|Yere's lung X-ray: no visible metastasis|
Please pray for Yere.
|Yere is in pain|
|Exhausted after medical procedures|
We went through three hospitals during the first day and almost switched again the next day when once again nobody took care of Yere (no wound cleaning, no dressing change, and no updates). Nevertheless, suddenly three blood transfusions were started (very bad Hb values: 7.6) and amputation scheduled for the next night.
|Waiting for treatment in the hospital|
|Waiting at the airport for a taxi|
|Lung metastasis (8 o'clock)|
|Lung metastasis (7 o'clock)|
|Addis Ababa's Unity park|
|Close encounter with an antelope|
|Yere enjoys the flowers|
|Close encounter with an ostrich|
|Throne room of prior monarchs|
|Chemotherapy medicine #1|
UPDATE October, 22 2020 First school day
|Proud to be a student|
|Amharic exam: 6 out of 6, yay!|
|English exam: 2 mistakes :-)|
UPDATE October, 25 2020 Visiting family
|Yere's father blessed us for our help|
|Yere's mother and father listen carefully |
to our report
|Yere's sister says hello|
|Many people from Yere's village came to say hello|
UPDATE October, 30 2020 Losing hair
|Yere doesn't like to lose her hair|
|A beautiful girl even without hair|
|Frozen's 'Elsa' hair is great|
UPDATE November, 8 2020 Chemotherapy #2 and shocking prognosis
|Thank you AB and TS for sponsoring |
a blanket, toys, hat, and clothes
|Yere, suffering through chemotherapy|
|Some of the medicine and medical equipment |
I have to buy daily for Yere’s treatment
|Constantly I get different kinds of medicine |
to fight my bone cancer and lung metastasis
As it is quite common for our flights (3 out of 4 were changed) our flight back was postponed by a day. Yere wasn’t happy about that. Once we arrived in Jinka my car repair hadn’t been done (despite being in the repair place for 10 days). So we had to stay another night and finally arrived the next day in our Children Home where we had a great welcome.
|Wow, that’s a big plane|
|Our favorite moment: |
back to our Children Home in Turmi
UPDATE November, 24 2020 A miracle - no more lung tumors (metastasis)
Once again we are in Addis Ababa for Yere’s cancer evaluation and treatment. Blood tests, an abdominal ultrasound, and a CT scan should reveal what treatment options are suitable for Yere’s bone cancer.
Based on my experience during our last trip and the oncologist’s recommendation to stop her cancer treatment and ‘simply’ let Yere die, I was prepared for the worst.
Nevertheless, I couldn’t believe when I saw the CT scan pictures and the radiologist’s assessment: all cancer nodules visible in Yere’s last CT scan (6 weeks ago) disappeared. No more visible metastasis in Yere’s lung. A miracle!!! Praise the Lord!
It was decided to continue with chemotherapy to ensure that all cancer cells in Yere’s body will be destroyed.
|CT scan result: |
no more visible metastasis in Yere’s lung
|Ultrasound result: everything is OK!|
|Yere is excited when she heard the news: |
no visible tumors in her lung!
UPDATE December, 4 2020: Yere ends up in a Health Center due to malnourishment
10 days post 3rd chemotherapy Yere was still not able to eat anything - just the thought or smell of food triggered vomiting. I had no choice and brought her to Turmi's Health Center for IV fluids/glucose. She also needs treatment for all kind of infections, parasites, etc. Obviously, Yere's immune system is weakened by the chemotherapy and allows all kinds of diseases attacking her.
I hope Yere will recover quickly - next week another trip to Addis is planned for her 4th chemotherapy and for the purchase of her leg prothesis (and subsequent physiotherapy to teach her to walk again).
It looks like glucose and peanut paste gave Yere enough energy to teach our bible story today:
|Yere is teaching about the lost sheep|
UPDATE December, 16 2020: Back in Addis Ababa: Chemotherapy #4 and leg prosthesis/physiotherapy
Yere recovered nicely, her blood values were stable for another round of chemotherapy. So we checked in for our 7 day stay at the Black Lion Cancer Treatment Center in Addis Ababa.
We also picked up crutches at Addis Guzo (thank you so much helping this girl from the Dassanech tribe to learn walking again), a Swiss NGO located in Addis.
|Yere‘s first steps on crutches|
|Meat for lunch to make Yere strong!|
At the Prosthetics Orthotics Centre I purchased a leg prosthesis for Yere (it was as easy as picking up a bar of soap in the supermarket). After taking measurements the artificial leg was ready for fitting the next day.
|Measuring Yere‘s leg for making her prosthesis|
|Preparing Yere‘s artificial leg|
|Putting on the first time Yere‘s new leg|
|Yere‘s first steps on her artificial leg|
|Yere‘s reward for doing a good job walking|
Now, Yere goes through chemotherapy in the morning and physiotherapy (to learn walking) in the afternoon - a demanding program.
Special donations for Yere
(medical expenses to treat her bone cancer )
GoFundMe campaign (https://www.gofundme.com/f/yere-needs-her-leg)
If you want to help to cover some of the medical expenses for Yere's cancer treatment please use any of the donation options below, including our GoFundMe campaign:
Thank you - God bless you!