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“There were so many people mocking Rabiatou, that we had to leave our town,” Rabiatou’s mother tells us, her disappointment in her neighbors evident on her face. Rabi was born just like any other young lady, but when she was two years old her… Read more
“There were so many people mocking Rabiatou, that we had to leave our town,” Rabiatou’s mother tells us, her disappointment in her neighbors evident on her face. Rabi was born just like any other young lady, but when she was two years old her legs began to bow outwards. Their family and friends all believed that it was just a part of growing and Rabi’s legs would straighten out with time. But as the years passed and her legs continued to bow worse and worse, Rabi’s mother knew something must be done. Rabi was taken to a nearby hospital where she received several x-rays that confirmed the seriousness of the situation, but this hospital did not have the specialization necessary to treat Rabi. Thankfully, Rabi’s mother was able to get in touch with several medical NGO’s in their country of Sierra Leone. These NGO’s also did not have the specialization necessary to treat legs as tricky as Rabi’s, but they were able to get Rabi in touch with us here at CURE Niger and even funded the plane tickets needed to get Rabi to Niger. It will be a long journey of healing for Rabi now that she is with us, but when she leaves, she will do so on straight legs!
Rabi's new cast isn't really a full on cast (which she is very happy about). It's a splint that goes on the back of her leg to keep things nice and straight, and then a wrap around the rest of the leg which allows the wounds to breathe easier and heal up faster. This means that Rabi has now joined the crew going in for regular wound cleanings and bandage changes. Either way, she's just happy to be out of the guest house more!
Rabi finally had her first follow up appointment today! She got her cast off and the wires removed from her leg (never a fun experience), but things are looking good. The doctors are pleased with the correction and how the wounds are healing up. Rabi got a new, smaller cast on and she'll have another follow up in a month!
Rabi was playing a game with us today where she'd ask for a photo, but then do her best to hide her face when we went to take it. After a while, we were able to sneak attack her and get this shot! Definitely not her best side, but we don't feel all that bad for her in this case!
Rabi is in the clear and she's been allowed to leave the ward! Since she's going to need a number of check ups as well as several more surgeries, she'll be staying in our guest house until we're done with this whole process!
So Rabi's surgery went off without a hitch! Her leg needed to be operated on in two places to get it nice and straight. In each of those spots, the doctors went in and cut out a wedge of bone which allowed them to break the bone straight. She's in a good amount of pain right now, but she's taking it like a champ!
Rabi has made the long journey to us here in Niger all the way from her home in Sierra Leone! She doesn't speak any of the languages spoken here in Niger, but she does speak English so there are a few of us here in the hospital she can chat with!
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