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“In the village people laugh at me saying that ‘you have neglected the child.’ Others even mock me saying that it is because you are poor with no means, otherwise you would have taken the child to a specialized hospital. It is the same talks … Read more
“In the village people laugh at me saying that ‘you have neglected the child.’ Others even mock me saying that it is because you are poor with no means, otherwise you would have taken the child to a specialized hospital. It is the same talks that made the father abandon him,” shares Agnes, John's mother.
John is a seven year boy from the northern part of the country, the first born in his family of three, all being raised by their single unemployed mother Agnes. John’s disability has deprived him of the privilege of growing up under the care and guidance of a father because his father ran away. “After his birth the father was not supporting his child because of different economical difficulties we were facing. My parents decided to sue him for child negligence in the local court. Upon receiving the court summons, he disappeared and I have never heard from him ever since. The child is now seven years.”
When it was noticed that John's feet were bent abnormally, Agnes decided to take him to a local hospital and they were informed that the expatriate who would deal with his case had left country and there is nothing that would be done to him, so they returned home without hope. Agnes remarried another man and she gave birth to of two of John’s siblings but it didn’t last long and ended up in divorce due to John's condition. "I got married but we divorced because my husband did not love my child John to an extent that even when he brought food in the house he never wanted John to eat. If he eats, then there would be quarrel in the house. He wanted me to take John to my parent’s house of which I refused. I was pushed into a situation were I had to choose between my child and marriage, we divorced.”
Unlike many kids, John delayed in walking and he only made his first steps when he was five years old. He is a very active boy but struggles to balance properly because of the clubfoot condition and as a result, he is also subject to ridicule and mockery by his peers. He is currently doing his pre school and says he would like to be a farmer when he grows up.
When it was noticed that he had bilateral clubfoot it did not settle well with the mother, “Honestly I felt very bad when I first saw him, but I prayed to God to seek comfort and I believe God knows why it happened this way."
They heard about CURE Zambia through a local advocate and arrangements were made for John to be brought to CURE for treatment. Agnes is optimistic of John being healed and shared, “all I want is for him to get healed.” Join us and Agnes in praying for John as he commences his healing journey here at CURE Zambia!
It was a busy day for John! Busy in the sense that he was busy playing with other CUREkids in the playroom! The good news is that it is confirmed he is going for a dressing change tomorrow meaning he is getting closer to complete healing. Pray for him as he goes to the operating theatre tomorrow!
John loves the camera but we think he loves himself more because what he really likes is seeing himself on the camera after we take pictures of him! We found him eating and he immediately paused for a bit and started posing so that we would take photos of him. Thank you for your prayers for his mother Agness who is feeling much better today, please continue praying for John's recovery!
Today John was very joyous! When we arrived, he showed us a photo of himself, his sister, and his mother. He is getting a dressing change on his cast this week but unfortunately his mother was not feeling too well today, please pray for John and his mother Agness' quick recovery!
John keeps on getting better by the day! He's got a lovely personality and we like to see him happy. He will be a getting a dressing change next week, please pray that his wound will continue to heal so that the dressing change won't be as painful!
John, his mother Agnes and his younger sister are enjoying their time outside today! He keeps on feeling stronger each day from his surgery which is very good sign. Please remember him and his family in your prayers!
John is a super fighter! He is doing well post operation. We thought he would be in bed all day due to the pain which is usually experienced after an operation but our assumption was wrong because John is a strong boy! We found him busy playing in the playroom. May you stand strong in prayer for this fighter!
John had his first surgery today! Dr Moyo has started with his right foot and then will move to the left foot after the right is healed. Please remember John in your prayers, pray that his healing journey moves smoothly and speedily!
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