The two boys from Samburu are doing well. Saidimo, the boy with chronic osteomyelitis (bone infection) of the shoulder and hip had his surgery done on Thursday. He’s done great! He had an active infection in the shoulder
, and we removed some infected bone and put him on antibiotics. The hip had been previously damaged by infection, but he had no active infection that we could see. The problem with his hip is that the leg had become contracted to the point where it was very difficult to walk. The surgery relieved the contracture in his hip, and he’s starting to get up and around. We have high hopes that he’ll be able to walk with nothing more than a bit of a limp. Time will tell. Here’s a short video of him getting off the missionary flight with the hip severely contracted, and now with the contracture released and his leg out straight. vimeo.com/77347277
Jonah’s surgery is scheduled for Tuesday. He’s had a complete evaluation by a pediatric cardiologist in Nairobi. He has no problem with the heart, so it seems the blood pressure problems we experienced are from the large TB abscess behind his heart. When he arrived at Kijabe, he was very weak and painful. Now with a couple of weeks of TB medications and nutrition, he’s very comfortable and much stronger. We now find him sitting up in bed under his own power, something he couldn’t have attempted when he arrived. So he’s going into the surgery in the best shape he can be in.
We’re worried about his surgery. When we attempted it before, he couldn’t tolerate the anesthetic and we had to abandon the surgery. The pediatricians, anesthetists, and surgeons have all done everything possible to give him the best chance for the surgery. We’ve also had to discuss this with his parents, who realize the gravity of the situation.
Already, the needy patient fund has been able to provide care for
Esther, the baby with the knee infection, and Saidimo, as well as paying for Jonah’s MRI and pediatric cardiology consult in Nairobi. Thank you all for your generosity in spreading the word about these kids, praying for them, and donating to help pay for their care.
One of the most difficult things about operating on Jonah is that he’s the same age as my son Michael. I can’t imagine Michael being far away, in the hands of people I’d never met, and about to undergo a surgery that he may possibly not survive. The faith and trust of his mother is overwhelming. Please pray for all of us.