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"Firdaoussi is my daughter and like every mother, I want to see my daughter completely healthy" Nana Hinda, Firdaoussi's mother, told us. When Firdaoussi was still a baby, she had an injection. They didn't realize it at the time, but it hit a nerve… Read more
"Firdaoussi is my daughter and like every mother, I want to see my daughter completely healthy" Nana Hinda, Firdaoussi's mother, told us. When Firdaoussi was still a baby, she had an injection. They didn't realize it at the time, but it hit a nerve in her right leg. Soon after, her leg started to swell up and when they took her to a local clinic, the medical staff put a cast on her leg. Unfortunately, this just made the injury even worst. In the year since then, Firdaoussi cannot straighten her leg and cannot move around easily to help around the house. The kids near her home call her gourgoi or "the crippled one" in the local language. Thankfully Nana Hinda's cousin found out about CURE Niger when he brought his daughter here for treatment. When he went back to the village, he informed Firdaoussi's family about CURE Niger and they're now here for treatment! We asked Firdaaoussi what she wants to do when she is completely healed and she said she wants to pound millet (local food like corn that women use big sticks to crush into a cornmeal like substance) like all the other women and girls.
Firdaoussi takes a minute to make Bassirou, a cleft-lip baby, smile. She's sitting on the edge of a group of patient moms who are making soap, and generally enjoying being a part of the longterm patient community here, if only for a few days. She just saw Dr. Karim for the third time this week, and he verified that her leg is healing fine - she'll leave today or tomorrow, and we won't see her again for another three months! But fortunately we got the chance to read her all your get well messages before she leaves - she mostly listened quietly, since she's pretty shy, but she's grateful for your prayers and encouragement. Keep praying for her at home - that she would become more and more sure of herself as she learns to walk again.
Firdaoussi got a visit from her art therapy (or as the patients call it, "games") teacher, Georgiana, while waiting for the doctor this morning. It's the first time the two have seen each other since Firdaoussi left in May, and it was a sweet reunion. Soon after that, Dr. Karim gave Firdaoussi a good report and took out the very last pin from her surgery. He'll see her again on Friday to see how she's doing now that all the pins are out of her leg - if all is well she'll go home for quite a while before her next checkup - in the meantime she's profiting from a bit more art therapy this afternoon!
Firdaoussi is back for her six-week follow-up appointment. Here Saleye, from our physical therapy team took her old cast off and inspected her leg to make sure it was infection-free. Then Firdaoussi got an x-ray and finally saw our consulting doctor. "Her leg is looking good," Rakiatou, one of our consulting nurses, told us after. "She just needs to see Dr. Anthony on Wednesday to decide if we can take the final pin out of her leg." Until then she'll stick around our patient guesthouse and go cast-free for the first time in weeks!
"I can't wait to feast!" Firdaoussi whispered to Salamatou from the back of the departing car. She's getting to go home just in time for the Muslim biggest holiday of the year - Eid. CURE Niger arranged and paid for transport for a van-full of longterm patients so they would be able to be with their families during this time - bonus news it that covid-19 travel restrictions were lifted JUST in time for this to work - we're thankful for such perfect timing for Firdaoussi to be reunited with her family!
Today Dr. Karim took out one of two pins holding Firdaoussi's knee in place. "The bone is strong enough that she only needs one pin now," he said, looking at an MRI taken this morning. "In six weeks we'll see if we can take the other pin out too." Now our physical therapy team will give Firdaoussi a new, less-restrictive cast so she can get around more freely. "I don't have any pain when I walk," says Firdaoussi, "I feel good." Pray for her these next six weeks as she heals, that she would be able to walk with more and more confidence and ease!
Firdaoussi came back a little early for her check-up, so while she waits she's joining in on our activities! This morning's art therapy topic was 'what makes my mom amazing.' For Firdaoussi, it's the fact that her mom always protects her against kids who try to bully her because of her legs - "My mother never lets other children lay a hand on me," she says.
Firdoaoussi may look calm in this photo but just a few minutes earlier she was screaming the glass off the windows - "I'm going home! I'm going home! I'm going home!", she kept yelling - Firdaoussi cannot wait to see her family members and especially her best friend Ouma. She has fully recovered from her cough and her knee is healing wonderfully. She will be back here at CURE Niger in six weeks for a checkup. Pray that her time at home is even more exciting than she is anticipating!
Firdaoussi is a little rascal! Most of the time she loves to get her picture taken but sometimes she tries to hide her face to give us a hard time. She had a little cough over the weekend but she is recovering very well and it is almost gone. Her knee continues to heal well and she is looking forward for more fun and games this week!
It's no surprise that Firdaoussi loves to be near her mom - for more than a month now Nana Hinda has helped her daughter through surgery and recovery here at CURE Niger. Firdaoussi's last checkup showed that her right knee is improving well, and they'll stay a few more weeks while they wait for her next appointment - it seems like a mother's love really does help the healing process.
Today Firdaoussi and the other patients heard a story about Jesus and some children - Jesus' disciples were trying to shoo the kids away, but he insisted the children come near. We want to make sure Firdaoussi knows that Jesus wants her near as well because he loves her oh so very much!
Today Firdaoussi was watching the Jesus Film with the other patients and their guardians. She enjoys watching it because they don't have a TV back home and the stories are fascinating! Please continue to pray for her as she both heals and plays here at CURE Niger!
In between crafts, activities, and general horsing around, we caught Firdaoussi during a lovely, calm moment. It looks like life at the guesthouse - where she is still recovering from surgery - is suiting her well!
The cast change and leg repositioning went well for Firdaoussi! Once it was complete, the doctors said she can be discharged! Since she lives pretty far away from the hospital, she'll be staying in our guesthouse as she recovers. She isn't quite back to 100% yet so please join us in praying for her!
Firdaoussi is going back to the OR for a cast change today! The doctors are going to take her cast off and reposition her leg now that it's had a few days to heal a little, and then put a new cast on. If she was awake, this would be super painful so she will be asleep during the whole process. Please keep her in your prayers!
Firdaoussi is now recovering in the ward! She went for an x-ray to make sure that her bones are still resting in the right position as they heal. Her spirits are a little low due to the post-op discomfort so please be praying for her!
This young lady has had her surgery! The doctors were able to successfully straighten her leg. They then fused her knee straight. This means she won't be able to bend it much, but she will be able to put weight on it and walk on it which is a HUGE improvement from where we're at now!
Firdaoussi is here in the CURE Niger ward! She has been staying in the patient guesthouse for a bit, but she is finally ready to go into surgery. " I am not scared because I will be healed," Firdaoussi told us with a smile.
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