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“It’s not a time to live in fear," said Faiscale's mother, "We must trust in God right now.” We had just asked Madima how she was feeling about her son’s operation, and right at that moment, another toddler with an almost identical conditio… Read more
“It’s not a time to live in fear," said Faiscale's mother, "We must trust in God right now.” We had just asked Madima how she was feeling about her son’s operation, and right at that moment, another toddler with an almost identical condition as her son - a burned right hand - was being wheeled out of the ward for surgery.
For many kids here in Niger, burns are a fact of life - cooking is done over open fires, mothers often have multiple under-three-year-olds to look after, and infrastructure offers far fewer controls to keep kids away from harm. Many victims, if they are fortunate enough to heal from the initial burn without catching life-threatening infections, live their entire lives with debilitating burn contractures.
Faiscale's story then, begins like many others. One year ago he wandered too near a pot of boiling soup, stuck his right hand in, and was instantly burned - now, his fingers are curled permanently inward. “His life changed a lot that day,” said Madima.
And without surgery Faiscale's life would have continued to change - growing up with a disfigured right hand is almost a curse here in Niger, where that hand is considered presentable and the left not - Faiscale’s disfigurement and his inability to perform the frequent act of shaking right hands would have excluded him from society in a significant way.
But his chances at having a normal life improved when his family heard about CURE Niger from the village school director. Now, just a year after being burned, Faiscale is here at CURE Niger to receive surgery. Our team will release the fingers on his right hand so they can bend normally again, and then tend to his wounds and his physical therapy - in not too long Faiscale will be able to live a life with two functioning and presentable hands, rather than one. Faiscale's mother is right - it is the time to trust God. In fact, it is always the time to trust in God, because he is the one who is able to restore Faiscale's hand and future.
We caught Faiscale on his way out of his physical therapy appointment today. He was using his hands for lots of things, including eating an entire mango, skin included ... We're taking this as a sign that he's starting to be able to use his hand like normal!
Without physical therapy, surgery doesn't actually make a huge difference for a lot of patients - that's why we're glad Faiscale lives close by so that COVID-19 travel restrictions don't get in the way of his healing. With regular exercise his fingers will become flexible and strong enough to move like they did before his burn! Here he's waiting for his next appointment - pray he makes great progress!
No more bandage changes for Faiscale! That's right—his hand has healed enough that it doesn't need extra protection. With more physical therapy, he should be able to move his once-bent fingers a lot more freely than before! Praise God! Faiscale is making good progress!
Faiscale's back for another bandage change today - this week his mom's been faithfully bringing him to each appointment, even with the city partially shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions. With all the extra challenges in Niamey right now, please be praying for Faiscale more than ever.
After Faiscale's bandage change today he kept trying to pull his mom's head covering down - after he succeeded she just smiled and pulled it back up, clearly used to his games. Thank the Lord Faiscale's recovering well and able to come for his appointments even with governmental restrictions on travel (due to COVID-19). Pray for special protection for him and for Niger.
Faiscale is such a dynamic three-year-old - he can be laughing one second and crying the next, or cry-laughing, if that's the right word for it. He's happy now because he's with his mom and he gets to go home. Surgery went well and he'll just have to come back regularly for bandage changes and checkups to make sure his hand stays infection-free as it heals!
Here Dr. Anthony is marking Faiscale's hand for surgery. During the operation, our team liberated the contracted tissue in Faiscale's fingers and inserted pins to hold his newly-straight fingers in place. In a while, he'll be able to have the pins removed, but for now he'll just need to sit tight and keep things clean while his body heals itself. Pray for special protection for Faiscale while he recuperates!
Meet Fasicale! This morning when he got sick of having his photo taken he started declaring "It's good [enough]! It's good [enough]!" We're so glad he could make it into one of the last surgical slots before we close the OR for a few days (as a precautionary measure against COVID-19). We pray that after his operation to release burn contractures on his right hand, he can say "It's good! It's good!" about that too!
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