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"I like to work in the rice fields," Zakari tells us, "but I am always slow because of my foot. Soon I will not be!" Zakari was born with a clubfoot which has come to define him in his village. He is often teased, not only because his foot is diffe… Read more
"I like to work in the rice fields," Zakari tells us, "but I am always slow because of my foot. Soon I will not be!" Zakari was born with a clubfoot which has come to define him in his village. He is often teased, not only because his foot is different, but also because he cannot move as fast and fluidly as the other young men his age. Zakari dreams of being the hardest worker in the fields and putting all his naysayers in their place. For his entire life, this has just been a dream as his family could find no solution for his severely clubbed foot. Thankfully, a CURE Niger outreach team made contact with the chief of Zakari's region and were led to Zakari. We were able to examine his foot and share with him the good news that we can treat him. Zakari has now made his way here to us where he will get the surgery he needs to straighten his foot. When he leaves us, he will do so with the tools necessary to show the world what he is made of!
Our man got discharged today and is heading home to finish up the healing process! We'll be seeing him again in a few weeks for his follow up appointment!
Our man is sore, but doing well. He's slept off his medication and is, once again, starting the process of healing the surgical wounds. Our spiritual staff got to spend some time reading Bible stories with him today, but he seemed more interested in sleep at the time.
Zakari's surgery was long and intense, but completely successful! The doctors were able to remove several chunks of bone from his foot which allowed them to fully straighten it before casting Zakari back up. Zakari is back resting the ward now!
Zakari is back! The doctors are conducting Zakari's clubfoot treatment in two phases. The first phase was to release all the tendons that were pulling Zakari's foot into the clubbed position. Now that Zakari has healed from that, it's time to move on to phase two where the doctors will remove chunks of bone in Zakari's foot allowing them to reorient the foot into the way it should be and would have been had it not been for the rouge tendons that were fixed in phase one. The two phase approach takes longer, but has been shown to get better correction! Zakari has been admitted to the ward and got his cast off this morning in preparation for the surgery! Please be praying that everything continues as straight forward and easy as it has been so far!
Zakari had a good weekend at home, but is back in the ward today. There was a slight miscommunication between us and the doctors last week so we apologize reporting that he wasn't returning for several weeks. The plan all along has been for him to return and go into the OR for something called a "manipulation under anesthesia." Essentially the doctors let his foot heal a little bit and now they're going to reorient it into a better angle that wasn't possible to achieve before. Zakari won't be cut open, but all the pushing and pulling would be pretty painful so he's being put to sleep for the procedure!
With one more look over by the doctor, Zakari has been discharged! He's still in a little pain, but that is to be expected after such a large surgery. He'll continue to heal up and return in a few weeks when we'll take a look at how he's doing!
Zakari's surgery is complete and everything went exactly as planned! The doctors were able to release the tendons in his foot that were holding it in the clubbed position as well as remove the excess material so his foot can sit comfortably in a normal and useful position now! Our guy is resting up in the ward as we speak! Please be praying with us that his recovery will be just as straight forward as his surgery was!
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