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"I'm not afraid to get surgery. I'm excited!" Tassiou exclaims with his million dollar smile plastered all over his face. For years now, Tassiou has been an outcast in his school and his community because of his burns so the idea of having them tre… Read more
"I'm not afraid to get surgery. I'm excited!" Tassiou exclaims with his million dollar smile plastered all over his face. For years now, Tassiou has been an outcast in his school and his community because of his burns so the idea of having them treated is nothing short of thrilling for this young man! Eight years ago, when Tassiou was just two years old, he was huddled around the fire during Niger's cold season in an attempt to keep warm. At two years old, his depth perception wasn't yet where it needed to be and he got too close. His shirt catching on fire and the burns were bad. The other children did their best to help him, but they couldn't get his shirt off before it started melting the skin on his right shoulder and upper arm. With no medical facilities in their village, Tassiou's family did what they could to make him comfortable as he recovered from his burns. While he did indeed heal, he did so in a way where his upper arm is melted to his torso, rendering his right arm useless. His disability makes him an outcast. The other kids refuse to play with him or, even worse, completely ignore him. Thankfully, his dad found out about us at CURE Niger and sent Tassiou here accompanied by Tassiou's grandmother Kande.
Now that he is here, our medical staff will free Tassiou's arm, setting him free and opening up his future!
We asked Tassiou this morning if he had any fun this week. "None," he said. But we have photographic evidence that says otherwise! Tassiou is having fun with other kids at the guesthouse AND he's getting better - "I have a lot less pain at night," he told us today. We're glad he's doing so well.
Tahirou is very happy today when he came for his bandage change. We asked him if he is worried but he said no. He said it hurt a little during the first few bandage changes, but now he's a pro and it doesn't hurt at all! Please keep him in your prayers as he continues to heal.
And with that, Tassiou has been discharged from the ward! Since his healing process is going to be a little high maintenance, he'll be staying at our patient guesthouse as he starts his regular bandage change and would cleaning regimen next week. It's not fun, but it's super important to make sure his surgical wounds don't get infected and he heals up as well as possible!
Tassiou is recovering remarkably well for just having received a pretty big surgery! It took no time at all for his big smile to come back even though his arm and half his torso are covered in big bandages!
Tassiou has had a successful surgery! While the doctors usually get all the credit for surgeries, it takes an entire team to conduct a safe and successful surgery. Here you can see four of the team who have just helped Tassiou fall asleep and are setting up for the doctor to enter. Dr. Issa then released the skin binding Tassiou's arm to his torso, bandaged him up, and sent him back to the ward to heal up!
With the size of that smile and this young man's outgoing personality, it's hard to believe he's bullied and excluded at his school. We're just glad he's made it here to CURE Niger where he's making friends with our other patients as they all walk down this path to healing together!
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