Moon was adopted into the ELI family on June 2, 2014. Moon has since gone from a boy who was afraid to speak into a confident boy with lots of energy.
In June of 2016, Moon broke both bones in his forearm while playing, as children often do. Christina and Drew, interns at the Ilula Children’s Home, tell us the story of what happened and how we, as a community, can help.
“The last three days of our stay were a blur. Friday afternoon as I played with the kids, it was heavy on my heart that we only had three days left before we flew back to our lives on the other side of the world. I loved spending time with the little ones. Oh the language barrier was there, but we had so much fun miming, and running and jumping and twirling. For one whole hour I spent time with my five-year-old friend, Moon. We explored the field, and despite the groups of kids scattered around, he stuck by my side as we played together. Moon has this infectious smile, and Drew and I would laugh at his animated dancing. He would talk to me in full sentences in Swahili and look up, waiting for the answer. We called him “little man” because while he looked like any other five-year-old, there were moments he channeled someone way beyond his years as he strutted around with head high and shoulders back.
We were playing on the goal posts on the field when we were joined by the other kids. Drew, my husband, showed up and there was the usual chaos and requests for pictures to be taken of their playtime antics.
I know hindsight is 20/20 but there are some moments where you just keep wishing you could rewind and change.
But at that point it’s already too late, there’s no going back, only forward. Forward into the reality that life happens. Kids fall and break their arms pretty often. But in rural Kenya when that happens, where is the closest doctor, the closest x-ray machine, the closest clinic, the closest orthopedic specialist or emergency department?
As we scooped Moon up out of the dirt, his face blank with shock, his arm flopping uselessly on his lap, we ran to get the parents. We rushed to the local clinic at 6 pm and Moon was seen by the clinical officer (physician’s assistant) who assessed that no nerves or blood vessels were damaged from the fracture. Without imaging, he could not speak to whether one or two bones were fractured. With the hospital an hour and a half drive away and dusk turning to night, the decision was made to splint Moon’s arm and take him to Eldoret the next morning for imaging and casting.
After much discussion, Moon was taken back to Eldoret the next morning for a second opinion. Upon assessment, the doctor immediately recommended cast removal and surgery to place pins to re-align the bones, which would require admission to the hospital.
We left Moon in the hospital in the care of his guardian, praying over the physical and financial burden ahead. We knew in no time that he’d be back to running around and playing and being the “little man” we love. As he awaited surgery we praised God for his resilience and adaptability. Moon is on the road to recovery, and aren’t we all?”
UPDATE: Moon’s arm is now healed! He is back to playing with his friends and brightening the world with his smile.
This sweet boy joined our Kipkaren Children’s Home in 2014. His left leg was bowed and his foot turned upwards, making it difficult to walk. He received surgery to correct his leg and foot in February 2016 and is now recovered. For the first time Kevin is able to run and play soccer with his brothers and sisters!
Jacob is one of the orphaned boys ELI adopted in 2006. In March 2012 he struggled with severe fatigue, bloody noses and low blood counts. In August of 2014 he was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia and in need of a bone marrow transplant. As a community in the USA and Kenya, we reached the goal of $55,000 to pay for the transplant which took place in India. Jacob, his brother, Calvince (the donor) and House-father, Peter, traveled to India in early April.
Jacob returned home 4 months later and has started school again. He is in the 11th grade and doing well. His desire is to become a pilot. He not only works hard in school, but is always eager to serve others!
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Meet Jacob in this VIDEO!
Jacob before the procedure and Jacob after the procedure – standing!
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