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"My husband and I are double orphans who met and married when we were both very young, so we practically raised one another without any support from an older person, life has been one hardship after another. We had nowhere to turn when we discovere… Read more
"My husband and I are double orphans who met and married when we were both very young, so we practically raised one another without any support from an older person, life has been one hardship after another. We had nowhere to turn when we discovered that Elizabeth had clubfoot as a baby, but luckily we were able to find some money to take her to a local hospital. After 22 cast changes, her feet gained some shape, but were still severely clubbed. I got wind of this hospital from someone whose child had undergone an operation here and one of the things that made me come was the fact that surgery here is free. When we came in 2011, the doctors here performed surgery on one of her feet and I was told to come back for review after six months. At that time, I was pregnant with another child so I was unable to bring her in six months because I developed severe complications with that pregnancy and had to undergo surgery and I ended up losing the baby. The next few years were hard for me because we moved far away from this hospital, to another town where someone offered to take care of me in my circumstance. The hardest part about watching Elizabeth grow up with clubfoot has been watching her make friends and lose them because of the condition. Whenever she finds a new friend, the friendship doesn't last long because the other kids look down on her and call her names, some even go to the extent of imitating the way she limps. This is why I haven't taken her to school yet because I feel that school might crush her spirit and she wouldn't be able to have the confidence to deal with it. We moved back to Lusaka because my husband got a job here and after four years, I was able to bring Elizabeth back here for surgery again. I hope that all things will work well for us this time around," Agness shared with us. Please join us in praying for Elizabeth's healing and for her family, we're excited to complete the healing journey with them!
Elizabeth is feeling much better today than she was yesterday! She was moved to the annex wing and she has had a new fiberglass cast put on her to make the cast stronger before being sent home. She has been discharged and is only awaiting transport to take her home now!
Elizabeth's surgery was successful! Our doctors did an operation that releases the tendons in her foot in order to correct the clubfoot. She will recover here for a while and a manipulation will be done under anesthesia, then they will determine whether or not she can go home. She is doing quite well, and we pray for a quick recovery!
Elizabeth is loving it here already. Her mother tells us that sometimes, little Elizabeth has nightmares and wakes up shaking, but she never talks about what she dreams about. She is a mystery we are challenged to discover! Let's pray that she opens up to us and leaves here healed from everything that seems to be plaguing her.
"Apart from my little brother Winfried, I have very few friends, I want to get healed so I can be able to play with other kids again. I also want to be able to go to school, but I can't because I don't like being called a lame person," Elizabeth tells us. We don't blame her and we're looking forward to playing a part in getting her back on her feet in school!
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