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Emmanuel is a happy young man from a fiercely protective family. Three years ago though, something happened that put their family to the test. Emmanuel was doing his chore of fetching water with the family's donkey cart. He had several friends with… Read more
Emmanuel is a happy young man from a fiercely protective family. Three years ago though, something happened that put their family to the test. Emmanuel was doing his chore of fetching water with the family's donkey cart. He had several friends with him and as young boys do, Emmanuel was joking and messing around. One thing led to another and Emmanuel soon found himself tumbling off of the moving cart. He ended up badly breaking his arm above the elbow. His friends ran home and got Emmanuel's dad, but with no hospital in their village, there wasn't much that could be done. Emmanuel was taken to the local tradition healer who tried to treat Emmanuel's broken arm with a variety of wet herbs. Unsurprisingly, the herbs did not manage to reset Emmanuel's arm which did eventually heal, but in a very odd manner. Emmanuel's arm now bends the opposite way it should. His deformity limits how much he can lift with his arm, a major problem for a family who make their living off farming and manual labor, and makes him an easy target for kids looking for a scapegoat. Thankfully, Emmanuel's family visited a church where a missionary saw Emmanuel and told them about us here at CURE Niger. Emmanuel has now made the journey to our hospital and discovered that we can indeed correct his arm with a simple surgery! When Emmanuel leaves us, he will do so well on the way to healing and a much more secure future!
Emmanuel stopped back in today! Since his home is so far away, he and his family are staying here in Niamey so they can make all his follow up appointments and make sure they get him the best treatment possible. We actually ran into his dad around town the other day and found he has started a small business selling mobile phones to earn some money until they go back to their home and his job back there. We're impressed the dedication Emmanuel's family has to seeing this healing process through!
Emmanuel is healing well and is up and about today! The doctors saw him and said there's no reason he can't head out of here! He's from a long way away, up in the far north region of Niger, so he'll be staying with some friends here in Niger's capital until his follow up appointment in July. As he was getting ready to leave today, we were able to sit down with him and read him all your get-well messages which put a big smile on his face so thank you for that!
Emmanuel got his surgery today! It was a tricky one, but our doctors are literally professionals. The reason Emmanuel's arm was bending the way it did was because the bone between his elbow and his shoulder had healed in a curved position. The doctors carried out a procedure called an osteotomy where they essentially cut out the curve in the bone and then pieced a straight bone back together. All in all, Emmanuel's arm is now straight and he is resting up in the ward! Please be praying for him because the next 24 hours or so are always pretty rough, just getting used to the arm being in the cast and then some residual confusion from the surgery meds.
Emmanuel has camped up in the ward and doesn't seem to have an ounce of fear for his upcoming surgery! His whole family has accompanied him to the hospital and is cheering him on. Since we only have space for one family member with each patient, Emmanuel's dad has found a nearby place to stay and Emmanuel's mom and dad are taking turns hanging out and looking after our little guy and his brother!
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