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"When people make fun of me, I kick their butts and then they don't make fun of me anymore," Rayana jokes, but as with many jokes there's truth and hurt behind the words. Rayana was born just like every other child, but when she was about one year … Read more
"When people make fun of me, I kick their butts and then they don't make fun of me anymore," Rayana jokes, but as with many jokes there's truth and hurt behind the words. Rayana was born just like every other child, but when she was about one year old, her life changed. She was making breakfast in the kitchen with her mom when the hunger of her belly and ignorance of boiling water got the best of her and she plunged her infant hand into the boiling pot of water in an attempt to get her breakfast early. The burns were instant and bad. Her family rushed her to the nearest hospital where her burns were cleaned and bandaged, but they still healed in a way where Rayana has no individual fingers on her right hand. "It makes some things hard, but there is nothing I cannot do," Rayana brags about her resourcefulness. While she is indeed creative and has found a way to live with her hand the way it is, one major aspect of life that she is missing out on and would love to be involved in is school. Because of her hand, Rayana cannot hold a pen or pencil and is excluded from attending school.
Thankfully, a pastor in their village learned about us here at CURE Niger through one of our pastor partner outreach programs. He passed the good news on to Rayana and her family that her hand is completely treatable with surgery and in no time Rayana arrived here at our doors! With Rayana now in our care, our medical team will start the process of surgically separating Rayana's fingers, giving her back functionality in her hand, and opening up her future to go to school and work towards the life she wants rather than the life a disability would relegate her to in Niger!
Rayana had a fun filled day today! It was not too sunny so Rayana, along with the other guesthouse kids, got to play outside and even though Rayana had limited movement, she still had fun! The kids, including Rayana, then went inside where they listened to the story of how Moses was saved and put in a basket in the Nile river. They colored coloring sheets of Moses in his basket and were reminded that God is our rescuer and deliverer!
Rayana has recovered well from her surgery! She was seen by the doctors and they agreed that she can be discharged from the ward. Since she lives really far away, Rayana will be staying at our patient guest house where she can easily make it to her regular bandage changes and wound cleanings. She'll have a lot of them over the next few weeks and they're important in order to make sure her hand heals properly! Before Rayana left the ward, she had a visit and prayer time with our spiritual staff. Rayana does not come from a Christian family and they pray in a very different way, so the way we pray was amusing to her! Between that and getting to get out of the ward though, Rayana was all smiles!
It is surgery day and everything has gone great! Before Rayana went in, we were able to sit down with her and read her a bunch of your get well messages which helped push aside her fears for a little bit! The surgery itself was long, but successful! In a team of the three, the doctors were able to separate Rayana's fingers and then grafted some skin from her stomach into the newly exposed space between her fingers. Rayana is resting up in the ward and she can definitely use our prayers because her hard part of the healing process starts now!
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