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"Masaqui. Masaqui." It's a name Youssoufa hears over and over again, from both children and adults alike. It follows him around like an shadow companion. Always present and never welcome. In his language, masaqui essentially means "the boy who can'… Read more
"Masaqui. Masaqui." It's a name Youssoufa hears over and over again, from both children and adults alike. It follows him around like an shadow companion. Always present and never welcome. In his language, masaqui essentially means "the boy who can't use his hand" and carries intense connotations of worthlessness and being a burden on one's family. When Youssoufa was just three years old, he was helping his mom cook in their outdoor kitchen when he tripped and fell, hand first, into a boiling pot of beans they were preparing. The water splashed, burning him in many places, but the worst of all the burns, as you might imagine, was his hand. With no hospital in or near their village, Youssoufa's family treated him with a traditional salve made from a local tree. In time, his burns did heal, all except his hand, the fingers of which began to contract into a clawlike position. His family tried to manually straighten his fingers, but with no success. They even made the long journey to the nearest city in order to visit the local hospital, to no avail. By the grace of God, several guests arrived in Youssoufa's village earlier this year from a neighboring village. They were sharing the news about us here at CURE Niger. We had hosted an outreach clinic in their village and while Youssoufa's family hadn't been able to make it, the flyers were enough for them to realize that healing for Youssoufa was indeed possible. Youssoufa has now made the journey to our hospital where he will get the surgery he needs to heal his hand and finally be free of the masaqui shadow!
"I can see you!" Youssoufa laughed as he spotted us! We spent some time playing with Youssoufa on the playground after he had another bandage change this morning. His hand is coming along nicely. The swelling has gone down and he's been diligent with his appointments so he is nice and infection free! Please be praying that his progress continues this way.
Our man had the weekend to heal up from his surgery and is doing great! He claims there is no pain and the doctors say he's doing well. So well in fact that they said he can go home as long as he keeps coming back for his regular bandage changes and wound cleanings. Please be praying with us as he does go home that he will both heal quickly and that the conversations about Jesus we've been able to have with him and his family might take ahold.
Youssoufa's surgery is finished! It was a relatively fast and straight forward surgery. The doctors were successful in releasing his fingers and then used a skin graft from his stomach to cover the newly exposed parts of his fingers. He's in the ward resting up now and would sure appreciate your prayers for a fast healing!
We were chatting with Youssoufa this morning and we asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. All he would respond was "I want my hand to be better." We kept asking and he kept repeating the same thing. Well no matter, we're excited to help him achieve getting his hand better and then we hope to dream with him a little about what comes next!
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