I've been waiting for more information to be able to give you an update on little Kigen's medical mercy mission in Eldoret, Kenya.
The surgery we had been told would go ahead two weeks ago or so, did not go ahead after all. Due to Kigen's fragile skin condition he has been under the watchful observation of a skin specialist and plastic surgeon. This doctor must give the go ahead before any surgery is done. In Kenya it is difficult when you are the patient or the family/friends of the patient, to be given details of your treatment. You must simply be patient and wait.
My friend Jonah has been helping Kigen's family get medical attention at the Moi hospital. He says that what the doctors have been doing so far is cleaning the boys, and that little Kigen and his brother are very clean. I don't really know if he means that the boys have been cleaned physically or internally with medicines, like antibiotics. I suspect it is a little of both. I know that various topical treatments have also been administered to Kigen throughout his already 3 week stay at the hospital.
But we do not yet know what the ultimate treatment options for Kigen will be.
Fortunately Jonah was able to talk to the person in charge of the ward and was told that they are waiting for the report of the consulting doctor. A 'lady' of Indian origin, the Ward Manager has refused to give up on Kigen and that has warmed the family's heart and Jonah's heart so much. This woman was also the one who admitted them at the hospital and given the "hint" of surgery but she is still waiting for the report. My friend Jonah is happy to report that the hospital is taking the utmost care not to do something that will worsen little Kigen's situation.
Jonah says he believes that Kigen will ultimately be able to get the help he needs. Some of the boy's wounds have healed and he is moving around and eating. This means he is gaining strength.
Prayers are requested for Kigen, his mom and his brother TikiTiki and for Jonah whose heart is heavily burdened by their needs. It is also his pocket that is sorely stretched. The burden of these things is heavy when you live in Kenya and don't know how you are going to cover the costs. We are believing in God to speak to people's hearts about this need.
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Updates on Kigen will be posted here as they come available. Please bare with us as we wait for word from the medical doctors.
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