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"If Amou does not get this surgery, she will continue to grow up in an atmosphere of rejection and this is not good for a child of God," Rabi, Amou's mother, tells us with absolute sincerity. Amou was born with a cleft lip and is the first person w… Read more
"If Amou does not get this surgery, she will continue to grow up in an atmosphere of rejection and this is not good for a child of God," Rabi, Amou's mother, tells us with absolute sincerity. Amou was born with a cleft lip and is the first person with a cleft lip to ever be born in her village. Rabi firmly believes that Amou is a gift from God, but this doesn't stop the other villagers from whispering about the possible reasons Amou was born like this. In a country where homogeneity is valued above most everything else, being born different puts Amou in a dangerous situation. Thankfully, a CURE Niger mobile clinic took place near Amou's village and a local health worker encourged Rabi to bring Amou. Our medical staff saw Amou and was able to share the hope of healing with her. Amou has now made her way to our hospital where she will indeed receive the surgery she needs to fix her lip and place her in an atmosphere not of rejection, but of love, acceptance, and hope!
Amou went ahead and got herself discharged! Her lip is all healed up so she won't be needing any more cleanings or bandage changes. Her next follow up appointment won't be for a few months so there's no reason she can't go home and show off that beautiful new lip of hers!
Amou's cleft lip isn't all that severe which means her surgery was a nice and quick one! The doctors cleaned up the edges of her cleft with a knife and then were able to sew the two straight edges together to reconstruct her lip. Amou is back in the ward now and should be waking up from the medication soon!
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