Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Josué, osteosarcoma, has hair again!

It seems Josué's hair has come back! It just happens to be blonde and soft, exactly like Kristen's. Maybe our next project will be Locks of Love! :)

Isn't he just precious? He continues to do well.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

The guys who really do all the work

In case anyone thinks we (non-Malians) do most the work, let me set the record straight. We are nothing without the Malians we work with. These guys are the backbone of pediatrics. Without them, the hospital wouldn't function. They take call, run the outpatient clinic, round on inpatients, do premature baby care, wound care, cast limbs, circumcise infants, run the sickle cell program, help with all the social issues in the families, translate for us and cover up all our cultural mistakes. :) God has really blessed us with these guys.

From L to R with English version of name in parentheses: Lazar (Lazarus), Eclésiaste (Ecclesiastes), Joseph, and Esaï (Isaiah)

Friday, 8 June 2012

Kids at the hospital

Jason took this great picture of kids currently receiving treatment at the hospital.
From L to R: Yanouusa with a reccurence of his Wilm's (kidney) tumor; Josué with osteosarcoma (bone tumor now post leg amputation); Kadiatou with Burkitt's lymphoma of her ovary; Yuhana a type 1 juvenile diabetic in for insulin adjustment; and the little brother of Kadiatou. 

Aren't these kids precious? That's what makes me miss being in Mali- seeing these sweet faces. Sure they can cause trouble and sleepless nights trying to figure out how to best care for them but they are so special. What a blessing to get to know them!

Mamadou, Wilm's tumor

Mamadou has finished all of his treatments! He is done!! Somehow, the kids are never as excited as we are on the last day! :) I think in all of his pictures he looks exactly the same. Sitting beside his father with an expression of fear and sadness on his face. He is one of the youngest kids we've treated and because they lived close to the hospital, he didn't stay hospitalized long. I think that's how we won over the other kiddos. They saw us on enough days that we didn't poke them that they began to trust us. Poor Mamadou just got poked whenever he saw us. Even all the chocolate and candy we gave him didn't help. :) 

Thankful for another child that has been successfully treated!

Kadiatou, Burkitt's lymphoma

Kadiatou just finished her treatment at the hospital and is doing well! Here is an updated photo of her prior to returning to her home in southern Ivory Coast near Ghana. Thank you to those of you who give to the cancer fund that enables us to treat patients such as Kadiatou!

Elizabethi, type 1 diabetic

Our dear Elizabethi came to see Kristen at the hospital recently. Our girl has become a young woman. She has really grown up. She has finished her first year at the girls' school we sent her to and she can now read and write. It's neat to see how well she has done at the school. The director's wife has taken her in as her own and really watches out for her. That is a comfort to us as we are the ones who sent her there yet aren't able to be physically present to help her.