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Zalika was born 3rd in her family, and all seemed well in the world. Strangely though, her left leg started swelling when she was 6 months old, and then just past her first birthday, when she started to walk, Ramatou noticed the leg beginning to be… Read more
Zalika was born 3rd in her family, and all seemed well in the world. Strangely though, her left leg started swelling when she was 6 months old, and then just past her first birthday, when she started to walk, Ramatou noticed the leg beginning to bend inward. They went to a national hospital and her leg was drained, and then they put her in a cast for 6 weeks. Unfortunately the treatment didn't change anything, so Ramatou was extremely discouraged and ready to give up on searching for what seemed to be an impossible solution.
Since Zalika doesn’t complain much about the pain and has a joyful personality, Ramatou was ready to call it quits on the treatment search, but thankfully people in her village encouraged her to stick with it. Soon they heard about CURE through the radio, and her community said it was a good place, where she could find help for little Zalika.
As we hung out, it was so fun to see Zalika come out of her shell, and her laugh is nothing short of infectious. Apparently, she loves to pretend she is cooking and being a mom, and she likes to play it with the other kids. We can imagine she's been serving pretend eggs and chocolate to them, since they are her favorite foods.
Ramatou told us she's not apprehensive for the surgery and that God will do the best for them, adding, “She is a strong girl, that never cries." True enough, she didn’t even flinch when the nurse pricked her finger for a blood sample. Ramatou's oldest two kids are back at home, but we're so glad she made the journey with her two youngest daughters, Zalika and her baby sister. It's going to be worth the journey, and we're so excited that at last, Zalika will get the healing she needs and Ramatou will get the peace of mind in knowing that a treatment really does exist.
We are sad to say that the infection is still there. Zalika still has an abscess close to her knee that was confirmed in an x-ray of her leg and the doctor decided not to do surgery yet. She had fun with Dr. Bolongaro when she was here though! He prescribed her antibiotics for three more months. We hope to have good news the next time she comes.
Sweet Zalika came to see the doctor, and used the time to see old friends at the hospital too. Unfortunately, she has an abscess in her leg as a result of a bone infection, so the doctor gave her antibiotics and told her to come back in November to see what the next step will be. http://bit.ly/1v4wsQB
Our girl missed her appointment! We called Zalika’s family and they lost the paper with the dates, so they will have a new consultation next week. Let’s hope they won’t forget this time!
Unfortunately, Zalika had a fever right before going to the operating room, so the doctors did a blood test and she was diagnosed with malaria, which is very common here. Although she was sick, she still gave us that sweet smile. The nurses medicated her and she went home to rest and get well. Her surgery has been postponed to September, please keep her in your prayers, and we will gladly send news when she comes back. http://bit.ly/1nxeFRY
Kids are the the light of this hospital! Zalika’s first day here and she was shining around with her beautiful family. Her smile is contagious and teaches us not to worry about tomorrow! Please pray that she keeps in good spirits as she goes to the operating room tomorrow. http://bit.ly/SKJqEZ
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