May 25, 2017
Nafiou hung out with our spiritual staff where he learned about the Bible story where the sick man is lowered through the roof so he could reach Jesus and be healed!
May 23, 2017
Nafiou is always trying to find a comfortable napping position while he waits for his early morning bandage change. We're not sure he found it with this attempt!
May 17, 2017
We accompanied Nafiou into his bandage change today and the man handles it all like a champ! The nurses also do a great job at comforting him and making it all as painless as possible!
May 15, 2017
Nafiou and this week's bandage changing gang!
May 12, 2017
Our man is ending the week, the same way he started it - hanging out and getting a bandage change!
May 11, 2017
Nafiou didn't want to leave chapel this morning. He was the last one there, making faces at us through the windows!
May 10, 2017
Nafiou is easily one of the most energetic patients we have here. It's hard to believe he's the same shy and reserved kid that showed up here several months ago!
May 09, 2017
Receiving get well messages gets Nafiou all pumped up!
May 08, 2017
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!
May 05, 2017
Nafiou had a nice calm start to the day hanging out with our Executive Director in chapel, but, as soon as it was over, our man was back to sprinting all over the hospital!
May 04, 2017
Nafiou is no worse for the wear after the little scare yesterday. He is 100% back to his playful and mischievous self!
May 03, 2017
Our man wasn't feeling so hot today, or too hot - he had a fever so he got admitted to the ward for observation. He was good after a few hours!
May 02, 2017
It's another bandage change day for Nafiou. He's a little indifferent to the whole process at this point. No longer scary. No longer exciting. It just is.
Apr 28, 2017
Nafiou gets pretty excited when we read him all your get well messages!
Apr 27, 2017
Our man is back riding his car around the art therapy room!
Apr 26, 2017
Nafiou loves his food and will always use the biggest spoon possible!
Apr 25, 2017
Nafiou now feels very comfortable in our office. So comfortable that he'll beat us in and we'll find him in our chair just coloring away!
Apr 13, 2017
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.
Apr 12, 2017
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!
Apr 11, 2017
Even though Nafiou's hand is still rather mangled from the burn (it'll be taken care of along with other things in future surgeries), he doesn't let it stop him from taking part in any activities!
Apr 10, 2017
Nafiou got his bandages off today! His skin is still a little raw, but healthy enough to be exposed! You can actually see the spot on his leg where the skin was taken to graft onto his torso.
Apr 07, 2017
We're still on the bandage change routine over here, but it's encouraging to see them getting smaller and smaller!
Apr 06, 2017
Nafiou found a small toy truck during art therapy and decided it was more fun to drive it around the room in the most literal way possible! We can't get enough of this guy!
Apr 05, 2017
Nafiou hung out with our Executive Director during chapel this morning. And since he can't read yet, the Bible was more fascinating than informative, but we'll get there!
Apr 04, 2017
Our man was in a dancing mood this morning!
Apr 03, 2017
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!
Mar 31, 2017
With a daily high around 110C, the heat is getting to Nafiou today.
Mar 30, 2017
We were able to capture this shot of Nafiou on his way to chapel in the early morning light. This kid seems to have a giant smile no matter what time of day it is!
Mar 29, 2017
Nafiou asked us to take this photo. What he wasn't expecting was another patient, Ahmad, to photobomb him!
Mar 28, 2017
It's another bandage change day for Nafiou which means we're really just running around the waiting area and playing games!
Mar 27, 2017
Nafiou got a hold of our keys this morning and his game of choice is locking and unlocking our office door!
Mar 24, 2017
Nafiou isn't exactly pumped about the bandage change today, but he always dutifully shows up!
Mar 23, 2017
We had a little video shoot today in order to highlight Nafiou's story and he absolutely loved the focused attention!
Mar 22, 2017
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!
Mar 21, 2017
Nafiou either enjoyed chapel so much or was so glad it was over that he immediately started helping out to put away the chairs!
Mar 20, 2017
Nafiou was discharged back to the guesthouse over the weekend and he could not be more excited to be back with his friends!
Mar 16, 2017
Nafiou's surgery is a skin graft surgery that had to be delayed a few weeks ago due to infection. Dr. Diane found him to be all good and our man is in the ward happily waiting for this next step!
Mar 15, 2017
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!
Mar 14, 2017
There weren't very many people waiting for dressing changes today, so Nafiou was able to grab the rocking chair and wait in style!
Mar 13, 2017
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!
Mar 10, 2017
Nafiou got to color today. The coloring page showed Jesus and Matthew eating at a table and one of our spiritual staff got to explain the story while the kids were coloring!
Mar 09, 2017
Our man had some fun with the mirror in the ward this morning while visiting some of his friends who just had surgery!
Mar 08, 2017
Nafiou and his buddy, Baraou, got their dance on when we turned on a popular Nigerien song!
Mar 07, 2017
We've got a team of American nursing students visiting the hospital for a week and Nafiou was fascinated by one of their watches!
Mar 06, 2017
You all are killing it with showing this little guy love! More get well wishes today and just check out that smile!
Mar 03, 2017
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!
Mar 02, 2017
Nafiou decided to ditch the group games today in favor of laughing off to the side with the camera (and trying to get us to let him play with our phone).
Mar 01, 2017
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!
Feb 28, 2017
A little Nafiou dance to brighten your day! (He was listening to a song on our phone)
Feb 27, 2017
This is Nafiou's "take my photo" pose.
Feb 24, 2017
Our man is taking everything in stride while hanging out with Yssoufou (our facilities manager), other Nafiou (left), and Baraou (center)!
Feb 23, 2017
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!
Feb 22, 2017
Nafiou is all smiles as he gets ready for his next surgery tomorrow!
Feb 20, 2017
The bandages keep Nafiou from joining us on the swings, but he's content playing with our phone in the shade (and accidentally dialing people from our contacts).
Feb 17, 2017
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!
Feb 16, 2017
With every bandage change and day spent waiting in this courtyard, we get just a little closer to permanent healing!
Feb 15, 2017
We had the chance to read Nafiou a slew of get well messages today and his response was this ninja pose!
Feb 14, 2017
This is the posture you adopt when you're waiting for your wound cleaning that you don't want and know is going to sting, but know you need to get.
Nafiou is a champ!
Feb 13, 2017
A day where no wound cleaning or bandage changes are needed is always a good day! And what better way to spend it than with your new friend Hassan?
Feb 10, 2017
So while Nafiou is a champ with this whole healing process, it's far from fun. The wound cleanings sting and are uncomfortable. Your continued prayers for a quick healing are appreciated!
Feb 08, 2017
Our man has fallen in love with the camera, not only having his photo taken, but scrolling through all the photos on the camera. It's the small things that bring enjoyment in the hospital!
Feb 07, 2017
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!
Feb 06, 2017
Another week full of bandage changes and hanging out for our little guy!
Feb 02, 2017
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!
Feb 01, 2017
We had some visitors who stopped by to help entertain Nafiou and the rest of the patients here. The visitors brought homemade play-doh with them which turned out to be a big hit!
Jan 31, 2017
Today was another dressing change day. While they're not the most fun, they're important in order to keep everything fresh and clean!
Jan 30, 2017
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!
Jan 27, 2017
Nafiou got a dressing change today and has been discharged to our long term patient housing! The blanket in the photo is to keep him warm on these "cold" Nigerien winter mornings (75F/24C).
Jan 26, 2017
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!
Jan 25, 2017
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!
Jan 24, 2017
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Our buddy Nafiou is here to finally get his burns taken care of! It's going to be a long journey to healing, but we're pumped we get to hold his hand along the way!