Posts tagged CURE Ethiopia
We recently had a patient at CURE named Girma. I asked various friends what the name means. One answered, “I see Big.” And he waved his hands in the sky and his eyes got big and round with wonder. Another said, “It is like respect.” Finally, I asked a friend who had more familiarity with religious words in English. She said, “It means glory!” I enjoyed hearing the other different explanations for a difficult concept – glory. God’s glory is who He is. When we see some of His glory it is a brief reflection of the tiniest part of who He is.
From attempted suicide to healing
Losing a child is the most traumatic experience a parent can endure. Imagine, then, a parent who didn’t just lose one child, he lost three. The loss wasn’t in one tragic moment, but spread out over the course of years: one, after another, after another.
A life-changing donation for Ayantu
Ayantu has something known as congenital tibial pseudarthrosis, commonly referred to as a “false joint.” It is associated with a condition known as neurofibromatosis. There is no answer as to why exactly this condition occurs, but it is believed that the lining of the bone resorbs (removes cells or tissue by gradually breaking down) the bone and stops it from growing properly.
A new name, a new life
Imagine being in labor for five days. When those days mercifully end, you expect to hold your newborn baby and feel a sense of joy that overrides the pain and exhaustion of childbirth. Instead, after five days of intense labor, your child arrives and the midwives run from the room, terrified. Your community calls you cursed. Your husband refuses to even discuss the baby. You believe you are being punished by God for reasons unknown. All because your child was born with a disability, one that will prevent him from standing, walking, and being “normal” in any way for the duration of his life.
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