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Abdou was seemingly born like every other child and was viewed as a blessing by his family. Unfortunately, this didn't last long. As Abdou began to walk, his family noticed that his legs were oddly bending outward and he "teetered" as he walked. Th… Read more
Abdou was seemingly born like every other child and was viewed as a blessing by his family. Unfortunately, this didn't last long. As Abdou began to walk, his family noticed that his legs were oddly bending outward and he "teetered" as he walked. Their initial thoughts were that he would outgrow this, but the opposite happened. As Abdou grew, his legs began to bow outwards more and more. His family and community were horrified as a disability like this is often viewed as a curse upon the child in Nigerien culture. As such, people with disabilities like Abdou's are often cast aside to the edges of society and struggle to find their place in life. On the other side, the joy Abdou's family expressed about having son was in part because of the role he would play in their future. Boys are expected to grow into men who get jobs and support their greater family and especially their parents as they age. With a disability, Abdou would struggle to provide for himself, let alone his family. Thankfully, a past patient of ours here at CURE Niger heard about Abdou's situation and was able to tell Abdou's family about the work we do helping children exactly like their son. Wasting no time, Abdou and his grandmother have made the trip here to our hospital where Abdou will get the surgeries he needs to straighted his legs and walk into his future tall and proud!
Abdou left over the weekend and we missed the chance to say goodbye! Mini-buses are less regular, but waaay cheaper than buses, so when Abdou and his grandmother found out one was leaving for their hometown, they wasted NO time in hopping on board. Fortunately Abdou's next appointment isn't for more than a month, so he's got plenty of time to spend with his family at home. Pray that his legs would continue to get stronger and his family would be a great support to him while he heals!
Abdou is back again! When we saw him today at chapel he kept on turning around to smile at us. After he got his old cast off and now has a new one - he will have another x-ray in six weeks to confirm he is still healing properly. Abdou also attended Art Therapy where the kids were taught to look at themselves in a good way and that every time they look in a mirror, they should know that Jesus loves them. Let us continue to pray for Abdou!
Abdou spent a few days in our guesthouse and, over the weekend, his mom worked out a ride for them to get home so they left! He'll heal up there and will be back in a few weeks. We can't wait to see him again!
And just like that, Abdou has been discharged back to our patient guesthouse! This development gets two big thumbs up from this young man as he has a lot of friends also staying at the guesthouse and it's a whole lot more fun than hanging around in the ward!
After a solid weekend of healing, Abdou is feeling pretty swell! He asked us to take a photo of him wearing his favorite hat and asked us to include the painting on the wall behind him. It's a painting of several big moments in the life and ministry of Jesus! In the upper left, you can see a depiction of the birth of Jesus while in the upper right you can see the death of Jesus. In the foreground, you can see the sick, the children, the elderly, everyone coming to see Jesus himself. Please pray Abdou takes these scenes and their stories to heart as he is healing up!
This young man has had his surgery! The doctors carried out a procedure called an osteotomy where they straightened his right leg. Abdou handled the whole thing like a champ and is currently resting up back in the ward!
Abdou is in the ward getting ready for his next surgery, on his right leg this time! "I'm not at all afraid!" he told us proudly as his mom cut in with "He was asking me all day yesterday if it was time to go to the hospital. He's so excited!" Please be praying that this excitement continues into the hard work of recovering once he has his surgery.
It's been a big day for Abdou! He had his cast off and an x-ray to see how his bones are healing up. On top of that, he also had the stitches out of his leg! After waiting for so long, he was thrilled at all the busyness today. He was also fascinated seeing his newly straight leg out of his cast! Please continue for this little man as he continues to make big moves!
Today, Salamatou (a member of our spiritual staff) told Abdou and the other kids a story. It was about the time Jesus walked on water. "How is that possible?" Abdou asked as he listened very carefully for the answer. Salamatou went on to explain that Jesus is the Son of God so he can do things humans cannot.
Abdou is back for his follow up! He is healing very well and the doctors were able to remove all the pins from his leg that had been helping hold everything together as his bones strengthened. He got a new cast put on his left leg and is now staying at our CURE Niger guesthouse where he is making a lot of friends. We asked Abdou how he was felling and he said "I am supper happy to see my leg healing!" We also asked him what would be the first thing he would do when he is 100% healed and he said he would like to go to school and run around with the other kids. Him mom chimed in, "I would like for my son to go to school and one day become a teacher so that he can take good care of his old parents!"
Balki from our spiritual staff spent some time with Abdou this morning talking with him and checking out the crayon drawings he had made on his cast. Soon after this, Abdou found out the good news that he's being discharged! His only goal for the next six weeks is just to heal up as best he can. After that he'll see the doctor and we can plan on next steps!
Adbou has spent the vast majority of his day sleeping. We kept going to check on him and never managed to find him awake until late this evening! All the rest seems to be doing the trick and Abdou is feeling pretty good considering he's just recently out of surgery! Thank you for your prayers and get well message and we ask that you continue as there is still a lot of healing to be done!
This young man has received his surgery to straighten his left leg! It was a long procedure, but the doctors removed a wedge of bone from his leg which then allowed them to change the angle his leg was at to make it straight. It sounds like basic geometry, but we're so glad our doctors are highly trained and know how to do these difficult procedures! Please be praying for Abdou as he wakes up and recovers from his surgery. Our nurses will work to keep him comfortable, but it's never a fun process.
Abdou is hanging out with us here at CURE Niger as he gets ready for his first surgery to straighten his left leg! The idea is to do the legs one at a time so he can still walk (with the help of crutches) and get around by himself as he heals up. We love how excited he is for his treatment and are so happy God has had our paths cross!
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