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Ahmed comes from Agadez area, up north near Saharan desert. Both of his parents passed away and he lives with his grandmother Fatima. Tanalher, a neighbor of his family, has brought him to CURE, traveling three days with her twin babies. Our new gu… Read more
Ahmed comes from Agadez area, up north near Saharan desert. Both of his parents passed away and he lives with his grandmother Fatima. Tanalher, a neighbor of his family, has brought him to CURE, traveling three days with her twin babies. Our new guests speak the Tuareg language so we have enlisted the help of one our staff to help translate their story.
In Ahmed’s town lives a man, probably a missionary, who used to visit the school where he studies. When he saw him, he told his family that they should bring him to Niamey in order to have a consultation at CURE Hospital. Ahmed was born with a limb deformity. He can't extend his arms and his legs, he can’t walk properly and always needs a stick to support him as he moves. In his family, both Ahmed and his older brother have this disability. This man had a difficult time convincing the family to allow Ahmed to travel to Niamey. This good samaritan has helped him reach the hospital, along with Tanalher. Ahmed will have surgery next week and we are so impressed by the exhausting trip he has made to get here! We are glad to welcome them here and we are looking forward to seeing him healed! Welcome Ahmed!
Ahmed slipped out on us this weekend and went home! He completed his physical therapy last week and was given some leg braces to wear when he is sleeping. The doctors say all that's left to do is for him to wear the braces and continue walking so his legs strengthen up! We're not sure Ahmed even knew he was leaving so soon as he forgot his tablet in our office. The pastor who initially brought Ahmed to us evidently came by on Saturday, picked him up, and they were off! Ahmed is scheduled to come back for a follow up appointment in several months. Please be praying for Ahmed as he adjusts back to his home after being with us for almost two whole years!
It's been another week full of physical therapy and Bible stories for Ahmed! He's managed to download Tuareg, Hausa, and French versions of the Bible on his little tablet! He's also practicing reading in English so we wouldn't be surprised if one of those follows as well!
Our apologies. We just noticed that the video from our update last week didn't link. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/JeGkBdxijPA
Ahmed has now been to four out of four of his physical therapy appointments (called "massage" by the kids)! We've had to physically carry him to two of them and there has been plenty of crying, but he has made it through them all! He even has moments of having a good attitude about it. You can see him in this video applying lotion to his legs right before our therapist begins!
Ahmed made it to his physical therapy appointment today! It was a rough appointment with a lot of shouting and tears, but he was there. It's hard to motivate him in the absence of a parent or guardian here so please continue to pray with us. His next appointment is scheduled for Friday.
Ahmed spent the day blowing bubbles and enjoying some attention from several visitors. He's got a physical therapy appointment tomorrow that he's agreed to go to as long as we go with him, so it's a step in the right direction!
Two updates on Ahmed today! 1. Now that Ahmed's legs are all fixed up, we've been looking more seriously at the state of things with his arms. Both arms have a slight webbing around the elbow so, while still functional, they don't have a full range of motion. The doctors have looked closely into the condition and determined that an operation would be too risky. There is a high chance that a surgery could mess with his nerves and end up paralyzing both arms. 2. With the news about Ahmed's arms, that means his legs are the last thing we can help him with. He's had all the surgeries he needs and he should be partaking in regular physical therapy to ensure his legs don't regress. The physical therapy is painful and hard and, because of this, Ahmed has started refusing to go. We've explained to him how important it is and told him that if he continues to refuse, he will have to go home. Please be praying that God strengthens Ahmed's tolerance and will to finish strong as we don't want to send him home before he is fully healed, but, if he continues in this way, we will have to.
Ahmed is motoring around the hospital faster than ever before with those new legs and walking stick! He spent the morning visiting and comforting the kids in the ward who are going into surgery this week.
So Ahmed's bandage free life was rather short lived as he got them replaced today. But, he's started walking around the hospital without any walker now! It's slow and tires him out, but he loves the independence and is slowly getting stronger! https://youtu.be/uOFZEt_1VPY
Ahmed is from a people group called the Tuaregs. They're known for wearing turban-esque face coverings to keep the sun off of them and Ahmed decided to improvise one with a scarf he found laying around!
We're working on getting a few educational apps put on this tablet so we can channel Ahmad's love of electronics into something productive! Also a heads up, there are several national holidays approaching so updates will be sparse for the next week or so.
It's a big day over here! Today Ahmad demonstrated how he can walk unassisted. It's not fast, but it's a huge deal! He also got hooked up with a new walker that let's him get around the hospital even faster!
Ahmad has been here so long that he feels like one of the family. While the ward isn't the most fun place to hang out, he does have a constant stream of our staff coming in to check on him and hang out as we can see here!
Ahmad's surgery went stunningly yesterday! It was essentially to fine tune the muscle relocation surgery he had done last time where a muscle was moved from the back of his knee to the front in order to keep his leg from contracting back the way it was. Our man is a little bit muted today and just wants to go back to the guesthouse!
Ahmad hanging out with the crew. It's hot here, which makes for not great nights of sleep, which means everyone is tired, which means you'll notice two of the crew napping on the ground to Ahmad's left!
Ahmad got a few songs on his phone from some musicians who are from the same tribe as he is and he has been rocking them all day long! https://youtu.be/LH4BY8rxPWM
Our man had a cast bending today where they cut part of the cast so they can bend his leg a little straighter and then refresh the plaster on that part of the cast. It can be a little painful and Ahmad tried to boycott the whole thing before he got forced to go. He didn't have fun, but he's fine!
Ahmad has had a rough day. He had another cast change today with some painful pushing and pulling of the leg to get it where it needs to be. There were some tears, but he had some tasty snacks waiting for him at home so that helped a little bit.
Our man got another cast put on today, but no surgery. It was put on after some pushing and pulling on his leg, essentially bending things in the way they will need to go in order to make his next surgery easier!
Ahmad is back!!!! He says he had a great time at home, but we're sure happy he's back. He also picked up a phone while he was home which one our other patients is helping him set up the SIM card for in this photo! The phone has a camera so Ahmad has been walking around all day taking photos of everyone!
So the pastor stopped by today and Ahmad is officially leaving on Sunday morning, not today like he was over-excitedly telling everyone. This said, our man is still excited and still going around trying to get photos with everyone, like with our Assistant Director Habib here in this photo!
Big news on the Ahmad front! First of all, Ahmad got his cast off today and his leg looks great! It'd be an understatement to say he's merely happy about it. The next big thing is that the pastor who originally brought Ahmad to us back in 2015 is currently in Niamey and has business again in Niamey in about ten days. He's offered to bring Ahmad home with him and then back to us. Ahmad is PUMPED to be able to go home, even if just for a few days. He's collecting photos of himself and different hospital staff members and trying to convince us to print off even more of him so he can show everyone at home! We're so excited he has this opportunity. If everything goes as planned, he'll be leaving tomorrow!
Today our spiritual staff told the kids the Bible story where the sick man is lowered through the roof in order to get to Jesus. Then, once the story was told, everyone got a coloring page to color in and drive home the point. Ahmad was a huge help keeping everyone paying attention and was diligent with both his coloring and staying inside the lines!
One of our previous Executive Directors is coming back for a visit this week and during chapel this morning, Ahmad's prayer request was that he 'make his way safely and soon'. Ahmad's more than a little excited, so excited that he couldn't help clean up the chairs after chapel ended. He just sat there and smiled!
If you haven't picked it up by now, Ahmad loves technology (phones, tablets, etc). While we all went to the playground today, he made the excuse that he wasn't feeling well so we should just let him use our phone to take photos and videos of everything while we all played.
Today is art therapy day. Please be praying for Ahmad that, when he is finally all healed, he will able to adjust smoothly to his new role in society after a lifetime of discrimination due his disabilities.
Our man is back in high spirits and wearing a necklace as a beard that he made with our art therapist, Julie! He also got discharged from the ward after his surgery this past week and is back living in our guest house.
The surgery went well yesterday, but Ahmad's pretty sore today. He got his cast loosened a little bit this morning, but it'll most likely be another day or two before he's back to full spirits. That said, we were able to deliver a few of your get well messages today which definitely perked him up a little! Thank you for your continued love and prayers for this guy.
Ahmad had yet another surgery today. We were able to snap this shot right after he got his cast off (look at that nice and straight leg!) and right before he went into surgery. The doctors are taking a muscle from the back of his knee and essentially putting it in the front which will allow him to keep his leg straight and keep it from going back to its previously bent position!
Ahmad getting his CUREbowl on. CUREbowl divides the kids up into two teams and they get chances to chuck a four-square ball at a triangle of bowling pins. The team to get the most pins over several rounds wins! We're still working out the nuances, but it seems to be a crowd pleaser.
"You are my friends! Why are you hurting me???" Ahmad was shouting during a cast straightening session today. We had to straighten his leg just a little more and while it was not pain free, it wasn't bad enough to warrant knocking him out for it. Yes, there were a few tears and a lot of shouting, but not five minutes after it was done, Ahmad was back to his good old self walking around the hospital, doing his usual thing. No hard feelings on either end!
We caught up with Ahmad right before he headed into our chapel building where the spiritual staff had set up a little bowling game. We had a few sweets on us that had been left behind by a visiting team. We offered one to Ahmad, but he insisted that we give him multiple so he could make sure everyone bowling got some. He even brought the extras back to us. That's generosity and integrity right there!
Our man Ahmed is still with us and living in the long term patient housing. He's earned himself the nickname 'Chief' around the hospital due to how long he's been here and the ownership he's taken of the place!
Ahmad loves camels and he enjoyed painting one on his cast! This cast is a very special one for him because it could be the last! The doctors think that after this cast, which will be taken off tomorrow, he could just have splints to continue stretching his legs. He's looking forward to tomorrow and he is so thankful for your prayers!
Ahmad works a lot in the physio-therapy room, and now he can walk with only one hand on the bar! Today he also asked the doctors to replace his cast with another one. They first thought that it was because the current cast hurts him, but after a few questions they discovered that he would just like to have a new painting! This boy knows what he wants! He will do an X-ray soon, so the doctors will be able to know if he really needs a new cast or not. Thank you for keeping him in your prayers!
A friend brought a surprise for the kids who stay at the Case de Passage today - pop corn and shrimp chips for everyone! Ahmad enjoyed it and wanted to share it with the spiritual team! A good way to start a new week of physiotherapy, re-education, art therapy, literacy and many other activities!
When Ahmad is not in a physiotherapy consultation, he is a big brother for the other patients who arrive and don't know the hospital as well as he does! Ahmad keeps walking a bit everyday, and he progresses in spite of the fatigue! Hang in there, Ahmad!
This morning we found Ahmad walking bravely after a long time in the physio-therapy room. Walking is very tiring for him and he needs a lot of courage to keep persevering through his therapy. Please keep him in your prayers!
Ahmad left his wheelchair and made a few steps this morning with a rollator! The doctors said that he may walk a bit everyday, but he must be careful not to get too tired! He remained serious in front of the camera, to show that he will be wise and listen to the doctor's recommendations!
The doctors took off Ahmad's cast today, and then he had a painful moment in the radiology and dressing rooms. Thankfully, Aramatou was there to help her dear friend! Now he is resting in the ward, with a new cast which will stretch his left leg a bit more. Thanks for your prayers for him!
Ahmad starts the week with a lot of tenderness! He is looking forward to having his cast taken off, because it makes is leg ache. As you can see, Miki, the cat, is here to comfort him! Please keep your prayers and messages coming too!
A cast is much easier to have on when its covered in such a beautiful drawing! Today, Ahmad had a busy morning in the art therapy room, having his cast decorated, writing his name and coloring paper triangles!
Ahmed and all the kids discovered Noah's story today! And he enjoyed making a monkey, while the others made lions, crocodiles or elephants! It was so fun, and they all now have a nice souvenir to remember this story!
Today was a special day, as we said goodbye to our former Executive Director Brian! Ahmad joined in with the whole staff, as we gathered for a small ceremony, to tell him, “Thanks for serving along with us!” We’ll miss him!
Ahmad had physiotherapy today, and he was still recovering from it when we saw him! He doesn’t like the sessions, but he definitely needs it. Please, pray for him as he goes through this difficult time!
This morning, we found Ahmad upset and crying because he didn’t want to go to the physiotherapy room. After a small talk with Tanalher his guardian, he accepted with resignation that it was best for him to go. He turned around and rolled his wheelchair into the room. Sometimes life is hard. Please keep praying for Ahmad.
Ahmad came with Tanalher, her neighbor who is the mother of little twin babies. This morning, they were comfortably sitting in a box, enjoying the smiles from everyone at the Case de passage! What cuties!
Ahmad almost feels at home at our hospital! He’s comfortable to walk all over the place, visiting friends in the ward and spending time in our Art therapy room! We think he’s doing quite well! We’re glad to see him feeling more confident!
Yasser came with Ahmad and stays with him to keep him company. More and more, we are seeing these two becoming confident and going around the hospital by themselves. This morning, we found Yasser quietly walking around and looking for his friends at the Case de passage. Have a nice Monday, Yasser!
Ahmad is now an expert at hanging out all around the hospital in his wheelchair! He found a way to move by himself and sometimes gets in trouble with uneven ground, but he’s not discouraged and keeps on going! Be strong Ahmad!
Ahmad made some clay figures with the other kids this morning and he was very good at it! He made an awesome little man all by himself! The best is seeing him becoming more and more confident with the others, he even started to learn some words in Haossa! We’re so proud of him!
Ahmad enjoyed the Art Therapy group this morning. He drew and painted and even spoke a little with Maryam. Even if he doesn’t speak the Haossa language he’s adapting more and more and even trying to communicate a little with the others! This is a huge answer to prayer!
Ahmad is slowly adjusting to being in the hospital. His brother occasionally comes to see him, but sometimes he still seems to feel uncomfortable about being here. More and more we hope he will adapt to his new environment and even make new friends! Please pray for him!
Ahmad is shy and one of the reasons is because he doesn’t speak Haossa, Zarma or French, the regular languages in Niger. He speaks Tamachek, which is mostly spoken by Tuareg people. It’s hard to be in a place where you don’t understand all of what is going on around you. Please, keep him in your prayers!
Mantou, one of our social workers went to visit Ahmad as he was recovering in the ward. But this morning, he was asleep, so she’s now chatting with the patient next to him. Her presence brings peace to everyone.
Ahmad had surgery today! It will take several steps to release all his limbs. Today, the surgeon operated on his right leg and released his knee so Ahmad will be able to extend it. Slowly, we will see him getting better and we are looking forward to seeing how it will change his life! Please pray for him as he recovers!
Ahmad had a very long trip to get here! He lives up north near the Sahara. He speaks only Tamachek which is the Tuareg’s language. Since he was born, Ahmad hasn’t been able to stretch his arms and can’t stand on his feet, he always keeps his knees bent. While he was at school, a missionary saw his condition and worked hard with his family to let him bring Ahmad to CURE Hospital. Ahmad will have surgery soon and we are looking forward to amazing changes in his life!
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