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"Hafissou does not talk much, but he's a happy little boy", his mother Hadiza told us. Ever since he was born, Hafissou's legs started to bend inward creating a knock knee condition. Hafissou does not know a life without knocked knees as he started… Read more
"Hafissou does not talk much, but he's a happy little boy", his mother Hadiza told us. Ever since he was born, Hafissou's legs started to bend inward creating a knock knee condition. Hafissou does not know a life without knocked knees as he started getting the condition at a very early age. As he grew up, he started to notice he was different and so did the other children his age. They began to make fun of him, often upsetting him and bringing him to tears. "Hafissou is a nice kid", says Hadiza. He would never insult back or fight them, he would just sit there and keep quiet while they called him names. Hafissou's father soon had enough of how people were treating his child so he began to look for a solution. He had gone to many hospitals in their region looking for help, but he was turned away everywhere he went. One day, he was leaving a hospital after yet another rejection, when a stranger asked Hafissou's father what he was looking for. After explaining his situation, the stranger told him that he should go to Niamey, the capital of Niger, and look for a hospital there. The stranger told Hafissou's father that he had heard of a hospital in Niamey that treated children with disabilities like Hafissou's. Hafissou's father made the long journey to Niamey and begun the search, soon finding us here at CURE Niger. He wasted no time rushing home to share the news and return with Hafissou who is now here to finally receive the treatment he has so long dreamed of!
Hafissou's leg swelled a little last night which is nothing to be concerned about, but did cause him some pain from the increased pressure inside his cast. To relieve the pressure, the nurses cut open his cast which also relieved the pain and allowed Hafissou to get some much needed sleep. The post surgery swelling had gone down by the morning and the doctors were able to recast his leg and discharge him home!
Hafissou had his surgery and it was a stunning success! The doctors operated on both his legs using a procedure called an osteotomy. They essentially removed a wedge of bone from each leg which gave them the space they needed to change the angle of his knees. Hafissou's newly straight legs were then cast up and he was moved back to the ward to recover!
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