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"He is going to be happy. I'm going to be happy. We're all going to be happy!" said Ramatou, Noureddine's mother, after we asked her what Noureddine’s life will be like once he is healed. Noureddine is a bright sixth grader from Niger. He was abo… Read more
"He is going to be happy. I'm going to be happy. We're all going to be happy!" said Ramatou, Noureddine's mother, after we asked her what Noureddine’s life will be like once he is healed. Noureddine is a bright sixth grader from Niger. He was about two years old when he got sick with malaria. His parents took him to a local hospital where he got a injection for malaria on his leg. Unfortunately, the injection hit a nerve, causing damage and stunting the growth of that one leg. With one leg stunted, his legs have grown at different speeds causing them to be different legs and giving Noureddine great difficulty walking.
Noureddine is made fun of a lot in school and in his neighborhood calling him names like “gurgou” meaning “the handicapped kid”. “Sometimes he’ll come home and cry for a long time and I can’t do anything to help him,” Ramatou tells us. “One day, his teacher sent for me and told me she knew of a person who could help us.” This person was a local doctor who knew about CURE Niger. He told Noureddine’s family about the healing and hope CURE Niger offers and connected Noureddine and Ramatou to our staff. At this point, Noureddine’s father had given up hope of finding healing for his son, but Ramatou was not going to let anything stop her. After much talking, she finally convinced her husband to let them make the journey to our hospital. Now that Noureddine is here, he will start his healing process and we will get these legs evened out!
Noureddine got his brace and raised shoe today! He has been waiting for this day for so long. His mom was so happy that she started to stutter saying, "People have discouraged me so much about my son's physical condition. To see him at this stage just seems like a dream!" With his raised shoe to make up for the length discrepancy in his legs, Noureddine is finally ready to go home to be with his family. Our spiritual staff has spent some time with him and his mom helping them work through the emotions of going home to a family that is smaller than when they left, but please be both thanking God for how far He's brought Noureddine and praying for blessings as he returns home during this hard time.
Noureddine is still waiting on his special shoe, but there has been progress today. He went into town with his mom for a test fitting. The shoe is indeed done, but it needs a few touch-ups and then they will be ready to head home! When he got back to the hospital, he joined us for some art therapy. He got to meet his CURE Niger friends and caught up on what's been happening!
Today was a hard day for Noureddine. A few nights ago, he received word that his grandmother had died and last night that mother's cousin had died and this morning his mother's sister. He believes that the two most recent deaths were from the grief of the grandmother's death. We sat down to pray with him and to encourage him. He says the hard part about these deaths is that when he left to come to CURE Niger everyone was healthy and alive but now when he goes back three people will be missing. Please remember him in your prayers as he goes through this difficult time. He is currently waiting for a special shoe to help him walk, but he is heading home soon to be with his family.
Noureddine had a doctors appointment today after passing the time in the waiting room playing pool with some of his friends. The doctor saw him and everything is on track! The doctor advised him to try and use his crutch less so that his leg muscles can grow stronger. Noureddine has been doing a good job in therapy and today he saw the results of his hard work!
Noureddine came in today for physical therapy. He has made a lot of progress and he says that he feels his leg getting a bit looser. When he was done with therapy, he joined us for a game of cards. He was determined to win at least once and he ended up winning twice. Pray for him as he continues his physical therapy. We are all happy with the progress he has made. Please remember him in your prayers as he continues to heal!
First of all, we checked in with Noureddine this morning and he is doing so much better! His bloodwork came back and confirmed it wasn't malaria which is the main culprit around here when someone isn't feeling too well. Our man's headache cleared up with some basic meds and he's no worse for the wear! Secondly, Noureddine got discharged today! He'll have some physical therapy starting next week and a follow up appointment in a few weeks time! Thirdly, and the reason you don't recognize Noureddine in the photo that goes along with this update, we showed Noureddine how to use our camera today and this is one of the photos he shot of some little friends that came to visit him right before he was discharged. It's in-focus and well exposed so we are impressed!
Noureddine is doing well recovering from his surgery yesterday, but this morning he was complaining about a really bad headache. The nurses checked him out and couldn't find anything obviously wrong so our man had some blood taken. We'll be checking that to make sure there's nothing more serious going on. Prayers would be appreciated.
Noureddine's surgery was completed without any issues! It was a relatively quick procedure where the doctors were able to free up his hip. The best part is that while he's got a few bandages, he doesn't need to be in a cast after this surgery! Our man will be in a little pain when he wakes up, but with how great he has been doing so far, we can't imagine him having too much trouble recovering from this surgery!
Noureddine is back and getting ready to go in for his next procedure! This time around he is getting something called a "hip liberation." If you watch the video here, you can see how he has to use his hand to kind of swing his left leg around as he walks. This hip liberation should help him to use his hip in a less difficult way and walk easier! He's got a good attitude about what's coming and we're excited for this next step!
Noureddine got discharged over the weekend! With his recent successes in physical therapy and his commitment to his exercises, the doctors didn't see why he'd need to stay in the hospital any longer. He was able to sort out his transportation home over the weekend and was on his way. We'll miss having him around, but can't wait to see his progress when he comes back for a check up!
He is such is such a courageous boy! Noureddine went in for physical therapy today and he gave a 100% in there. "I do exercises on my own apart from when I go to physical therapy so that I can really get healed and go home so everyone can see how normal I have become," Noureddine told us. As a result of this commitment he has made, he can now bend his knee to a 90-degree angle. Please pray for him so that he will not give up until he is healed!
Nouriddine is feeling a whole bunch better today. He got a walker to help him walk because he is getting discharged! “Today, my pain is in my heart,” says Nouridine. This is because the aunt of one of his friends here at the hospital passed away last night. “I know how hard it is to be away from home. I can’t imagine losing someone in the condition I am now,” said Nouriddine. Please pray for these people that come from all over Niger for healing. It is tough, but they have made this place their family.
Noureddine is still recovering in the ward. He is in a bit of pain and we, not even in our infinite supply of jokes and faces, couldn't coax a smile out of him. Ramatou was very happy though. “I am thankful because this is the most help we have gotten," she said. Please pray for his healing to continue smoothly.
Noureddine went into surgery! The doctors fused the growth plates in his hip and on his knee. This will slow down the growth in his right leg so that the left leg can catch up. Once the two legs are the same length, we'll reverse the process so that the legs can grow together! It was a straight forward process and Noureddine is recovering in the ward now!
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