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Mahamadou's Story

“Mahamadou gets made fun of a lot,” Hinda, his mother, tells us. “He even gets beaten. The other children know he cannot hit back so it is a game for them. I feel helplessly sad. I cannot do anything because it will only make his life worse,… Read more

“Mahamadou gets made fun of a lot,” Hinda, his mother, tells us. “He even gets beaten. The other children know he cannot hit back so it is a game for them. I feel helplessly sad. I cannot do anything because it will only make his life worse,” she continued, the pain evident in her voice. If she were to intervene and punish the other children, their parents would be angry as the abuse heaped on Mahamadou is not only accepted, but encouraged by Nigerien society where uniformity is idolized. Intervention by Hinda would just mean more intensified abuse for Mahamadou. Mahamadou's hands were badly burned many years ago when he was very young. His aunt was staying with their family and was cooking over an open fire for some friends who were coming over. When her friends arrived, she went out to greet them. We don’t know exactly why, but possibly enticed by the smell of the cooking food, Mahamadou crawled directly into the fire, horribly burning both hands. His screams of pain woke his napping mother who immediately spent what little money they had on a two hour motorcycle taxi ride to the nearest hospital. Unfortunately, there was little this hospital could do for them. Mahamadou's hands eventually healed into two useless clubs. He cannot eat by himself. He cannot pick anything up. He cannot even dress himself.

While at the hospital, Hinda heard rumors of us here at CURE Niger. She has now spent the past few years figuring out how to get Mahamadou to us and now they have arrived! It will be a long process to heal Mahamadou's hands, but one that is entirely possible and it is a journey we are excited to walk alongside this family!

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Nov 02, 2018

Mahamadou leaves tomorrow! He will be back in six months for his next procedure. Today he got a hard cast that he will wear so that his hand gets used to being straight. Please pray for him and his mom as they leave and that he will be ready for the next intervention when they come back! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 31, 2018

We got a visit from our weekly volunteer friends today! Mahamadou was so excited. He ran around getting rid of all the energy out that he had stored up. Mahamadou also made a new friend today! He hung out with Tom (holding him) and played around, having a grand time. Mahamadou is such a joyful person to connect with and we are glad he is having fun while healing! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 23, 2018

Mahamadou has taken another step toward healing! He got his cast off and is parading around his new look. He has also started therapy which he is doing great in. Mahamadou never lacks a smile, but today his smile is even bigger because of his cast free hand! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 15, 2018

We are excited for Mahamadou, he began physical therapy today and we are happy to see his progress. He did cry a bit from time to time but he cooperated with the process like a champ. Pray for him as continues to go to therapy! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 10, 2018

Mahamadou got to participate in CURE Niger's 8th anniversary today by dancing on our Storyteller Joel's shoulders to the music of a brass band that was brought in to play for the ceremony! Photo of Mahamadou

Oct 03, 2018

Mahamadou is a happy little guy! He is always joyful and running around, but today he is quiet and concentrated on the task given to him by weekly volunteers that come to cheer them up. Today they made mice from paper plates and spoons. Mahamadou was determined to make his the best and he is not letting anything stop him. He makes the best he is able to accomplish! Photo of Mahamadou

Sep 28, 2018

Mahamadou is always playful and ready to get picked up. As soon as he saw Pastor Ema, he ran towards him and Ema picked him up. Ema and Mahamadou had a quick and silly chat using their exaggerated low voices and that was when we saw this big smile spread across his face! We are so blessed to have Mahamadou here with us, pray for him to know the love of Jesus during his stay at CURE Niger! Photo of Mahamadou

Sep 19, 2018

Mahamadou got his cast off today! He started to cry when he saw his hand, sad to see it wasn't magically 100% better (he's going to need several more surgeries). His mother told him that he was doing good, that the hand was healing and that he had nothing to worry about. After the cast came off, his hand was cleaned, and wrapped up in a fresh, non-rigid bandage! Please join us as we pray for Mahamadou through this tough time! Photo of Mahamadou

Sep 10, 2018

Mahamadou went in for another bandage change today. He was nice and let people cut in front of him as he waited for his turn. He was feeling pretty confident until he got in there and Nafissa, the nurse, started talking the bandage off. He wanted to cry, but Nafissa told him “If you cry, you will make me mess up and then you’ll have to get more shots to fix it. If you don’t want more shots, you’ll need to sit still and not cry” and that he did. Mahamadou put on his tough face and made it through the bandage change without a single teardrop! Photo of Mahamadou

Sep 07, 2018

"Ina farin cikin zuciyata // Na sami gafara a zuciyata // Ina farin cikin kowane lokaci" This was the song we found Mahamadou singing with his friends this afternoon. It means "I have joy in my heart // I have forgiveness in my heart // I am joyful every time." And we're going into the weekend singing this as well! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 28, 2018

Mahamadou had another bandage change today. As soon as it was over, he was off running to join his friends on the playground and his favorite thing, the swings! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 21, 2018

It's Mahamadou's first of many bandage changes and wound cleanings today. Here you can see both him and his mom, Hinda, checking out what his new hand looks like for the first time post-surgery! It's a bit intimidating, but Mahamadou did great! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 17, 2018

Mahamadou had a visit from our spiritual department today who spent some time playing, talking, and praying with him all before he got discharged! While he doesn't need to be in the ward anymore, he's still far from done. He'll have to come back for regular bandage changes and wound cleanings in order to make sure his hand heals up nicely before we can start his next surgery. Please be praying that he is diligent with these appointments and he heals up in a timely manner! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 16, 2018

It's the day after his surgery and Mahamadou is spending it resting up in bed and focusing on getting better. Due to it being such a big surgery on his hand, his whole arm is in a bandage and he's been instructed to keep it elevated for the time being. Will you be praying for him that he moves past the painful part of healing fast and he stays diligent in keeping his arm elevated? Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 15, 2018

Mahamadou is out of surgery and all is well! The doctors are working on his left hand first and released both his thumb and the back of his hand. The skin on the back of his hand was essentially pulling his knuckles painfully back and connecting them to his wrist, hence his palms looking so swollen. By releasing this contracture on the back of his hand, the doctors were able to straighten his fingers before applying a skin graft and bandaging him all up. It was a long an intricate surgery, but everyone is happy with the way things went! Photo of Mahamadou

Aug 14, 2018

Mahamadou has finally made it here to CURE Niger along with his mom Halida. He's a little on the shy side, but we're excited to get to know him as he hangs out here with us! Photo of Mahamadou

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