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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!
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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