Posts tagged Surgery
From ridiculed to radiant
“I want the hospital to continue doing a good job and help other people”, he remarked in a satisfied manner, Derek has not stopped looking at his daughter since the surgery. This is what miracles are made of the little gestures of kindness, the affections of strangers, the love of good doctors and the support of the hospital staff. Thank you for making CURE what it is.
“All my fears are behind me”
The first time we met John Paul at clinic, he was sitting in the happiest place in the hospital—the playroom—unsuccessfully fighting back tears. A recent fall had left his upper leg in severe pain, and it wasn’t getting any better. We tried to cheer him up with activities, conversation, and anything to distract him. He hadn’t […]
Mead Minutes: More than a birthday
Birthdays are a time to have fun, but for me J-Vie is celebrating more than another birthday. J-Vie is celebrating how God has used CURE International to change his life and give him hope. I have been allowed to participate in J-Vie’s life journey. J-Vie is a special young man who has the potential to perform great works.
At the end of a rope
“Sometimes we can only see right around us, so I was fearing so much. But God knew what was in the future,” Nancy recounted as she explained her journey with CURE. Nancy Wanjiru, now 22 years old, was the first patient I ever met in Kenya. She had come to the hospital for a bad infection on her previously corrected clubfoot. We spent each afternoon at her bedside talking, reading, and being silly. She taught me my first words of Swahili, “kuja hapa,” meaning “come here.” She said it would be useful for me so I could get the kids to come to me, but I think, now, about all the times Jesus called His people to return, to follow, to come to Him. For Nancy, He called her over and over until she finally answered.
Tebow CURE Hospital’s 500th patient—or should we say patients!
Twins are used to sharing. Birthdays, clothing, secrets, and very special bonds that no one else can truly understand. In the case of Jea and Janna, they also share a surgery day! Mom, Juliet, tells us that she isn’t sure who was born first, and we aren’t sure who was technically admitted first, so we’ll just honor them both. Besides, who can choose between these two sweet faces?
Mead Minutes: Expecting the unexpected
We spent time looking at what was working, what moved, what did not, and what could be changed. I spoke about doing one at a time but the boy and his family wanted both done to limit the surgical OR trips. We already had worked on his feet and knees. Sooooo, off again, pushing the comfort zones.
A consuming preoccupation
Bosena was placed in a hospital bed for five months without anything being done, other than dressings being changed. He was wasting away in that hospital bed. Never walking, emaciated, weak, and terrified because of constant pain, for which he received no treatment. A friend of ours spotted him in that hospital when she was there taking a tour. She called us at CURE and begged us to take him. She felt he was a very short time from death without some intervention.
Mead Minutes: Remembering kids are kids
As I am allowed to work with children around the world, I am struck more by the similarities than the differences. The joy in the faces of the families and kids, as the casts come off and they see the changes before them, echoes around the CURE network. The struggles the families face as they seek help for their disabled child are shared throughout underserved areas.
They told him she would end up dead
Not long after Primrose was born, her head began to swell—she had hydrocephalus. Her parents, Jefferson and Deborah, were worried. Jefferson says that people around his village told him that it is very rare for a child with this condition to be cured, that most of them end up dead.
Mead Minutes: When the plan does not work
Sometimes you do everything correctly as you understand a problem and you still lose. Surgeries you plan out from diagnosis to performance fail to reach the goals you anticipated. Bones fail to heal despite all your best efforts to make an environment for healing. Skin grafts fail to heal in places where they are placed.