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“His father wants nothing to do with him because of his condition,” Gali’s mother tells us, her voice heavy with sadness. “(Gali’s father) will not give money for food or for clothes or to help Gali in any way.“ Since Gali was five year… Read more
“His father wants nothing to do with him because of his condition,” Gali’s mother tells us, her voice heavy with sadness. “(Gali’s father) will not give money for food or for clothes or to help Gali in any way.“ Since Gali was five years old, his legs have splayed out due to a severe leg deformity. Gali struggles to walk even with the assistance of a sturdy tree branch he has fashioned into a cane. Besides the discrimination he faces in his own family, Gali has also been beaten by several men in his village and many parents forbid their children from playing with Gali for fear that they will be infected with his disability. This is heart wrenching for a gentle and loving young man such as Gali. Thankfully, Gali’s uncle struck up a chance friendship with one of our CURE Niger employees and ecstatically passed our message of hope on to Gali. Gali and his mother have now made the journey here to our hospital where he will receive the healing he needs to stand tall and straight!
Gali's wounds are all healed up and the bandages off. We had a chance today to hang out with him and encourage him with several of your get well messages. Since he's deaf, we mimed most of them and we think he got the point ... or at least we hope he did! We also managed to snap a new after photo of him and just look at that difference from when he first came to us ten months ago!
Another week, another bandage change for our man. We got a chance to talk with his mom today and she was asking for a copy of Gali's very first before photo because people who meet him now don't believe the stories of how bent his legs used to be!
Gali was back for his check up and he needs a bit more time to heal. The doctors cleaned everything, changed his bandage, and sent him on his way again. We also think he might have a little crush because he was making eyes at this girl in the waiting room and she was all giggling in return. Maybe we're seeing the start of something here! But it's all just speculation at this point.
While Gali is still waiting for his appointment later this week, he's been going to regular bandage changes and wound cleanings in order to make sure things heal up as fast as possible! The only down side is having to wait his turn in the mornings as the bandage change room is a popular place.
Gali got his cast off and saw the doctor today! Unfortunately, they found multiple wounds that had developed under the cast. Nothing super serious, but also not great. The cast is staying off and Gali got the wounds cleaned and some bandages put on. He's also been put on antibiotics and he'll have another follow up appointment next week!
Our man Gali got his transportation figured out and headed home over the long easter weekend! We'll be seeng him again in a few weeks for his follow up appointment and we can't wait to see how he progresses!
Late yesterday, Gali bled a little through his cast which happens sometimes. The nurses kept a close eye on him all through the night and he's doing fine now. One of our spiritual staff members, Salamatou, spent a little time loving on him this morning and then he got discharged! He'll be staying in our guest house for a little bit as he continues to heal up!
With how deformed Gali's legs were, there was a lot of cutting, figuring out angles, and re-attaching needed to straighten his second leg. Dr. Negrini remarked that it was a lot like woodwork getting these legs into a position where they could be useful. It was a long process, but Gali's second surgery is done and he starts the healing process now!
Bad news. Gali was all ready to go in for his next surgery today, but a phlegmy cough alerted the doctors that he wasn't quite ready. His surgery ended up getting postponed again which is a bummer. On the plus side, we were able to deliver several of your get well messages. Knowing he's not alone in all of this is big comfort so thank you!
Gali got to see the doctor today and everything is looking good! We're beginning the conversation with his mother now about when to proceed with his next leg! Please be praying there is no more sickness and no more delays!
Gali is a little bit sick which is no danger to him, but that means we can't just jump right into his next surgery. His mom is working out travel plans to get them home, and he'll be back in a few months to start work on the next leg!
As instructed, Gali has been walking on his straightened leg and things are looking good! He has strengthened, although walking is pretty tiring for our man due to his left leg still being bent at this awkward angle. The good news is that it's time to begin the conversation about his next surgery.
Gali got his cast off and had his follow up appointment today! His wounds have healed nicely and he's been instructed to walk on his leg in order to strengthen the healing. His next appointment is set for one month from now!
Gali is back! He's a little bit early for his follow-up appointment. He'll be hanging out at our guest house again and reconnecting with all his friends from when he was here the first time. We hope that his reunions bring lots of smiles!
Gali has been discharged today! He's hanging out in our overflow guesthouse as we work with a local bus company to get them home for the time until Gali's next appointment. Please keep him in your prayers!
Gali was set up with a walker today! It's going to be tough for him to walk, but as he struggles through it, his leg will get stronger and he'll heal faster! Please pray for determination and for him to persevere!
With Gali's first surgery almost a whole week ago, he's going back into the OR today! This time, he'll just be getting a new cast put on, but the doctors want to reorient the leg in order to make sure it continues to heal straight. This procedure would be too painful to safely do while Gali is awake, so he'll be put to sleep again.
Gali is recovering nicely from his surgery. He is undoubtedly in pain, but you'd never be able to tell with this stoic young man! Please be continuing to pray for him. We're also sure he would love to receive a get well message, he's deaf which means visual get wells are the easiest to convey to him!
It was a long and complicated surgery, but our team of doctors were successful with Gali's operation! They had to completely sever some of the bones in his legs, change the angle at which they connect, and then re-attach them. Please be praying for Gali's recovery process!
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