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"His life will change forever because, today, he can only dream of being clubfoot free, but tomorrow he will live it!" Issaka, Imarane's uncle, tells us. Imarane is a 10-year-old boy that has had quite a few rough years. He was born like any normal… Read more
"His life will change forever because, today, he can only dream of being clubfoot free, but tomorrow he will live it!" Issaka, Imarane's uncle, tells us. Imarane is a 10-year-old boy that has had quite a few rough years. He was born like any normal kid. His life was going pretty well until, in second grade, he got sick with malaria. His parents took him to a local hospital where he got a shot in his thigh to treat the illness. Everything seemed fine until, after a few months, his parents started to notice his right foot was not growing at the same speed as his left foot. It turns out that the shot he had received hit a nerve, damaging it and was slowly deforming his foot. Unfortunately, his friends also noticed the growing discrepancy. They made fun of him every chance they got. They called him gourgo (legless). "Some of them don't mean it. They just do it because, if they don't, they will get laughed at too. I would have done the same thing in their place," Imarane admits with all sincerity. His parents hated seeing Imarane being mocked so they began looking at where they could get help. As hard as they looked, they could not find a solution. Then, one day, a CURE Niger outreach team was in a city near their village and Imarane's mother happened to pass by where we had stopped and were telling people about the healing we offer. Imarane's mother was skeptical at first because she never thought that there would be a day like this. She thought that her son's condition could never be cured and yet, now that they have made the trip to CURE Niger, they are on the path to healing!
Imarane has made it back for his follow up appointment and he is SUPER proud of how flat his new foot sits in his shoes! While things are already so much better than they were, the doctors say we're not quite home yet and Imarane will need another surgery. Our man will be coming back in June for a consultation with some visiting orthopedic surgeons and we'll make the plan from there!
Imarane is here with us at CURE Niger! We are excited to meet him. He is a quiet young man, but when he got to know us, he was very good at expressing himself. He is very excited to be here and excited about this new chapter in his life! He is such a delight to have around. Please pray for him as he goes into surgery.
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