I feel the need to encourage you all to know that God is watching over us all, all the time. No matter what circumstances we are facing now, God knows we were going to be in this situation. It might be a shock to us, but it is not a shock to Him. When Kyah had her horrific foot injury I asked God “Why?”. He said to me “This will be for My glory.” I chose to walk in that trust from that day on. Kyah and I both have.
A lot has happened since that awful day in 2016. Life has happened. Some days are tough and some are really enjoyable. We have had some really tough times that we have struggled through, and I can see that Kyah has come out a much stronger, more determined person. We are where God wants us to be, and we are happy.
All thanks be to God. He has allowed the challenges and encouraged and guided Kyah to learn and grow. She is on her journey to fulfil His plans for her. All the time He continues to prepare her for more challenges.
James 1:2-4 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces [a]patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be [b]perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
We got an ultrasound done on Kyah’s foot this week. Would you believe there is no scar tissue at all! The ligaments are all the correct length and they all function correctly. There is no evidence of laxity in any ligaments. The joints all function and move as they are supposed to. She has no problems with her foot at all.
I feel the need to make a list of all the little things that happened in that situation that showed us God had His hand on the situation the entire time. He did not make it happen, but He allowed it to happen. It was up to us to look to Him, to draw from Him and believe in His promises, not to look at what we saw from the world’s eyes, but from God’s eyes and His plan for Kyah.
Going through the situation we did not know a lot of the things that God took control of. But after the event all these little things came out, and we realised slowly just how many miracles God performed through Kyah’s journey.
- The fact that Kyah’s foot was relocated while we were sitting on the trampoline and the relocation was perfect. This is one absolute miracle. The first paramedics that arrived were not equipped to relocate her foot, so they called for a specialist paramedic. When Ricky arrived he relocated Kyah’s foot while I was still holding her leg. I felt the clunk, clunk, and looked and saw her foot looked normal again. It was not until about three months later that we realised Ricky is a Christian and he prayed while he was relocating her foot. I believe he allowed God to move his hands.
- Neither of the growth plates were damaged in her tibia or fibula with her breaks. The break in her tibia was close to the growth plate but it did not affect it.
- The avulsion fracture of the fibula was large. Initially the floating bone was about 5mm from the long bone and we were told Kyah would have to have surgery to reattach the avulsed bone to the fibula with pins and plates. We were also told Kyah needed pins and plates put in the front of her ankle to stabilise it. I prayed about this and God told me “No-one will cut her skin”. Praise The Lord; the specialist said that no operation was necessary”.
- 5 weeks after the cast came off, the avulsed bone had reattached itself to the fibula. This means Kyah will not have a floating bone in her ligaments which could have caused problems further down the track. Her fibula will look and function as any normal fibula. That is a miracle.
- There was no soft tissue damage at all. This was something we did not know until 6 weeks after the injury. Once the second cast was taken off, Kyah had an ultrasound on her foot and calf, so we could see the extent of damage to her ligaments and tendons. There was not one tear in her soft tissues at all. That is an absolute miracle.
- There was no injury to the syndesmosis. This is the fibrous joint between the tibia and fibula. This was still intact. Usually with an ankle injury, especially to the extent Kyah had, the syndesmosis would be torn and there would be complications with the joint between the tibia and fibula. This did not happen for Kyah. That is a miracle.
- There is no residual instability. Her ankle is just as strong, stable, and mobile as her right foot. She is able to do everything on her left foot without any compensation, no pain, no dysfunction. Both her feet are so strong now we have to order specially made pointe shoes for her. No one can tell she had an injury to her foot. That is a miracle.
- There was no issue with the loss of blood supply that Kyah experienced to her foot for so long. Kyah’s foot was dislocated for over 30 minutes. We waited 28minutes for the first paramedics to arrive. Then we had to wait another 8-10 minutes for Ricky to arrive and then relocate. If you look at the photos the paramedics took, you can see that her foot is quite grey. This is due to a lack of blood to the foot. Praise The Lord, there was no issue with the lack of blood for such a long time.
- The first plaster cast Kyah had, she was saying her foot was really sore and pointing to where the avulsion fracture was. I just assumed it was the break that was causing her the pain. We did not realise until the first cast was taken off that there was a fold of plaster rubbing right where the avulsion fracture was. A year later I realised how much God had protected her in this situation. I heard about another child with a cast on her foot and the cast was rubbing and irritating her skin: exactly what Kyah had experienced. Unfortunately, for this child, the plaster fold eventually broke through the skin and caused an infection which required massive antibiotics and a number of surgeries to remove all the affected soft tissue. Praise The Lord for His protection over Kyah.
- As I said previously: Kyah had an ultra sound done this week. The ultrasound showed there is no scar tissue at all. All her ligaments function correctly, all her bones move smoothly, and not one of the ligaments are weak or lax. We were fortunate enough to have a functional ultrasound done. This meant we could see all the ligaments working, and see if there was any laxity or dysfunction in the ligaments. Not one of them has anything wrong. The sonographer could not see there had ever been any injury in her left foot. There is no scar tissue at all. That is a miracle.
- The fact Kyah’s skin did not tear open is also a miracle. If you google “complete dislocation” you will often see the skin has torn and causes the soft tissue to come out. Kyah’s complete dislocation was extreme, and it would be expected for the skin to tear open. God’s hand of protection was definitely over Kyah. When the skin tears the risk of infection in the bones (hard tissue) and all the soft tissue increases, and this may cause life long complications. Praise The Lord, this did not happen to Kyah.
- Kyah was back dancing and competing on pointe 6 months after the injury.
Each of our journeys is different and there will be times when they become very difficult. If I can say anything to you for encouragement – have a relationship with Our Lord, hear His will for you and walk with Him leading you. Never give up.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.