Update on Christopher - Aug 2008 PDF Print E-mail

Thank you very much for the letters of concern and assurances of prayer that we have received concerning our son Christopher.  Yesterday Christopher continued his battery of tests at Red Cross Children’s Hospital.  The Endocrinologist gave a generally positive report on his growth velocity.  Although Christopher’s growth from 2006 to 2007 had been inadequate, his growth velocity this year has been good.  

Since he was born with total kidney failure 11 August 1995, Christopher has confounded the predictions of the medical professionals.  After we had been informed that he had no chance of survival, we mobilised our prayer networks and Christopher miraculously recovered kidney function in one kidney.  Although earlier this year his kidney function began to plummet, it has now stabilized at just less than 30%. 

We recently celebrated Christopher’s thirteenth birthday with a sand boarding party on the dunes.  He and his many friends had lots of fun careening down the high sand dunes.  Everyone was as covered in sand as was possible at the end of the day. 

Despite his renal failure, Christopher has been heavily involved in sporting activities, climbing mountains, hiking in forests, enjoying soccer, rugby, biking and other outdoor activities.  He recently had his bicycle stolen again.  That makes five thefts of bicycles from Christopher in barely two years.  And that is not counting the sixth unsuccessful attempt, where somebody hijacked his bicycle while he was cycling in the neighbourhood.  That was recovered soon after by pursuing the bike thief to the edge of the suburb where he abandoned the bike close to the railway station in order to evade capture. 

Both Christopher and I continue to go through a battery of blood tests, x-rays, scans and other medical tests.  Both Christopher’s Aunt Debbie from Austria and I, have been confirmed as good matches to donate a kidney to Christopher.  As the father, I am a closer match, but Debbie is also a good match and keen to give one of her kidneys to Christopher if and when needed.  

Although earlier this year when Christopher’s kidney function was plummeting, and the doctors were talking about the imminent need of a transplant, the recent improvement in his condition has postponed the need for a transplant.  They are now talking about a transplant early next year. 

The renal clinic have warned us that a kidney transplant would basically stop any further growth in Christopher as the anti-rejection medicine, that he would have to be on for the rest of his life, would also serve as growth inhibitors.  Another complication would be that the anti-rejection medicine would undermine his natural immunity and make him susceptible to all kinds of infections and diseases. 

While we are prepared for a kidney transplant when necessary, we feel constrained to call all our friends and supporters to unite with us in praying for the Lord’s healing hand and intervention in Christopher’s life. 

Christopher has recently joined our mission staff as a volunteer in the IT department duplicating CDs and DVDs.  By God’s grace our audio-visual ministry has grown so fast that our staff can’t keep pace with the demand.  Christopher’s also going to be helping with editing DVDs. 

We are very grateful for your love and concern for Christopher.  We clearly see God’s hand on Christopher and pray that the Lord will bless and use him in a mighty and special way for the advancement of His Kingdom. 

May the Lord continue to be your joy and strength. 

Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission 

Peter and Lenora Hammond

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