is such a sweethearted girl. We believe that whatever God is installing for her is amazing! Her frame turns are still going very well. Thank you so much for your prayers and support!
Spending time together is a big part of Malawian culture, but with all the social distancing regulations during this pandemic, we're encouraging everyone to spread out a little more. Zainab's friend John brought up a good point though when he asked us "How can we play cards when we are far apart?" We finally conceded it's probably ok if they keep the group small. Zainab loves having her friends come by her bed and playing cards so they were pleased with this answer!
Zainab and her mother (who we sometimes have trouble telling apart) got some rough news today that, based on Zainab's x-ray, they'll need to stay just a little longer. The doctors are saying she'll most likely need five more days of frame turns. Our nurses hesitantly explained the news to the pair, knowing how excited they were to go home. Surprisingly, Zainab took it really well! We thank God for her amazing attitude and willingness to do what needs to be done.
Tea time is an important part of Malawian culture. Zainab likes to enjoy her cup with fresh-baked bread. As we are entering winter here in Malawi, it has gotten colder and that makes the mid-morning tea all that more enjoyable. In amazing medical news, Zainab's frame turns have been completed! Later today she will go for her x-ray and then our doctors will decide what to do next. Thank you so much for your prayers and support.
Zainab is slated to finish her frame turns tomorrow! The final step will be to have an x-ray to check what's going on inside her leg. If everything looks good, Zainab will be going home! Thank you so much for being a huge part of her healing and please continue to support us and transform so many children here at CURE Malawi!
"My favorite color is orange. I love bright colors and I feel they make me happy and excited!" Zainab giggled. Knowing this helps us understand her wardrobe choices so much better! Zainab continues to improve each day. Thank you so much for your support and before you know it, Zainab will be walking perfectly thanks to your prayers and support!
Zainab was supposed to be going home this weekend, but our doctors suggested that she stay so they can finish her frame turns themselves. She only has a few days left so it's best to finish strong! Thank you so much for all your great effort to support Zainab so that she can get treated here!
Our physical therapy team has been training Zainab's mother on how to care for Zainab's frame! Every morning and evening, she has a session where she learns to turn the frame and clean the spots where the pins go into Zainab's leg. Once the physical therapists and doctors are confident, Zainab's mom can help keep Zainab progressing and infection free, they'll let the pair go home!
"I love babysitting, and baby Emmy is so beautiful," Zainab cooed. Today we found Zainab minding baby Emmy while Emmy's mother was busy doing laundry. This really demonstrates two of our CURE core values, Being Childlike and Intentional Relationships. Zainab's mother has been learning how to clean and look after her daughter's leg for when they are discharged. Please keep them in your prayers!
Zainab has started her exercises and she is already moving all over! "It is easier to use a walking frame that crutches," she told us. Together with our physical therapy team, Zainab is moving better and better. At the moment, Zainab's mother is learning how to care for the pine sites (cleaning the wounds). Thank you so much for your support that is bringing Zainab hope for her future. Please keep praying for her quick healing!
Zainab is getting so much better! Today she will start her physical exercises, learning to walk using crutches. We know it's uncomfortable using them as you're just starting out, but we believe your prayers will strengthen Zainab and she will be able to endure and manage to do her exercises!
Zainab is in a little post-op pain and doing her best to get used to life with the frame on. Today she is coping by spending as much time as possible in bed sleeping. Please keep praying as she adjusts to this big step forward in her healing process!
Zainab's operation went so well! The surgeons successfully installed the frame on her right leg/ankle. The frame has a whole bunch of pins that go from it and are anchored to Zainab's bones. The idea is that the doctors will be able to slowly adjust her frame over the next few weeks and each adjustment slightly re-orients her foot until it is straight! It's a slow process, but it gives the best correction! is going; the surgeons are half way done putting a frame on her leg! Please continue to pray for her, as well as her mother waiting outside.
Zainab is having her operation tomorrow! The surgeons told us they are going to put a metal frame on her right leg which will help to correct her foot. Please be praying for Zainab as she mentally prepares for tomorrow. She's excited, but also understandably nervous.
Welcome, Zainab! Zainab is here at CURE Malawi to take care of her feet. Zainab has a condition that forces her to walk on her toes which causes her no end of pain. Please join us to welcome this young woman as she gets ready for surgery!
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