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“When you are happy in your heart, you smile with your teeth. Koubra is now smiling with her teeth,” Koubra’s mother tells us, a toothy smile appearing on her own face. Koubra’s mother has given birth to ten children, but five of them have … Read more
“When you are happy in your heart, you smile with your teeth. Koubra is now smiling with her teeth,” Koubra’s mother tells us, a toothy smile appearing on her own face. Koubra’s mother has given birth to ten children, but five of them have died due to various diseases and infections. So, when a small sore appeared on Koubra’s leg, indicative of a deeper bone infection, just over a year ago and commenced growing, the entire family was terrified they may lose their little girl. Koubra’s mother carried Koubra all over their region, visiting a total of five different hospitals. Each hospital they visited was not equipped to treat the bone infection, so they were not able to help Koubra. They had all but given up hope. Thankfully, CURE Niger hosted an awareness mission in the market where Koubra’s mother works. Information was exchanged, and mere days later, Koubra showed up at the CURE Niger doorstep after her entire village contributed money to get her here! Now that she is with us, our medical staff will go in and clear out the dead and infected bone, prevent any spreading, and send Koubra home with her future secure!
Koubra's smile just gets bigger and bigger, even in the midst of an ongoing infection. She's been staying several weeks at our guesthouse while the doctors work out the best plan of attack against the infection in her knee. They're starting a new type of antibiotic today - let's pray it tackles this thing for good!
This young woman is such a little trooper! While she's still battling this infection, her smile refuses to get any smaller. She's still on a medicine regimen and our doctors are keeping a close eye on her. In the meantime, please continue joining us in lifting her up in prayer!
Koubra took part in our group art therapy session making "flying carpets" out of colored paper and glue. Art therapy is always a great time to take the kid's minds off their difficulties and just have some fun being kids!
Koubra is back for a check up! The doctors are happy with her leg as she can both fully extend it and bend it 90 degrees. We have to do a little more investigation about her residual infection. She seems to be doing pretty well, but she's also been put on some meds so we'll see how that plays out. In the meantime, she's staying at our patient guesthouse once again!
Even though Koubra is very shy, she has a lot of knowledge to share. She cannot wait to go to school and learn even more! “All I want to do is learn,” she says.
It's bittersweet that we're seeing Koubra again. Sweet because we always love seeing her and that amazing smile of hers, but bitter because it means she's having more problems. Her knee is unfortunately swollen and hot, both indications of a reoccurrence of her infection. As you can tell, these infections can be a beast to beat with little pockets hiding only to the spring out full force at a later date. Right now Koubra will be started on antibiotics which will hopefully take care of the problem. If not, an aggressive surgery where the doctors go in and manually clear out the infection may be necessary. Please be praying for this one as we take another round with this infection!
Koubra's is officially free from infection and got discharged! No lies, the infection was a hard one to beat, but we all got there thanks to the medical excellence of our staff and Koubra's high spirits. Hopefully she'll remain infection free and we won't need to see her again, but she knows we're here if she needs us!
Even though the doctors cleared out the infected tissue, the surgery has left Koubra's leg feeling a bit stiff and sore. She's using a walker to get around, but she's keeping her spirits high and her smile big. We're constantly amazed by this young woman's attitude!
The doctors came through today and after checking on her, told her that she can be discharged! Since she lives a long way away, she'll be staying at our patient guesthouse for a while. To celebrate the occasion, she figured out how to use our phone to take a photo of herself!
Koubra's still hanging out in the ward, but some of her friends came to visit and spend time with her today which was a nice change of pace! We also got to sit down and read her your get-well messages. Thank you all so much for loving this young woman so well!
Koubra's drainage yesterday went just fine. She says she feels the same, but yesterday was a big step in fighting her infection! This little lady has to stay in the ward today so the nurses can keep an eye on her, but she says it's boring and she wants to go to the guesthouse where she has a lot of friends. To try and help her fight the boredom, we were able to find a few coloring pages to do with her!
Dr. Diane, our CURE Niger Anesthesiologist, checked Koubra this morning and confirmed she's all clear to go into the OR today! Koubra's wound cleanings are helping to keep the infection at bay, but the doctors found there's essentially a pocket of pus inside Koubra's leg. Today they're going to put her to sleep and then drain this pocket dry which should put us ahead of this infection! Please be praying for this little lady and her massive smile!
Koubra stopped back by CURE Niger! She's had a slight complication since the last time we saw her. Evidently she was doing fine for a long time, but then she fell sick with malaria. A local hospital was able to treat her malaria, but not long after, her leg began to pus again. Afraid that it's indicative of a deeper infection, Koubra's mother brought Koubra back to us as soon as she could. Right know we've put Koubra on a wound cleaning and bandage change regimen and we'll see how things progress!
Koubra and her amazing smile stopped by the hospital today! She didn't have a follow up appointment and nothing is wrong so we were a little confused as to why she was here. Turns out she and her mom just wanted to come by and thank everyone for healing her. They went work station to work station thanking everyone and spreading appreciation. We love this little one!
Koubra has completely healed from her surgery, and by all indications, her infection is gone! She's been discharged, and been told she only needs to return if something else goes wrong. We're sad to see her leave, but wer're happy we've been able to help!
Koubra starts her bandage change and wound cleaning routine today. She's not all that pumped about it, but it's part of the whole healing gig for her. Let's all join together in prayer for peace and encouragement for her as she continues to recover!
Koubra's surgery was a little more involved than expected, but everything worked out well! The doctors went in into her thigh and removed all the dead and infected bone and tissue. The unexpected part was just how much of it was in there. After the removal, the whole area was flushed and sewn back up. During the surgery, the doctors found evidence of a small fracture, which is most likely how the infection started in the first place!
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