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"He is so young and already people are whispering about him. When he is healed, they will not make fun of him and he will be able to live his life," Younoussa, Zabeirou's mom, tells us matter of factly. Zabeirou is the youngest of three children an… Read more
"He is so young and already people are whispering about him. When he is healed, they will not make fun of him and he will be able to live his life," Younoussa, Zabeirou's mom, tells us matter of factly. Zabeirou is the youngest of three children and the first in his family to be born with a cleft lip. Younoussa had seen other children with cleft lips before so she knew there was hope and healing for Zabeirou! The doctors at the hospital where Zabeirou's birth certificate was issued told Younoussa about us here at CURE Niger, but correctly advised that Zabeirou needed to be a little older and bigger before he could be operated on. Younoussa and Zabeirou have endured the judging side glances and gossipy whispers of those in their village as they've waited for Zabeirou to grow. These experiences have only served to strengthen their resolve to find healing and a life free of stigma for Zabeirou. Now that our little guy has grown big and strong, he is finally here at CURE Niger where the doctors will heal his cleft lip and help that smile beam even louder!
Zabeirou saw the doctor today and found out that he can go home!!! His mom shared the great news with us while Zabeirou was taking a nap and she was packing up. We were hoping to get an updated photo of how his lip has healed, but, by the time we went back, he had already left. Thankfully though, they'll be coming back in a few months for a check up and we'll be able to check in with this smiley little man then. In the meantime, we just wanted to share this photo of how far Zabeirou has already come!
Zabeirou has been continuing his lip cleaning process in order to make sure it heals up with as little of a scar as possible! This morning, he and Younoussa stopped by the ward to visit some of their friends who are going into surgery today. They helped pass a little of the time as well as reassure their friend's fears!
We had a chance to speak to Younoussa this morning and we asked how Zabeirou slept. She shook her head tiredly and told us he was up all night making a fuss. His surgery was no small task which means his healing process won't be easy either. He had his first wound cleaning with the nurses today and after he was allowed to go home! He'll be back next week to continue these wound cleanings as they're important to make the healing process as complication free as possible!
Zabeirou's has had his surgery and it went great! His cleft lip was rather large, but the doctors were able to stitch it up no problem. It was a big surgery, but it will have been completely worth it once this little guy is all healed up and smiling big again!
Zabeirou and his mother Younoussa are here with us to finally get Zabeirou's cleft lip healed! He's a smiley little guy who spreads joy to everyone he can get to! He's not the most smiley in this specific photo though because Younoussa just yelled at him for sticking his tongue through his cleft lip and into his nostril (like you can see him doing in his profile photo). He's going to miss being able to do this once he's healed, but we think it's an alright trade off.
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