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"She was not born this way and we do not know why it is happening to her," Rahaatou's grandmother tells us, a single tear welling up in her left eye. Rahaatou was born just like every other child in their village, but her family noticed something w… Read more
"She was not born this way and we do not know why it is happening to her," Rahaatou's grandmother tells us, a single tear welling up in her left eye. Rahaatou was born just like every other child in their village, but her family noticed something was wrong as Rahaatou didn't begin to walk at the age most babies do. Rahaatou did eventually learn to walk, but with much difficulty and pain. You see, Rahaatou has severe knock knees that only seem to get worse as she gets older. Her family believes that her condition comes from God, but struggles to understand why they are being put through this trial. Thankfully, a traveling teacher visited their village and met Rahaatou. He sat down with Rahaatou's family and explained that she needed to go to school, disability or not. He was also able to share the hope of healing that we offer here at CURE Niger. Now that Rahaatou has come to us, our medical staff will work her to straighten out her legs, getting her to school, and opening up a bright future!
Rahaatou will be going home this weekend! We are happy for her that she will be able to leave but sad that she will be leaving us! Today Rahaatou enjoyed her time in art therapy where we made crafts about the Easter story. Rahaatou had a bit of hard time cutting but she was able to finish!
Rahaatou is doing well, but has been keeping to herself most of the week, feeling a bit under the weather. She has spent a lot of the week indoors, but she said she feels a little better today and we were pumped to see her out playing today. She also said her cast feels as if it gets heavier by the day. Keep her in your prayers so that she may persevere through this time.
Compared to Rahaatou's previous surgeries, this surgery was just a small one so she says there's no pain and she is completely fine. The doctors agree with her and she's been discharged back to the guest house to rejoin her sister Habiba and their friends!
Rahaatou's surgery was a big success! The doctors worked on the angle of her left leg and inserted a big pin which will make sure the leg maintains the correction as it heals. It was a nice and straightforward procedure and Rahaatou is resting up in the ward now!
Rahaatou is now back in the ward getting ready for her next surgery. The doctors have found a few slight angles in her legs that they're going to straighten. She so much better than when she first arrived here, but this surgery should set her up perfectly! Please pray as she gets ready to head back in to the OR!
Rahaatou was in art therapy today where she was determined to color everything! We got a picture of her looking over to see how well her competition was doing. Rahaatou has no problems expressing herself and today she asked us why we take so many pictures of them. We explained that we take photos so that people like you can see what is happening because you care and pray for kids like her!
Rahaatou was part of the bible story and coloring we did today. After hearing about the story of Jesus fishing with his disciples, she got to color a coloring page of the story! After that, everyone made bracelets. Rahaatou said that she was going to make two because her sister Habiba was tired and could not come. For sisters that are always together, it is normal that one would be thinking of the other when she is not around.
Rahaatou saw the doctor today for a check up! He said she's doing great and that she'll just need a few more bandage changes to make sure the small surgical wounds heal up properly and don't get infected!
Our little lady was discharged today! She had a quick wound cleaning and bandage change to make sure the small surgical area where the doctors went in to shorten the pins doesn't get infected, but she says it's no big deal. She'll be going back to the guesthouse and she's excited to get to play with her sister Habiba again!
Rahaatou's procedure went great yesterday! She spent some time with our Storyteller Assistant Ezy this morning and was telling him she's not in any pain and actually feels so much better now that the slightly too long pins aren't poking her any more! Thank you all for praying and the six of you who took time out of your day to send her a Get Well Message!
Rahaatou has "passed" her doctor's exam and is indeed going back into surgery today! While she definitely does need to be put to sleep for the procedure, she's not getting a full on surgery this time. The doctors just need to go in to change the position and shorten some of the pins that were installed in her leg previously. As patients grow and adapt to their new legs, this sometimes needs to happen. It's by no means a big procedure, but please still be praying with us that Rahaatou's smile is just as big when she gets out of the OR later today!
Rahaatou loves to play at any given moment. Today, she asked to be pushed on the swings and a visiting volunteer took the opportunity! On the medical front, Rahaatou was scheduled for surgery, but our anesthesiologist noticed a little sickness in her lungs which would've made her being put to sleep dangerous so Rahaatou's surgery was postponed. The indefinite waiting is getting Rahaatou down, but her safety is important so we've got to wait. If you could be praying to lift her spirits, that would be incredible!
Rahaatou always has a smile! She is doing well, keeping herself busy with friends and by asking to have pictures taken of herself. At her request, we took a few photos of her and she told us that this particular photo is print worthy because it only focuses on her and there is no one else in the photo to cause distractions. We love her sassiness!
Rahaatou will need to see the doctor again. She does not have an appointment quite yet and she is impatient to get work done. Pray for her so that she may be patient with the process. Rahaatou is not like her sister Habiba, she does not take risks. She has yet to get over her fears to go on the slide on the playground so she just asked for a picture of her and her friends. Pray for her as she waits!
Even though Rahaatou has seen the doctor, there are still some things that the doctor needs to see before she can go for surgery. Pray that everything goes well. She had a blast hearing the Bible stories today!
Rahaatou made it back for her check up appointment today and the doctors say she is doing great! She's walking without her walker and says she has no pain. With the doctor's appointment out of the way, Rahaatou is once again heading back home. She's scheduled for another follow up in January so we'll see her then!
Rahaatou has once again gone home, but not until after she and her sister Habiba got to jointly, as they do everything, be in a fashion show! They modeled some clothes made by a local seamstress and had a great time. Right now, they're scheduled to be back here for a follow up appointment in three months!
Rahaatou took part in the art therapy session today where she decorated a frame for a photo we printed off of her. The idea being that we're all made in God's image and He loves us so very much. This message was then reinforced by us getting the chance to deliver all of your get well messages to her!
After another consultation with the doctor, it's looking like Rahaatou won't need that walking boot after all! Even though it's not in this shot, she's still walking with a walker, but just look at that difference between now and when she first came to us six months ago!
Rahaatou (looking at the camera) and her sister Habiba came back for their post op check up today! Rahaatou has healed nicely and her legs are looking good! She's going to hang out for a little bit as we make a walking boot for her that will help protect her leg in these final stages of healing!
Rahaatou's x-ray came back showing only good things and after a solid weekend of rest, she's been discharged! Please keep praying for her as it'll be a few weeks before her next follow up appointment!
Rahaatou is a little sore today, but doing well. There are no signs of swelling and she's not talking about any intense pain which is always a good thing! She's getting an x-ray today to verify everything is staying where it needs to be and, if that goes as expected, she'll be able to go home soon!
Rahaatou is out and things went great! Any time you see the C-Arm x-ray machine being used, you know it's a serious surgery. Here you can see the doctors examining the x-ray as they precisely place a giant pin inside her leg to help keep it straight.
It is time for Rahaatou's next surgery! She's been admitted to the ward and could not be more excited! We were able to add to her excitement by delivering several get well messages that you all have sent. Thank you for your prayers and love for this little one and please continue it through this next surgery of hers!
While Habiba has been admitted to the ward for her next surgery, Rahaatou will have to wait a little longer until she's ready for her own round two. She's not complaining though because this means she gets more craft time and attention from our spiritual staff!
Rahaatou and her sister Habiba stopped by the hospital for a quick follow up appointment. Everything is looking good! The big take away is that Rahaatou somehow lost her walker so her and Habiba are sharing one. While it's quite amusing to watch the two of them creep along sharing it, we'll get them sorted out!
Rahaatou's grandmother was able to work out some last minute transportation home for the two of them and they ended up slipping out early this morning. We're sad we didn't get a proper goodbye, but they'll be back in a few weeks for Rahaatou's follow up appointment! If all goes well, we'll be able to take her cast off then and start talking about leg number two!
With one last smile, the doctors have discharged Rahaatou! She's not going far though. Since she lives a good distance away, this little lady will be staying at our patient guesthouse while she heals up. We definitely won't complain about having her around! But now that she's been discharged the active part of healing is pretty much done and we just have to sit around and let her body put itself back together. This passive part of the process can be frustrating because it's takes time. Please be praying for patience for both Rahaatou and her grandmother!
Another day in the ward as the medical staff gives Rahaatou a once over during their morning rounds. They're pleased with the way her healing is coming along and our little lady is keeping her spirits high! She should be able to get out of the ward sometime tomorrow!
All Rahaatou's meds from anesthesia have worn off and she's remarkably chipper! Normally kids are pretty subdued the first day after surgery, but Rahaatou is all smiles and laughs which makes us happy as well! You can be praying that her demeanour continues this well as her healing process progresses!
Rahaatou is here and getting ready for surgery. She couldn't be more excited to get started and we couldn't be more excited to have this giant smile with us! Please be in prayer alongside us for strength and bravery for this little one.
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