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“Life is difficult for Roukaya since her accident,” Roukaya’s Grandmother tells as Roukaya was feeling rather timid this morning. It was an ordinary day in a village far from CURE Niger when Roukaya’s sister was preparing a meal over hot co… Read more
“Life is difficult for Roukaya since her accident,” Roukaya’s Grandmother tells as Roukaya was feeling rather timid this morning. It was an ordinary day in a village far from CURE Niger when Roukaya’s sister was preparing a meal over hot coals. All they wanted was to have a simple meal together, but things took a drastic turn for the worse when Roukaya fell into the pile of fiery hot coals, badly burning her face and hands. Not having any medical facilities in their village, Roukaya's family didn’t know what to do except allow time to pass. Roukaya's burns did eventually heal, but in scarred and disabling ways, one of which is several of her fingers are essentially melted to the palm of her hand. The way the burns on her hand have healed prevent Roukaya from fully opening or using her hand effectively.
As their family looked desperately for solutions, Roukaya’s grandmother remembered a little girl who had come here to CURE Niger with a cleft lip and returned to the village as a healed child. Daring to hope, they ventured out to find us, believing that Roukaya could be healed as well! We are so glad they have found us and we cannot wait to restore function to Roukaya's hand! She will most likely still have a difficult future ahead of her, but we will remove what physical limitations of hers we can and make sure she leaves here knowing she is indescribably loved by both us and God!
Our apologies for not updating you sooner, but Roukaya faithfully attended her physical therapy sessions and our physical therapists taught her mom a few of the exercises so Roukaya can keep improving from home. After that, this little one was discharged! She will need some more surgery in the future, but for now she can relax and work on her physical therapy from the comfort of her own home!
In between bandage changes, Roukaya loves to hang out with our spiritual staff and all the activities they plan! Today there was a game time in our chapel where she played a game kind of like hot potato, but you're out only if you drop the ball. Even Roukaya's mom (in the pink) got into it! After the game, there was a Bible story time. Long stays at the hospital can be kind of boring, but we're doing out best to make them both educational and fun!
Roukaya is still chugging away at her healing process. She's also still staying here at CURE Niger in our long term patient guesthouse as she goes in for bandage changes and wound cleanings every other day. The wound cleanings are important to keep her hand from getting infected and to allow her hand to heal up properly! Please keep praying for this little one and her fantastic smile!
Roukaya has bounced back so fast after her surgery and was discharged! Since she lives a long way away from CURE Niger, she is staying at our patient guesthouse among friends. She’s back to being herself more now that she had time for healing and rest!
Roukaya's surgery went well! Our surgical staff released the burned skin that was trapping her fingers to her palm of her hand and grafted a piece of healthy skin to cover the newly exposed areas! Overall it was a nice, straight forward surgery and this little lady is resting up in the ward now. She'll be in a little discomfort over the coming days and will have to get used to her hand being trapped in a big bandage so please be praying for her!
Roukaya and her grandma have made it here to CURE Niger after lots of traveling and wanting to change Roukaya’s future! We're pumped that God used a previous patient to help connect them to CURE and we can't wait to see what He has in store for them!
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