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“It was an accident,” Labbani’s mother tells us, the life changing incident forever fresh in her mind. “I was preparing dinner and Labbani was not even in the kitchen. I turned away and he entered. He was hungry and ran straight to the fryi… Read more
“It was an accident,” Labbani’s mother tells us, the life changing incident forever fresh in her mind. “I was preparing dinner and Labbani was not even in the kitchen. I turned away and he entered. He was hungry and ran straight to the frying oil.” Being only two years old, Labbani knew no better. His mind fixated on his hunger and the enticing smell of the frying food. Labbani knocked the pot over and spilled the boiling oil all over his arms, severely burning himself in the process. His family tried their best to comfort their suffering son, but with no medical services in their village, there wasn’t much they could do. In the years since the incident, Labbani’s burns have slowly healed, but in awkward, inconvenient, and inhibiting ways - the greatest of which is his wrist which is permanently contracted at a 90 degree angle from the rest of his arm. Thankfully, his family heard word of our CURE Niger mobile clinic that was taking place in a city near their village. Labbani was brought to the clinic and promptly scheduled for surgery at CURE Niger. Now that this little man is with us, our medical staff will release his burn contractures and get him home with a new, unconstrained grasp on life!
Labbani got to participate in a fashion show we hosted here at CURE Niger! While most of the clothes were made locally, Labbani's clothes were hand crafted for him by a woman in the US and sent over! Our man had a great time and loved all the attention! To top it all off, his most recent doctor's appointment went stunningly well and Labbani has been allowed to go home! It's looking like he will need one more surgery, but he's been here for almost two months now and it's time to check in with the family for a while before returning!
When thrift stores and other stores can't sell clothes in the US or other places, they sometimes bale them up like hay and ship them to places like Niger where they're sold in bulk at an intense discount. Our spiritual staff bought one of these clothing bales and had a big sorting party to separate the absolutely unusable clothes from the good clothes. The good clothes then got distributed and this is the first time we have ever seen Labbani wearing pants!
It's another bandage change today and Labbani is taking part in it in true Labbani style: with as little clothes as possible! Normally he walks around with no pants and just a shirt, but even the shirt had to come off so the nurses could clean the wound and put the bandages on. Either way, Labbani was super brave during the procedure and handled it like a champ!
Labani got to take part in a group art therapy session today where he made a paper mache flower pot and a pipe cleaner flower! Or really he used his smile and charm to get one of our volunteers to do it for him ...
Another week and a new set of challenges. Today is Labbani's first bandage change day! The nurses will take the old, dirty bandage off, clean his surgery site, and then wrap him up in brand new, clean bandages. We're praying his smile stays this big!
Our little man is feeling infintely better today and his personality is shining through once again! He's also taken a strange liking to that coloring page from yesterday. It doesn't leave his side and he wants to show us every detail of it every time we sit down with him. Weird, but we're going with it!
Labbani is out and doing great. He spent some time coloring today and did his best to give us a big smile for his after photo. He's putting on a brave face, but you can tell he's in some pain. His personality is a tad muted and he seems more tired than normal. We're praying he gets some good rest and is feeling better tomorrow!
Surgery day is here! The surgical team was able to go in and release the once burned skin that forced his wrist into that bent position. It was a relatively quick surgery and there were no complications so thank you for praying with us!
Labbani has quick become one of our favorites with his easy smile and outgoing personality. We're excited to 1 - get him the surgery needs, 2 - get to know him a little better, and 3 - tell him a little about Jesus, the ultimate healer! Let's get this party started!
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