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Rabiou is a shy little guy with big eyes and an even bigger smile if you're lucky enough to see it. "He was born like all the other babies," his mother tells us, "but he is not like all the other babies." When Rabiou got to the age where he began t… Read more
Rabiou is a shy little guy with big eyes and an even bigger smile if you're lucky enough to see it. "He was born like all the other babies," his mother tells us, "but he is not like all the other babies." When Rabiou got to the age where he began to walk, his family noticed a slight curvature in his legs. They prayed his legs would straighten themselves out as he grew, but the curvature just got worse. They did their best to shield Rabiou from the community, but he was greeted with shock, and sometimes even disgust, every time he went out. Thankfully, Rabiou's father befriended a man who worked at the local hospital. When this man first met Rabiou, he immediately told them about us here at CURE Niger. Rabiou's family were blown away to find out that Rabiou's legs could be corrected and wasted no time in making the journey here to our hospital!
https://youtu.be/3jgGH57OWXk Rabiou is doing great after surgery! Mandia, his mom, said he was in a little pain last night, but you'd never be able to know with how big his smiles were this morning! We've been working with him a little bit here and there to develop a secret handshake. It generally goes against the rules to share secret handshakes, but Rabiou said it would be ok if we filmed it for you as a thank you for the get well messages you've been sending!
Surgery complete! Rabiou had a procedure called an osteotomy on his right leg. Dr Milka (on the left) took a wedge out of one of the bones beneath his knee. With this wedge missing, she was able to correct the angle of the bone and straighten everything out! Rabiou is out of the OR now and sleeping off the rest of the drugs. We can't wait to get to chat with him and be with him when he sees his new, straight leg!
So Rabiou is back! His legs have finally evened out length-wise (even though you can't tell from this picture as he's leaning). With that one problem down, it's time to attack the curvature problem. Rabiou was admitted to the ward and he'll be going in for surgery on his right leg shortly in order to straighten in out! He doesn't love being in the ward again, but Mandia, his mom, assures us that he's excited and it's all he's been talking about!
Rabiou is back for his follow up appointment! The doctors say he's healing up well, but needs to stay in his cast just a little longer although we did give him a new cast as he completely destroyed his old one! After his appointment, Rabiou joined us for an art therapy session where he decorated a frame for a photo of himself. This gave us a chance to sit down with him and explain that we're all made in God's image and He loves us all more than we can imagine!
Rabiou stopped by for his follow up appointment and we had some bad news to give him. His surgery wound isn't healing up and actually looks like it's gotten bigger. Turns out that he's been scratching the wound which has aggravated it. As a result, he got a cast on his leg today to keep him from making it worse. It'll be a more uncomfortable situation, but it'll give the wound a chance to heal up properly!
Rabiou came back for a quick wound cleaning and bandage change today. He's still running around and being his happy little self. His mother, Mandia, is optimistic about his future now that he has had his surgery!
Since Rabiou had such a small surgery he didn't even end up needing any casts! The doctors have kept an eye on his legs and he's doing great. So great, in fact, that he got discharged to finish healing up at home!
Rabiou's surgery went great! The doctors attempted a minimally invasive procedure that should help his body correct itself. The surgical staff blocked the growth plates for both of his tibias (one of the bones beneath the knee in your leg) which will prevent these bones from growing while the other bones are left free. As Rabiou continues to grow, the discrepancies in growth will straighten his legs right out!
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