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“Everyone believes that the Devil has deformed him in the womb,” Abel’s father tells us, a serious silence replacing his usual cheery demeanor. Abel was born with two severely deformed legs, preventing him from walking. Children are usually v… Read more
“Everyone believes that the Devil has deformed him in the womb,” Abel’s father tells us, a serious silence replacing his usual cheery demeanor. Abel was born with two severely deformed legs, preventing him from walking. Children are usually viewed as an asset to a family, extra hands to help with the work, but Abel is completely dependent on his. While the rest of the community whispers in the shadows about curses and supernatural forces, Abel’s family loves their son and brother with a God given peace after having long ago learned that different does not mean damned. Abel’s family has a genetic condition that makes them slightly shorter than the average Nigerien and unique in their bone structure. They are no strangers to discrimination and have loved and cared for Abel just the way he is. With this said, Abel still dreams of being able to walk and contribute to the family life so it was viewed as a miracle when Abel’s aunt was on a bus and struck up a conversation with a pastor. This pastor found out about Abel’s situation and immediately told Abel’s aunt about us here at CURE Niger. She passed the news on to Abel’s father who wasted no time in packing their bags and making their way to our hospital. Now that they are here, we will give Abel the surgeries he needs to straighten his legs and begin the long journey to healing that he so desires!
After a little time spent with our social worker and spiritual staff member, Balki, Abel was discharged to spend some time healing up at home! We're going to miss this smiling face and are already looking forward to when he comes back for his follow up appointment in a few weeks!
No worse for the wear, Abel is up and smiling today! He's bound to have at least a little discomfort from the surgery, but you can't tell interacting with him. This little man is just excited to be on the path to healing!
Surgery number one is done and in the books! It was a long, but straight forward surgery. The doctors took out a chunk of bone from Abel's right femur (the bone in your thigh) which allowed them to essentially break it straight. A long nail was then put in to help provide support. From there it was a simple task of sewing up the leg and wrapping it in a cast. Abel is back in the ward and resting up from the first step on the journey to a new life!
We couldn't be more excited to have Abel here at the hospital this week! He's been through some rough times because of his condition, but he is spreading nothing but smiles and joy around the ward as he gets ready for surgery! Will you pray with us that God strengthens both Abel and his father as this is bound to be a long process? Will you also pray for our medical staff that the Lord gives them peace and wisdom as they go about their work? And finally, will you pray that Abel and his father feel the depth of love of Christ through their interactions with our staff?
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