“I’m already healed!”
That is what Aramatou said after her first operation. She was so excited to see a change in her leg, even a slight change. She was happy and excited about the result of the surgery, even though she knew that there was still much left to be done.
Aramatou is from Mali, next door to Niger. Even though Niger borders Mali, she is from a region of Mali which is far away, and Mali is a big country. She had to travel very far to come to the CURE hospital, and she came to find healing.
Our surgeon Dr. Negrini said that he had never seen a case as extreme as Aramtou before, and he has seen a lot after his time here in Niger and before that in Bangladesh and other African countries. Aramatou’s legs were completely bent, which was bad enough, but unfortunately not that unique. We have seen other cases like that at our hospital. But her legs were not only bent, but also completely turned around. Her feet were totally turned around, so that her toes were facing backwards, and her heels forwards. She was able to walk, but it was not easy at all, and even standing caused her pain if she did it for a long period of time. Read the rest of this entry »