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Yahaya from Niger on 2 days ago
We were able to hang out with Yahaya today and deliver him your get well messages! He's been learning a little English and got a challenge over trying to read some of them himself. He got most of the sounds right, but we had to translate what it all meant. Thank you all for loving this young man and walking beside him as he's on this long healing journey!
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Aicha from Niger on 2 days ago
Our little lady was discharged from the ward this morning and is doing great! She'll be staying in our patient guest house while she goes through a few bandage changes with us here over the next few weeks. She's happy to be out of the ward and happy to be in the guest house where she already has some friends like Rayana here!
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Nazifi from Niger on 2 days ago
Nazifi had a bandage change today and was promptly discharged. While this is good and all, the big news is we saw the first smile out of Nazifi today! We don't know if it was getting out of the ward or the fact that he gets to go home, but he finally started to open up a little! It was a huge blessing being trusted with a smile and we can't wait to see Nazifi when he comes back next week to start his bandage change routine! He'll be having them regularly as keeping the surgical site clean and infection free is key to making sure he heals properly!
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Charifa from Niger on 3 days ago
Charifa came for her follow up appointment today! The doctors were a little worried as Charifa hasn't been bending her knee since she received her surgery. She keeps is straight while walking and sticks her leg out when she sits down. They checked her knee out and didn't find anything wrong. The good news is that Charifa can now walk without her walker! She's been given some exercises to get her used to bending her knee and soon she'll be walking normally again! We'll see her again in six week for another check up!
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Gali from Niger on 3 days ago
So a quick catch up on Gali! He did indeed come back in March and he was seen by the visiting surgeon. The surgeon and Gali's mom agreed that Gali would benefit from having another surgery which had back on March 9th. They did a procedure called an osteotomy which is the same procedure which he had had before. The procedure worked on the angle of his leg but this time they also elongated one of his tendons which will give him greater flexibility and motion in his foot! Gali had a follow up appointment today and the doctors are pretty pleased with the way his healing is going. The one thing they told him, though, is he needs to be more diligent about putting weight on his casted leg. The weight allows the bone to strengthen and grow which will need to happen before the cast can be taken off!
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Gloria from Niger on 3 days ago
Gloria got to see the doctor today! Everything went well and all the news was pointed in the right direction of slow, but sure healing. The bummer is that Gloria cannot yet go home. Since Gloria lives in Sierra Leone which is almost 1,500 miles from CURE Niger, the doctors want everything to be perfect before she heads back. It's better to be safe than sorry when follow up appointments and check ins will not be possible once she leaves. Her bone is indeed getting strong and her walking is getting more confident. The doctors say they'll check in with her again in six more weeks!
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Habiba from Niger on 3 days ago
Habiba came in today for a doctors appointment. When she saw the doctor, he said that she is doing better, but that the bone is not as strong as they hoped it would be by this point. They asked her to come back in a month and we'll see how her leg is doing then. The doctors have also said that even though she has the walker, she can start to use her leg a bit so that her bone can get stronger.
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Rahaatou from Niger on 3 days ago
Rahaatou is back and got to see the doctor this morning! She is doing better, but is not quite finished just yet. She got a new cast put on and is heading back home. She will come back in one month where she will have a doctors appointment to see what is the next steps are!
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Ismael from Niger on 3 days ago
Ismael came to see the doctor again this week. Like the doctors said last week, his bones still need to be stronger before they can proceed with taking the cage off. They kept saying "more eggs and more milk!" It's doesn't take too much prodding to get this growing man to eat more! Ismael will come back in three weeks when we'll hopefully see some progress!
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Hassana from Niger on 3 days ago
Hassana made it back for her lip cleaning today! She was not a fan of the process at all, but she made it through just fine. Her mom knows how important it is to keep the wound clean and free from infection so she did a great job helping hold Hassana still while the nurses worked. All in all, it was a superb team effort!
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Aicha from Niger on 3 days ago
Aicha's pin removal went great and our little lady is resting up in the ward today. She says she there's no pain and she's loving all the attention the nurses are giving her!
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Nazifi from Niger on 3 days ago
One day post-op and Nazifi is doing well! He's running a little hot so the nurses are keeping an eye on him, but it's nothing to be worried about. Our art therapist got to spend some time with Nazifi today and they made this pipecleaner crown! The idea behind it, if God is King and we are his sons, then we are princes and royalty! We were also able to deliver SO MANY get well messages to him this morning, driving home similar messages. Thank you all so much for loving this little guy so well!
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Ismael from Niger on May 22, 2019
Sorry everyone, we owe you an apology. We missed following Ismael through some pretty important events! We only caught it when we updated him for you last week and we're here to fix that now! So after Ismael's last status update all the way back in January of 2018, he missed several doctor's appointments due to him living incredibly far away from CURE Niger. He finally made it back to us in December of 2018 and we had good and bad news. The good news was that the one of the two bones had indeed healed well. The bad news is that the second bone didn't improve as we had hoped. Ismael ended up needing another surgery which he received this past January (2019). He had an external fixator, commonly called a cage, put on his leg which is allowing the doctors to gradually straighten the bone. It's a much slower process, but will do the trick! The cage requires regular cleaning and adjustment so Ismael has been staying near the hospital as this all goes on. As we said in the status update last week, we're getting close to the point where the cage can come off, but we're not quite there yet. Today, Ismael had another cleaning and adjustment. He's got a great attitude as usual about the whole ordeal!
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Nazifi from Niger on May 22, 2019
Nazifi has had his surgery! He was his stoic little self the whole morning. We did get a chance to sit down and read him several of your get well messages. In all honesty, he didn't seem too fazed by them, but his mom was amazed that people all over the world love, care for, and are praying for her son! As for the surgery itself, the doctors released the thumb on Nazifi's left hand. While this is the first surgery of many, it is also one of the most important ones. Before this surgery, Nazifi's hand was essentially just a stump. He couldn't use his fingers to pick anything up. Now that his thumb is free, he will be able to pick up and hold things for the first time in his life! It's kind of a big deal! Our man is sleeping off the meds in the ward now and it'll be a few weeks before the surgical site is all healed up for Nazifi to use his thumb. But this is an incredible first step!
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Raihane from Niger on May 22, 2019
Raihane is back today for a bandage change! She's a hard one to make laugh, but that never stops us from trying ... even though we've only succeeded once ... On the medical front, she's doing incredibly well! Her mom, Rachida, is diligent in making sure she makes all her appointments and her hand is healing up nicely because of this!
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