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"I want to be a teacher when I grow up," Maimouna tell us shyly. The only problem with Maimouna's dream is that she has a badly burned hand, preventing her from writing and using it with the ease. When Maimouna was one year old, she was excited for… Read more
"I want to be a teacher when I grow up," Maimouna tell us shyly. The only problem with Maimouna's dream is that she has a badly burned hand, preventing her from writing and using it with the ease. When Maimouna was one year old, she was excited for her dad to get home from work and when she heard his motorcycle pull up in front of their house, she toddled out to meet him. Still learning to walk, she lost her balance when she got near the motorcycle and put her hand out to catch herself. Unfortunately, her hand landed on the still hot exhaust pipes of her dad's bike, instantly burning her young hand. Her parents rushed her to the local health clinic, but there was not much that could do to help this little one. Over the years, Maimnouna's hand has healed, but in a way where the ring finger on her right hand is essentially melted to the palm of her hand, rendering it useless. For years now, Mainmouna has lived with this condition and the host of stigma's that come along with having a disability in Niger. She's done well making the best of a bad situation, but it's rough. Thankfully, one of our CURE Niger mobile clinics visited her town and were able to tell her that her hand could be restored with a simple surgery! Wasting no time, Maimouna and her mother have made their way here to our hospital where Maimouna will get the surgery she needs to restore her hand and open up the path for her to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher!
Maimouna stopped by today and is doing so well! She had her bandage taken off at a local clinic a few months ago and has started physical therapy. After years of having her finger stuck in the same, burned position, it's taken some work to rebuild those muscles. Please pray for her as she does the hard, monotonous work of exercising and massaging her finger back into use!
After a few solid days of healing up, Maimouna has been discharged! She'll have regular wound cleanings and bandage changes in order to make sure she stays infection free, but the worst is over now! Please be praying for this young one as she heads home.
Maimouna was the last one on the surgery list so she got pretty bored waiting in the ward, BUT she did indeed get her surgery! Dr. Issa was able to release the melted skin connecting her finger to her palm. He ended up also using a skin graft from her forearm to cover up the newly exposed space on her finger. All in all, it was a big success and Maimouna is resting up in the ward as we speak!
Maimouna is hanging out with us here at CURE Niger! She was originally scheduled for surgery today, but had to be bumped because of a complication. No worries though, we're going to get her in the OR soon! Please be praying for her as she adjusts to her new settings.
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