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“She tells me things like, ‘Mom, you have to repair my hands so I can go to school.’ So I have no choice. I must find healing for her!” Djamila’s mother tells us with a slight chuckle in her voice as she reflects on the sassiness of her d… Read more
“She tells me things like, ‘Mom, you have to repair my hands so I can go to school.’ So I have no choice. I must find healing for her!” Djamila’s mother tells us with a slight chuckle in her voice as she reflects on the sassiness of her daughter. Djamila was burned a few years ago, right after she had learned to walk. Her family was attending a naming ceremony where the men were conversing, the women were cooking, and the children were running everywhere. Having just started walking, Djamila was one of the most uncoordinated of the children, but she did her best to keep up. Unfortunately, her little legs couldn’t move as fast as she wanted and she ended falling, hands first, into a poorly placed pot of hot cooking oil. Her hands were instantly burned. She was rushed to the nearest health center where her wounds were treated to the best of their ability, but they were not properly equipped to deal with burns of this magnitude. Djamila’s hands healed in the coming weeks, but in a way where all her fingers were essentially melted together. At the follow-up appointment, the health center told Djamila’s family that amputation was the only option for their daughter. Refusing to give up hope, Djamila’s father responded with a forceful “Absolutely not.” It wasn’t until years later that their hope was rewarded. We, here at CURE Niger, had recently completed an outreach mission in Djamila’s region of Niger where we had spent some time with the mayor. This mayor ended up visiting Djamila’s village several weeks later and, when he met Djamila, passed on the news of the healing we offer. Djamila is now here with us and, together, we are about to embark on the long journey to healing!
We have a long term volunteer here with us that has taken on the big task of continuing education for the kids staying in our long term patient guest house. Djamila had a little trouble gripping the chalk to use with the personal blackboards that were distributed. She managed well though and when she's done with all her surgeries, she won't have any trouble whatsoever!
Djamila snuck back into the art therapist's office today and had a little play time with the teddy bear there. You can see here that she's tied it on her back like Nigerien mothers do with their babies!
We mentioned yesterday that Djamila is the face of CURE's year end campaign, well, today, we showed her. We absolutely love this little lady, her reaction, and her smiles! https://youtu.be/m_GhZ92-8SY
Djamila got to join us at our Christmas party today! Seeing that Christians are such a minor part of the population here in Niger, Christmas really isn't celebrated or understood so we got to explain Christmas and Jesus and why we celebrate to Djamila!
Djamila had her first bandage change and wound cleaning today! You can see the one finger that the doctors were able to separate this time around. It's going to be a long process with multiple surgeries, but the life change coming about is priceless!
As of today, Djamila has been discharged! Since she lives pretty far away, so she'll be staying in our long term patient guesthouse right on our campus as she starts her regular wound cleanings and bandage changes. We were able to welcome her to the guesthouse by delivering a slew of get well messages from all of you! Thanks for loving this little one so well!
Djamila's surgery went stunningly! The medical team has opted to attack her right hand first. They were able to carefully separate her fingers before wrapping them back up in a lovely mitten-esque bandage.
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