Meet Felistas! She is a young lady who was born with a condition called cerebral palsy. She has struggled with walking and keeping her balance for a long time. Now she is at CURE Zimbabwe to receive corrective surgery to help her walk better and long enough to see her become a lawyer! She is a fun and easy going girl who wants to help people someday. Help us make Felistas feel welcome as she settles in for her surgery this week.
Meet Iphithule! She is at CURE Zimbabwe to receive corrective surgery in both her feet. Iphithule was born with contractures in her feet caused by a condition called cerebral palsy. This affects her ability to walk, stand, and just maintain balance. Her Aunt Blessed brought her to the hospital in search of a treatment option to help her walk better, and we are glad that she is here! Please help us welcome Iphithule to the hospital! https://youtu.be/ep19PJtCq7I
During our morning visit to the ward, Tracey, Nyasha's sister, pushed Nyasha toward us on her wheelchair. There was something different about her! We looked at her feet and noticed her left foot was without a cast! Some of the other patients huddled around her to see her foot. We showed them a picture of her feet before she started surgery, and they all marveled and celebrated her feet looking so straight. Nyasha smiled briefly. She knows her journey to walking is not over, but she is happy with the progress so far! She headed to the Bulawayo Orthopaedic Center shortly after to have measurements for an ankle-foot orthosis made before having another cast put on. In the meantime, please join us in celebrating Nyasha's journey this far!
"Gogo said you must come and take a picture of us," Nyasha said shyly.
Gogo (grandmother) and Nyasha smiled brightly at the camera before the 'click.' A hint of uncertainty lingers in Gogo's eyes when she talks about Nyasha's future. Looking at the bigger picture, she'd love to send Nyasha to a school that accommodates her disability. Nyasha is a step closer to using her right hand to write in class and pursue an education which is Gogo's number one wish for Nyasha. In the meantime, they patiently await the device that will help her to do just that, and we wait with her. Join us as we wait with Nyasha, and do pray that her device would be ready soon, so that she can start learning to use her hand.
This morning Nyasha had fun making a little bead bracelet with a visiting team from Selborne Park Christian Church (SPCC). Her grandmother helped her string the beads, each color representing a different stage of God's love transforming our hearts when we encounter Him. The team did an incredible job connecting with the kids and sharing the love of God with them. Nyasha wore her bracelet proudly, even as she looked around at every other child in the room with a different disability from hers. Thank you to the team from SPCC for loving the patients at CURE Zimbabwe this morning! Feel free to send Nyasha a get well message encouraging her on her journey to independence.