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“She cannot work. She is completely dependent on others.” Massaouda’s mother tells as if letting us in on a dark family secret. “And when it comes time for marriage, she will have trouble because no one wants to marry a woman who cannot wor… Read more
“She cannot work. She is completely dependent on others.” Massaouda’s mother tells as if letting us in on a dark family secret. “And when it comes time for marriage, she will have trouble because no one wants to marry a woman who cannot work.” In a country where a woman’s worth is often tied to her ability to marry, this is a sobering thought. When Massaouda was just three years old, she was cooking with some of her cousins. Eager to help, she was running towards them when she tripped and fell hand first into the cooking fire. She was burned instantly and severely. Her family rushed her to their local hospital, but it didn’t have the necessary equipment and abilities to properly treat a burn as severe as hers. In the ten years since Massaouda was burned, her hand has contracted and become essentially useless. She is lucky enough to live surrounded by family who look out for her, but she needs help with the simplest feminine tasks such as fetching water and preparing food. She and her entire community dreams of a life for her where she can pull her weight. Thankfully, a CURE Niger outreach team visited Massaouda’s village and actually ended up parking right in front of her house! They shared with her the healing hope that is offered at CURE Niger and, before long, she was on her way to the hospital. The first priority of our doctors will be to release her thumb which will give her a “mitten grip” before deciding what can be done for the rest of her fingers. Even with her thumb released, Massaouda will be able to pick up and hold objects as well as help out with small tasks around the house. It will be a long journey for Massaouda, but we are excited to be walking it with her!
Massaouda got to see the doctor today. She's going to be going home! Her new thumb is doing great so the doctor advised that they go home so she can go back to school and she can come back next summer during her summer break. While there's still lots of work to be done, she has a functional hand now that her thumb is free. She can pick up items, hold pencils, all the basics for school and to help around the house! Pray for her as she goes home and that her stay there will be a blessing to her and her family. Pray that when she comes back, everything will be ready and that she will be in top condition for surgery.
Salamatou from our spiritual department is back from her time off. Massaouda and the girls from the guesthouse were excited to sing with her again. They sang a few Housa (one of the local languages) and French songs. One of songs talked about how Jesus loves children. Medically, Massaouda is doing fine. She still has a few more bandage changes to go, but it is good to see a smile on her face!
Massaouda went for a bandage change today! Her hand is doing better, but her stomach (where the doctors took her skin graft from) was not healing as it was supposed to. Pray for her hand and her stomach to heal well and that she'll also have courage as she continues with this healing process.
We made crafts today! Massaouda is a strong hearted girl. Despite her inability to use her right hand, she is doing as well as any person would. She would come up with ways to get the job done and was determined to do the craft with minimum help! Pray for her as she continues to heal from her previous surgery.
“Slow but worth it.” Massaouda’s mother, Abou, said. Massaouda has had two surgeries so far and has several more to go. Her mom is a little worried that her daughter is losing time at school, but she believes both the surgeries and going to school are equally important for Massaouda’s future. Massaouda said she is both happy and sad. Happy as she has taken another step towards healing, but sad as she misses her friends and family back home. Continuing on the good note there, Massaouda was discharged back to the guest house today! She'll be there as she, once again, starts the bandage change and wound cleaning process!
Today was surgery day! Massaouda was calm and composed as she went in, ready to get it done with. This time around, the doctors separated her index finger from her middle finger. It was a simple surgery, identifying the finger bones and then rearranging the tissue back into a functional finger shape! Massaouda is back in the ward sleeping off the meds now and we'll check in with her again shortly, Also, thank you for the slew of get well messages you all have sent her. We were able to deliver them right before she went into surgery and send her in with a smile!
Our prayers have been answered! Massaouda is back in the ward getting ready for her second surgery. She has been looking forward to this for a long time and the time is finally here. Please pray that everything goes well and for a speedy recovery!
Massaouda is not feeling like herself today. She is really sad that she can't go home. She has to wait another week before she can go see the doctor for a consultation so that they can determine when her next surgery will be. She cheered up a bit though when Ema, one of our spiritual staff, spent some time with her making some jokes!
Massaouda had her doctors appointment today. Dr. Issa is pumped with the way her hand has healed up and he's begun the discussion with Massaouda's mom about when they can move forward with the next surgery. Praise the Lord for progress!
Massaouda has made herself a solid group of friends here at CURE Niger and they've all learned a few songs from our spiritual staff that they love singing. The chorus of this one (and where the video starts out) goes "children, children, Jesus loves all of us." (Sorry for the shakey video - it was our intern's first time shooting video with our camera, but we really wanted you to hear Massaouda singing!)
Massaouda had yet another appointment with the nurses in the bandage change room today and we have some good news! Massaouda is all healed up so she is done with her bandage change routine. After getting the news, she went to see the doctors who agreed her thumb is all healed up, but would like to wait about two more weeks in order to let her skin toughen up before we start discussing the next surgery. Overall, it's a great day for Massaouda and to make it even better, we were able to deliver a whole bunch of your get well messages! Thanks for loving this young woman so well.
Our young woman had her first post-discharge bandage change today and she was all giggles as she waited with a few of her new friends! The bandage change procedure itself isn't a ton of fun, but it's necessary to keep the wound clean and infection free!
Massaouda had an appointment with our physiotherapist today where she got her bandage changed and her hand repositioned. Then, with that, she was discharged! She'll still have regular bandage changes and follow ups so it's not quite "goodbye" yet, just "see you later."
First day post-op and Massaouda is already smiling while up and around the ward which is a testament to her strength! She claims she doesn't have any pain and is ready to go. The doctors say she has to stick around a little longer before she's discharged though. She spent some time with our spiritual staff today and they helped us deliver a few of your get well messages to her which made that smile of hers even bigger. Thanks for loving on this young woman so well!
Massaouda's surgery was a success! Dr Issa went in and was able to release the burn contractures pulling her thumb in towards her palm and making it useless. He then grafted some skin from her stomach onto the newly exposed surface area on her hand, bandaged her up, and she was good to go! She's resting up in the ward now and, when she's all healed up, she'll be able to use her new opposable thumb to grab, lift, and carry items as she helps around the house for the first time in over ten years!!!
Massaouda has been admitted to the hospital and is ready to get her hand sorted out! Will you be praying with us for her as she goes into surgery? It's going to be a long process and this young woman will have to be both brave and strong. Thankfully, nothing is outside of the Lord's control!
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