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healing changes everything | cure.org 1 Thank you for sponsoring life-saving hydrocephalus surgeries at the CURE Uganda and CURE Zambia hospitals. Your generous contribution is enabling 46 children to have life- saving surgery through CURE this year. The surgeries that your family and friends have sponsored create the opportunity for these children to live a life that their families never dreamed would be possible. It was made a reality by your generosity. Through your support, you are at our patients' bedsides as our staff team comforts each child and showers them with compassion and love. You are there when the children are wheeled away to their momentous, life-saving surgery, and you are there as they recover and are discharged - ready to go home happy, healthy and whole. This quarter, your gift supported surgeries for 10 children. Please allow us to introduce you to them: Report for: The Strawbridge Family and Friends Reporting Period: Report 2: January–March 2014 Hospital Location: CURE Uganda and CURE Zambia Your Gift Enables: 46 Surgeries this year Surgery Sponsorship Report 1 Soki Adela My name is: Soki, age less than 1 year I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Soki was an unexpected baby. When his mother realized that she was pregnant, she dropped out of school and went to live with the parents of Soki's father. About a month ago, Soki started to show signs of sickness. His mother became concerned. She took him to the local hospital where they were then referred to CURE Uganda. At the hospital, doctors diagnosed his hydrocephalus and performed surgery to alleviate the condition. At last, he can get back to knowing a normal childhood. 2 Stephen Odongo My name is: Stephen, age less than 1 year I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Unlike many kids in Uganda, Stephen was born in a hospital. At first, all seemed well. However, when Stephen turned one month old, he developed a fever. His mother also noticed that his head was increasing in size. She took Stephen to the local health center where doctors examined him and referred them to CURE Uganda. Once there, Stephen had surgery to combat the hydrocephalus. Soon, he will be able to return home, where he can grow up and start horsing around with his siblings.
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  • 1. healing changes everything | cure.org1 Thank you for sponsoring life-saving hydrocephalus surgeries at the CURE Uganda and CURE Zambia hospitals. Your generous contribution is enabling 46 children to have life- saving surgery through CURE this year. The surgeries that your family and friends have sponsored create the opportunity for these children to live a life that their families never dreamed would be possible. It was made a reality by your generosity. Through your support, you are at our patients' bedsides as our staff team comforts each child and showers them with compassion and love. You are there when the children are wheeled away to their momentous, life-saving surgery, and you are there as they recover and are discharged - ready to go home happy, healthy and whole. This quarter, your gift supported surgeries for 10 children. Please allow us to introduce you to them: Report for: The Strawbridge Family and Friends Reporting Period: Report 2: JanuaryMarch 2014 Hospital Location: CURE Uganda and CURE Zambia Your Gift Enables: 46 Surgeries this year Surgery Sponsorship Report 1 Soki Adela My name is: Soki, age less than 1 year I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Soki was an unexpected baby. When his mother realized that she was pregnant, she dropped out of school and went to live with the parents of Soki's father. About a month ago, Soki started to show signs of sickness. His mother became concerned. She took him to the local hospital where they were then referred to CURE Uganda. At the hospital, doctors diagnosed his hydrocephalus and performed surgery to alleviate the condition. At last, he can get back to knowing a normal childhood. 2 Stephen Odongo My name is: Stephen, age less than 1 year I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Unlike many kids in Uganda, Stephen was born in a hospital. At first, all seemed well. However, when Stephen turned one month old, he developed a fever. His mother also noticed that his head was increasing in size. She took Stephen to the local health center where doctors examined him and referred them to CURE Uganda. Once there, Stephen had surgery to combat the hydrocephalus. Soon, he will be able to return home, where he can grow up and start horsing around with his siblings.

2. healing changes everything | cure.org2 3 Zaituna Buza My name is: Zaituna, age 1 I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Zaituna is the daughter of a grocery store owner in Uganda. At only one-year-old, Zaituna has already had quite the life. Born with hydrocephalus, she had little hope for survival. Thankfully, her parents took her to CURE Uganda, where a world-class team of neurosurgeons treated her condition. Because of the treatment that she received at the hospital, Zaituna has been given a better chance at life. Soon, she will be able to return home, where she can enjoy childhood to its fullest. 4 Kawesi Amon My name is: Kawesi, age 1 I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Kawesi's parents were overjoyed when they first held their son. However, their joy shifted to concern when his head started to swell. Unsure and unable to seek treatment, Kawesi's condition continued to deteriorate. After hearing about CURE Uganda, the family knew just where they needed to be. At the hospital, Kawesi had surgery to both limit and reverse the effects of his hydrocephalus. After recovering, Kawesi will be able to return home, and his parents joy can be found once again. 5 Bridget Mwansa My name is: Bridget, age 2 I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: When Bridget's head began to grow abnormally large, her mother blamed herself for her daughter's ever worsening condition and lost all hope. After being referred to CURE Zambia, Bridget's mother was encouraged to see patients with the same condition. Since having surgery to combat the hydrocephalus, Bridget has started to mumble a few words and her smile is amongst the most beautiful we have seen. Plus, her mother's guilt has begun to fade, and her hope has slowly been restored. 3. healing changes everything | cure.org3 6 Eliza James My name is: Eliza, age less than 1 year I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Eliza was born in January of this year. In February, her mother Josephine noticed that she had developed hydrocephalus. Despite the cultural beliefs that people had in her community concerning hydrocephalus, Josephine never really believed in them. She always believed that her daughter had a medical condition. She decided to take Eliza to a hospital. From there, she was referred to CURE Uganda. Eliza underwent life-saving surgery and will be a living testament, dispelling all false beliefs. 7 Fatimah Kamiji My name is: Fatimah, age 1 I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Fatimah was born with hydrocephalus. As an infant, she had surgery at a local hospital to combat the condition. They inserted a shunt and for nearly a year, everything was good. More recently however, it became obvious that the hydrocephalus was back with a vengeance. This time, a friend told them about CURE Zambia. At the hospital, Fatimah had surgery to revise her shunt placement. All are hopeful that this will mean a happy and healthy life for Fatimah for many years to come. 8 David Lubasi My name is: David, age less than 1 year I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Baby David is a true cutie. He comes from a family of miners and has been strong-willed little man from the get go. David was born with both hydrocephalus and spina bifida. Through a series of referrals, David came to CURE Zambia where he was treated with care, love, and expertise. When David left the hospital, he also left many dangers behind. Moving forward, he will be able to use his strength to grow and thrive, rather than fight for his life. 4. healing changes everything | cure.org4 9 Loveness Yombwe My name is: Loveness, age less than 1 year I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: Loveness is the seventh child in her family but the first to cause them much of a scare. Loveness was born with hydrocephalus. When her parents first noticed that something was wrong, they took her to a local hospital where they were in turn referred to CURE Zambia. Upon her arrival, Loveness underwent surgery to mitigate the hydrocephalus. Soon, Loveness will be able to return home where she can grow old with her big, loving family. 10 Omiya Luwaya My name is: Omiya, age 1 I was treated for: hydrocephalus Background: When Omiya turned one week old, she developed a fever and started to have convulsions. Her parents took her to a local clinic where she was treated. In the months that followed, everything appeared to be fine. Then, when she turned seventh months old, Omiya's head started to swell. Through a series of referrals, she landed at CURE Zambia. There, doctors diagnosed her hydrocephalus and treated the condition. All are hopeful that her time at CURE was the boost she needed to win the war. Hospital Highlights During this quarter, CURE Uganda and CURE Zambia experienced a flurry of activity in and around each hospital. The following are a few hospital highlights at CURE Uganda and CURE Zambia over this reporting period: CURE Uganda- There were many exciting things happening at CURE Uganda throughout this past quarter, including the hospital hosting American neurosurgeons to be trained in the ETV/CPC procedure. The hospital also welcomed a number of short-term visitors and their new CUREKids Coordinator (CKC) for this year, Mark Barrett. Mark previously served as the CKC in Malawi. He is an integral part to being able to tell our patients' stories. CURE Zambia- Similarly, CURE Zambia also hosted a number of short-term visitors. They also prepared for Dr. Justin Onen. Dr. Onen recently graduated from our hydrocephalus training program in Uganda. He is a great addition to our team of neurosurgeons and we are looking forward to providing life-saving surgery to even more children because of him.