Posts tagged child stories
A 7-year-old with more wisdom than most adults
At only 7 years old, Bridget has more wisdom than most adults. Some of that comes from being part of a family who appreciates what they have. Both of her parents are unemployed and struggle to provide for their children. There is a certain strength derived from that day-to-day reality, but Bridget is doubly strong.
“Through your works, you are showing God’s greatness.”
Shakira’s story made me believe that disability is not the same as inability. She was born with her right leg shorter than her left leg, and yet she is always a winner at her school’s racing competitions. Her grandmother, Mary, who is also her guardian at the hospital, said she gets comments from her teachers about how impressed they are with her. Despite the comments from other students that she is a witch (because of cultural beliefs about disabilities), she appears as if she doesn’t care, and still interacts with everyone so well.
Three Stories of Healing from CURE Egypt
Three stories of healing from CURE Egypt: Mariam, Kerollos, and Eriny.
We GET to do this
You come across a little girl. She’s horribly scarred. She fell in a fire before she was a year old. Her horrified parents rescued her, but she was burned so badly, the bottom half of her leg was permanently stuck to the top part. Besides the massive scarring, she will be unable to walk the rest of her life. She’ll have no status, no chance at education, no marriage, no kids, nothing.
Complete healing for kids and parents
Takali broke down in tears when she saw her newborn daughter for the first time. Baby Madina had a strange swelling protruding from the base of her spine; Takali had never seen anything like it before. The midwives and doctors confirmed that Madina had spina bifida and immediately referred her to CURE Uganda.
Where hope for healing rested
Maureen’s parents, like most parents, eagerly anticipated the birth of their baby girl and were overjoyed when she arrived. But two months after her birth, their joy was interrupted. Maureen started having fevers that would not go away, despite all their efforts. They became very concerned, especially when Maureen started having frequent seizures and endless crying.
Tharwat, the (soon-to-be) famous football player
Tharwat is the third of four children. His father is a poor man; he is a garbage collector. The family lives in Garbage City, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Egypt. It is located on top of the Al Mokattam mountains in Cairo, and all of the men who live there work as garbage collectors. They collect garbage from all over Cairo and take it home to isolate plastics and glass bottles to resell to recycling factories.
He wipes away the tears and brings a smile
Elizabeth, firstborn to her parents Josephine and James, was born perfectly healthy in January 2014. A few days after her birth, however, she started to develop fevers. Her parents took her to a nearby health center where she was admitted and treated, but her condition did not improve. Within the next month, Elizabeth started to have seizures, her head became enlarged, and her eyes began to sunset. Josephine and James became increasingly worried as her health continued to deteriorate and more complications developed. They took Elizabeth to several clinics, but their efforts were fruitless.
Sacrifice yields a bigger blessing in the Dominican Republic
Maria was the first patient I visited on a home visit. Maria’s mom invited us inside. There were no traces of food except three pieces of fruit on the table. When we ended our meeting and I got in the car, Maria’s mom came up to me with a piece of fruit. “This is for your to eat,” she said.
Meet Iliana: A mother’s perspective
Being a child with a disability in the developing world is a significant hardship. Being the parent of a child with a disability is equally challenging. Iliana’s mother was kind enough to share her perspective on their journey to healing and gave the following account of their lives before and after Iliana’s surgery at CURE.
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