May 16, 2017
It's all sorted out and Baraou is headed home! The doctors are pleased with the healing and our physical therapist is confident that Baraou's finger strength will continue to grow!
May 15, 2017
So there was a communication breakdown with getting Baraou a bus ticket back home, so he is still here! The issue has been fixed and he should be heading home tomorrow!
May 11, 2017
Baraou is overly excited for two reasons: 1) We've had our first real rain in months and it's cooled everything right down and 2) He's going home today! He's been cleared and he'll be back in a while for a few more surgeries on those hands of his! Slowly but surely, they're getting functional!
May 10, 2017
Baraou and Nafiou are two of our most energetic patients so when you see the two of them together, you know you're in for an entertaining time!
May 09, 2017
Baraou was, once again, in dancing mood. He was so fast this time that we couldn't even get it in focus!
May 05, 2017
Baraou had a case of the dancing jiggles this morning!
May 04, 2017
We caught Baraou in a rare chill moment, where he's smiling at someone else's joke instead of making them all himself!
May 03, 2017
A closed eye face scrunch is the expression of the day!
May 02, 2017
It's not often you'll see Baraou fully concentrated, but crafts will do that to him!
Apr 28, 2017
Some people throw away straw wrappers. Baraou turns them into toys!
Apr 27, 2017
Baraou couldn't decide if he wanted to paint or play with cars in art therapy today, so he combined both and painted with cars!
Apr 26, 2017
There are few things Baraou loves more than a mid-afternoon nap on the porch!
Apr 25, 2017
Baraou is hiding that big smile of his behind one of your get well cards. Thanks for loving this little guy so well!
Apr 13, 2017
Baraou always has his eyes out for the most fun going on around him. At this moment, it was those trucks!
Also a heads up, there are several national holidays approaching so updates will be sparse for the next week or so.
Apr 12, 2017
With a smile this big before 7am, it's safe to say Baraou is a morning person!
Apr 11, 2017
The pipe cleaner was supposed to be for the antennas of the butterflies everyone was making in art therapy, but a mustache works too.
Apr 10, 2017
Baraou, rather unconvincingly, pretended to be asleep when we came to hang out with him earlier!
Apr 07, 2017
Today we (and our camera) were the victims of a vicious ninja attack by none other than our very own Baraou!
Apr 06, 2017
This man LOVES the camera. We were actually trying to capture a shot of his little brother here, but Baraou jumped in front of the camera and made it all about him, as all good big brothers do!
Apr 05, 2017
Despite the sky-rocketing heat around here, Baraou still has more energy and expressions than anyone we've met before!
Apr 04, 2017
Baraou was bummed out that he had to miss art therapy today because he was on the schedule for a bandage change. We managed to assuage the fear of missing out with some dancing!
Apr 03, 2017
After a weekend of resting and healing, our man is completely back to his mischievous self!
Mar 31, 2017
Baraou might have been discharged, but he still has to hang out around the ward a bunch as his bandage change regime has now started!
Mar 30, 2017
After only a day hanging out in the ward, the doctors have given the all clear for Baraou and his entourage (mother and little brother) to head back to the guest house as the post-op care begins!
Mar 29, 2017
Baraou's surgery went wonderfully! He's back in the ward working hard at healing up!
Mar 28, 2017
Our little man is going back into surgery today! The plan, this time around, is to separate a few of his fingers that had melted together. Please keep him your prayers!
Mar 27, 2017
Baraou is in for a little bit of physical therapy today. It's never fun, but our man reliably shows up every time!
Mar 24, 2017
Baraou's been a little muted this past week (we think it's due to the heat increasing steadily as hot season arrives), but he was back in old form today!
Mar 22, 2017
Our spiritual staff has a few Christian videos in Baraou's language and they put one on for everyone today. Baraou was tied to the screen!
Mar 21, 2017
Baraou had another relatively calm day just hanging out with his mom.
Mar 16, 2017
We caught Baraou in one of his rare calm moments, enjoying some of the greenery we have around our hospital.
Mar 15, 2017
Baraou has got the incredible ability to turn any object into a toy or game. Today it was this discarded container cap that was his constant companion and entertainment!
Mar 14, 2017
Table dancing is great until the facilities manager catches you and chews you out for 15 minutes!
Mar 13, 2017
We'll add this expression to the library of Baraou faces, although we're still not sure what emotion he was trying to get across with this one!
Mar 09, 2017
It's a playground day for Baraou!
Mar 08, 2017
Baraou and his new friend, Nafiou, got their dance on to a popular Nigerien song, Taxi Man!
Mar 07, 2017
Baraou managed to get ahold of an extra pair of surgical glasses and they've quickly become his favourite toy!
Mar 06, 2017
We've got a team of nursing student's from the USA visiting us this week and Baraou will never turn down attention!
Mar 03, 2017
We got to deliver a video get well message to Baraou today from a group of students at The King's College in NYC! Here's the YouTube link! https://youtu.be/V6MoXmL6FZU
Mar 02, 2017
Today's art therapy involved coloring a wooden car purple and, once again, using feet to hold the car steady.
Mar 01, 2017
To get a taste of Baraou's energy that you can't really get from photos, take a look at this video of him (and this is a very calm day for him) Here's the link!
Feb 28, 2017
This a still of some of Baraou's dance moves!
Feb 27, 2017
Baraou had a bad case of the Mondays today. Nothing wrong, just not as high energy as he usually is.
Feb 24, 2017
It took Yssoufou (our facilities manager) and both Nafiou I and Nafiou II to calm Baraou down enough to take a good photo!
Feb 23, 2017
With all of these expressions, we're pretty sure that when the whole healing process is done, Baraou will probably be a "hand talker" as well!
Feb 22, 2017
We promise we feed Baraou and yet he keeps trying to eat paper...
Feb 21, 2017
Baraou makes it explicitly known how he feels about wound cleanings and bandage changes.
Feb 20, 2017
Another day, another photo of Baraou with his tongue sticking out. As soon as the camera comes out, this guy is making faces and cracking himself up!
Feb 16, 2017
This is how Baraou feels about Thursdays.
Feb 15, 2017
Our man finds ways to enjoy himself even while waiting for dressing changes which most people absolutely hate!
Feb 14, 2017
When one of your hands is all tied up (literally), your feet will have to do in order to help with your reading!
Feb 10, 2017
Baraou is healing up nicely. His personality is coming back slowly and that was probably helped by him getting discharged today! He'll be staying in our long term patient housing as he goes through the couple weeks of wound cleanings, bandage changes, and follow up appointments needed to make sure everything is healing properly!
Feb 09, 2017
Our man's surgery went well. He will still need a few more, but we're slowly chugging towards the finish line! Baraou is resting up in the ward and the pain is muting his personality somewhat. Please be praying for him!
Feb 08, 2017
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This is Baraou's second time with us. His first time around he had his fingers freed up although many of them are still melted together. The plan, this time around, is to start freeing up the fingers so he can use some of them individually again!