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On the surface, Mibatou seems just like any other 11 year old girl, but as you spend time around her, you notice that she favors using her right arm. Two years ago her life changed when she was reaching up to grab a boiling hot bowl of porridge. Sh… Read more
On the surface, Mibatou seems just like any other 11 year old girl, but as you spend time around her, you notice that she favors using her right arm. Two years ago her life changed when she was reaching up to grab a boiling hot bowl of porridge. She didn't quite manage to get a proper hold on the hot bowl and ended up spilling the porridge all over the left side of her torso. Her left shoulder and arm were immediately scalded. With no hospital near their village, Mibatou had no choice but to suffer through the long and painful process of healing after a bad burn like hers. To make matters even worse, her skin had essentially melted and shifted in ways skin should never move. She now has a flap of melted skin connecting her torso to her arm. This flap limits the movement of her shoulder and the ways she can use her arm. Mibatou and her family had given up on getting help and settled in her new, limited life. That was until one of our CURE Niger outreach teams showed up in their village. Our staff was able to share the hope of healing with Mibatou and welcomed her to come to our hospital in order to receive surgery and, ultimately, get the full use of her arm back!
Today Mibatou and the rest of the kids at the guesthouse heard the story of Jesus' birth. Earlier today she had a physical therapy session and our PT said she's doing well - part of her arm has already fully healed from the burn and the rest is coming along nicely. As she heals, it seems like her personality is coming out more and more - she's got a great sense of humor and even though she sometimes tries not to smile, she's quick to crack a grin.
Early in the morning, we found Mibatou sitting with this million dollar smile on her face as she waited for her bandage change. Even though she always talks about going home, she is happy to stay a little longer until she is fully healed.
It’s another afternoon arts and crafts session and Mibatou is using both hands to cut, glue, and craft another creation. Prior to surgery this would have a whole lot more difficult - no surprise she’s got the widest smile ever!
Mibatou participated in our group art therapy session and, as part of it, she got some chocolates and marshmallows! Judging by her face, she had never tried a marshmallow and she wasn't too impressed.
As predicted, Mibatou had her bandages changed in order to keep her infection free! Since her home is far away from CURE Niger, she's actually hanging out here in our guest house as she get's her regular bandage changes. While here, she likes to meet new people who come visit the hospital and we got this shot of her teaching a visitor the unofficial CURE Niger handshake! Please pray for her as she works towards complete healing.
Just one day post op and Mibatou is already up and even has a slight smile on her face! The doctors came around while we were hanging out with her and they were pleased with how she's doing. Since she lives close to CURE Niger, they said she can go home and continue healing up from there! We'll see her again next week when she stops back in for a wound cleaning. Please continue praying for this little one.
Mibatou had had her surgery! The doctors successfully released the skin restricting her hand and she is already back in the ward resting. Please be praying for her as she now starts the hard work of recovering!
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