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"Dad, I'm sick and tired of walking with this stick. I want to run like I used to," Haouaou would say to her father, Habibou, every morning. Haouaou has a condition that looks remarkably like a bad burn contracture, but really is not. When Haouaou … Read more
"Dad, I'm sick and tired of walking with this stick. I want to run like I used to," Haouaou would say to her father, Habibou, every morning. Haouaou has a condition that looks remarkably like a bad burn contracture, but really is not. When Haouaou was five years old, a sore started to grow on her leg, right above her knee. It continued to grow for a year and began to affect the way she walked. The sore grew through her leg and spread to the back of her knee. It was then that her leg started contracting and bending backwards. Not long after her leg had started to bend, her sore went away, but her leg stayed stuck in this unusable, bent position. "When we saw that her leg was not going back to its normal state, we took her to the hospital close to where we live," Habibou explained. "The hospital told us that we were too late and if we wanted her to have a straight leg, we would have to get surgery." Unfortunately, that hospital was not equipped to preform the needed surgery so Habibou and his family started to look for help elsewhere. Since they live close to the Niger - Nigeria border, they decided to look for help in the more developed Nigeria. They were still looking for information and making calls, when an outreach team from CURE Niger showed up in their village. When Habibou heard that there was a hospital in Niger that treats cases like Haouaou's, he was overjoyed. "I am from Niger and if I can get help in Niger I would prefer to get it here so that Haouaou can be a testimony for the work being done in Niger. By CURE Niger coming to my village, I also got the blessing of the whole village to come to receive treatment!" In Niger, not everyone believes hospitals are places of healing. Many believe if an accident happens, it is simply meant to be and seeking treatment is going against God's judgment. The CURE Niger outreach team was able to explain to the entire village that disabilities and injuries are not judgement and that God loves Haouaou just as much as anyone else!
So now, with their entire village's blessing, Habibou and Haouaou have arrived at CURE Niger where she will receive the treatment she needs to once again run like she used to and walk without a stick!
Praise the Lord, our little lady's skin graft went just as planned! With this said, it's never a fun experience and Haouaou still had a few little tears left in her this morning (you can see the remnants of one in her right eye). Thankfully, her dad knows the way to her heart: food! He went out this morning and bought them some "fari masa" which is a Nigerien friend dough breakfast treat. The fari masa stopped the tears and was the perfect going home treat for this little joy as she was discharged! We'll be seeing her again soon for more bandage changes. While they're not fun, each one brings us a little closer to full healing!
Haouaou has been readmitted to the ward for another skin graft. Since the newly exposed area on her leg is so large, one run through with the skin graft wasn't enough. She needed some time to heal and for the first skin graft to take ahold. That time has passed and it's time for round two. While she's always a bit quiet, she was even more so this morning, especially when Dr. Milka here was visiting her on morning rounds. Haouaou's dad tells us she's really scared about going back into surgery. We're doing our best to comfort her, but God is the best comforter so will you join us in prayer for her as she gets ready for surgery?
Haouaou is back for another bandage change. The nurses gave her a little pain medication before they started the process and Haouaou seemed indifferent about the whole ordeal. She's a strong little one! While she was getting the bandage change, we were chatting with her Dad, Habibou, and he was telling us how amazed he is about how fast she is progressing. We're praying that things continue as good and as fast as they have been and that Haouaou is up and walking in no time!
After a weekend full of resting, Haouaou is back for a bandage change. Everything is going well even though she complains her leg hurts a little. Her dad said the nurses have assured them that nothing was wrong and that it's all part of the healing process. While Haouaou has a great attitude about it all (just check out that smile!), we're praying she stays strong!
Haouaou's surgery yesterday morning went off with absolutely zero issues. Praise the Lord! The doctors were able to release the skin that was puliing her leg into that bent position and then they bandaged her up nicely. She'll need to come back a few times for our nurses to clean the surgical site, but she'll be walking on two straight legs in no time! Our art therapist hooked Haouaou up with a coloring book today, right before she got told she can go home so it was just one good thing after another today! We hope you'll be praying with us as Haouaou goes home and starts her healing process!
We are pumped to have Haouaou as our newest member of the CURE Niger family! We are blessed to have her with us. She is adjusting to her new surroundings, but we can already see a playful joy glinting in her eyes. Please join us in praying for her stay here and that her surgery will go without any problems!
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