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Jack has a neglected left wrist fracture which has not been treated in over a month since he fell out of tree while playing with his friends. Florence, Jack’s mother had taken him to a local clinic where they were referred to a larger hospital. I… Read more
Jack has a neglected left wrist fracture which has not been treated in over a month since he fell out of tree while playing with his friends. Florence, Jack’s mother had taken him to a local clinic where they were referred to a larger hospital. It was at this hospital that the doctors confirmed Jack had broken his wrist and would need a surgery to fix it. Unfortunately this surgery cost more money than Florence could afford. As a widow with three young children, Florence was barely making ends meet going house to house offering to hand wash her neighbors clothes. There was no way she could afford what the hospital was asking. Untreated, Jack's wrist would most likely eventually heal, but incorrectly in a way that has the potential to disable him, limiting his movement and ability to function in school or in a job.
Knowing Jack's dim future if untreated, Florence pleaded like she had never done before. One of the hospital employees took pity on her, understanding everything she did was driven out of love for her son. This employee suggested Florence bring Jack here to us at CURE Zambia and we may be able to help him. It took Florence several weeks of scrounging up work to save enough money to afford the public transportation here to our hospital, but she did it and Jack is now here about to receive surgery to repair his wrist and save his future!
Jack is making sure to keep safe. He is wearing both a reusable mask and a big sweater as it has started getting chilly around CURE Zambia. As the doctors were planning Jack's surgery, they sent him for an x-ray. Based on what they saw, they said there is actually no need for another surgery which is good news! With this development along with the wound on his hand being fully healed, Jack has been discharged! He'll check in with us next month for his follow up.
Jack was hanging out in the sun with his friends watching some construction workers in the distance. The workers are preparing the land to build some long term patient lodging for patients who have to stay at the hospital for extended periods of time (like Jack) and could use a bit more homey lodging. In medical news, Jack will be going back to the OR for a follow up procedure most likely tomorrow!
Jack has officially become one of our longer staying patients in the children's ward! He knows everyone and all the nooks and crannies around the place. He's also become something of a friendly guide for new kids coming in, welcoming them and helping them get adjusted. Medically, his daily wound cleanings are still going on and everything is looking good! We wouldn't be surprised if he was discharged soon.
We were talking with Jack, finding out how he is coping here at CURE Zambia. He said things are going pretty well for him except the daily would cleanings. He says they're no fun and hurt, but he also noted the wound is getting smaller and causing him less pain! Overall, he is happy that he is getting the treatment he needs! Please continue praying for Jack!
Jack showed off his crayons after painting with the other kids! He is getting better by the day and he is shining brighter. Thanks to the daily wound cleanings, his hand is hurting less and appears to be improving. He'll continue with these cleanings as he stays with us in the ward and, on the plus side, he gets to keep spending his days playing!
Jack is recovering well! The cast on his hand was put on in such a way that there's an opening left around the area with his surgical wound so the nurses can get in there to clean it and continue fighting any residual infection! To help keep him busy and distracted from any post-op discomfort, we gave him a balloon. He was happy and we started playing hide and seek around the table by his bed!
We are happy that Jack finally had his surgery! Due to the infection which had started building up in his hand, he'll need a few procedures to clean everything out, but we are glad this first one to reset his wrist went well! Please be praying for him as we've still got a little way to go.
Jack's wrist has started developing a nasty infection because he didn't get the medical treatment he needed in time. He's lived the last few weeks in pain and with his problems compounding. Thankfully that's just about over now as he gets ready for his surgery! Please join us in welcoming him and praying for him as he prepares himself.
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