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Goodson is a ten year old boy from the northern part of Zambia. Born with severe clubfoot, which has gone untreated, their first attempt seeking medical attention for him was unsuccessful when Goodson was three years old. “When he was three years… Read more
Goodson is a ten year old boy from the northern part of Zambia. Born with severe clubfoot, which has gone untreated, their first attempt seeking medical attention for him was unsuccessful when Goodson was three years old. “When he was three years old we heard of a specialist surgeon who visited a local hospital who was doing operations. By the time we were getting to the hospital the surgeon had already left. We were late and at the time, we did not have transport to follow him to the next hospital he visited, so we went back home,” recounts Blackwell, uncle to Goodson.
After the unsuccessful visit, Goodson lived with his clubfoot for years, but his grandmother continued seeking traditional remedies for him which did not bring about any change to his condition. ”A few months later after the hospital visit, the mother [sister to Blackwell] passed on so we took him under me and my mother’s care (his grandmother). His grandmother also tried some traditional medication which involved compressing his legs using traditional herbs but his legs did not change in anyway,” recalls Blackwell.
Luckily, they got word of an upcoming CURE mobile clinic which was happening at a local church about 15km from were they stay. They travelled on bicycles all the way to the mobile clinic. Goodson was seen and he was immediately booked to come for surgery at CURE Zambia. A few days later after the clinic transport was arranged in partnership with a local organization, they started the long drive to Lusaka. Blackwell tells us that they started off around 4:00am in morning and they finally arrieved in Lusaka around 7pm in the evening. It's their first time in Lusaka and not having any relatives here, they were anxious and worried what would happen since they did not know were the hospital was. “We arrived in Lusaka around 7pm, it was our first time coming here and we had no idea were to go when we were dropped off at the bus station. We had the number of the pastor [Pastor Harold, Spiritual Director] but we did not have a phone. It was getting late and after asking from several people to assist us with a the phone, at last a lady gave us her phone. We called him, I told him we are the bus station and he said we should not worry, he will come pick us up. After some time he came to the bus station and searched for us until he found us and brought us here. They showed us were to sleep and we were given food,” narrates Blackwell. We are thankful that they have made it safely to CURE Zambia! Goodson goes to school where he is in grade four and says he wants to be doctor when he grows up. He will get a first hand look at what that entails! Join us in praying for Goodson's healing!
Next to Goodson's bed is a painting on the wall which was recently drawn illustrating the Bible story of Noah. Goodson continues to be improving and during the doctor's rounds with Dr. Maweja no concerns were raised. Please pray as we go into the weekend, he improves and that next week he will make more strides in healing!
There was no better way of starting Goodson's day than being handed a home made 'get well soon' card! He is holding on to it like a little treasure! This means a lot to him, we want to thank everyone making efforts to send cards to our CUREkids. Medically, Goodson is stable and the discomfort he was experiencing has reduced, please be praying for him!
The going is still tough for our boy Goodson, he is complaining of some discomfort in day one post-op. He is in bed with legs elevated to avoid swelling, please be praying Goodson's comfort, he needs them!
Goodson had his second surgery! When he was away in OT we had a conversation with his uncle Blackwell, we asked him how they were received back home when Goodson was discharged last year and he told us that they were well received! People back at home were happy to see his leg looking straight in a cast. We can just imagine how excited they will be when one day he goes back home with both legs corrected! That day is no longer far because our boy had his second surgery today and he is currently recovering post-op. It might be a rough few days after surgery so please be praying for comfort for Goodson!
Goodson will be having another surgery on his right leg tomorrow! His desire for learning is amazing and he loves to spend time in the our playroom were he has lots of different learning materials. We found him consulting Else on the work he had been finishing up. Please pray for Goodson's surgery tomorrow!
We asked Goodson whether he knows how to spell his name, he answered in the affirmative and he went on to spell it! We were excited about this so went on to ask if he could read and he said he can - especially if a sentence has easy words. That's when we pulled out your get well messages for him to read and they made him feel so encouraged! Goodson is a bright boy and with healing, his future will be even brighter. Thank you for supporting his healing and sending get well messages that encourage him! https://youtu.be/qqzyNFbW3Pg
Goodson is able to stand on the foot that had surgery and it is super exciting to celebrate his first healing milestone! We can't wait to see him walk on both corrected feet soon, please remember to be praying for the speedy healing of our boy Goodson!
Our CUREkids got together to paint! In December last year, World Vision Zambia donated some chairs and table to the hospital with other hospital supplies and the tables and chairs have come in handy especially to our CUREkids who are older like Goodson, they can now comfortably sit and do different activities. We are always happy to see how every form of support directly benefits those that we serve, we are thankful to partners like you who pray for kids and support them during their healing!
Goodson will be on a wound cleaning regiment for the next couple of days. This has not in any way deterred him from moving around and having fun though! In the photo you can see a bracelet on his left wrist which he made in our playroom and is pretty proud of. Kindly pray that his wound quickly heals up!
Goodson is back to continue with treatment in the new year! We caught up with him while the ward devotions were going on and he was participating from his bed. The cast he went home with has been removed and a back slab with bandages has been put on. Our boy is likely to have surgery on his other leg next week, please be praying for Goodson!
All is happy in Goodson's world! He was happy to share the popcorn with everyone around in the playroom. Goodson has been discharged and will be going home, and will be back for his review in January. Please keep praying for Goodson, we will see him soon!
Goodson had another dressing change today! He is happy that his new cast is below the knee which makes him mobile and gives him freedom of movement. When we went to check how is doing after the dressing change, he stood to show us that he is able to stand with new cast, keep on praying for Goodson!
The treatment plan for our boy is that he is likely to have another dressing change then he will be allowed to go home and come back after a couple of weeks for surgery on his right foot. He continues to make good progress, please keep praying for Goodson, he's almost halfway there!
Celebrating achievements! Everyone was making paper decorations in the playroom and Goodson was a part of the fun! After they all finished their creations, they got together to celebrate! The purpose of this activity was to teach team work as no one would have accomplished anything without collaborating with friends and they also learned some good communication skills too!
Goodson continues to do well, he had cast change last week! While has been here, Goodson is making some friends and we found him being pushed in the wheelchair by his new friend Timothy! Please be praying for our boy Goodson!
Goodson is managing pretty well! His recovery after surgery is going on impressively and he has been able to move around! Today we found him outside our grounds where he was catching some fresh air and sunshine, please keep praying for Goodson!
Meet Goodson! He is a 10 year old boy from the northern part of the country with severe clubfoot. He is here with his uncle Blackwell who is taking care of him. We are excited to start his treatment and witness his healing! Goodson has had surgery on his left foot, a talectomy was done and he is now recovering. Please be praying for Goodson!
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