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Souleymane is shy little guy with a glint of mischief shining in his big, dark eyes. What you can't immediately see is that Souleymane was born with an incurable condition called brittle bone disease. This means that Souleymane's bones just aren't … Read more
Souleymane is shy little guy with a glint of mischief shining in his big, dark eyes. What you can't immediately see is that Souleymane was born with an incurable condition called brittle bone disease. This means that Souleymane's bones just aren't as strong as a normal child's and can break much easier. He first learned of his condition when he was walking around his village and tripped. This little accident was enough to break his leg. With no medical care facilities nearby, Souleymane was carried back home and put on bed rest until his leg healed. Unfortunately, Souleymane's mischievous side got the better of him and he tried to walk before his leg was healed. In the process, he ended up breaking his leg yet again. Now with two breaks, Souleymane's leg lay at an unnatural angle and still with no access to medical care. The family could do nothing but sit and watch as his leg permanently healed in this position. The breaks have rendered Souleymane's leg useless and made him a spectacle in his village. Thankfully, when Souleymane's family took a trip to spend some time with his grandparents, they saw his misshapen leg and immediately told his parents about us here at CURE Niger. Souleymane is now here with his grandmother and while we cannot heal his brittle bone disease, we can fix his leg and give him a second chance in life!
Dr Jean Francois and the medical team say Souleyman is doing well and should be able to go home soon! Not today, but soon. While we do our best to keep the hospital fun, it does get boring and Souleyman is excited to go home to his family and friends!
Souleymane is still a little under the weather, but we did catch one of those million dollar smiles out of him (although we didn't capture a photo of it). He seems most content to hang out in bed and just rest at this point in the recovery process.
The rod reposition was a quick and straight forward surgery. With no complications, Souleymane was in and out in no time! Thank you for your prayers as he went through this procedure and please keep them coming because the hard work for our little guy starts now as his body recovers!
Unfortunately, Souleymane is back with us. The rod we put in his leg last time has shifted meaning it won't be able to do it's job and we have to reposition it. It's never fun getting a second surgery, but this will just be a small one and Souleymane doesn't seem at all phased by it! On the plus side, we're so excited to get to spend some more time with this bundle of joy!
Souleymane's smile is back! He's feeling miles better today! The pain is receding and he's getting used to having a cast on his leg. The doctors say he's doing great as well and he can go home to finish up the healing process! We'll be seeing him in a few weeks for his follow up appointment.
Souleymane and his grandmother spent some time with Tante from our spiritual department today! They had some good talks and a good time of prayer. Overall, Tante just wanted to let them know that they're not alone in all of this. Medically, Souleymane's body is doing what it should be. Emotionally, he is a little muted. He's still a tad uncomfortable, but getting better!
Our man is still a little out of sorts. It's not exactly a fun experience having a rod put in your leg. Every day will be a little easier though. If you could pray with us for strength and determination for Souleymane, that would be much appreciated!
Souleymane's surgery went extremely well and he is resting up in the ward! The doctors were able to essentially re-break his leg so it is once again straight. They also put in a rod to make sure the leg stays straight! As our little man grows into a big man, he will need to return and get a longer rod put in, but that won't be for another five or six years.
We're pumped that Souleymane finally found out about us here at CURE Niger and has made his way here for treatment! He's a little nervous with his new surroundings, but we're excited to get to know him and to get his leg straightened out ... literally! Please be praying for strength, both mental and physical, for our little guy as he sets out on this journey of healing!
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