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“He is a happy boy, but no one can see it because he is afraid,” Gambo’s mother tells us sadly. We’ve been lucky to see his brief and bright flashes of joy, but, more often than not, Gambo is reserved as he has learned that the world is not… Read more
“He is a happy boy, but no one can see it because he is afraid,” Gambo’s mother tells us sadly. We’ve been lucky to see his brief and bright flashes of joy, but, more often than not, Gambo is reserved as he has learned that the world is not always filled with nice people. Just over one year ago, Gambo was burned when a he accidentally pulled a pot of hot water on himself. There are no medical facilities near where Gambo lives so his parents were left to try and treat his burns on their own. Gambo's leg did heal, but in a way where it is permanently contracted backwards. Also, during the healing process, an ulcer appear on Gambo's leg that has refused to go away, further incapacitating his leg. He is unable to walk and is in near constant pain. His family managed to make the trip to the nearest hospital seven months ago, but were told there was nothing that could be done for their son. Thankfully, a staff member at that hospital knew about us here at CURE Niger and recommended that they come see if we may be able to help. Now that Gambo is here, our staff will treat his leg and return him home standing on his own two feet and the fear inducing stigmas that have accompanied his condition dispelled!
And with one last grab of the camera, Gambo is on his way! He's completed his physical therapy and has been discharged! He'll be back in a few months, but please be praying with us that he continues to be diligent with his at-home exercise and that all the healing continues as planned.
Gambo was finally wearing pants so we were able to film him walking back from chapel this morning! It's such a privilege to literally have his first steps here with us!
For the first time ever, Gambo started walking today! He couldn't walk when he was burned and then his contracted leg prevented him from walking. But now that he's had his surgery, his leg is both strong and bendable enough to take a few steps!
Gambo had a rough night. Unlike his normal temperament, Gambo was all tears this morning and was running a fever. Doctor DeeDee gave him some special attention during morning rounds and made sure he got the medication he needed. He's sleeping right now and seems to be doing much better!
The skin graft went flawlessly! The doctors took skin from Gambo's right thigh and were able to apply it to his right leg where it was needed. He'll be getting regular cleaning and bandage changes in order to ensure that the skin graft takes to it's new location and the skin grows back on his thigh!
When we released the contracture, there wasn't enough skin to cover the newly exposed parts of Gambo's leg so, as his leg has been healing nicely, it's time for Gambo to get a skin graft! He's headed back into surgery, but it's a nice and straight forward procedure!
Since Gambo lives pretty far away, he's hanging out in our patient guest house as he goes through the necessary bandage changes and follow up appointments. He's still a little bit timid, but Mom snuggle time is never a bad thing!
Gambo was asleep when the doctors came through, but they gave him the go ahead to head on out of here! When we went back to say goodbye, hoping he was awake, he was already gone! We're sad to have missed him, but we'll see him next week as he starts his bandage changes!
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