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  • Next Appointment 06/05/2019

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Thelma's Story

"I hope that my child will be healed. When she is playing with friends she says that the friends tell her that she has a disability but I assure her that she will be fine some day,” shares Francis, father to Thelma.

When her parents starte… Read more

"I hope that my child will be healed. When she is playing with friends she says that the friends tell her that she has a disability but I assure her that she will be fine some day,” shares Francis, father to Thelma.

When her parents started their family together they never imagined that their first born child would be born with a disability, yet this is the case of Francis and his wife. Thelma was born with bilateral clubfoot which was detected at the time of her birth. At the health center where she was born, they advised them to begin ponseti - a treatment for clubfoot where a series of casts are applied on the feet to straighten them over a period of time. Sadly, they only did the posenti treatment for six weeks, her parents became impatient and her father reported that they did not see any improvement and opted to stop taking her to the hospital for cast changes. They didn't seek any further medical attention for the four year old girl and they became hopeless.

“I want my girl to get educated so that she can in return come take care of me because of the things I have gone through to raise her this far,” says Francis. Her father is hopeful that the daughter will be healed even though when he arrived he was skeptical about her healing because of what he terms as “past experience” - the first hospital they had taken her to did not bring the desired outcome. “When coming, I had doubts that maybe she will not be healed because I had earlier visited a hospital for her treatment and she did not get healed, but now, I am hopeful that she will be healed because I have seen children been healed here even those who are coming for review,” narrated Francis. They heard about CURE Zambia through a local organization which contacted them when our team went to have a mobile clinic in their area. Please join us in praying for Thelma's complete healing and for her family's patience in the process!

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May 03, 2019

Thelma's casts were put on yesterday and today she is back on her feet and walking! This young girl has the drive to walk and if very happy about the fact that she has below knee casts which makes her able to walk even better. Thankfully, her casts will be removed in five weeks at a local health center and this will give her the freedom to be walking without any restrictions! Dr. Lastroni would like to see how she is doing in three months, Thelma and her father Francis will be leaving tomorrow so please pray for their safe travel back home! Photo of Thelma

May 02, 2019

Thelma was a little bit worried when she being taken into the operating theatre for another cast! Dr. Lastroni decided that as she is going home, it's best that she goes with new casts on both legs which can be removed at a local clinic after a couple of weeks. This was done to maintain and reinforce the position and correction of her feet. She will stay today for observation and then tomorrow she may go home! Photo of Thelma

Apr 30, 2019

We have given an upgrade to Thelma for physical therapy! She has been given crutches, which is a sign of progress and shows that she is close to being discharged. The crutches will aid her in walking when she's at home while her legs get fully stronger. We will keep her for a couple of days for our physiotherapist to ensure that she learns and gets comfortable in using crutches! When she was coming out from the physiotherapy department, Francis, her father, was helping her all the way! In the back ground of the photo you can see a building covered in with iron sheet barriers, that's our operating theatre which currently under expansion construction! Photo of Thelma

Apr 29, 2019

When we had a campus wide painting project late last year and one of the things that was installed in the children's ward were new walking rails! Thelma is benefiting from these installations as they are providing her with the assistance she needs in walking around the ward. She is getting stronger and the support she requires when walking is getting less and less, keep on praying for her to get even stronger the more she practices! Photo of Thelma

Apr 26, 2019

One of the guardians in the ward plaited our little girls hair and she likes her look! We got a satisfied-closed-eye smile! Our physiotherapist still needs her for more physical therapy sessions and depending on how well she does, she might be going home next week! Please continue praying for our beautiful Thelma! Photo of Thelma

Apr 25, 2019

Francis, Thelma's father, use to carry Thelma in the hospital when they would move from one to place to another and this use to be a burden for him! Thankfully this burden has been lifted because now she can walk! All he is doing now is offering her support! Thelma is not yet strong enough to be walking without support but she is getting stronger by the day! Thank you for your prayers and support that make her progress possible! Photo of Thelma

Apr 24, 2019

Look at how beautiful Thelma is looking in those shoes! A few months ago this was only a dream because it was impossible for this charming young girl to put on shoes due to her severe clubfoot. However, with your support and through your prayers and partnership, Thelma has had two surgeries and her feet have been corrected! Together we have not only helped heal her, but also helped shape her future. Thelma is still undergoing physical therapy and she is progressing well, join us in thanking Jesus for her healing! Photo of Thelma

Apr 18, 2019

Our sweet girl is responding well to physical therapy! Though she still not able walk without assistance, she is able to stand on her own. Shoes have been prescribed which will be used to maintain the correct position of the foot and they are likely to be delivered early next week. From the looks of things, Thelma has not forgotten the routine here -when it's time to go to the playroom she asks her father to take her! Please continue praying for more strength during physical therapy for our girl! Photo of Thelma

Apr 16, 2019

Our sweet girl Thelma is back! Not only does she look more beautiful because of new hair do, her legs are also looking stronger with healing! When she went home she had above knee casts which have now been removed, there is no need in putting them on again because both feet have been corrected and healed. Thelma has started physical therapy to learn how to walk with her new corrected legs! She is still experiencing some discomfort during the sessions due to the a period she spent in the casts, muscle weakness and the new position of her feet, but our physiotherapist Roxanne was on hand to make sure that today's session runs as smooth as possible for Thelma! She is already making progress, please be praying that she would continue to gain more strength during her physical therapy sessions in the next few days! Photo of Thelma

Mar 21, 2019

Our sweet little girl got discharged! She and her father left for home in the company of other parents and guardians from the same area. She will be with casts for some weeks and then they will be removed when she comes back for review in a couple of weeks. Please be praying for Thelma! Photo of Thelma

Mar 13, 2019

Before heading to the operation room for her dressing change, Thelma was hanging out with her friends! In this photo, Simon is using crutches because both his feet are recently healed from bilateral clubfoot after receiving surgery. He was being a big help in trying to push her around in the wheelchair! Our girl went for a dressing change of her casts and she will be discharged this week, please be praying for Thelma and all of our CUREkids! Photo of Thelma

Mar 11, 2019

Thelma is a recipient of an illustration Bible which has been donated to our kids by Bible League International! Our spiritual centre has partnered with Bible League international which will be donating Bibles to kids when they complete the lessons. Thelma is part of the first group to receive the Illustration Bibles and many of our kids will be receiving these Bibles in the few days to come! Photo of Thelma

Mar 07, 2019

Thelma received a gift from CURE Zambia's theatre nurse, Bridget during a special time of giving gifts from our female co-workers in celebration of International Women's Day which is tomorrow. Medically, our little girl was supposed to go to surgery for another cast change but it has been rescheduled to next Monday since tomorrow is a public holiday in Zambia! Photo of Thelma

Mar 05, 2019

Our sweet girl Thelma has recovered from yesterday's procedure! Yesterday she had difficulties eating but today has been thankfully better. Francis told us that she had troubled him after she came back from the OT yesterday but today has gone much smoother. Please remember to be praying for Thelma! Photo of Thelma

Mar 04, 2019

Our sweet girl had another dressing change today! The correction for both feet is on course but she will still need another cast in the next week, after that she may be discharged to go home and continue healing from there. Please continue praying for Thelma's healing! Photo of Thelma

Mar 01, 2019

Thelma was at our playground with her father Francis having fun on the swing! For kids around Thelma's age, the hospital environment can become boring sometimes, but thankfully it is rarely the case here because she has options to play at our playground or go to the playroom! This makes her forget about some of the discomfort that may come with the healing process, please be praying for Thelma's healing! Photo of Thelma

Feb 28, 2019

Meet our sweet girl Thelma! She has a joyful and irresistible personality and is from the northern part of Zambia. She came with her father James, her mother remained at home taking care of her young sister who still a baby. Thelma was was born with bilateral clubfoot we are happy that they found out about us and have come to seek treatment. Dr. Lastroni did surgery on both her feet and she is currently recovering post-op, she still has a long way to go because there is a number of dressing changes and manipulation to do for her foot corrections to be complete. Please be praying for sweet Thelma! Photo of Thelma

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