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“We are thankful the other children don’t beat Hadjara although they do make fun of her,” Rachida, Hadjara’s mother, tells us, her sincere thankfulness for the lack of physical abuse towards her daughter revealing much about the Nigerien pe… Read more
“We are thankful the other children don’t beat Hadjara although they do make fun of her,” Rachida, Hadjara’s mother, tells us, her sincere thankfulness for the lack of physical abuse towards her daughter revealing much about the Nigerien perceptions of those with disabilities. When Hadjara was just a year old, their entire family was attending a wedding and everyone was scattered around having fun. Hadjara was playing with some of the other children and in a brief moment of unsupervision, she tripped and fell into one of the cooking fires. Hadjara’s hand was instantly and severely burned. With no medical resources at their disposal, Hadjara’s family tried some traditional treatments, but nothing could undo the work of the searing flames. Hadjara’s hand did eventually heal, but in a way where her thumb was essentially melted into her wrist which was also contracted into a bent and useless position. Thankfully, Hadjara’s family heard about us here at CURE Niger through a radio advertisement we had run on several local radio stations. Now that Hadjara has made it to our hospital, our doctors will release both her thumb and her wrist, giving her back her hand and her future!
Hadjara is a bit grumpy today due to having to come back for yet another bandage change. Her mother, Rachida, just laughs off Hadjara's little scowls as she knows the bandage changes are important to make sure Hadjara heals up properly!
Our little lady came back for her appointment today! She wasn't necessarily excited about her wound cleaning and bandage change, but she's here. Her mom, Rachida, also asked us for a copy of the before photo we took of Hadjara's hand so, once Hadjara is fully healed, she will be able to show everyone the amazing transformation!
Hadjara got discharged today! She lives locally so the doctors said there's no reason she can't continue healing up at home. Before she left she had a bandage change and wound cleaning and she'll be back for more of those next week. They're super important in order to make sure her surgical wound doesn't get infected and the healing process isn't more difficult than it needs to be!
Hadjara is feeling a little sore from her surgery, but ultimately is doing great. To boost her spirits a little, her mom picked her up some "fari masa" - a common breakfast treat that is similar to friend dough - which we couldn't get her to put down!
It was a big surgery for this little lady, but it went wonderfully. Dr. Issa not only was able to released her wrist, but was also able to extract her thumb at the same time! He ended up taking a skin graft from Hadjara's stomach to apply to the newly exposed parts of her wrist and then wrapped her up nice and tight. Hadjara is back in the ward now and sleeping off the sleep meds. Rachida, her mom, is all smiles about finally getting treatment!
Hadjara has been admitted to our ward here at CURE Niger and we could not be happier! She's waiting for a surgery to release some pretty bad burn contractures on her hand. She's a little hesitant in her new surroundings, but we're excited to get her healed!
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