Thursday, 1 August 2013

Mama has surgery today

Today Mama has surgery to give her a new hip, ending the many weeks of waiting.
Since March, when an infection put her in hospital, eventually leading to the removal of the partial hip replacement she underwent in 2010 in Mombasa, and the insertion of a temporary spacer to help clear the infection, she has endured so much pain and put up so patiently with limited mobility.
For her and Papa, who is the most supportive and loving husband, it has been a very difficult time.
The biggest blow was the delay to their return home to their Happy House family. At times the homesickness has been almost unbearable.
This morning  signals a new start. She will be having surgery  to give her a complete new hip and will be in the safe hands of orthopaedic surgeon Steve Mannion at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Mr Mannion divides his working life between the NHS, and his own charity, Feet First Worldwide, leading volunteer medical teams to carry out corrective surgery in some of the poorest countries in the world. Many children affected by club foot will now walk normally because of his work.
He and Sue have much in common, and we are grateful that she is in his expert and understanding care.
Once the operation is over she will then have a few weeks recovery before, finally, going home at last - to the biggest and most loving welcome in the world.
God bless Mama, we know everyone at the Happy House is saying a special prayer for you today, and all your friends and extended Happy House family, all around the world, join them in wishing you a speedy recovery.