If you receive our newsletters, you’ve heard about Ananias Cyuzuzo, a bright, funny, eager-to-learn Imana Kid whom many know as an excellent athlete, thoughtful brother, and house jokester.
In the early Imana Kids days, we often noticed that Ananias walked with an uneven gait. As time has progressed, his walk became increasingly unsteady. He could no longer participate in physical activities, and his pain made it difficult for him to even learn in school.
In December 2016, Ananias was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia and arthritis. A total hip replacement was recommended.
It Takes a Village
By God’s grace, the University of Nebraska Medical Center and OrthoNebraska came together and offered to provide Ananias with a new, titanium hip, care, and recovery—all free of charge!
But first, we needed to get Ananias to the States. That meant obtaining a medical visa from the US Embassy in Kigali, with the help of our Rwandan attorney. The process was tedious, but on Thursday, May 4, Ananias’ visa application was approved!
A small team traveled almost immediately to escort Ananias back to the States (and to complete the hiring process for a Managing Director…more about that in another post!). His joy and excitement as he held his newly inked visa was contagious!
Praises of God’s goodness were on the lips of everyone at Sparrow’s Nest, despite the kids’ sadness at saying goodbye to their dear brother for a short time. But say goodbye we did, and on Wednesday, May 10, Ananias boarded an airplane for the first time and began his long journey to America.
Ananias Does America
Prayers for health throughout the transition were answered, and on Thursday, May 18, Ananias had a total hip replacement. The surgery was much more complicated than anticipated. Because of the severe degeneration of the head of his femur, Ananias’ legs were more than 2 inches different in length.
Before entering surgery, the orthopedic team did not believe they could repair the length completely. However, Ananias’ doctor walked out of the OR thrilled that “somehow” they were able to fix everything—making his legs within a centimeter of the same length!
Anania’s was discharged after just 3 days in the hospital. He is using a walker and some great tools to get around and to lift his leg. Most of the pain is in his back, quadricep muscles, and knee because the muscles were stretched a lot during surgery, back to their original position and length.
Ananias is missing his Imana Kids family in Rwanda, and they are missing him. Please pray for all the children involved to know that God is sovereign in this. Pray also for Ananias’ pain to resolve quickly and for him to learn how to modify his lifestyle and use of his body.
We’re excited to share that Ananias’ story will be featured on Omaha’s WOWT 6 News on Tuesday, May 23 at 6PM CST. Stay tuned to our Facebook page for a link to the story!
We are thankful and excited about the many new friends and expanded community that Imana Kids has gained in the past few weeks, and we continue to pray that as a team, we always keep our eyes on the Cross.