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"When the other women saw Seyfoulaye's cleft lip, they did not let me go to the well to fetch water if he was with me. They think he is cursed and they could catch it themselves. So in order to get water for my family, I had to leave him at home" S… Read more
"When the other women saw Seyfoulaye's cleft lip, they did not let me go to the well to fetch water if he was with me. They think he is cursed and they could catch it themselves. So in order to get water for my family, I had to leave him at home" Saa, Seyfoulaye's mother, said to us. Saa was shocked to see another one of her children born with a cleft lip. Seyfoulaye's older brother, Sofiane also had a cleft lip and they had found treatment for him here at CURE Niger. Since she already knew what to do, Saa got on a bus and came back to us. We are really excited that they are here and that Seyfoulaye will get the surgery he needs. When he leaves us, he will do so with a new lip and a new future, able to accompany his mom to the well and participate in life uninhibited. Please pray for Seyfoulaye as he starts his healing journey!
Seyfoulaye is going home, and he's REALLY excited. Even though borders between Niamey and the rest of Niger are officially closed, the CURE team found a way - "It took a lot of work, money and a series of official permissions," says Hannatou Labo, our spiritual director, "But it was really important we get these patients home." Some of our CURE kids have been waiting out COVID-19 travel restrictions here for a month, and others, like Seyfoulaye, have been away from their families since January. Now, for the first time ever, Seyfoulaye's father will be able to see his baby boy with his cleft-lip gone - praise the Lord who makes these miracles happen!
Seyfoulaye was eating breakfast when some older kids started a song which involves knocking your right hand against your head - of course he immediately forgot about breakfast and joined in. For him and other longterm patients at our guesthouse the days follow a regular rhythm and everything is done in community. We're glad these kids and caregivers have each other while they wait out COVID-19 travel restrictions - pray for opportunities for our spiritual team to share with and encourage them during this time.
As you can see, Seyfoulaye has decided not to wear clothes anymore - it's hot season and he's done with convention! You can also probably tell that he's REALLY into the song the older guesthouse kids were singing/chanting yesterday - he didn't really know the words, but we pray that soon he'll be able to learn! Some cleft-lip kids, even after surgery, need speech therapy to be able to speak correctly - fortunately we have two volunteers who will start working with patients as soon as the threat from COVID-19 lifts. Pray for Seyfoulaye to be able to develop speech normally, and that COVID-19 wouldn't be able to stop him from getting the help he needs.
The upside of being stuck here because of COVID-19 travel restrictions? Three square meals a day...plus occasional treats. Unfortunately, at home, some of our patients get just one or two meals daily, and malnutrition is a hindrance to their development and health. But little Seyfoulaye has been putting on weight since he got here and now he's looking like a pretty chubby baby!
Seyfoulaye is exploring the best spots on CURE Niger's playground - he doesn't have much else he needs to do these days - his cleft lip is basically healed and he, his mom, and his brother are just waiting for the governmental COVID-19 travel restrictions to be lifted - then it's home for awhile until his next checkup. Pray that while he waits he would benefit from the care and security available here.
Seyfoulaye is a special little guy! He lets his friend Emanuel, a member of the spiritual team, pick him up every day during prayer rounds, and he's definitely not shy around new people either! Seyfoulaye is healing beautifully from cleft-lip surgery and is waiting for the doc to clear him to go back home. His mother, Saa, can't wait to see the other people's reaction from her village - she also can't wait to spread the word about the healing available here. "CURE Niger is a blessing for me and my kids, and I want other people to come get blessed," she said.
Seyfoulaye got his stitches out! That means he's on the home stretch for his recovery from his cleft-lip surgery! Both he and his older brother are here for treatment and after more than a month, both of them are getting close to the point where they could go home - pray for strength for their mother and more good news for the family.
"Now my brother is kyiao," says big brother Sofiane. Usually you would only use that word to compliment a girl (it means pretty), but that's how Sofiane chose to describe little brother Seyfoulaye now that his cleft-lip has been repaired. He and Sofiane are both doing well as they recover from their respective surgeries!
Today Seyfoulaye got some friendly post-op advice from Salamatou, a member of our spiritual team - "Seyfoulaye!" she said, "I counsel you to drink your mother's milk - it's good for you!" Seyfoulaye, like a lot of cleft-lip babies, is hesitant to breast feed right after surgery - but it's important for him to get the nutrients he need so the wound can heal quickly. We're so happy our spiritual staff looks out for our patients' physical well-being too!
Seyfoulaye is ready for surgery! The pesky cold that kept him waiting for the past few weeks is gone and he's been admitted to the ward. Please pray the cleft-lip repair goes well and he recovers quickly!
Saa tells us Seyfoulaye is still a little sick, but doing much better than he was last week. He had been rescheduled to get his surgery this week, but had to be rescheduled again as he is not yet 100%. He doesn't seem to mind all the delays as it means he gets to keeping playing around with the other babies at the guest house! Please join us in praying he continues improving so he can get his surgery next week!
Seyfoulaye weighed in and is finally heavy enough to receive surgery! The bad news is, during his pre-op check up, our doctors discovered he has a small cold. It's not a big deal, but he can't have surgery until that clears up. The nurses have him on some cough medicine which should clear him up in no time!
Seyfoulaye is always hanging around with his mother. He is slowly gaining weight, but not quite where he needs to be just yet. Please be praying his weight gain continues and he'll be healthy enough to get his surgery soon!
Seyfoulaye is here at CURE Niger! Since he is a little underweight, he will be staying at our guesthouse until he gains the weight the weight needed for him to get surgery safely. With three hearty meals a day, he will soon be a healthy weight! Please pray for him as he gets all the nutrients needed for his surgery.
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