A new year often brings many changes. With our mission effort in Zambia we have new students coming through Chipata Bible College. Sometimes there are changes in the preachers that are sent out to do the work of the Lord maybe because of growth or the need for a preacher to take of something personal.
This year we hope to be adding some new paid preachers in Mozambique as the work there is growing beyond what the two preachers there can currently handle.
We wish to let you know that we completed the C3R treatment here yesterday. The Doctors did the review of the treatment that they have done and have told us that Goodwin’s eyes are healing very well. Consequently, they say that there is no need for them to proceed in putting INTACS in his eyes to help to stabilize the Corneas like they had earlier intended to do. They however, have said that they would like to see him in three months. They have recommended that we consider ICL or implanted eye lenses. This will ensure that he does not have to use regular eye correction glasses.
We plan to go back to Zambia any day from today. This afternoon we will try to change the Ticket dates to tomorrow. We hope that this will work.
Ireen and I would like to thank you most sincerely for making Goodwin’s treatment possible.
Wellington and Ireen
On Saturday we went back to the Hospital for a review on both of Goodwin’s eyes. The Doctors were very happy that the eyes are healing very well. They think that at the rate his eyes are healing, he may not need INTACS. We will meet the doctors again on Wednesday at 08:30 Hours for another review.
Yesterday we went for the Sunday Worship Service here in Central Delhi where there is a Congregation of the Lord’s Church. I think that it may have been started by J.C. Choate. Wesaw a number of books in the fowyer as we walked in the Church building for worship. It was very good to partake of the Lord’s Supper. Tears rolled from my eyes as we sang the song, ” Take the name of Jesus with you… Precious name Oh how sweet.” I said to my self how can this be possible? All I know is that I came here to seek treatment for my son but it was a great joy to meet brothers and sisters in Christ who I never knew I had. The Church received us very well and inquired about the work of the Lord in the eastern part of Zambia.
The Church has requested me to preach this Sunday. An opportunity which I gladly accepted. Truely God is always faithful and Good.
Thank you for your love and care.
Photos from India
Ireen and Goodwin at the Sharp Eye Hospital.
Brother Sunny David one of the Church Leaders at Chittaranjan Park Church of Christ in Central India with Goodwin and Ireen after the Sunday Church Service. Goodwin has to wear shades for all outside activities.
Greetings and I hope that your are all doing well. I write this email to give you some more information on Goodwin. This afternoon (your alls evening) we went back to the hospital for the doctors to perform the same procedure on Goodwin’s left eye.
I am happy to inform you that the procedure was successful and Goodwin does not seem to be in any pain at all. This means that we have now completed the C3R (Cross-Linking) procedure.Tomorrow morning, we will go back to the hospital for a review of both the right and left eyes.
On Saturday March 15, 2014, the doctors that performed the C3R procedure on Goodwin, Dr. Surbhi Suden the doctor that recommended Sharp Eye Hospital and ourselves will meet to review what has been done and to have a discussion while we wait for the Corneas to settle in.
For some of you who may not be familiar with Cross-Linking, it is a process where protein is added on the Cornea to strengthen the Cornea so the it maitains it oval shap instead of a conical shape like was the case in Goodwin’s case. The doctors are suprised that his eyes have responded so well that they have been able to do the Cross-Linking procedure on both eyes within three days. They have told us that in most cases, they have had to wait for a week or ten days to be able to carry out this procedure in both eyes of some patients.
We continue to thank God for your prayers and financial supprt that you have given us to be able to bring Goodwin here for treatment. Last night as Ireen and I were prepairing to go to bed, I prayed to God and asked the question,” What shall I give in return for what He and your all have done for Ireen and I?
We have just returned from the hospital where Goodwin is being treated to see the doctor who performed the proceedure for a review of the right eye. We wre told the eye is healing ok. Tomorrow at 4PM we go back for the change of the Contact lense they had put on the right eye to reduce the pain.
The doctors have decided to proceed with the same procedure they conducted on the right eye with the left eye. This will be done on Thursday
morning which is two days from today. Please continue praying for Goodwin so that the procedure is successful. It is a stressful moment for Ireen and I but we know that God plans are not to hurts us but to heal Goodwin. We rely completely on the hand of the One who never fails. Thank you very much.
I wish to inform you that the first procedure (C3R) was successfully carried out on Goodwin’s right eye. We have just come back from the hospital and he is sleeping. It was a one hour procedure. What remains now is to wait for the eye to fully recover before the doctors can carry out the same procedure on the left eye.
Our understanding is that the recovery period is up to one week from today (March 17). Tomorrow morning we will go back to the hospital at 8:30 AM for a review of the right eye from the doctor who conducted the procedure. Our hope and prayer is that all will be well.
Thank you very much for making this procedure possible for Goodwin.
Wellington and Ireen
We arrived safely here in India yesterday morning. We quickly met Dr. Surbhi Suden for an update on the arrangements she has made for us. We went to the lodge to rest only 1 hour because we had a doctor’s appointment an hour later. Dr. Suden was born in Kitwe in Zambia but relocated to India.
We went to Sharp Eye Hospital here in New Delhi were Goodwin will be treated for the initial assessment.
1. It was confirmed that he has Keratoconus
2. They told us that with the present condition of his eyes, they will be able to do the C3R (Cross – Linking) procedure. This procedure is intended to stop the progression of Keratoconus. In this procedure, they want to stabilize the oval shape of the cornea. Once this has been done, they will work on improving his vision to a point where he will not need to use either glasses or contact lenses. This is what we are hoping for.
3. Tomorrow Monday March 9, 2014, we will go in for a second assessment followed by a round table discussion between the doctor who will perform the procedure, ourselves, and Dr. Surbhi Suden.
4. Hopefully on Tuesday, they can start the procedure. Our understanding is that they will start with the right eye. Then we wait for the eye to recover. This we understand will take three to four days. After this, they will then proceed with the left eye.
5. Once this has been done, they will work on further improving his sight.
Thank you very much for making this procedure possible for us. Ireen and I are truly grateful to you all. God Bless you all. We will keep you posted on the progress made.
Wellington and Ireen.
For more information on the medical center and those involved follow the below links:
Sharp Eye Hospital at: www.sharpsight.in
Dr. Surbhi Suden at: www.medworldindia.com