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Abdou Sofiane's Story
"I am so happy my son is getting surgery'' Saa, Abdou Sofiane's mother. Abdou Sofiane or Sofiane as his friends call him is very energetic, and he loves to swing at our playground at CURE Niger. He was born with a flap of skin holding his middle fi… Read more
"I am so happy my son is getting surgery'' Saa, Abdou Sofiane's mother. Abdou Sofiane or Sofiane as his friends call him is very energetic, and he loves to swing at our playground at CURE Niger. He was born with a flap of skin holding his middle finger on his left hand down in a bent position. He previously had a cleft lip and was treated here at CURE Niger, so Saa knew exactly where to bring him for treatment. Sofiane can do most things with his hand except holding heavy objects. He needs the support of his other hand. When we asked Sofiane what he wanted to become after he grows up, he told us he wanted to become a teacher. We are excited that Sofiane is here with us at CURE Niger, when he heals completely he will go back to school and continue on his path to becoming a teacher.
"I don't want to see my brother with a cleft-lip anymore," says Sofiane. Today his baby brother Seyfoulaye is getting the same surgery Sofiane underwent a while ago. We asked him what will change after surgery - "People will see that we are all like them," he said with confidence.
Sofiane continued with his bandage change routine today in order to make sure everything stays clean and uninfection. He wasn't too happy at first because he thought it would hurt, but thankfully he had it changed without any pain. We pray that his hand continues to heal!
One of the things we love the most about the CURE Niger ward is that kids who are often rejected and excluded at their homes can find other kids struggling with disabilities and make friends here! This morning we found Sofiane had befriended another patient. As this new friend was waiting to go in to surgery, Sofiane and him spent some time looking through some picture books we have around the ward. The good news kept rolling as the doctors then discharged Sofiane to our patient guesthouse where he'll stay as he undergoes regular bandage changes and wound cleanings!
Sofiane seems to be healing up pretty quickly as he is already back to his sassy self. He was trying not to bust out laughing during this photo and he didn't last much longer than when this photo was taken! But with all his joking around, he's doing a great job keeping his hand elevated in order to decrease any post-op swelling that may happen.
Sofiane has got his surgery! Dr. Issa released released the tissue holding Sofiane's finger in the bent position and it can now straighten the entire way! We pray he will heal up in no time. Please join us in this!
Sofiane is here with us at CURE Niger for his surgery! Normally kids are a little nervous when they first get here, but he was laughing his head off as he was watching Underdog on the ward TV. Turns out flying and talking dogs are hysterical whether you can understand English or not!
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