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"When he was burned, we didn't have the money to go to a doctor," said Rahima, Abbasa's mother. "Instead I used Shea butter - I would rub it in his hand every day, massaging it until his burn healed." Rahima's treatment worked in part - Abbasa's i… Read more
"When he was burned, we didn't have the money to go to a doctor," said Rahima, Abbasa's mother. "Instead I used Shea butter - I would rub it in his hand every day, massaging it until his burn healed." Rahima's treatment worked in part - Abbasa's initial burn scarred over and the tissue in his fingers regrew, but as it did, it tightened up, curling his fingers inward.
Still, Abbasa is able to do most things other young children can - he can play, pick up objects, even hold a squirt gun - but he can't pull the trigger. Unfortunately this is a foreshadowing of what would come if Abbasa weren't to have surgery - precise finger movements would be impossible, leaving him with limited options when it comes to school and work.
But a few months ago Rahima heard about CURE Niger from an acquaintance who'd already brought her own children to the hospital. “You can go there and if his fingers are curled up, they can fix it so they're straight,” she told her. And when Rahima found out that it would be free, that money was no longer a barrier to Abbasa's healing, she wasted no time in coming. Now Abbasa will have surgery to straighten his fingers, just as promised. With plenty of physical therapy he should be able to recover a full range of motion, essentially getting his hand back. Join is praising God for his restoration!
This morning we found Abassa outside the physical therapy room waiting for his FIRST appointment - he was busy licking the wall (not a great COVID-19 prevention method) while half-listening to our spiritual team share the gospel. It's been about a week since surgery, and just as Dr. Anthony predicted, his wound has healed enough to start exercises. Keep praying for Abassa and his mom as they make frequent visits here.
Our OR team made sure Abassa was well-situated in the ward after surgery - since then he's had a pretty low energy level, which is normal. Pray for him as he goes home today to celebrate the holiday with his family!
Abassa is done with surgery! Here Dr. Anthony and Djamila were making the final preparations before they start - "Because his tendons are still attached, he'll be able to have a quick and fast recovery," Dr. Anthony assured us. "We'll release the tissue keeping his fingers curled in, and within a week he should be able to start physical therapy and get that full range of motion back!"
Abassa is here and ready for surgery! He loves the squirt gun he picked out from our ward toy chest ... good thing he doesn't yet know you can fill it with water! Pray for him, his mom, and his little sister as they settle into the ward and get ready for surgery.
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