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“If she grows up like this, others will insult her,” Shamsia’s mom told us. The four-year-old was born with the ring and pinky fingers on her right hand joined together. It's a deformity that Shamsia has come to live with and has adapted in w… Read more
“If she grows up like this, others will insult her,” Shamsia’s mom told us. The four-year-old was born with the ring and pinky fingers on her right hand joined together. It's a deformity that Shamsia has come to live with and has adapted in ways where she doesn't let herself be limited by not being able to use all her fingers independently. Even though she's been able to craft a good life for herself, having the surgery to separate her fingers can make a huge difference for her future.
The operation itself isn't a difficult one, but medical care and surgeries are hard to come by in Niger. When they are available, they are usually too expensive to most people to afford. Fortunately though, Shamsia’s father happened to be working on a construction project here at CURE Niger. He asked his boss if the hospital could do anything for his daughter and soon, free of charge, Shamsia was scheduled for surgery!
This story is a reminder of the great need in Niger - even within our own walls there are families who need the services CURE Niger provides. We pray that many more like Shamsia, who live practically on our doorstep but have yet to find their way here, would come!
We missed seeing Shamsia this week but we got the update from our head nurse, Haoua. Shamsia's wound has healed enough to leave the bandage behind - now she just has to continue with physical therapy until she can move her formerly-joined fingers more freely. We'll see her next week and let you know how she's progressing - until then keep praying for her.
After Shamsia's bandage change she headed over to the chapel for a special presentation of the gospel. Afterwards every child got an Operation Christmas Child shoebox full of gifts. We didn't see Shamsia open hers, but based on how other kids have reacted, it's safe to say she'll love what's inside. It's hard to describe just how much these boxes mean to our patients - when they get just one gift, they're ecstatic, so when they get a whole shoebox full of never-before-seen goodies it's like the best day ever! Pray that Shamsia would feel the love of God both through these gifts and through the gospel message.
This morning Shamsia gave us a goodbye wave before heading out our hospital gate (which her dad helped build) after her bandage change. Just a moment earlier she ran into some CURE employees - "How's your hand doing?" they asked. "Great," her mom replied. Later that morning her father stopped us - we don't speak much of the same language, but we definitely got the message: "Shamsia ... Thank you" he said, holding up his hand to mimic her condition.
Today Shamsia is getting her bandage changed by one of our gentlest nurses - when Djamila unwrapped her hand Shamsia couldn't stop staring at her now-separated fingers. We're glad she's making good progress - pray that she'd heal quickly and be touched by her interactions with staff here!
We missed saying goodbye to Shamsia before she went home, but she'll be back soon for a bandage change and we'll do our best to catch up with her then! We saw her father earlier this morning (as he's working on a construction project here) and he said she's doing great!
Before beginning Shamsia's surgery, Dr. Anthony and his team took a moment to ask for the Lord's hand to be on their work. We're grateful for another answered prayer - the team was able to successfully separate her conjoined fingers and now Shamsia is in the ward recovering!
Shamsia is here and excited for surgery...sort of. "If it's going to hurt, I'm not going to like it," she told us in no uncertain terms. Fortunately nurse Yvonne was there to assure Shamsia that when our surgeon separates her fingers, she won't feel a thing.
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