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“Of all my boys, he is the smart and mischevious one. It’s easy to like him. I have three boys and one girl. I have taken him to many schools, starting with a school for the disabled, but after surgery, I will take him to our local high school,… Read more
“Of all my boys, he is the smart and mischevious one. It’s easy to like him. I have three boys and one girl. I have taken him to many schools, starting with a school for the disabled, but after surgery, I will take him to our local high school, because he is a champion!” Emeldah tells us proudly of her son Twidai. Please join us in praying for his complete healing!
Twidai keeps having on and off episodes where he feels sick and he says it feels unrelated to his foot because his foot doesn't hurt anymore. He has been on a few different medicines in the past few days to help counter whatever it is but it hasn't seemed to help. He will be seeing a specialist pediatrician to see if he can figure out what is going wrong specifically. Please pray that the doctor can discover what it is so Twidai can get be done with these on and off episodes permanently.
Twidai had a good weekend and is having a good day today! Here, Mubita, one of our CUREkids Coordinator's is reading getting well messages to Twidai. He loves his get well messages because through them, he sees that people are thinking about him and praying for him! Please keep those prayers coming for Twidai!
Twidai is smiling today! We love seeing him smile! He is doing much better today even though he keeps saying he feels dizzy once in a while. Our nurses our doing a good job monitoring him to make sure he is ok. Please be praying for Twidai as he continues to recover.
Today has been a cold day and many kids in the ward have stayed in bed and so did Twidai! He's doing better today and he is being the kind 'big brother' figure that he is to the younger kids. He was seen sharing fruit with Patson, the boy right next to him in the ward. Please be praying for quick recovery for Twidai!
Twidai had a rough weekend. On top of recovering from surgery, he got malaria too and so his weekend consisted of taking malaria medicine and resting up to ease the pain in his leg from surgery. He no longer has malaria, but the pain in his leg has pretty much stayed. The doctors are giving him painkillers to help him be more comfortable while he recovers. Please keep praying for Twidai.
"The cast is a little too tight so it gets painful. And when it gets painful, all I can do is sleep," Twidai says. But it is only a matter of time before he is better and every time he feels discouraged, he just looks at his other foot and his faith is restored. Let's keep praying that Twidai will endure his pain of recovery and come out strong!
Twidai had his procedure yesterday and he was such a trooper! His cast said "I love" and yes, we did feel the love and so did he! Everyone in OR was happy to see him. Dr. Lastroni and Dr. Jim worked together to give a little more correction to Twidai's foot. His cast was removed and a lot more straightening of his foot was done in order to get it better placed. Twidai then got a new cast and is now in recovery. Here are some photos from the OR. Please keep praying for Twidai as he recovers!
For a man to appreciate the beauty of each moment, he must forget yesterday's pain and smile each new day! Twidai is better today, he has spent the whole day being 'big brother' to the younger ones and has been feeling happier than he was yesterday, please keep praying for him.
Today has been a slow day for Twidai. He has spent most of it in bed so far. When we went to check up on him, we found him listening to the radio. He said the music helps with the pain. We hope he has a better day tomorrow, keep praying for Twidai!
Twidai is recovering well and he only complained of slight pain in his foot, otherwise, he is well enough to hang out and goof around with our ENT patient Spider. Twidai is always happy to be at our hospital, especially when there is another kid as old as he is to keep him company!
Twidai is not very far from walking tall on both his feet now! After the success of his previous operation, he has had surgery today on his other foot. We are looking forward to seeing how he progresses in the next few days, but in the meantime, let's all keep praying for him. He is a strong young man!
"The truth is that being the oldest kid in the hospital gets boring sometimes, so I come out here to sit on the swings and listen to some music. I don't want the other mothers to feel like I don't want to play with their kids. I like it here, it is peaceful and quiet," Twidai admits to us. That seems understandable and we're hoping he gets some good rest this weekend. Please continue to pray for him!
"I passed my Grade 9 exams with flying colors like I told you I would, so I am going to high school now! I have also learned to stand up for myself and I won't let the other kids take advantage of me because of my disability," Twidai said today. He is with us waiting to go in for surgery on Monday. We're so proud of him and his accomplishments!
Twidai is back! He tells us that home has been great and he is enjoying school as much as any student should. He also tells us that his foot has healed really well, although he insists that he still is a little insecure, so he always wears a sock. His first activity here was cheering on a football match! He will be seen by the doctor tomorrow, please be praying for him!
Guess who dropped by today with a foot as straight as the letter "I". Yes, it's Twidai! His right foot is now healed and straight, with no cast. The doctor is happy about this development and has told him to come back in February for the other foot to be worked on. Hallelujah!
Twidai is looking smart today! He was just discharged and is on his way home. He says he is going to study hard and also bring his books with him the next time he comes. He is doing so much better and it looks like he will heal really fast!
Twidai explains that he now understands enough about the hospital to be a doctor himself. He says he knows what an MUA is, although he pronounces it as "Emu-you-eh". He's having one tomorrow and will possibly be discharged next week. Thank God for how He has been present for Twidai!
Twidai went to the operating room today and he is not in a very delightful mood. He had a cast change and a MUA - Manipulation Under Anesthesia. He is in pain and he has been crying most of the afternoon. We hate seeing him like this, but we believe that the pain he is going through is part of the healing process! Please pray with us for good pain management, a good night's sleep, and a better day tomorrow!
Friendships are found in the one place you did not expect to meet new people! This can be said about our CUREkids Coordinator Mubita and Twidai. The pair are always seen together and Mubita is always at Twidai's bed, making him laugh. Twidai has had a great day and he is healing well. He is not in any pain today and he says that he cannot wait to get home!
Twidai is writing his Grade 9 exams in the next few months. He says he is ready and prepared for them even though he wishes he could have his books with him here in the hospital. Doctor Vhunda wants him kept in the ward, and he will have another date in the theatre next week. Let's keep praying for him, for his surgery and his upcoming exams! Thank you so much for encouraging him!
Twidai has a daily routine. He wakes up, eats breakfast and goes back to sleep until afternoon when he spends time with our other teenage clubfoot patient, Ireen. Today, he was showered with inspiring stories of her before and after surgery. He looks confident enough to face the road ahead, and he is always making jokes about everything!
Twidai has been learning a lot from Ireen. However, today she was taken to the private ward and he has been 'on his own'! He is still awaiting an MUA next week, so in the meantime, he has to warm up to the hospital environment. Most of the kids are younger than him so he spent the day sleeping. Hopefully, he will find something teenager- worthy to do soon!
Twidai's surgery was successful, but he still has a long way to go. He still has a journey ahead of trips to the theatre, the clinic and many more doctor visits. Thankfully, he has another patient of ours, Ireen, to help him with the beginning of this journey, as she has been telling him her own story and preparing him for the possibilities ahead. We can safely say that he is in good hands!
Meet Twidai. Everything about this guy is charming- his goofy smile, his infectious personality and his attempt to be shy. He has severe neglected clubfoot and will be undergoing treatment here to try and straighten his feet. We look forward to a great journey ahead and getting to know him better! Welcome Twidai!
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