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Balkissa is a hard of hearing young lady who lets her smile do the talking. On top of the difficulties of being hard of hearing in a hearing world, when Balkissa was learning to walk, her family noticed her foot dropping into an unusual, “tip-toe… Read more
Balkissa is a hard of hearing young lady who lets her smile do the talking. On top of the difficulties of being hard of hearing in a hearing world, when Balkissa was learning to walk, her family noticed her foot dropping into an unusual, “tip-toe” position. Concerned about how their village would judge her, Balkissa’s uncle attempted to make a wooden splint to stop her foot from dropping further. Although well intentioned, the splint just ended up deforming her foot more. Balkissa has learned to respond to the discrimination and stares she receives due to her condition with a sweet smile and much more grace than many could ever muster. Thankfully, a CURE Niger mobile clinic took place in a city near Balkissa’s village and was able to inform Balkissa’s family that her condition was indeed curable through surgery. Balkissa has now made the journey to our hospital where our medical staff will correct her foot and send her home with a smile even bigger than the one she arrived with!
Our young friend joined in on a game of "sit down volleyball" today. Since so many of our patients, Balkissa included, have casts and walkers, sitdown volleyball allows everyone to play at the same level! It should be noted that we use a line of walkers instead of a net and balloons instead of a volleyball, but it works just fine.
Balkissa got discharged again today and went straight into a group art therapy session where she got to hang out with some volunteers who were helping to run the session. They made flower pots and pipe cleaner flowers!
Balkissa's procedure went well! She wasn't a big fan as it was a little painful, but she made it through just fine. She's still hanging out in the ward for a bit and got to spend some time with our spiritual staff this morning just chatting and then a little time praying together!
Balkissa is back in the ward for a cast change and a little bending of her foot to make sure it continues healing in the correct position! She's a pro at this now and is helping to put all the other patients at ease!
Balkissa had her surgery today. She was calm, collected, and all smiles going into the operating room with not a trace of fear on her face. The doctors were able to release the tendons that were pulling her foot into such an awkward position and straighten her foot right out! Please be praying that her body recovers quickly from the surgery.
Balkissa has been admitted to the ward. For the longest time, she wouldn't respond to anything we said and just smiled at us. It wasn't until her aunt came back and told us that she's smiling to be nice and that she can't hear us because she's hard of hearing did we understand we needed to talk louder, a lot louder! Once we did, her sweet smiles became genuine and we were able to chat a little. As most people are, she's nervous about heading into surgery, but also excited to get her foot straightened out!
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