CURE International - Surgeries complete!

This season, Kershaw’s Challenge is partnering with an incredible non-profit hospital in Lusaka, Zambia called Beit CURE. Clayton and Ellen visited Beit CURE while visiting Lusaka last year and were blown away by the first-class medical treatment and surgeries they were providing completely for free to children in Zambia.

Beit CURE Zambia is one of the few hospitals in Zambia able to adequately address the surgical needs of disabled children in the country. Since opening its doors in 2004, Beit CURE Zambia has seen over 8,000 patients and performed nearly 4,000 surgeries.

Kershaw’s Challenge is raising funds this year to sponsor 100 surgeries for children living in the impoverished compounds around Lusaka. So far, we have been able to fund 20 of those surgeries! Thanks to our faithful donors, 20 precious lives have been completely changed forever.

Thanks to our friends at CURE, we will be posting stories and pictures of all the children who have had surgeries sponsored by Kershaw’s Challenge. To read more about our partnership with CURE this season, visit our project page here.

 

Meet Nelson: 8 months old, Hydrocephalus surgery

Nelson - 8 months old, Hydrocephalus surgery complete

Nelson - 8 months old, Hydrocephalus surgery complete

            Nelson is easily the most active and mischievous eight month old we’ve ever met. Unfortunately, his shenanigan inclined aspirations are far above his physical abilities. Nothing appeared to be wrong with our man at birth, but around four months old his parents began to notice that he had an extraordinarily weak neck. He would lay on his bed and move his body around with his also slightly oversize head as an anchor. For the life of him, he could not use his neck to support his head. The Mwenyas knew this was not normal and began the long search for medical care. They eventually found a hospital that was able to diagnose Nelson with hydrocephalus but had neither the skill nor the resources to treat it. Thankfully, this hospital knew about us here at CURE Zambia and referred the Mwenyas to us. Our doctors will treat Nelson’s hydrocephalus and get him back on the path to success. Nelson will have to work hard, but we are confident that he has a bright and mischievous future ahead of him!

 

Meet Valary: 13 years old, a leg deformity surgery

Valary before surgery

Valary before surgery

Valary - 13 years old, leg deformity surgery complete

Valary - 13 years old, leg deformity surgery complete

 Valary is a young woman who has learned to smile in spite of the rough hand she has been dealt. The first half of her life was rather uneventful, but at six years old, her parents noticed that her legs were bending in odd ways. Thinking it was something she would outgrow, nothing was done. Years went by and, instead of improving, Valary’s legs got worse. As her legs got worse, so did her use of them. Now, at thirteen years old, Valary can stand, but barely. And walking is so painful that it is almost out of the question. The Mumbis were at a loss as to how they could help their daughter until they heard an ad on a friend’s radio about a medical clinic being held near their house operated by us here at CURE Zambia. Daring to hope, they brought Valary to the clinic and were seen by one of our doctors. We informed the Mumbis that Valary could indeed be treated. It will be a long process as her legs are host to a multitude of deformities, but she will be able to stand, walk, and have a disability free future when she is finished with us!