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Journey To Africa-Day Four


Friday, June 3, 2005
8:29 p.m. in Kijabe
12:29 p.m. in the U.S.

There was a different attitude among the patients at the clinic today… I noticed more smiles, more laughing and just an overall brighter attitude as they sat waiting for their new legs. Peter was back to practice walking and get more adjustments on his leg. A person with two biological legs might think it’s easy to walk on a prosthetic. But these patients are literally taught how to walk all over again so they return to having a normal gait, without hopping or limping. Doris and Magdelene, both 13, were playing and singing in the waiting area with L.E.G.S. project manager Kristin Ness and LeTourneau Junior Shannon Toews. I found out today that Doris lost her leg in a hit-and-run accident 5 years ago and it was amputated the same day. She was 7 years old when it happened and has since been walking with a “peg leg”, one th doesn’t bend at the knee. I later saw her walking, without assistance, on her L.E.G.S. prosthetic! Timothy, the 10-year-old I told you about Tuesday, is getting to go home tomorrow! He’s so shy and hasn’t said a single word to anyone, but the smile on his face when you play with him makes up for that. The L.E.G.S. team will finish rehabilitating this week’s patients so they can prepare for a new round of amputees Monday. But, and I say that with a capital B-U-T, they are making the prosthetics team they’ve been working with at Cure International’s Bethany Crippled Children’s Clinic make all the prosthetics themselves! The L.E.G.S. team will only be supervising them to see if they can make the prosthetics on their own. It’s the only way to see if they can continue making these low-cost prosthetics, once the team returns to the United States.

The highlight today was getting to eat some traditional Kenya food! We went to a downtown Kijabe restaurant called ‘Mama Chikus Hotel’. It was so small all 15 of us filled up the whole restaurant! Anyway they told me I would be in for a treat and they were right! We ate samosas, which is a fried patti filled with meat, chapittis, which looks like a tortilla, ugali, which I don’t have a clue what it was made of but it was good, Indian rice, potatoes and beef. I was quickly looking for a bed to sleep in afterwards!

We have two more days in Kijabe! The time is flying by...

KLTV 7’s Christine Nelson and Doris, who lost her leg in a hit-and-run, having some fun with the camera during this snapshot.

Magdelene, who lost her leg from a congenital disease, watches LeTourneau Junior Shannon Toews teach her how to stand up with the L.E.G.S. prosthetic.

L.E.G.S. Team member David Eaton piggy-backing Timothy, who was the first child patient to walk in the L.E.G.S. prosthetic! Timothy will get to go home with his new leg tomorrow.

The entire L.E.G.S. team preparing for a shoot with KLTV 7 News outside Cure International’s Bethany Crippled Children’s Clinic. From left to right: Kristin Ness, Caleb Roepke, Dr. Roger Gonzalez holding a L.E.G.S. prosthetic, Eric Minelga, David Eaton and Yong-Jun Chun.

The prosthetic team at Cure International’s Bethany Crippled Children’s Clinic takes a quick break from working with the L.E.G.S. team to do a shoot with KLTV 7 News. From left to right: Mathu Eliud, Francis Mungai, Jonah Ngetich, Daniel Kamau, John Ogutu and Alex Kering.

Say cheese! The entire crew gathers for a picture outside the clinic including KLTV 7 Photojournalist Kevin Maples and Christine Nelson.

This is downtown Kijabe!

“Sawa” as they say in Kenya! The whole crew including Mathu Eliud, Giselle Gonzalez, Dr. Roger Gonzalez, Daniel Kamau and Francis Mungai stopped for a traditional Kenyan meal. It included samosas, chapattis, ugali, rice, beef and potatoes!

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