Posts tagged Mary Bernard
There is nothing like being confronted by a powerful enemy that makes us run so fast to our Mighty God. There is nothing that exposes like weakness: both to fight the enemy, but also to act the way we should in our day-to-day lives when fighting such enemies.
After the surgery was done and the arm was amputated, however, there was a lightheartedness and freedom about him that was missing before. He knew that what he was carrying around with him was dead. It was poison to the rest of his body. Of course he did not want to lose his arm. But when he was able to trust someone to take care of it for him and do the best thing, suddenly such a burden was lifted from him—he could live again.
By my own hand
We have the cutest little patient at CURE Ethiopia. I love her dearly. Her name is Yeabsira. She has a genetic condition called Apert Syndrome. One component of this syndrome is that her fingers and toes are formed together without any separation.
The miracle of Bethlehem
Bethlehem has had a tough life. Orphaned, she was born with clubfeet that were never repaired. She was 15 when she started working as a house helper, having no other options in life. Because of her clubfeet, she fell into a cooking fire and both of her legs were very badly burned. She suffered severe pain. She was in a hospital for a year while her legs received skin grafts to cover the burns, but her legs healed into almost ninety degree contractures and she could no longer walk. She was bound to a bed or wheelchair.
Ethiopian man stands for the first time in 14 years
Brook is 30 years old. He has been unable to walk since he was a teenager. His body has fused from head to toe due to a disease called ankylosing spondylitis. It is a disease in which his own immune system attacks all the joints in his body and causes severe arthritis. Eventually, the joints become completely immobile. He cannot even sit in a wheelchair because his body will not bend at the hips. He is confined to a bed and only occasionally gets out of the house thanks to friend who carries him like stiff board. He cannot even sit on a toilet.
How do difficult experiences shape us?
As I ran down the steps from the OR and past the clinic to my office, I just had to stop and greet this patient who came today for a follow-up visit. He’s been through our operating room doors many times. His surgeries began about a year ago. You can see in the “before” picture how twisted his legs were. Now they are straight and strong.
Mary Bernard: Broken
Shambel is a teenager now. When he was six years old, he broke his arm. That’s a pretty common thing for a six-year-old to do. Not a big deal. A cast can easily set things right. But what happens if the break isn’t corrected? It’s just left alone to fester, to freeze in place and […]
Mary Bernard: She was only 11
She was only 11. Two men brutally raped her. They tore open her ligaments and tendons at her hips badly, so badly that as she healed physically from this horrible act, scars encased her hip joints so that she could no longer straighten her legs – could no longer walk normally. She was only 11. […]
Mary Bernard: A mother’s Promise in Ethiopia
Kalkidan is a patient at CURE. She is a two-year-old little girl who was born with her hips dislocated — out of socket. She has been our patient at CURE for almost a year and a half. We started her treatment at six months of age, trying to get the “balls” on the end of […]
Mary Bernard: What can I do with you?
“Minlargeh” is the name of one of our clubfoot patients at CURE. He is 14 years old. It’s pretty difficult to get him to crack a smile. In fact, I don’t think I’ve managed it yet. “Minlargeh” means (in Amharic, the main language in Ethiopia) “What can I do with you?” Most Ethiopian names are […]
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