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Abdoul Rahim's Story
Abdoul Rahim is a shy, but friendly young man who uses his smile more than his words. His life changed two years ago when he fell into his family's trash burning pit outside their home. He was instantly and badly burned. With no real medical care i… Read more
Abdoul Rahim is a shy, but friendly young man who uses his smile more than his words. His life changed two years ago when he fell into his family's trash burning pit outside their home. He was instantly and badly burned. With no real medical care in their community, Abdoul Rahim's family had no choice but to merely do their best to comfort him as he went through an extremely painful recovery process. In time, he did indeed heal, but as a result of his burns, Abdoul Rahim can no longer close his left eyelid or fully close his mouth. He also has bad burns on his torso and his right hand which is rendered unusable. Besides making life more difficult, Abdoul's burns exclude him from much of society and force him to only use his left hand, something that is considered taboo and unclean in Nigerien culture. Thankfully an anasara (a foreigner - most likely a missionary or aid worker) saw Abdoul Rahim and recommended that Aichatou, Abdoul Rahim's mother, bring him here to us at CURE Niger. Now that Abdoul is here, we will first release the burned skin preventing him from closing his eye and mouth and then move on to releasing the burns on his hand. We can't fully remove the stigmas of disability here in Niger, but we can restore his functionality and show him he is dearly loved, both by us and by God!
This young man was discharged! But not before he got to spend some quality time with Emmanuel from our spiritual staff. At this exact moment, they were playing a French counting game, but Emmanuel has a great way about him where he can weave spiritual lessons into fun little games. Abdoul Rahim will be back next week for a bandage change, but we are glad he gets to spend the weekend at home with his family!
You'd never know Abdoul just had a major surgery with his active and playful he is. He'll soon begin bandage changes to make sure everything heals up properly, but for now he's happy making faces and playing around the ward!
Abdoul Rahim was pretty nervous about his surgery, but was super brave going into the OR! Dr. Issa and our CURE Niger surgical staff did a great job releases and reshaping Abdoul's eyelid and lip. While he has some healing to do, he can already close both his eye and mouth properly for the first time since he was burned! We praise the Lord for his gift of healing in Abdoul's life!
Abdoul Rahim is here at CURE Niger getting ready for his surgery! He told us he's pretty nervous about it, but thankfully Emmanuel from our Spiritual Staff spent some time with him this morning playing and talking through the process, putting him at ease. We're thankful for Emmanuel's gentle way and communication skills and we cannot wait to see the adventures God has in store for Abdoul Rahim!
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