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Ousmane greets the world with a skeptical face as he's starting to figure this whole life thing out. What he hasn't really wrapped his still small mind around just yet is that he was born with a cleft lip. It's a relatively small condition, but in … Read more
Ousmane greets the world with a skeptical face as he's starting to figure this whole life thing out. What he hasn't really wrapped his still small mind around just yet is that he was born with a cleft lip. It's a relatively small condition, but in a country like Niger where differences are a social death sentence, it could come to define his life. Those with disabilities in Niger are often relegated to margins of society, hidden away or utilized as beggars in order to contribute pennies to the survival of their family. Thankfully, Ousmane's parents brought him to a local health clinic. The clinic couldn't help Ousmane themselves, but they knew about us here at CURE Niger. Wasting no time, Ousmane's mother has brought him here to us where he will receive the surgery he needs to close up his lip and open up his future!
As planned, Ousmane made it back for his lip cleaning today. He's still got that same skeptical face as when we met him last week, but without a cleft lip this week. The lip cleanings are important in order to keep the surgical wound from getting infected AND while Ousmane was waiting, he got to pray with our spiritual staff as they went around greeting everyone!
Ousmane and Rahana spent some time with Aicha from our spiritual department today before this little man got discharged! He'll be back next week to have his lip cleaned, but we're so glad he gets to spend the weekend in the comfort of his own home with his own family!
We're amazing at how strong this young man is! Just one day after surgery, he's completely calm and has hardly cried at all. We know his amazing eyes can be distracting, but check out how good that new lip looks!
Ousmane no longer has a cleft lip! This little guy received his surgery today. Dr Issa and the surgical team did a great job of sewing Ousmane's lip up, removing his cleft completely. You could see Rahana was pretty nervous the entire time her son was in surgery, but she help it together wonderfully and was overjoyed when Ousmane came back out to her!
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