Meet Sufiyah

Sufiyah in recovery after the operation

This is Sufiyah. He was operated on this past week. He had cancer in his femur bone, which caused the bone to curve severely. I saw his leg when he was brought in. It was so curved that the best way I can think to describe it is as a side-ways “U” shape. This obviously made walking very difficult for him, as the leg with the curved bone was much shorter than the other. He has been living with this for several years.

I had the privilege of being in the operating room when Sufiyah was brought in for anesthesia on the morning of his operation. He was put to sleep and then given an epidural so that the lower half of his body would be completely numb. Dr. Negrini and Dr. Roark, the very skilled doctors here at the hospital, are simply amazing at what they do! They’ve been so welcoming and patient with me when I ask my 1 million questions. They have allowed me to observe on several occasions, but this time, when they explained what they were going to do for Sufiyah’s operation, I decided to not watch! Since the bone was so completely curved, they had to cut segments of it out and basically reconstruct the entire bone, using metal bolts to hold it in place (as you can see in the picture).

The procedure took 3 hours. It has been a few days since his operation and Sufiyah is now recovering. He has a cast on his leg now, but even with his cast, you can see that his leg is straight! It’s incredible to see the difference. I wish I had taken a picture before his operation! When Josh and I visited him today in the ward, he was smiling and telling us he was feeling well. He has a long road ahead of him with physical therapy and getting back on his feet, but it’s amazing to see first hand the transformation that has already taken place.

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6 Responses to Meet Sufiyah

  1. Val Arington says:

    So awesome!! We will be praying for him! Also praying for you guys as you allow God to use you to bless those around you! Keep the blogs coming!
    Taking the computer over to the grandparents for their anniversary dinner tonight. Will show them all your blogs, notes etc.
    Love you tons!
    A. Val

  2. Kathie says:

    I absolutely LOVE reading your blog! Good work!

  3. Tamira says:

    Great story and picture. He will be able to lead a normal life.

  4. Sarah Owen, mother of Melody, Saliima, and Yasmiin from the Old City says:

    That’s great that he could be helped there in that way- I hope and pray that he is recovering well and soon back on his feet doing PT and able to function normally!

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