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"I love school," Jamilou tells us shyly. "I'm really looking forward to going back after surgery." You may be thinking, "Really? School?" But here in Niger it is only the privileged who receive an education, and Jamilou prizes it. But even though h… Read more
"I love school," Jamilou tells us shyly. "I'm really looking forward to going back after surgery." You may be thinking, "Really? School?" But here in Niger it is only the privileged who receive an education, and Jamilou prizes it. But even though he loves school, it was there that his troubles started - two year ago, during recess, he and his friends realized there was an unattended trash fire burning the courtyard, so they decided to take turns jumping over it. Jamilou fell in the fire and burned the right side of his body - there was no hospital in Jamilou's region, so his parents rushed him to a witch doctor instead. Jamilou's initial burns seemed to heal, but after a few weeks his right leg got worse - it started to swell, puss and contract so he could no longer bend his knee - he was forced to hop on his left leg if he wanted to go anywhere. Since Jamilou couldn't walk anymore, his parents decided it would be best if he stayed home from school. "There's no one who can help him get around at school," his mom, Fatchima, said. "Plus he would have to walk pretty far to get there." So for two years Jamilou's been stuck at home, not doing much at all. "I miss playing with my friends at school," he says. Thankfully, about two months ago Fatchima heard about CURE Niger. "A woman in my village whose child had been burned told me about it," she said. "It took us some time to gather the money for transport, but once we got it all together we came!" she told us. Now Jamilou is here to receive surgery - in not too long he should be able to walk again, and we pray that soon he can return to school!
We missed seeing Jamilou before he had to unexpectedly go - his mom got word that his father, far away back home, is sick and in the hospital. There's no one else to take care of him, so Jamilou and his mom returned home. The good news is that they made a plan with our medical team and Jamilou will be able to continue his bandage changes back home at the local hospital. We pray that his father will get better soon, that Jamilou's leg will continue to heal there, and that he'll be able to come back to us!
This week our spiritual team organized a special presentation of the gospel for every child who visits CURE Niger - fortunately Jamilou had some time to sit and listen after his bandage change. Pray that he would be moved by the words he heard!
Jamilou went through a lot this morning - first he had a challenging physical therapy session for his leg, then Djamila cleaned out an infected area around his knee while he grimaced - it's not clear what's causing Jamilou's infection, but our medical team trusts that with the antibiotics he's taking, it should clear up soon. Still, in the meantime treatment isn't fun - pray for courage, determination and long-sightedness for Jamilou.
Today during Jamilou's bandage change, he kept his calm and barely even flinched when nurse Aminatou cleaned out his surgery wound - "He's very courageous," she said. Jamilou has a small infection in his leg, but with antibiotics and attentive care, he should be clear soon!
Jamilou is back for a bandage change and some leg-strengthening physical therapy exercises. "It's his second session with me and he's making good progress," Sodogos, our physical therapist, told us. "He can even start doing these exercises at home!"
Jamilou is here for his first bandage change. He watched intently as the nurse cut away the old bandages, cleaned the wound, and wrapped his leg again. "I am happy for my surgery, but at night I can't sleep well because it hurts," he told us. His mother says that people at their home are amazed and happy to see that his operation went well.
When we stopped by this morning we could see Jamilou was having a rough time. "My leg hurts," he told us - it's pretty normal for post-surgery burn-contracture patients to feel some discomfort for the first few days after their operation, but that doesn't make it any more fun. We tried to cheer him up by giving him a polaroid of himself, and we're praying he feels better soon!
Jamilou made it through surgery! Just as promised, he was asleep the whole time and didn't feel a thing when our team released the tissue in his right leg. Now his body has a chance to do what it never got to do after Jamilou's burn - heal properly. What a blessing that given the right care and conditions, our bodies are designed to repair themselves!
Jamilou is ready for surgery ... well sort of. He still has a few questions about the whole thing. "Will it hurt?" he whispered into his mother's ear this morning. "Ask him, he would know, " she responded, pointing to a CURE Niger staff member. "No," the man reassured Jamilou. "The doctors will give you something to breath and you will be sleeping - you won't feel a thing." Jamilou was surprised - "I thought it would be painful!" he said. Pray for reassurance for him as he gets ready for surgery.
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