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Anyone knows that a 16-year-old boy has a lot on his plate. Christopher Chirwa has one more thing added to the mix: a mysterious and unfortunate knee problem. Ever since he was 12, his left knee has been abnormally swollen, making it difficult to wa… Read more
Anyone knows that a 16-year-old boy has a lot on his plate. Christopher Chirwa has one more thing added to the mix: a mysterious and unfortunate knee problem. Ever since he was 12, his left knee has been abnormally swollen, making it difficult to walk. He twisted the leg one day and now experiences pain. He went to several different clinics where they tried draining fluid from the knee, but no one seemed to treat or identify the real problem.
After years of dealing with the discomfort and difficulty walking, Christopher came to CURE to find a better solution. He had an x-ray done, which didn’t show any joint damage. They decided to perform a biopsy, but they quit when they discovered a lipoma, which is a soft, non-threatening tumor. The surgeons were not prepared for such a surgery, so Christopher has been scheduled to come back to CURE on October 31. Because the surgeons need to get some units of blood for the surgery, it will not happen until November 8.
In the meantime, Christopher can’t manage to go to school in his condition, even with crutches. His humor has not been dampened, however, and he remains optimistic about his future. Once the tumor is removed he will be up and at it once again.
Yesterday Christopher dropped by and we found out that he's doing well. Though he's still experiencing some knee stiffness he is able to walk without crutches! It's been a long road for Christopher, but we are excited to see his progress. He has been permanently discharged from CURE!
We didn't see Christopher come in for his appointment this week, but we're guessing that he's probably better than ever. Hope he comes around soon to confirm it!
Though Christopher is still walking with crutches, his knee is much better. As long as he keeps up with physiotherapy, he will soon ditch the crutches!
Things are going well for Christopher. He is now able to flex his knee, whereas it was totally stiff before. It will be another month before we see him again, and hopefully he will be closer to full recovery.
Christopher Chirwa is in recovery at CURE Zambia. Learn more at http://bit.ly/QDg4mm
Christopher arrived yesterday and will be going into the operating room today to have work done on his leg.
Christopher came back on Wednesday and it was decided that he will be readmitted into the children's ward January 23 for another operation. His knee is now completely inflexible and stiff, so we will see what can be done for him.
We didn't see Christopher come in for review today, which most likely means that everything is going well. Hope he's been remembering to do his exercises to get rid of the stiffness in his knee!
After coming for his review today, we found out that Christopher's knee is still sore. As long as he remembers to do his daily exercises, he should improve. He will be coming back in January. http://bit.ly/TYM1oZ
Christopher came back for his review. He was seen by a physical therapist because of the stiffness of his knee. As long as he keeps up with doing his exercises, he won't need to use crutches for too much longer. http://bit.ly/SQvhRQ
Christopher told me he's excited to go home! He was discharged today but we'll be seeing him again for review on November 21. He's moving around on crutches, but now it's much easier than it was before the surgery. http://bit.ly/W5rYFS
Christopher's follow up appointment has been scheduled for 11/21/2012
Today Christopher has been feeling well; his leg feels much lighter! Though he's been having pain, they've been giving him pain killers. Here he's resting in bed with his mother sitting nearbyl http://bit.ly/SGuott
Christopher is receiving treatment at CURE Zambia
Waiting to go into surgery. I asked how he felt, and he replied "no feeling anymore." I would feel blank too! The operation went well; the tumor they took out was massive. Now, to rest! http://bit.ly/VXnlgU
Christopher is in recovery at CURE Zambia
Christopher's treatment date has been changed to 11/09/2012 - Christopher made it back to our hospital. They did another crossmatch for blood, and he's anxiously waiting to have his operation on Friday. Pray that everything goes well!
Congratulations! Christopher's funding goal is met!
Christopher came yesterday to have his blood type taken. It was a quick, in-and-out ordeal, but he'll be back soon in November for his surgery. So excited for him!
Christopher's treatment date has been changed to 11/08/2012
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