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"I used to go to school," Fati tells us shyly, not yet comfortable in her new hospital surroundings. "All the kids would laugh at me and make fun of me so I stopped going." Fati was born like any other child and her family was thrilled at another a… Read more
"I used to go to school," Fati tells us shyly, not yet comfortable in her new hospital surroundings. "All the kids would laugh at me and make fun of me so I stopped going." Fati was born like any other child and her family was thrilled at another addition to their family. It wasn't until she began to walk that they noticed her legs seemed to be bent. Her mother wasn't too worried as she was convinced Fati's leg would straighten as she got older. In fact, the opposite happened. As Fati grew, it became increasingly obvious that she had severe bow legs. Fati was whispered about everywhere she went and rumours swirled around her like leaves in a fall windstorm. Fati learned to ignore the cruel comments and judging looks, but things became so much worse once she started school. Even a young woman as strong as Fati couldn't deal with the constant taunting and exclusion. After she dropped out of school, Fati helped her family around the house as she slowly watched her dreams and future slip away. This became her life until a local nurse found Fati and recommended she come here to CURE Niger. Now that Fati has come to our hospital, our doctors will straighten her bow legs and send her home to return to school and set out on a new, bright future!
This week Fati has been active! Her leg hasn't stopped her from moving around and having fun. Today Fati led the other kids in a song that says, "Jesus loves children". We are happy that she is happy and that she makes other kids happy! The wait for healing is easier when there is joy and that joy is being shared!
Fati is doing so well at her recovery that the doctors have allowed her to leave! Since she lives far away, she's just leaving the ward to go to our guesthouse where she'll have a bed that she can rest and recover in while also having easy access to the doctors and nurses. Before she got discharged, Fati and Emmanuel from our spiritual staff shared a special handshake and time of prayer which we were so happy to see! Please continue praying for Fati with us.
Fati's procedure went great! She had the hardware taken out of her leg and some more hardware installed. She now has an external fixator cage on her leg which will allow the doctors to slowly do the fine adjustments to get Fati's leg as straight as it can be. It's a little cumbersome, but Fati has a great attitude and is determined to do what she has to do in order to get her leg as straight as possible!
Fati is back! The labs had come back showing there was indeed an infection which Fati has been on medication for and is all cleared up now. Today, she's back for the next step in her healing process. Unfortunately, it's not yet time for leg #2 as the doctors will be taking out some of the wires and nails from her left leg - the one they had already operated on - as well as doing a little further correction. While Fati really wants to get started on her second leg, she's excited to be back in the ward and moving forward! If you get a chance, check out her updated after photo and you can see while the small correction is still needed on her left leg, it is already looking so much better than what it was in her before photo!
Fati was admitted late last night and was scheduled for surgery on her second leg today! She was the first one in the ward and surprised us so much that we actually missed getting a before photo with her in the ward! The bad news is that when the doctors started the surgery, they found what looked to be some pus in her leg. This indicates she may have an infection. There weren't any outward signs, but if she does indeed have an infection, it would be dangerous to install the nails and wires her surgery would require. The doctors collected a sample of the questionable liquid and sent it off to be tested. In the meantime, they cleaned out Fati's leg and sewed her back up. It's never fun encountering complications, but it's important to do this the right way. Please be praying for Fati as we wait for the lab results to come back and that our doctors will take the course of action that is best for Fati!
Fati ended up getting discharged over the weekend. While we're sad we didn't get a proper goodbye, we know healing up at home is a lot more fun and comfortable than being stuck in the hospital. We're just excited to see Fati when she returns for her follow up appointment!
Fati and her grandmother got a visit from Mantou in our spiritual department. Fati is still in a little pain so she wasn't all that interested in talking, but Mantou and Fati's grandmother had a good conversation about why CURE does what we do (aka Jesus). Please be praying that the topics covered take a hold in their lives!
Fati is out of surgery and in a little bit of pain. Our nurses are helping her deal with it, but there's no way around some discomfort after a surgery as big as Fati's. We were able to deliver a whole bunch of your get well messages this morning which helped improved spirits a little bit so thank you all for loving this young woman so well!
Fati's nerves got the best of her as she was being taken into surgery, but our surgical staff did a great job of comforting her and putting her to sleep in the gentlest way possible. Her surgery was a long one, but was successful, praise the Lord! Will you pray with us that she'll handle the inevitable post-surgery discomfort well?
Fati is in the ward and getting ready for surgery. She's reserved and quiet, a little intimidated by her new surroundings. We're doing our best to make her feel at home and can't wait to get started straightening out these legs!
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