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"We want nothing to stop her from smiling," Chafaatou's Grandmother, Haoua, tells us with firm conviction. Chafaatou has a burn contracture on her left hand that prevents her from opening it completely. It is trapped in a permanent claw-like positi… Read more
"We want nothing to stop her from smiling," Chafaatou's Grandmother, Haoua, tells us with firm conviction. Chafaatou has a burn contracture on her left hand that prevents her from opening it completely. It is trapped in a permanent claw-like position due to skin from her fingers melting into skin from her palm. She wasn't born this way, but was burned last year. Haoua had been fixing one of Chafaatou's little plastic flip flops that had broken. She was heating a knife over the cooking fire while Chafaatou stood behind her, looking over her shoulder. As Haoua used the hot blade to melt the plastic in order to reattach it, Chafaatou slipped and grabbed the hot blade to steady herself. The burns were instantaneous and with no medical care close by, the burns healed in this claw-like and disabling way. Thankfully, an outreach team from CURE Niger visited Chafaatou's village and was able to let her family know the good news that Chafaatou could be healed. Chafaatou has now made her way to our hospital and will get the surgery she needs to release her fingers and live a life unencumbered by disability!
We're getting closer to the end with these continual bandage changes, but Chafaatou is still pretending she's shy around us! We're not sure what happened, but she keeps hiding every time we come around, much to the amusement of everyone else!
Chafaatou stopped by for a wound cleaning and bandage change today. With how dusty Niger is, this is incredibly important in order to keep dirt out of the wound and make sure the healing continues along nicely!
Chafaatou is incredibly alert and happy for it being the first day after surgery (just check out her after photo on her profile)! The doctor saw her this morning and made the call that she can go home and continue healing from the comfort of familiar surroundings. She'll be back soon for a follow up and we're already looking forward to seeing her smiling face.
Chafaatou's surgery was nice and straight forward! The doctors were able to release the burn contractures that had been disabling her hand and once she heals up, she'll be all good! Until then, she's got a nice big bandaged hand.
Even though we just met her, we can already tell that Chafaatou is the big personality of the ward this week! Just check out that smile and there's a whole lot of sass that comes with it. We're looking forward to some good laughs with this little lady as we take care of her burned hand!
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