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“She can live now,” Hadiza’s mother tells us with complete sincerity. It’s a concept that’s difficult for us from western cultures to grasp, the margins of life that having a disability relegates you to Nigerien culture. Hadiza was born j… Read more
“She can live now,” Hadiza’s mother tells us with complete sincerity. It’s a concept that’s difficult for us from western cultures to grasp, the margins of life that having a disability relegates you to Nigerien culture. Hadiza was born just like all the other little girls in her village, but disability reared it’s fearful head in the form of a knock knee as she was learning to walk. To Hadiza’s mother, the life Hadiza would have is barely even be fitting to be called a life. Already Hadiza is mocked and excluded and this will only worsen as she grows. She will never marry. She will be dependent on her family her entire life, a burden and a shame. Thankfully, one of our CURE Niger mobile clinics took place in a town near Hadiza’s village and when word got to Hadiza’s mother, she made sure they were there. Hadiza has now made it all the way here to CURE Niger where our medical staff will straighten her knock knee and send her home with her burden lifted. Where there was once death, God has given life! And with you, we are honored to be just a small part of that.
Hadiza had her first follow up appointment and is doing great! She's still complaining of a little pain, but her surgery wound has healed up great. She also got the chance to participate in our CURE Niger fashion show! She had to be pushed by our spiritual staffer Salamatou, but she made it up and down the runway! To top it all off, she was discharged soon after! She'll be back in just over a month for another follow up.
Today we were able to read Hadiza a bunch of your get well messages and this was her face as we were reading them to her! She loved the attention and her mother valued all the kind words and prayers you have all sent. Thank you so much for loving this little soul so well!
Hadiza has spent this week hanging out with her mother and sister and healing up. She's not a super fan of having to sit still with the big cast on and today her big complaint was that her leg was really itchy, but she couldn't scratch it. Please be praying that she stays strong over the next few weeks that this cast has to be on!
We had some guests who donated beanie babies and Hadiza got a little dog to help her on her recovery process! In other news, Hadiza got discharged today! She'll be staying in our patient guest house for a while as she continues to heal up so we'll still be seeing her around.
Hadiza had a fun little visit from our spiritual team this morning! You can see Balki talking to Hadiza here and then outside of the shot is Mantou who is spending some time with Hadiza's mother, Ramatou, who you can see in the background. Balki and Mantou checked in on how they're doing and then were sharing some Bible stories with them. While Hadiza's mother isn't convinced Balki and Mantou are telling the truth, it was a good conversation with lots of laughs and love!
First day after surgery and Hadiza is already back to her silly and playful self albeit a little more constrained with the new cast on her leg. She doesn't seem to be in any significant pain and is just having fun giggling at everyone that walks by her in the ward. Getting this photo was a significant challenge as she kept giggling, hiding behind her hands, and wanting to play with the camera!
Hadiza has had her surgery and is no worse for the wear. The doctors were able to straighten her knock knee and installed a few pins that will keep everything in place. That big curvy object in the photo is the mobile x-ray which allowed the pins to be precisely placed! As Hadiza will now start the healing portion of her time with us, will you pray for her that she has patience and determination?
Hadiza is here and brightening up our day with that beautiful smile of hers! She's a funny mix of curious, silly, and super shy. It's a mix we can't quite get our head around, but we are so incredibly happy she is here with us and we cannot wait to straighten that leg of hers!
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