Winnie Adhiambo

 

UPDATE ON WINNIE
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I have been watching this little girl, Winnie Adiahambo, in our church for 2 years. She can’t walk and has scoliosis. The doctors at the government hospital haven’t helped her much at all. I really love this child and her mother is so faithful and carries her everywhere she goes. I had visions of her begging on the streets in the future.
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After some research I found the Cure Orthopedic Clinic and Hospital in Kijabe. (cure.org) We took her there this past week and found out she actually has cerebral palsy! That was a surprise even to her mother. They never told her at the government hospital. The scoliosis is secondary to the CP. After a thorough and somewhat painful examination by the doctor, he sent us to the Orthopedic workshop where they make braces. The technician said she was in the wrong kind of back brace and measured her for a new one. He also recommended surgery to loosen tendons behind her knees and ankles so she can be fitted for leg braces. She’s growing bigger, she’s 6 yers old now, and hard to carry so we need to get her a wheel chair. (a donor bought her a wheelchair) She’ll need physical therapy and a lot of care. The Kijabe clinic is 2 hours away and travel expenses will be needed as well. We’ll be going back Friday for follow up and will have more definite information about costs and treatment plan.

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We had a great follow up visit to the Cure Orthopedic Clinic with Winnie! She got her new brace and is sitting tall for the first time. We found out during the evaluation and Xray that she’s been getting the wrong physical therapy for the past two years. Now she’ll be getting up to date Physical Therapy 3 times a week to strengthen her muscles. Mom and Winnie will travel by Matatu (public transport van) 2 hours to Kijabi Cure Clinic, three times a week for the PT. (Travel cost by private vehicle and driver is when I go with them. Sorry I’m too old for Matatu;) Lillian will take Winnie by Matatu for therapy.
The next step will be surgery to loosen some tendons, the leg braces and beginning to learn to walk. Winnie received a donation for a new wheelchair from a loving contributor, so her mother will not need to carry her any longer.
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Our financial needs to help Winnie are as follows:
First trip to Kijabe:
Travel in private car……………………..$80.00 for Driver and Fuel
Dr’s exam……………………..…………….  $5.00
Back Brace…………………….……………$90.00 
TOTAL…………………….………………….$175.00
Follow up trip to Kijabe:
Travel in private car………………………$80.00 for Driver and Fuel
Dr’s exam……………………..……………..  $5.00
X ray……………………………………………$12.00
Physical Therapy…………………..………  $2.50
Lunch for 4………………………..…………$15.00  
TOTAL…………………….…………………..$114.50
Continuing care:
Travel by Matatu and lunch…………….$15.00 x 3 days a week for as long as needed
Physical Therapy 3 x week……………..$52.50 per week for as long as needed
TOTAL FOR 6 WEEKS THERAPY…..$315.00
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