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“I had turned away from the cooking fire when suddenly Amirah started to scream,” said her mom, Nafissa. “I whirled back around and saw her standing in the hot oil.” Nafissa grabbed her daughter up out of the oil but it was already too late… Read more
“I had turned away from the cooking fire when suddenly Amirah started to scream,” said her mom, Nafissa. “I whirled back around and saw her standing in the hot oil.” Nafissa grabbed her daughter up out of the oil but it was already too late - Amirah's foot was badly burned. Nafissa brought her daughter to a local healer who gave her some herbs and other remedies. Although the burn healed, Amirah’s toes became fused to the bottom of her foot. “People started to make fun of her,” said Nafissa. "And it really hurt me.”
Nafissa looked for medical help, but Amirah’s father had just died, and they couldn’t afford treatment. But during one of CURE Niger’s recent outreachs, Nafissa encountered some of our nurses on the street. “They said they could help, so we came here,” she said. Now Amirah will receive free surgery and with time her foot will heal properly. Her toes will be there to help balance her, and she’ll be able to grow up walking normally!
This morning Nafissa did her best to cheer up Amirah after her bandage change. "She had a hard time," said Nafissa, pointing to the tears on her daughter's cheeks. "They took out some of the staples from surgery, and it hurt." It's a good sign that Amirah's wound has healed enough to remove the staples, but it's still wasn't an easy morning - we're grateful for parents like Nafissa who help their kids through it all.
Amirah came twice this week for bandage changes but we missed seeing her each time - bummer. Still, the nurses tell us her foot is healing well with no complications. Keep praying for her recovery at home and we'll hope to see her next week!
This morning we ran into Amirah and her mom waiting their turn outside the bandage change room. Nafissa tried to get a smile out of her daughter, but she turned out to be the one laughing instead. Amirah's foot is healing well with regular bandage changes and physical therapy - she and her mom seem happier too! Pray that they would continue to be touched by Christ's love every time they come here to CURE Niger!
Amirah and her mom came back today for another bandage change and some physical therapy - while they waited, her mom made sure Amirah's fingernails were in good shape. She's so attentive to her daughter's needs, even having a one-year-old on her back!
Amirah goofed around with us while her mom caught up with other patients and caregivers who were in the ward with them last week. It's cool to see how patients become friends as they go through the same experience. They start to support each other even when they're just coming back for bandage changes. Pray that the friendships Nafissa (Amirah's mom) made with other caregivers would serve to strengthen her as she juggles Amirah's post-surgery care and taking care of Yasmina, Amirah's baby sister.
When Amirah saw her mom packing their things up this morning, she started to cry - she thought she might get left behind alone in a strange new place! But as soon as her mom took her in her arms, she calmed down and even smiled a little. Pray that she would be surrounded by a feeling of protection and love as she heals at home!
This morning our operating team released Amirah's toes from the bottom of her foot and then used some skin from her upper leg to cover the newly-expanded area. Here Dr. Anthony makes sure everything is well-in-place.
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