Our medical partner, CURE International, writes about five-year-old Kelvin with Aperts syndrome, “when Lucy delivered Kelvin, she could not believe what she saw, and the one emotion that she felt was that of madness, or “wazimu” as she told us in Swahili. In a lot of ways, you could say it’s been madness ever since then.”
CURE continues, “on the day of our clinic, Lucy and Kelvin had come rather late. When we asked why, she told us she could not afford the fare required from her home to the clinic, so they had opted to walk, beginning the journey early in the morning and finally arriving at 3 p.m.. Other than carrying restless Kelvin on her back, she also carried with her a large polythene bag. When we inquired, curious of the contents, she explained to us how she collects plastic bottles and resells them.”
“You never know where you will find the bottles, and since they help add to what I get from helping out in people’s farms, I do not take chances,” Lucy says.
“Even though Kelvin has a brother, he is only used to his mother and never allows his mom to go anywhere without him. She doubles up as his mother and playmate. Even when she goes looking for jobs in people’s farms, she does whatever work assigned to her with Kelvin on her back,” CURE writes of their inspiring mother-son relationship.
“I can’t put him down because he is destructive and violent…I think a result of his slow mental development. I have already accepted the fact that not everything can be done, but for what can be done, I will take it one procedure at a time, until I have done everything possible for him,” says Lucy.
CURE finishes by writing, “the procedure he is scheduled for isn’t a cure-all for Kelvin, but at least it will be a step forward. Our plan is to release his hands that are currently webbed. Lucy is hopeful that the procedure will make him a bit more independent and self-reliant. For someone who couldn’t even raise a dollar to come to our clinic to want to get medical treatment that will cost so much is a statement of faith for sure, and we have a chance to be a part of giving Lucy and Kelvin the hope and love they deserve.”