Meet some of The Plaster House kids who inspire and encourage us in everything that we do
Condition: Club Foot
Ibra is one of our familiar faces at Plaster House, having needed a few return trips to treat his clubfoot. Clubfoot corrections can be a tedious process but Ibra is patient, and encourages patience in other children at The Plaster House. Within the treatment span of the year, staff at The Plaster House have been able to see Ibra grow into the independent, bright four year old he is today. Often sitting in the nursing room, Ibra is keen to learn and help where he can with everyday duties at The Plaster House.
Zawadi was born with hydrocephalus. When left untreated hydrocephalus can be restricting on a child’s development and unfortunately this is the case with Zawadi. In Swahili, Zawadi translates to ‘gift’ and this rings true with all who meet her. Regardless of her limitations, Zawadi continues to brighten everyone’s day with her constant laughter and warm nature. It has been a hard road in terms of treatment, the painful procedures leave Zawadi exhausted but her strength and that of her adoring mother gets her through each day to fight the next.
Condition: Burn Scar Contractures
Sinyati suffers from extensive burns on his right leg as a result of a house fire. Sinyati’s burns have led to difficulty walking due to the severity of the contractures. Throughout his stay at The Plaster House, surgeons and orthopedic surgeons have worked to release the contractures that have been holding Sinyati back. Now, you cannot get Sinyati to sit down – running here and there it is easy to see the amazing progress he has made during his stay at The Plaster House.
Jonas comes from an area with very high fluoride levels in the water, when he started to walk his legs started to bow. They became so bowed that you could pass a basketball between his legs and it was very painful for him to walk. He had surgery to straighten his legs. He will stay in bed for 6 week until his bones are healed. Jonas has an engaging and infectiously happy personality and he cannot wait to be back in the classroom!