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"The other children call me 'cripple' and I laugh with them because they are just joking" Yahaya tells us off handedly, but we know that words have power and even jokes among friends can cut deep. Yahaya's problems started when he was still small a… Read more
"The other children call me 'cripple' and I laugh with them because they are just joking" Yahaya tells us off handedly, but we know that words have power and even jokes among friends can cut deep. Yahaya's problems started when he was still small and came down with malaria. He was taken to a local health clinic where they gave him an injection and sent him on his way. While the injection did indeed treat his malaria, his leg began to hurt soon after and has never really stopped hurting since. When he was given the injection, the health worker who administered it accidentally hit a bundle of Yahaya's nerves, damaging them. In the years since then, this has caused some developmental problems in his leg that his foot is now stuck down in the "tip-toe" position. This makes it difficult for Yahaya to walk and the worst part, as he tells us, is that he's excluded from many of the communal bonding moments in his village such working out in the farms like the rest of the boys his age. Yahaya badly just wants to fit in and be able to keep up with his family and peers. Thankfully, Yahaya's father found out about us here at CURE Niger and has now sent Yahaya to us along with Yahaya's uncle. It will be a long process, but we will indeed be able to correct Yahaya's foot and leg and get him to a point where he can join in the life of his village!
We're excited to have Yahaya here with us. We're excited that we are able to provide him with the surgery he needs. And we are excited to see what the Lord has in store for this young man!
Yahaya swung back by for his follow up appointment! He got his cast off and the doctors are pleased with how he's healed up. We hooked him up with a crutch and a quick lesson on how to use it with our physical therapist before he was on his way again. It was a quick visit, but there was so much good news packed in there!
We caught Yahaya "reading" this morning before the doctors discharged him home! We put reading in quotes there, but he was obviously just pretending (the book is upside down). We're sad to see this young man go, but he'll be back in about six weeks for a follow up appointment where we'll see how he is healing up!
"There's nooo pain" Yahaya told us with a loopy little smile on his face. We have a sneaking suspicion he might still be a little under the influence from some pain meds, but no pain is a good thing at this point of the healing process! Please be praying for this young man that he continues pain free and adjusts well to having the bulky cast on his leg.
Yahaya was super nervous before his surgery and, as happens to the best of us, the worrisome "what if" thoughts were winning. Thankfully, our art therapist dropped off some coloring supplies and Salamatou from our spiritual staff spent some time talking and praying with him. She was able to calm him down and assure him that he will be taken care of! Surgery can be a really scary experience and we're so thankful to have staff who understand this and care so deeply for our patients as they go through it!
Yahaya is here at CURE Niger getting ready to have surgery on his foot. He's equal parts nervous and excited for what's about to come! Please join us in praying for him that his fears will be calmed and he'll be able to walk bravely into his new future!
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