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"It has been a while since he got burned, but we did not know it was curable. Even though I live in Niamey I had no idea CURE Niger could help," said Garba, Djafarou's uncle. Djafarou was burned in an accident a long time ago when he was still very… Read more
"It has been a while since he got burned, but we did not know it was curable. Even though I live in Niamey I had no idea CURE Niger could help," said Garba, Djafarou's uncle. Djafarou was burned in an accident a long time ago when he was still very small small. He has no memory of the incident, but says that he has had to live with the aftermath. Djafarou told us the stories he has been told about the day it happened - he was so young that he was just learning how to walk. His mom says he wasn't very good at walking yet and after every few steps, he would trip fall on his hands. One day, he was trying to walk just a little too close to the cooking fire when he tripped himself and fell hands first onto some red hot coals. Everybody in the house had been busy eating when his screams jolted them to action, but by the time they got to Djafarou, the damage had already been done. Djafarou's family took him to a local hospital where his burn was cleaned, but it ended up healing in a matter where the fingers on his left had are permanently contracted, or bent in like a fist. "With my condition, I cannot work at all with my left hand. So hearing about CURE Niger gave me the ability to dream of myself using both my hands," Djafarou says. Djafarou and his family did not think that his hand could be healed until someone from their village went home to visit and saw Djafarou with a burn contracture. We are excited to partner with you in bringing Djafarou the hope of healing and the ability to see a new future that is purposeful and valuable to his community!
Djafarou missed his appointment last week, but we are happy that he came in today! We had the opportunity to catch him during a bandage change. We are glad to see him doing well. After his bandage was changed, we chatted a bit with him and he says everything is good. We are happy to see him doing well. Please remember him in your prayers.
Djafarou has been discharged! He is doing well and we're pumped he gets to spend the weekend at home. He will be coming back for a wound cleaning and a bandage change soon so we're looking forward to seeing him again. Until then, please keep him in your prayers for speedy recovery!
Djafarou has been waiting since he got out of surgery to be discharged. He is doing so much better. He still barely talks, but today we were able to have a little conversation about the things he likes doing. He loves to run around with his friends from house to house getting up to shenanigans. He got a Get Well Message from one of you today and our social worker Balki got to read it to him! The message talked about how Djafarou is not alone in his difficulties and how you have to pray for the best. Djafarou is happy to hear he is not the only one going through tough times because it makes him feel less lonely!
Djafarou has had his surgery! During the surgery, Dr. Issa released the burn contractures holding Djafarou's fingers to the palm of his hand. Dr. Issa ended the procedure by grafting some skin onto the underside of Djafarou's fingers and bandaging his hand up nicely. The whole surgery was a smooth success and please be praying that the healing process is just as smooth!
Djafarou is here at CURE Niger! He was shy at first, but after talking to him he told us that he is happy to be here and cannot wait to get work done. He is feeling hopeful that healing is in sight for him!
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