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Abdou's Story

"I get very excited 'til I feel as if I'm about to explode when I think about getting surgery. Everything will change!", says Abdou.
Abdou is a 10-year old that is all over the place. He loves to run around and play soccer. However, his life … Read more

"I get very excited 'til I feel as if I'm about to explode when I think about getting surgery. Everything will change!", says Abdou.
Abdou is a 10-year old that is all over the place. He loves to run around and play soccer. However, his life is harder than most kid's because he was born with deformed feet. "When he was born, both his feet were stuck to his legs. It got me thinking what had I done to deserve this and, if I did not deserve it, then why me," Haoua, Abdou's mother, tells us recalling the first time she saw Abdou. As Abdou grew, so did his challenges. Without having feet that stick out in front of him, Abdou struggles with his balance. He cannot lift heavy objects as they will pull him forward and even young children can knock Abdoul off balance, sending him sprawling to the ground. Abdou and his family are from a remote village and because of this they did not have access to any medical care where Abdoul could be seen. Two years ago though, their lives were turned upside down when they were forced to flee their village due to an ongoing war between a terrorist organization called Boko Haram and the Nigerien government. They ended up in an Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp - a refugee camp for people who are fleeing violence while still within their own country. While being forced to flee your home and living in an IDP camp is never something someone wants, in this case, God has used it for good. These IDP camps have brought people together from all over the countryside that we here at CURE Niger may never have been able to reach due to the remoteness of some of the villages, villages like Abdou's. CURE Niger currently has a staff member working in these camps with the sole responsibility of identifying potential patients and it is through this staff member that Abdou first learned about CURE. After establishing that we can indeed help Abdou, arrangements were made for Abdou and Haoua to come to our hospital in Niger's capital city where we'll treat his condition and send him home standing firmly on his own two feet!

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Aug 20, 2019

Abdou's sores have healed up well and he has been discharged! We're sad we didn't get to say a proper goodbye, but he's scheduled to be back in three months for his follow up so we are looking forward to seeing him then!

Jul 12, 2019

Abdou is cast free! He has a few sores on his feet so he has bandages for a little longer, but he is walking around in shoes today FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HIS LIFE! Praise the Lord for how far he's come! Photo of Abdou

Jul 04, 2019

Today was a rough day for Abdou. He had a cast change which he absolutely hates. There were some tears and some crying. We ended up sitting with him, encouraging, and showing him there's no way the cast cutter can hurt him, but he still wasn't quite convinced. He watched another patient have their cast removed and then it was his turn. He was still terrified, but he made it through and his feet got to breathe freely! We stayed with him for a while after and showed him his before photos to remind him both how far he's come and how brave he has been through this whole process! Photo of Abdou

Jun 26, 2019

This morning, we were out at the patient guesthouse hanging out with Abdou and some of his friends. We talked with them and asked them how they were holding up. Abdou told us he is doing well, but he would love to get rid of his casts because they are heavy and no air passes in. Thanks for your continued prayers for Abdou and we're working towards the point where Abdou can be done with his casts! Photo of Abdou

Jun 21, 2019

We had some visitors here at CURE Niger who helped Abdou get his color on! While doing so, he learned the story of Adam and Eve and the forbidden fruit. Specifically how we need Jesus to restore this relationship with God! Please be praying with us that these truths impact Abdou deeply and he comes to understand just how much he is loved! Photo of Abdou

Jun 13, 2019

Today we got to read Abdou a whole bunch of your get-well messages today! He was thrilled to know that people other than himself and his family are concerned about him. When he heard that some of you guys have been praying for him, he asked if we could pray for his healing too. So we had a chance to pray with him then and there! He wants to thank all of you who care about him. Photo of Abdou

May 31, 2019

Our man is good at following directions! After the doctor's orders last week about walking more, Abdou has been taking twice daily laps around the CURE Niger campus with a group of other patients from the guest house. It takes him a long time, but he does it every morning and every evening. It's getting to the point where his casts are wearing out on the bottom from all the walking and he'll need new ones very soon! Photo of Abdou

May 20, 2019

The doctors have asked that Abdou starts to walk again as the motion and pressure will help his healing process. To support him in this, he now has a walker and he's slowly learning to get around by himself again! Photo of Abdou

May 15, 2019

Abdou is back at it again with the art. Today in art therapy the kids got to make hearts to remind them of how much Jesus loves them. When we took a picture of Abdou, he asked to see it, and when we showed it to him he said to take another one because if Jesus loves him he needs to be happy so he needs a picture of him smiling! After showing him the one we took he said that that was better. Pray for Abdou as he continues to wait for his legs to heal. Photo of Abdou

May 09, 2019

Abdou got to see the doctor today. Doctor Anthony said that everything is going well and that Abdou just needs to get his feet recast in order to protect them. Abdou ended up getting a nice foot washing from our nurses in the bandage change room before heading over to physical therapy for the casting. He cried a bit during the recast as there had to be a little pushing and pulling to get his still sensitive feet in the right position for casting, but overall our little man did amazing! Photo of Abdou

May 02, 2019

Adou is back for another bandage change. Abdou almost always has a smile no matter where the situation. Abdou's feet are also doing better and healing well. Abdou does not like the fact that he still cannot walk and he feels as if he is bound in one place. Please pray for him so that he may be patient and that he will quickly heal up so that he can be back on his two feet! Photo of Abdou

Apr 09, 2019

Abdou is doing well and he is now resting. He has been discharged but will go over to the guest house this afternoon. Please pray for him as he will not be able to move as easy now that he's had work done on both legs! Photo of Abdou

Apr 05, 2019

Abdou was in surgery where they did the same procedure they had done to his first foot to his second. The doctors detached his foot from his shin, as much as they could, and then they cast it up nicely. The procedure was a bit involved as Adou's muscles are used to being in the bent up position and to manipulate his foot to a more natural and useful position took some work. Overall though, everything went well and Abdou is resting in the ward now! Photo of Abdou

Apr 04, 2019

Abdou is going back into surgery today to start his second foot! He says he is nervous, but he thinks everything will go well. Please pray for him as he heads onto the OR. Photo of Abdou

Apr 03, 2019

Abdou is doing well after his intervention yesterday. We asked him how he feels he says that he feels good but is nervous as he goes back into surgery tomorrow to start a new procedure on his other leg. Photo of Abdou

Apr 02, 2019

Adou is back in the ward! Today the doctors will be going back to rework his foot in order to make it a little straighter so that the full bottom of his foot will touch the ground. Please pray for him as he goes into the OR that everything goes well! Photo of Abdou

Mar 29, 2019

After lunch, we got to sit down with Abdou and Yahaya and just enjoy ourselves. We talked about other kid's healing processes and how everyone's story is different. We are happy to see he is happy because being happy can also impact his physical health! Photo of Abdou

Mar 18, 2019

Abdou got a bandage change today and, this time, it did not hurt! His wound is healing well so the nurses just cleaned it and changed his bandage. He has not been moving a lot so that has helped with the healing. Pray for him as he continues to heal that he will be patient to the end. Photo of Abdou

Mar 14, 2019

Abdou is going back into surgery today for a little follow up procedure. It turns out with all his running around and playing in the sand, he's stressed his surgical wound and ripped a few stitches as well as, somehow, gotten some sand up his cast. The doctors had a strict talk with him this morning that he needs to slow down and do his best to keep everything clean or it's going to slow down his healing process. Photo of Abdou

Mar 12, 2019

After our coloring/Bible story time today, we got to sing a song. Abdou loved the loud parts so he would wait for them and then give it 100%! Abdou is doing well and he now puts all his energy is things like singing and shouting since he can't run around for the time being. Please pray for a speedy recovery so that we may soon be able to see him run around like he used to! Photo of Abdou

Mar 04, 2019

Abdou had a wonderful weekend. He says that it was long because we were not there, but he is happy we are here now! Abdou went to art therapy today where he got to join our art therapist in coloring huge sheets of coloring pages. Everything is going well for him but he has a hard time walking with his walker because he feels like he can go faster and his walker is slowing him down. Please pray so that he may have the patience to endure each step of the process! Photo of Abdou

Mar 01, 2019

Abdou has always been energetic and running around, but since he now has a heavy cast, he can't play like he used to. So today we sat down and just chatted with him. He says everything is ok and he feels great except for the fact that he cannot run around. It was good to have some time with him and just chat about life and random things. Please continue to pray for him and for a speedy recovery. Photo of Abdou

Feb 22, 2019

Abdou had a rough morning today. The nurses took his cast off so they could give him a bandage change. In the morning complained that his foot hurt. It hurt so bad, he started crying. The nurses ended up giving him some local anesthesia so they could perform the bandage change. Since then, he has been sleeping, but will be discharged as soon as he wakes up. He's going to be staying at the longterm patient guesthouse. Ema from our spiritual staff prayed for Abdou's foot this morning and gave him some advice saying that he should eat to keep his body strong as Abdou has not been eating well since after his surgery. Please keep him in your prayers! Photo of Abdou

Feb 21, 2019

First day post op and Abdou is claiming he has no pain whatsoever which is incredible! We're pretty sure he's not just putting on a tough face either, because he's his playful and fun self. It takes most kids a day or two to get back to themselves after surgery, but Abdou isn't most kids! In other news, our art therapist hooked Abdou up with some crayons and a Christian coloring book that he's been going to town on! Photo of Abdou

Feb 20, 2019

Abdou has had his surgery! When he was in surgery the doctors separated the top of his foot that was stuck to his leg and pulled it out so that they could make his foot stick out straight like a normal foot. As they did this, they noticed that, due to his condition, some of his tendons where shorter then they needed to be in order to support the new orientation. The doctors cut these tendons in order to lengthen them and then sewed them back together. All in all, it was a rather involved surgery, but everything went well and Abdou is resting up in the ward! Photo of Abdou

Feb 19, 2019

Abdou has finally made it here to CURE Niger where he will receive treatment for his feet! You can see in the video that he's pretty good at walking with them, but he struggles with balance and his feet/legs can start to hurt pretty bad after he's walked long distances. We can't wait to get started and see what the future holds for Abdou!


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