Rabilou's Procedure on
"Rabilou was one of the most energetic boys I've ever seen," said Alassane, Rabilou's father. He told us that the only time Ralbiou was not running from house to house, playing with other kids was when he was asleep. "Even when he was tired, he did… Read more
"Rabilou was one of the most energetic boys I've ever seen," said Alassane, Rabilou's father. He told us that the only time Ralbiou was not running from house to house, playing with other kids was when he was asleep. "Even when he was tired, he did not know how to stop himself from running around until he fell asleep." Because Rabilou was all over the place, Alassane would have to go looking for him from one house to another just in case he fell asleep somewhere else. As Rabilou grew older, this energy soon became funneled into his new passion, soccer. Every afternoon, Rabilou would run to the soccer field in their village. Even when he was sick, he would still want to go. One day though, Rabilou got sick to the point where he absolutely could not play and had to be taken to the local hospital. It turned out Rabiou had malaria, but after a couple of shots and some medicine, everything seemed to return to normal. But a little later on, his family started realizing that his running was not quite the same. He had a small limp which quickly turned into a big limp and his foot began to turn inwards, forcing him to walk on the side of his foot. Rabilou still had all his energy, but he could not move around as he once had. "We did not know what was the cause of this," Alassane told us, shaking his head. "We thought that we had done something to upset God."
Rabilou and his family soon learned, from a stranger passing through their village, that Rabilou's condition was not caused by God, but by a damaged nerve from his malaria injection. This stranger was not only able to help them understand what was happening, but this stranger told them about us here at CURE Niger and that Rabiou's condition is completely treatable.
Alassane ended by telling us that the reason they made the journey to CURE Niger is because the greatest gift he can give Rabilou is his health, something that will last forever.
The cast change went well and Rabilou is doing great! So great that he has been discharged and left before we got a picture of him. He will be back soon for a follow up appointment, but until then please pray for him so that everything may go well while he is at home!
Rabilou is back. Today he came in for a cast change with some intentional pushing and pulling on his foot so it'll all be done in the OR while he's asleep. Before he went in, we had some time to talk with him and encourage him. He says everything is going well, but it is hard getting used to the cast. Pray for him that he gets used to the cast and his small procedure goes well today!
Rabilou has been discharged! Before he left, he used our walking poles to practiced his balance now that he has a cast on. He got the hang of it pretty quick. Our physical therapy staff hooked him up with a pair of crutches and he was on his way home! We'll be seeing him again in about six week's time to see how he's doing!
Rabilou's surgery went so well! Since Rabilou walks on the side of his foot, the muscles had gotten used to that position. The doctors made the call that they needed to release those muscles and straighten out his foot before they move on to the next step of working on his drop foot. After fixing the orientation of his foot, they cast it up nice and tight and Rabilou is resting in the ward now!
Rabiou is here at CURE Niger! We are excited that we are able to be a part of the gift of healing that Rabiou's father is giving him. Rabiou is a bit shy and only speaks when spoken too. Pray for him as he stays here, that he will feel at home at all times!
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