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"I don't like having to think about it all the time," Imane tells us betraying the self-consciousness that lies just under the surface of this strong and proud young woman. When Imane was just a child, she was running around with the other children… Read more
"I don't like having to think about it all the time," Imane tells us betraying the self-consciousness that lies just under the surface of this strong and proud young woman. When Imane was just a child, she was running around with the other children at the feast to mark the end of Ramadan, a very big celebration here in Muslim Niger. As most of the cooking is done outside, the children's playing often spilled over into the vicinity of the cooking fires. All it took was one moment where Imane's feet moved faster than her body to change her carefree life. She put out her hand to catch herself as she fell and it went straight into a pot of boiling cooking oil. The burns were instantaneous and bad. Fortunately, the family lives in Niamey, the capital of Niger, where there is better access to healthcare than most places, but even with their resources, Imane's hand healed imperfectly. Our young lady loves going to school and interacting with her friends, but is always conscious of her burns and contractures which have proven an easy target for the school bullies. She does her best to hide her hand, but her differences are never far from her mind. Thankfully, Imane's family heard about us here at CURE Niger through a recent advertisement campaign we ran and came to us, wondering if we could help. Now that Imane is with us, we will be able to release the contractures. Her hand will still have a few marks of the burn, but it will be fully functional and help to instill new confidence in this incredible young lady!
Imane stopped by for a bandage change and wound cleaning today! After she was done, she stuck around for our Christmas party, along with her brother. We loved getting the chance to share the Christmas story with them and why it is so important!
Imane's surgery went wonderfully and you can see our anesthesiologist, Dr Diane, waking her up after the surgery finished. The doctors separated all of her fingers, bandaged her up, and sent her back to the ward to heal up!
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