Niger - Age 7
Macrodactyly of the foot is a rare congenital and disabling condition characterized by enlargement of the fingers or toes. The goal of surgery is to reduce the foot size to allow the wearing of regular shoes and to improve the cosmetic appearance; this is what Dr. Shelley did today in the OR. Djafar was introduced to the theatre staff and laid back quietly on the bed. After falling asleep, Dr. Shelley started her work. She cut the second big toe to narrow his foot, already the size of an adult. Djafar’s first surgery involved removing excess tissue (a procedure called "debulking") to correct the appearance of his first toe and prevent further growth. It took nearly three hours! In the end, his toes and the skin flaps were perfused, so the skin was closed in a layered fashion, and a short leg splint was applied. He returned to the ward where his mom was waiting to pamper and comfort him. Your prayers for Djafar will greatly help him. Your messages will comfort him. Thank you for partnering with us to support his healing!
Malawi - Age 9
Salanje had his second frame put on in March. He was sad that he needed a frame again, but his condition needed it to be done. But today, the frame was removed! Its main purpose was to lengthen Salanje's leg and we are so excited that the treatment has been successful! We want to thank you all so much for your support and endless love, prayers, and encouragements that you have been sending over for Salanje and his wonderful grandmother Aliyasiya! Please keep Salanje in your prayers!
Malawi - Age 16
Orlando's leg is completely out of the frame! Our team of doctors said Orlando needs to have a cast around his leg to support the healing now. "It has been a worthwhile journey and I know I have got a few weeks to feel different, better than before!" said Orlando. This young man will be going back home after his physical therapy check-up! Before Orlando goes home, please send your love, prayers, and get-well messages to wish him the best!
Zambia - Age 3
Edwin has had a successful surgery! He was so excited to go to OR since he was first on the list. In the OR, Dr. Moyo took his time and made an opening just below the knee. Furthermore, he went on to make wedge out a small bone and finally straightened the leg. Once he was done, he put a cast to help the young man with keeping the leg straight. For now the young man will rest in the children’s ward and we are hopeful that he will make a tremendous recovery.
Philippines - Age 9
We are excited to spend time with John as he stays at the Tebow CURE Hospital this week for his surgery! Since the curvature in John's leg has worsened over time, his right leg is significantly longer than his other leg, forcing him to walk with a limp and making walking difficult. "I want to undergo surgery. I mean, not really. I want my leg to be straightened, but I don't want to have surgery," John said when we asked how he felt about returning to the operating room. We totally understand that John is going through a lot of emotions, as a major surgery can be frightening for a nine-year-old. But we reassured him that aside from his family, he had people like you who would pray for him and support him when he goes down to the OR tomorrow! Please pray for John and write him a get-well message to cheer him up. Thanks!