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"No one makes fun of him, but he also has no friends to play with," Aichatou, Ibrahim's mom, tells us shaking her head slightly. Ibrahim is a hearty young man with a forceful presence and a heart of gold. Unfortunately, what you notice about him be… Read more
"No one makes fun of him, but he also has no friends to play with," Aichatou, Ibrahim's mom, tells us shaking her head slightly. Ibrahim is a hearty young man with a forceful presence and a heart of gold. Unfortunately, what you notice about him before any of these things are his two bowed legs. Aichatou tells us his legs began to bend as he learned to walk and they never really stopped after that. While Ibrahim did eventually learn to walk, its more difficult for him than for the other kids in his village and he is often left behind as they run off playing. Thankfully, Aichatou and Ibrahim found out about us here at CURE Niger when one of our outreach clinics took place in a town near their home. They learned that Ibrahim's condition is completely curable and he isn't destined to a life of being left behind! Ibrahim has now made it here to the hospital where he'll get the surgery he needs to straighten his legs and have him walking out of here tall and proud!
Ibrahim had a bandage change today. His leg is doing better but he will need to continue bandage changes for a while. Pray for him as he waits for his leg to heal and that he will not feel lonely during this time, as he still can't move around a lot!
Ibrahim has spent the week hanging out at our guesthouse and focusing on healing. He says his leg doesn't hurt, but we imagine it has to be rough being stuck sitting while all the other kids are running around! We asked him how he likes being here at CURE Niger. "It like it," he tells us, "but it's not home." We're praying there will be no complications and Ibrahim can be on his way home soon!
Our little guy had a rough night and didn't sleep much due to the discomfort after surgery. Aichatou felt so bad for him that she went out and bought his favorite Nigerien breakfast food which is essentially fried dough. Here you can see him offering some to Dr. Milka during the doctor rounds this morning. She definitely didn't take him up on his offer because he had managed to slobber all over it before offering it to her! Ibrahim had some blood work done this morning to check there isn't anything else contributing to his discomfort. He ended up being ok and was discharged back to the patient guest house where he'll continue to heal up!
Ibrahim has been in and out of his surgery already! The doctors operated on his left leg first. The main procedure they did was to take a wedge out of one of the bones beneath Ibrahim's knee. With this wedge removed, the doctors were able to change the angle of the curved bone and straighten everything out! It was a big surgery so Ibrahim will have a lot of healing to do in the coming days, weeks, and months. Any and all prayers would be greatly appreciated!
Ibrahim actually arrived at the hospital a few days ago and has been staying in our patient guest house as we wait for his time to come for his surgery. He started out very timid and fearful of his new surroundings, but he's adjusted now and is doing wonders helping others feel comfortable here! He's been admitted to the ward today and will soon be going into surgery!
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