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Al Hassan's Story
Afiti laughs as we ask her what her community thinks about her son, Al Hassan. “They do not think anything,” she tells us, “they have never seen him. I keep him hidden inside. It is for his own safety.” She sombers up slightly. “The few w… Read more
Afiti laughs as we ask her what her community thinks about her son, Al Hassan. “They do not think anything,” she tells us, “they have never seen him. I keep him hidden inside. It is for his own safety.” She sombers up slightly. “The few who do know about him say I should kill him, but only God should give and take life.” Al Hassan was born with tumorous growth on his face that has only grown as this little man has. It now dominates his face and inspires fear in those who see it. In a country where those with physical differences are often ostracized and discarded to the fringes of society, Al Hassan’s condition is essentially a death sentence. He will never be able to live a productive and normal life. Thankfully, a pastor in contact with the CURE Niger Spiritual Department met Afiti and shared with them the hope of healing that we offer here at CURE Niger. Now that Al Hassan is with us, we will treat him and send him home better equipped to take on this world!
Al Hassan had his follow up doctor's appointment today and they say he's doing great! So great in fact that he's being fully discharged. He's been told to come back in six months for another follow up so we'll be seeing him again then.
Yesterday, we mentioned that Al Hassan's confidence is increasing slowly but surely. Today, we saw him walking around on his own! He still sticks near his mother, but we're thrilled to see his inquisitive side come out as he sets out on his own, even if it's just a little!
Al Hassan is doing great with the healing process and getting more confident with every passing day! He got discharged from the ward today and will be staying in our patient guest house as he continues with the regimen.
Our little man is back with us! He's still getting used to the feeling of not having a massive tumor hanging off his lip, but, overall, he is doing and looking great! He'll be staying in our ward for a few days as he begins the aftercare regimen.
Al Hassan has received his surgery and the word on the street is it went stunningly well! The tumor has been removed and he is resting up in the recovery room. As long as everything goes to plan, our little guy should be back with us to start his aftercare routine this Sunday!
**This is not a photo of Al Hassan's surgery** Al Hassan is having his surgery today! There is a German surgeon visiting Niger who is a facial reconstruction specialist. He's visited many times before and will often work with us here at CURE Niger. This time though, he is working out of a nearby clinic and all parties involved determined it would be best for Al Hassan to go there instead of the surgeon coming to our hospital. CURE is still funding the surgery and will still be in charge of all Al Hassan's after care. We're thrilled that this surgeon is willing to lend his expertise! We'll be getting updates on Al Hassan while he's at the clinic and we can't wait to have him back here with us!
“The few who do know about him say I should kill him, but only God should give and take life.” says Afiti, Al Hassan's mother. We're so glad Al Hassan is here with us and his mother has chosen life. We can't wait to remove the tumor and give this little guy a new chance in this world!
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