On May 14, 2021, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Dr. Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa, paid an official visit to the CURE Children’s Hospital of Zimbabwe to celebrate its grand opening. The President toured the hospital and met many staff and patients — but Kimberly stood out to him.
Kimberly was born with two dislocated kneecaps which settled into the sides of her legs as she aged, disfiguring her legs and making independent mobility very difficult. Now seven years old, doctors in Zimbabwe said nothing could be done.
By the grace of God, her mother, Bertha, didn’t give up on her daughter and brought her to CURE Zimbabwe where sponsored treatment was available.
President Mnangagwa met Kimberly while she was recovering from one of her two surgeries to reposition her kneecaps. These procedures would help straighten her legs when she stands, allowing her to walk better, and eventually to run!
Kimberly made such an impression on the President that he tweeted out a message about her:
President Mnangagwa’s tweet about meeting Kimberly
Kimberly received both her surgeries at CURE Zimbabwe and is well on her way to recovery. However, she is one of the fortunate ones: thousands of children in Zimbabwe suffer every day from lack of access to specialized surgery in the region’s underdeveloped medical system. Kimberly has been used by God to put a “face” on the massive problem that plagues sub-Saharan Africa.
“Before Kimberly went to CURE, I had sleepless nights praying for her to be healed! Now I look at her and I see the hand of God so strong on her life! We are all amazed at how God has brought healing and how CURE has helped my great-granddaughter,” Kimberly’s great -grandmother expressed.
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About CURE International
CURE International is a Christian nonprofit organization that operates a global network of pediatric surgical hospitals, which serve one of the world’s most marginalized and vulnerable populations – children with disabilities. Patients at CURE hospitals suffer from orthopedic, neurosurgical, and maxillofacial conditions that limit their mobility/functionality and opportunities for education and employment. In addition to world-class clinical service, CURE intentionally ministers to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients in its care and invests in training programs that aim to equip the next generation of health workers and strengthen national health care systems. Since inception, CURE has conducted more than 5.3 million patient visits and 330,000 surgical procedures around the world. For more information, visit https://cure.org/.