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“For my child to go to school, I didn’t get to go because there were many of us (in my family),” said Luwemba about what his prayer is for his son. Kalulu was born with spina bifida and at two and a half weeks old was taken to Mulago National… Read more
“For my child to go to school, I didn’t get to go because there were many of us (in my family),” said Luwemba about what his prayer is for his son. Kalulu was born with spina bifida and at two and a half weeks old was taken to Mulago National Referral Hospital which performed a scan and doctors there told Luwemba and his wife Joyce that their son needed a operation that would cost 800,000 Ugandan shillings (about 220 dollars) which unfortunately they didn’t have the money for. At one and half years old, Kalulu’s parents noticed he was having incontinence and the swelling on his back had continued to grow. Luwemba thought the incontinence was do to the swelling on his son's back but could do nothing. One or two years ago while at a health center in Iganga Uganda, Luwemba met a lady who had a baby that was treated at CURE for hydrocephalus Luwemba showed her Kalulu’s back she said, CURE could help. Once again, Luwemba still didn’t have money for an operation for his son, until he was at his mosque and met a lady who gave him 1.1 million Ugandan shillings (about 300 dollars) to finally get Kalulu treated. Kalulu is currently in the first grade and is doing well. His biggest problem is kids that tease him about his incontinence. Luwemba is a muslim and his main two prayers are for Kalulu’s health to improve and for him to be able to help him get an education. Back at home, his wife Joyce is taking care of their other two children, she is a housewife, and Luwemba is a former fisherman but had to quit to take care of his son. We are honored to have them here with us at CURE and look forward to providing them with the treatment that Kalulu needs for healing!
Luwemba has made a decision to follow Jesus! During his time at CURE listening to the daily church services and seeing Kalulu become healed, he believed there was a God who loved them. Luwemba hasn’t found a church near his house, so his sister travels one hour every Sunday to share the gospel with them. Kalulu is doing well and he returned to CURE for a follow up appointment. His back has healed and he is happy. He received a couple of get well messages and ran around the hospital greeting his old friends. He also had fun in the ward, playing with his dad's phone. Please be praying for Kalulu to keep growing up well and for Luwemba to keep growing in his faith!
On Saturday, Kalulu was discharged home! We will see him again in about a month when he returns to the hospital for a check up. In the meantime, he will have his stitches removed on Thursday. Please remember Kalulu in your prayers, that he will recover well.
Kalulu spent his morning listening to music on his dad’s phone. He is happy and finally out of pain. He and his dad spent time looking through some of the photos taken of them while at CURE Hospital. We thank God for his progress!
“First thing in the morning he asked for eggs,” said Luwemba. Kalulu still needs our prayers because he is still in a lot of pain. He was crying all morning and calling out “mama”. He father Luwemba hasn’t left his bedside. Please pray with us that he starts to feel better.
“Where is the Muzungu (American) I always play with today, go and bring him here,” said Kalulu to his dad in his search for Christopher our CUREkids coordinator. He is still in a lot of pain, from the surgical site and he also feels pain in his chest, however, he is now stable and was transferred from the ICU back into ward. His father, Luwemba, spent all day beside him, cleaning, feeding and comforting him and they were also visited by a friend. Let us continue to pray that he gets well soon!
Kalulu has gone into surgery for a laminectomy and an untethering of the cord to treat his spinal condition. Once the operation is finished, he will be moved to the ICU where he will spend tonight. Please be praying for him to recover well and strength for his dad Luwemba as he comforts him.
“I want to be treated so I can become fine,” said Kalulu. Kalulu will most likely have surgery Monday. Today, he spent the day playing with toy cars and building blocks in the spiritual center. He says that the thing he likes most about the hospital is the treatment he gets from the nurses and doctors! Please continue to pray for Kalulu, that his upcoming operation will go well and for him to have an enjoyable weekend.
Kalulu went to the lab today, where they did blood matching and we now have blood in stock for him. There is a high probability that he will have surgery tomorrow, and the anesthesiologist examined him earlier in the day and has no major concerns. Kalulu seems to have high spirits and has spent a lot of the day sitting on his bed looking out his window at the people passing by. Please be praying for Kalulu that his upcoming operation will go well.
“(I’m) feeling sad seeing my friends are going,” said Luwemba. His son spent the morning playing with building blocks and cars in the spiritual center, “the playing has made Kalulu happy,” said Luwemba. Kalulu continues to wait for surgery until the hospital gets more blood. Please be praying that the hospital will soon be resupplied with blood and for Kalulu to be able to have his surgery.
Kalulu was scheduled for surgery today, but due to a blood shortage, his operation was canceled just moments before it was scheduled to start. Kalulu hadn’t eaten anything since midnight so after it was confirmed he would not have an operation he got a chapati which made him happy. Luwemba was a little disappointed that the operation was postponed, but they both seem to have high spirits. Please be praying that the hospital will get a new supply of blood and he will be able to have surgery soon.
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