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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!
It's not often that we witness Tassiou looking alarmed, so when one of our CURE Niger staff, Issafou, caught him off guard while practicing a comedic skit, we had to get it on camera. But don't worry - Tassiou is healing well and in his usual high spirits, even during this time when patients and staff alike are asked to limit contact with each other. Pray for him and all the longterm patients at our guesthouse - as CURE Niger and Niger in general step up measures of protection against COVID-19, the usual sources of encouragement and support (such as the spiritual team) are keeping a physical distance for the patients' own good. Pray for supernatural encouragement and peace for all the patients and caregivers during this time.
Tassiou is good at bouncing back from trials. He is healing well but is having some problems with his skin graft - even so he dances around with his friends whenever he gets a chance. We pray for healing for Tassiou and for wisdom for the doctors.
Tassiou is always up for a game of catch - it's been almost a week since his skin graft and he's healing well at our guesthouse, surrounded by other kids. Our guesthouse is a good place to heal physically and it's also a good place for kids to learn how to play well together - it's not always easy for our patients to learn this - a lot of them have been mocked, ridiculed and excluded by peers their whole life - they've always been on the defensive and they learn how to treat others by how they've been treated - Tassiou is no exception. Pray for him as he heals, that he would also learn that he can be treated with love by a group, and that he too can be a loving member of one.
Tassiou has recovered so well his skin graft that he's already back in the guesthouse with his friends! He and Manirou are practicing their numbers with Salamatou from our spiritual team, but we're not quite sure which number he's written here....any guesses?
Tassiou is back in the ward and surprisingly pretty happy about it - today he is getting a skin graft to help him along in his healing process - because the area of his burn was quite large it would have taken a substantial amount of time for new skin to grow on its own - this minor procedure helps his body along as it repairs itself! Tassiou seems to be completely on board with this - "I like going in that room [the OR]", he says. "I don't know why, I just do!" Please be praying for this young man as he heads in again!
It's been almost three weeks that Tassiou's been recovering at our guesthouse now and he's definitely enjoying himself! He can often be found goofing around near the art therapy room with other long-term patients. Today he took a break from an impromptu solo dance session to pose for us - we thank God this exuberant little boy is healing up well!
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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