OK so I suppose I need to do a Lomosontfo update. If you are not up to date on the story of our little friend from Maphaveni you can get up to speed with the Nov 17, 2008 posting on this site.
It’s just been an incredible story from the start and another opportunity to see God work and show Himself strong to unbelievers. We had to wait til after the new year began to be able to round up all the necessary surgeons needed for the operation. In addition to the maxiofacial specialist performing the bulk of the operation a vascular surgeon was required to tie off the carotid in the neck as well as a plastic surgeon. Long story short, the surgery went EXTREMELY well, completed in under 6 hours. They were able to perform all the work from inside her mouth, saving a very large incision that would have been required on the outside of her face. Lomosontfos jaw will be wired shut until mid March when they can be removed. Her rapid healing has amazed the doctors and hospital staff, we were able to bring her back to Swaziland in less than 3 weeks after the surgery. Considering they had to remove the entire left side of her jaw and replace it with a new joint at the back and a metal replacement jaw that is screwed into her existing bone at the front her recovery is nothing short of miraculous. God surely gets all the glory for this. Thanks to all who have faithfully prayed for this precious child…..James 5:16-17
…pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. NKJV
As you can see there is still a considerable amount of swelling which is continuing to improve. Doctors say that her cheekbone was actually moved out of place by the tumor but will find its way back to normal with time. We are housing her at the Mahkholweni clinic until the wires can be removed next month. Lomosontfo has been able to resume school here and has adjusted well to the new surroundings. Its been amazing to see the transformation in her with the growth that was so prominent on her face no longer there she seems to be much more comfortable around people. She loves to sing and dance and has been quite busy practicing these skills since returning. Her English has also improved dramatically (can’t say the same for my Siswati) since that was the only way she could communicate with me. She did teach me a few new words, let’s hope I retain them.
All in all, another life changing experience for all who were involved, especially me. Thanks to the multitude of people from Childrens Cup, Mission of Mercy, Love In Life and so many others who came together to save one little life here in Swaziland. This is one the enemy cannot have!!! Thank you Jesus for your healing power.
And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying:
“He Himself took our infirmities
And bore our sicknesses.”