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“I know that Manzir can be a great person someday,” his grandmother, Agada says. Two years ago a very unfortunate thing happened - Manzir got burned. He was sleeping on his mother’s back when she put him down to sweep the courtyard. Soon, sh… Read more
“I know that Manzir can be a great person someday,” his grandmother, Agada says. Two years ago a very unfortunate thing happened - Manzir got burned. He was sleeping on his mother’s back when she put him down to sweep the courtyard. Soon, she heard him shrieking and came running, but it was too late. In the short time she was gone, he had woken up, crawled all the way to the fireplace and reached for a hot coal. She looked at his palm - three of his fingers were now melted to it. When Manzir’s father came back from the farm, he demanded an explanation and Manzir's mother told all. Manzir's dad, worried for his son's safety, took the baby to stay at the grandparents house the next day - he was less than a year old at the time. From that day forward Manzir has grown up without his mother, who is devastated and now marked as an 'irresponsible parent' in her community. In the midst of all this turmoil, Manzir’s grandparent’s started to look for medical help. A local hospital told them about CURE Niger and they made the necessary preparations to come. Now Manzir is here, and a simple surgery will render his hand usable again! We pray that it would work to release all that the burn constrained - not only in his hand, but in his family - and that it would be a building block for him to truly become a great man!
When we sat down with Manzir’s grandmother, Agada, to read your get well messages, we never imagined how God would use them! We told her what you wrote - that Manzir is destined to do great things in the kingdom of God, that Jesus loves him so much, that you are proud of Agada’s strength, and that you all pray for Manzir’s healing. “Thank you, thank you,” Agada said, and then started opening up about her past. “Years ago a pastor came to our village,” she said. “He showed the Jesus film on a projector at my house, and my husband believed, but I never did.” For years her husband kept asking her to believe, but she refused up until his death. But today, after months of talking with our spiritual team here at the hospital, she finally asked us to pray with her. Fortunately there is a church nearby where she lives - pray for her growth and that she could get connected to the body of believers there. Meanwhile, let’s not forget about Manzir! We met with Agada because we knew Manzir was about to be discharged from the hospital. “We’ve been here a long time,” said Agada, laughing. “And there’s been a great change in him. Before he used to cry and cry and cry, but now he’s playing with the older kids, he’s laughing…even me I’m surprised!” Now Manzir and Agada have gone home and we won’t see them again for another three months - praise God that Manzir’s treatment here at CURE Niger has brought about so much renewal and transformation for not only him, but his grandmother too. Thank you for being a big part of it not only with your support, but also with your words.
This morning Dr. Karim showed Manzir and his grandmother some exercises they should keep doing at home. "Parents will usually push their kids to do these because they know it's better to cry now than be unable to use their hand later," Dr. Karim says, "But grandparents tend to be a bit softer." Manzir's cleared to go home for the next three months, and it's up to his grandmother Agada to make sure he continues doing his physical therapy exercises - pray that in these three months mobility in Manzir's hand would be fully restored.
This morning Manzir joined in the guesthouse fun - he's not big enough to power one of these tricycles, but he's happy to sit in the back while Tassiou does! We've been surprised the past few days to see some of the older kids taking extra care to make sure Manzir is included - slowly but surely shy he's becoming part of the gang! And it's a good thing - even though some other patients got to go home yesterday, Manzir needs to stay here a bit longer to continue physical therapy. Pray that he would become more and more integrated with the other patients and feel what it is to have older 'siblings' watching out for him here.
Manzir's cast is gone and he's using his right hand like a pro! Today we caught him bending a flip flop back and forth, which makes us think his finger muscles are getting pretty strong! But even so, Manzir and his grandmother will stick around CURE Niger for at least a few more days while he continues his physical therapy exercises with us.
"Can I get a picture?" Manzir asked us earlier today - he doesn't usually like his photo being taken, so we were more than happy to oblige. "I am glad that Manzir is getting used to this new place, but sometimes he doesn't sit still," his grandmother says. "He wants to run around with the other kids, but sometimes the older kids mess with him and he cries," she continued. Manzir wants to be with the older patients, but he know he's not as strong as them so he sometimes would rather stay by his grandmother's side. Pray that the older patients would learn how to take good care of their younger playmate!
Manzir is happy today! The doctor said he was making good progress, and his cast will come off next week - then our team will see if Manzir's hand has regained enough flexibility to go home, or if he needs to instead stay and continue physical therapy with us.
"New clothes!" Manzir's grandmother yelled excitedly when she saw her grandson in his blue onesie. "Manzir has never gotten new clothes like these ones and he is so cute in them," his grandmother says. At first, Manzir was a little embarrassed by his grandmother's gushing, but he soon let it go - he was excited about the clothes too! We are thankful for the new gifts Manzir has received - it's great to see a smile on both the mothers' and the kids' faces!
Today Manzir walked through the administration section of CURE Niger making funny faces at us. "Where did you go?" we asked him. He simply raised his hand showing us a brand new cast - why? Manzir has a bad habit of scratching at his hand, which keeps it from healing as well. But maybe this was all according to Manzir's plan - "He is happy he doesn't have to do his massages with this new cast!" Agada his grandmother told us. Pray that when the time comes for Manzir to restart physical therapy, that he would be ready.
"How are you doing, Manzir?" He just smiled at us. He shyly came up and said "I'm good," he said in a small voice. He is doing well his grandmother chimed in. "His hand is healing quickly. He doesn't cry as much when he does his physical therapy" she said proudly. We pray that he continued to heal genuinely!
Manzir finds yet another way to entertain himself while staying at our patient guesthouse - we're glad most of his games are hands on, because he needs to keep exercising his palm and fingers to fully restore mobility! Right now he doesn't love physical therapy, and sometimes refuses to do exercises - pray that he would be willing to do the work it takes to heal.
When we read Agada your get well messages for Manzir, she seemed really touched. "I am so thankful for their prayers," she responded. "May God bless them and answer their own prayers too." It cannot be easy raising her baby grandson, but she's doing a phenomenal job - not only is she providing for and nurturing him, she's also here at CURE Niger, alone and far from home, making sure Manzir can grow up healthy and healed, able to be 'the great person,' she believes he can be.
When Manzir was around this baby girl at our guesthouse, he acted like an older brother, making sure she was safe and comfortable - she's severely disabled and doesn't smile or laugh like the other babies, and even though not a lot of kids hang around her, Manzir does.
We asked Manzir’s grandmother if he ever talks about going back to his parents - “No he doesn’t," she says, "He doesn't know them very well." Even though Manzir has been forced to live away from both his parents, he's finding some sort of family here - the other day he climbed up to the second story of our playground and wouldn't come down, not even when his grandmother ordered him to. But luckily Zali, a ten-year-old patient climbed up and faithfully brought the (kicking and screaming) toddler back down to safety. Pray that as Manzir heals here, he would be surrounded by family in the spiritual sense.
Today in art therapy, Manzir made lines with chalk and then erased them with water and a paint brush - he's a little shy and doesn't usually hang out with the other kids, so it was really great to see him be part of the group. Please pray for him as he recovers and continues physical therapy - pray that he would consistently do his exercises so that he can grow up with a healthy functioning hand!
Manzir looooves exploring and creating things - this week he hung around the metal cages meant to keep our baby palm trees safe (from him), and later was lost in his own world arranging chairs into an imaginary car - while he plays he's quiet and focused, almost like he's an architect arranging and rearranging parts until they're to his liking. We're glad he's finding ways to entertain himself as he heals here at our patient guesthouse - pray that he would continue to feel safe, secure and at home for the rest of his time here.
Whatever Bahairou just said, Manzir's not happy about it! Even though most of our patients are used to communal life, living in close quarters away from their homes and families can be tough. Also, the fact that Manzir was separated from his mom, when he was less than a year old, makes things look even harder. Pray that, as Manzir heals at our guesthouse, he would build good relationships with the other patients and get along well with them.
Manzir likes to eat breakfast safe in his grandmother's lap - it's not a bad idea with other kids, babies and cats around! He's recovering well from surgery but will stay here until COVID-19 travel restrictions are lifted - good thing his grandmother's always close by and watching out for him.
In the end, Manzir and his grandmother stayed at our guesthouse instead of going home after surgery - COVID-19 travel restrictions are helping stop the spread of the virus, but also keeping some patients here at CURE Niger longer than expected. Manzir doesn't seem to mind - in fact, he's getting right to work - he's taking this week's bible lesson to heart and building his own personal tower of Babbel...Just kidding - he's probably zoning out while Mantou, from our CURE Niger spiritual team, tells this Old Testament story. "It's important we share this here," she says - the confusion of tongues at the tower of Babbel can be a bit like life at our patient guesthouse - we have people who speak only Zarma, Hausa, or Tamasheq, and the inability to communicate can leave some people feeling left out and others thinking they're the butt of a joke or the subject of a nasty comment. The easy way out is to speak the best and believe the best about others - Mantou teaches that Jesus gives us the power to do that. Meanwhile Manzir remains blissfully unaware, constructing his tower ; ). Pray that he could be built up and encouraged by the other patients at our guesthouse as he heals there.
Manzir slipped out of the ward before we could get a picture of him - sneaky guy! He's been discharged from the hospital but will be coming back for frequent bandage changes. With the threat of COVID-19 in the air, we want to pray special protection over Manzir and his grandmother as he recovers.
Manzir got his surgery! The OR team released his burnt fingers from his palm and put pins in them to keep them straight. Pray a special prayer of protection against COVID-19 for Manzir as he heals - even though Niger only has seven confirmed cases, we are striving to be especially vigilant and prayerful about the safety of our patients.
Manzir is here! He is a bit shy and when we tried taking his photo, he got even shyer - he kept on putting his finger in his mouth. Soon he will have an operation to fix his burnt hand. We cannot wait to see him fully healed. Please pray for him as he goes through this next step in life!
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