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“We feel a helplessness every time we see the burn. It is frustrating. There is nothing we can do,” Nafiou’s grandmother confides in us before continuing, “but CURE has given us hope again.” When Nafiou was just two years old, he was play… Read more
“We feel a helplessness every time we see the burn. It is frustrating. There is nothing we can do,” Nafiou’s grandmother confides in us before continuing, “but CURE has given us hope again.” When Nafiou was just two years old, he was playing in the kitchen while his mother was out back preparing some food for supper. There was some chicken on the fire and his hunger got the best of him. As he toddled closer to the fire in an attempt to taste some of the smell filling the house, his shirt caught on fire. Screaming out of fear and pain, Nafiou ran out of the house and into the street where a man was riding his motorcycle. This man, thankfully, threw his bike aside and ran to Nafiou’s assistance, cutting off the flaming shirt with a knife. This man saved Nafiou’s life, but our little guy still sustained some savage burns. Nafiou’s family rushed him to the nearest hospital where they received a salve to help heal the burns, but the hospital was unable to treat the burn contractures. Over the years, Nafiou’s family has sought out healing for their child, but every hospital they have visited has turned them away, unable to treat the severity of his burns. These failures have only fueled their feelings of isolation and helplessness. Thankfully, on their last attempt at visiting a hospital, a nurse suggested that they try contacting us here at CURE Niger. Now that Nafiou is with us, our medical staff will treat his burns, setting this young man free!
Nafiou's father arrived over the weekend and took both Nafiou and his grandmother's body back home. Nafiou is at a real good spot in his treatment to go home for a while; we'll miss him while he's gone, but glad that he gets to spend this time with his family. Please keep Nafiou and his family in your prayers.
We're sad to report that Nafiou's grandmother passed away early yesterday. We've explained it to Nafiou, but we're not sure he fully understands. He is still his playful and animated self. We've alerted his family of the news and they're putting things in order to travel to Niamey where our hospital is located. In the meantime, Nafiou has nothing to worry about. The entire hospital staff is looking out for our little guy and the community that has formed around Nafiou over the past several months has banded together to be a collective mother to our guy. Everyone is mourning, but also stepping up to take care for one of our own. We appreciate your prayers.
It's an old photo of Nafiou and his grandmother, Maimuna, but please be praying for her. She was feeling a little off yesterday, but it got serious overnight. She's been admitted to the ward and we're keeping a close eye on things. Nafiou is doing alright and the spiritual staff are looking out for him while his grandmother is being looked after.
Nafiou was hanging out in our office today after he got some of his bandages off and we noticed that he kept looking to his right at nothing in particular. And then it struck us, with his burns and then the bandages, Nafiou has not been able to bend his head like this since before he was burned!
Nafiou has become the de facto leader of the bandage change crew that meets every morning outside the bandage changing room. Today he got this bandage taken off and a smaller one put on. We're slowly getting there!
The excitement of getting a few get well messages tuckered little Nafiou out and he has passed out on a mat outside this afternoon! Also a heads up, there are several national holidays approaching so updates will be sparse for the next week or so.
Nafiou desperatly wanted to follow us into our office today as we disappeared to get some work done. He didn't make it in this time, but he managed to sneak in about an hour later and we couldn't be too mad about it!
Nafiou has figured out if he goes to the bandage changing room early on his appointment days, he can be the first one in and then the first one out meaning he can get back to hanging out with his friends quicker!
So the skin graft that Nafiou received last week came from his thigh and you can see the bandages here. Our man's got a bit of a limp, but is no worse for the wear and making the best of a tough situation!
Nafiou wasn't originally scheduled for surgery this week, but a spot opened up and our anesthesiologist, Dr. Diane, spent a good chunk of time looking for Nafiou in order to give him his pre-anesthesia check up before surgery tomorrow. She finally found him causing trouble in our office. Assuming everything checks out, Nafiou's next surgery will be tomorrow!
The hospital slows down considerably on the weekend, so Nafiou is always happy to greet everyone returning to work and go to chapel early on Monday mornings. It's hard not to love Mondays when you've got this guy greeting you!
Nafiou and his buddy, Baraou, got their dance on when we turned on a popular Nigerien song! https://youtu.be/jDkwIC02yd0
We were able to show Nafiou a whole bunch of your get well messages today and it brought a big smile to this guy's face. We turned on our webcam while we were reading them to catch this shot. Thanks for loving this little guy so much!
We've got another video for you today in which you can get a little more of an idea of how much this little guy loves the camera and getting way to close to it!
A little Nafiou dance to brighten your day! (He was listening to a song on our phone)
Nafiou's surgery unfortunately got canceled today. We found that he has a small infection which isn't a huge deal all by itself, but it does mean he can't go in for surgery. We're treating the infection and, once that's taken care of, he'll move on to the next step to his healing!
We had the chance to show Nafiou a video of the crowd at a Lauren Daigle concert praying for him the other night which he loved! He's also going through the pre-anesthesia consultation today which means, assuming everything goes well, Nafiou will be going back into surgery next week!
Nafiou was originally scheduled for another surgery today. It turns out, his wound hasn't quite healed to the point where it could accept a skin graft yet so the surgery was postponed. Nafiou wasn't too bummed and opted to hang out with his new friend Hassan instead!
Nafiou is definitely starting to feel at home here. At his request, his mom let him go over to the bandage changing station on the other side of the hospital from where he stays all by himself this morning. She let him and he did great!
Our little guy has his sense of humor back full force these days! He's mainly staying inside and his mom keeps the covering on him to keep the flies away, but he's finding ways to stay positive throughout this healing process!
Our man was sitting up and smiling today. He's still pretty uncomfortable, but getting better by the hour! We were also able to read him some of your get well messages today which brought his spirits up as well!
Nafiou just had his surgery and everything went well! He had releases on his wrist, elbow, armpit, and neck. It was a long procedure, but he did well through it all. This is the first time in years that his arm has been straight and his head hasn't been stuck to his shoulder!
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