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“I told Cristan, 'It might be good that God is sending help, this blessing will bring healing.'” We’re very excited, and thankful that God brought Kevin, an American missionary, to connect us to CURE.” Cristan’s mom, Dalia, can hardly con… Read more
“I told Cristan, 'It might be good that God is sending help, this blessing will bring healing.'” We’re very excited, and thankful that God brought Kevin, an American missionary, to connect us to CURE.” Cristan’s mom, Dalia, can hardly contain her excitement as she rattles on about how God brought the family to CURE. Dad Tommy adds, with equal enthusiasm but in fewer words, “I’m excited too!”
We love hearing the stories of how our patients find CURE. Dalia tells us about the day they realized healing was a real possibility after years of hopelessness. “When Cristan started walking, he walked on his tip toes. As he got older and heavier, his feet began to curl in. We saw a doctor once, but they told us that he would just be like that, there was no treatment. They assured us that it wouldn’t affect his body too much. But, he can’t walk without help, he usually uses crutches, and when he’s not in school he just stays home and reads. There are a lot of things he can’t do, and things he wants to do, like play basketball. On March 20, Kevin was in our village, and heard about Cristan. He came to our house to meet him, but Cristan was in school. When he got home, he was very shy, but he met Kevin, who took some pictures of him for CURE. I told him, “Don’t be shy, this is a blessing!” A local health worker came with us to CURE in April, when we found out he could have surgery. Kevin kept texting and following up, to make sure we were being taken care of.”
Cristian also has some stiff joints in his fingers, which causes his fingers to curl inward. “The doctor asked him if he’d rather have his hands or feet done first,” Dalia continues. Cristan told him, “I want my feet done first, because I can still do a lot with my hands. I can write at school, but it’s hard to play basketball.” One step at a time, Cristan will have his clubfeet corrected first, then decisions will be made about his hands.
Besides writing, Cristan likes English classes at school, but he wasn’t ready to give us a language demonstration just yet! He’ll be entering grade 4 soon, and besides playing basketball in the future, he’s “not sure” what he wants to do yet. After being told that his feet would always be how they are, a different future might be hard to process, but we’re excited to see where his road leads after healing!
Last week we celebrated Cristan's cast removal, and this morning we woke up to this video from Kevin, the missionary who referred Cristan’s family to CURE! Dad Tommy built him his own set of bars to do physical therapy at home. After years of walking on crutches, it'll take a while for Cristan to walk unassisted, but he's off to an awesome start! And...there's MORE! Kevin also told us that his group preached the Gospel to their village on this trip, and Dalia rededicated her life to Jesus because she was so thankful for Cristan’s healing. What a remarkable story unfolding here! https://youtu.be/I86NDT5FTxw
Wow! Six more weeks flew by and Cristan is back for another follow-up! Today was like Christmas morning as we unwrapped his last cast and saw his "new gift." Cristan's feet are so straight that his mom Dalia couldn't help but shed a few tears of joy! He's putting his new feet to test in the PT room right now and will be able to walk home with assistance. We'll see him back in a few months and hope that he won't need any help from a walker by then!
Six weeks went by and Cristan is back for a follow-up! He spent some time playing until his name was called for a cast change. He’s in a fresh new cast again and will check back within the next few weeks!
Cristan’s casts were looking a little shabby, so he got a new set this morning before going home. He had it done in the recovery area under light sedative, and fell fast asleep! While his casts were off, we got a peek at how well his feet are progressing. Look how straight his left foot is already, wow! Exciting times, we’re looking forward to seeing how far he’s come in six weeks when he returns for a check up.
Cristan stirred a little during worship this morning, but then fell back asleep. Any sleep the day after surgery is a good thing, so we left him to it. Meanwhile, Tommy and Dalia were fully involved with praising God, and you couldn’t ignore the burden that’s been lifted from the pair. There’s still a long road ahead, but the freedom that this little family is already feeling is palpable, praise God for healing!
Always coaching, always teaching, Dr. Tim talked his way through Cristan’s surgery, teaching Dr. Shelley some tricks of the trade. After several thousand clubfoot surgeries, he has some experience to draw from! His experience helped Cristan’s surgery go quickly and smoothly, and now his feet are pointing the right direction. Cristan will still be sore for a day or two though, that’s something no amount of experience can avoid. Prayer definitely helps though, so please join us in praying for Cristan!
Cristan might still be a little shy, but he definitely wasn’t shy when it came to the playroom! He settled right in and got to playing, all with a huge grin on his face. His surgery is tomorrow, and we’re looking forward to getting his healing underway!
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