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"We do not know what caused it, but it was very hard to deal with at first", said Hindo, Zahara's grandmother. Zahara was only two years old when her knees first began to knock inwards. Her knees prevented her from doing many things, but the one sh… Read more
"We do not know what caused it, but it was very hard to deal with at first", said Hindo, Zahara's grandmother. Zahara was only two years old when her knees first began to knock inwards. Her knees prevented her from doing many things, but the one she cares the most about is she cannot play as hard as the rest of her friends and siblings. The one her family cares most about is Zahara's knees prevent her from going to school. As is the case for many families in Niger, Zahara's school is a long distance from where she lives. Her knees already make it hard to walk and walking the distance to school is next to impossible for this young lady. Zahara's family is also afraid what would be waiting for her once she arrived. Zahara is already mocked and judged incessantly by people in her village so her families believes, with good reason, school with be no different. The way Zahara is treated by those around her has taught her to be fearful and timid around people she does not know. Unfortunately, trust no longer comes naturally to this little one.
Thankfully though, this is beginning to change! A pastor in Zahara's village learned about us here at CURE Niger through our growing network of partner pastors and he shared the hope of healing with Zahara's family! The fact that Zahara seemed like she would not be able to do anything broke their heart, but they began to see a glimpse of a hopeful future with this news. The pastor contacted CURE Niger and Zahara and her grandmother made the long journey here to us. "It is already a blessing to hear that something can be done, but to be here now is surreal," Hindo ended.
Zahara joined in a group art therapy session today where they made and painted shields! SImilar to the many Bible verses that talk about how the Lord is our shield and protects us in the face of evil!
While Zahara was waiting for her bandage change and wound cleaning this morning, Dr Anthony sat down with her and a few other patients to have a little chat! We love that we have doctors who view their patients as friends rather than a chore to be done!
Zahara took part in some arts and crafts time where we all colored in paper crowns. As we were working, Emanuel from our spiritual staff took some time to explain that God is the King of Kings and that if we follow him, we are his children which makes us princesses and princes! Would you join us in praying Zahara comes to understand this in the core of who she is?
Infections can be a beast to beat and Zahara is still hard at work battling hers! It's been a week of regular visits with our nurses and thorough cleanings of the infected areas. Please be praying with us that Zahara beats this infection and can soon move on to the next stage of healing!
Unfortunately the doctors found a slight infection which is preventing Zahara from going in for her pin removal surgery. Right now, she's hanging out here at CURE Niger for regular cleanings of the infected area. The plus side is that she got to take part in our Ice Cream Friday today and had her very first taste of ice cream EVER! How cold it was freaked her out at first, but she came around and is already looking forward to next Friday!
Zahara came back for her check up today and the doctors were able to share the good news that her leg is all healed up! She's going back into the OR soon to have the surgical pins removed from her leg. After that, she'll have some physical therapy before she comes back for her next surgery in October!
Zahara is doing well and she has not complained of any pain! "She didn't cry at all during the night" Grandma Hindo said proudly. Zahara is a very strong girl and she says that she knows she will not cry. The doctors agree that she's super tough and have said that she can go home today! We'll be praying for her as she continues healing up at home and we're already looking forward to seeing her in roughly six weeks for her follow up appointment!
Zahara has had her surgery and she was all smiles up until the point where she went to sleep! The doctors cut out a wedge in her bone which gave them the space they needed to straighten the angle of her right leg. They then drilled two pins in an x shape to hold the two parts of her bone in place. The doctors used an x-ray to double-checked everything was perfectly straight before the sewed her back up and sent her to the ward to recover!
Zahara is here at CURE Niger and we are excited to get to know her. She is a bit quiet, but her smile says all we need to know about her excitement to get her knock knees straightened! Please keep her in your prayers as she preps for surgery.
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