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All around it was a fateful day in Amatoulaye's household. It started off rough as Amatoulaye's mother had woken up with an intense stomach ache and was barely making it through the motions. She was able to get the cooking fire started in the fire … Read more
All around it was a fateful day in Amatoulaye's household. It started off rough as Amatoulaye's mother had woken up with an intense stomach ache and was barely making it through the motions. She was able to get the cooking fire started in the fire pit and warm up some milk for the one year old Amatoulaye. With her mother, Amatoulaye's grandmother, in the same small hut, she knew there wasn't much Amatoulaye could get into so she went to lay down quickly. For a while, Amatoulaye happily sat and drank her warm milk, but when she was done, her curiousness led her to the edge of the smoldering fire pit. In her young ignorance, she grabbed ahold of some hot coals, instantly burning both her small hands. Her screams brought her grandmother running, only to trip over some household items and break her leg in two places. As we said, it was a rough day in Amatoulaye's house. With no medical services in their village, both Amatoulaye and her grandmother were brought to a traditional healer. Amatoulaye was given a herbal poultice for her wounds and her grandmother a makeshift splint. In time, both their injuries healed, but without the proper burn care, Amatoulaye's hand healed in a way where her pinky and ring fingers on each hand are essentially melted into her palm and completely unusable. For almost a year now, Amatoulaye's family have just accepted that this is their life and have made the best of a horrible situation. Thankfully though, one of our CURE Niger outreach teams visited their village and found Amatoulaye. We were able to share with her the hope filled news that the limitations her burns are imposing on her life are completely treatable with surgery. Wasting no time, Amatoulaye and her grandmother have made the journey to our hospital where the skin limiting Amatoulaye's function will be released and she will go home with full use of both her hands!
Amatoulaye showed up for her bandage change and wound cleaning today. After spending a week at home, she's a lot more expressive and playful which was so fun to experience! She was dancing around with us when this photo was taken. We're praying the surgery she has received only works to bring out her fun loving and playful side more and more!
After Amatoulaye's relatively quick surgery, she's just been resting up in the ward. We spent some time with her this morning playing and getting to know her a little bit. She's frustrated having both her hands bandaged, but having to depend on other people's help for a few weeks is a small price to pay for a lifetime of independence once her fingers are all free and healed up! The doctors checked in on her and said she can go home later today. We'll see her again in a few days in order to start her bandage change and wound cleaning regimen!
Amatoulaye doesn't seem to show a ton of emotion, either positive or negative. Even rolling into the OR today, she was just silent and ready to get it over with while most kids are freaking out at least a little! Her surgery was relatively fast and everything went as planned. The doctors were able to release both of the melted fingers on both of her hands. They then took some skin from her arms to graft onto the newly exposed areas. This little one now has two big, bandaged hands and is resting up in the ward!
Amatoulaye has been admitted into the ward and is getting used to her new surroundings. She seems pretty skeptical about the whole deal, but her mom is excited and we feel pretty confident that we can win her over! In all seriousness though, please join us in praying for this little one - that God gives her courage and strength for what can be a scary, new situation for a lot of kids.
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