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About five months ago Djamila was hanging out, waiting for her mom to finish cooking. Djamila was already five, so she knew to avoid the pot of bubbling oil, but somehow while playing she lost control and her left arm plunged directly in the searin… Read more
About five months ago Djamila was hanging out, waiting for her mom to finish cooking. Djamila was already five, so she knew to avoid the pot of bubbling oil, but somehow while playing she lost control and her left arm plunged directly in the searing hot liquid. She screamed in pain and immediately yanked her hand out, but the damage had already been done. Although the initial burn began to heal, her damaged tissue forced Djamila’s fingers to curl inward in a classic burn contracture. Hundreds of thousands of children around Africa have similar stories to Djamila’s - they’re burned in a cooking accident. If they’re lucky, their initial wound doesn’t get infected and they survive, but the burned area contracts and they’re left in some way or another crippled for the rest of their lives. But Djamila’s ending will be different! A relative who lives near CURE Niger sent word all the way to Djamila’s village. “Come. They can heal you and it won’t cost you,” he said. Their family is poor - Djamila’s father is a village teacher but there’s very little income in that and paychecks being delivered on time is rare. If not for the financial assistance of CURE Niger donors, “We would have just turned around and gone home without surgery,” said Djamila’s grandmother.
Thankfully Djamila's trip to CURE Niger hasn’t been in vain - Djamila is about to receive surgery and soon she’ll have restored mobility in her hand! She’s five years old, and in her village kids don’t start school until age seven - by then, God willing, she’ll be fully healed and ready to join the class!
Waiting for physical therapy doesn't put Djamila in the best of moods - it's understandable, but please pray for perseverance and progress as she continues these important mobility restoring exercises for her hand!
Djamila is back for more physical therapy and another bandage change. She's a little bit shy at the hospital, which is no surprise since she only comes once or twice a week - pray that the care and attention she receives here from our medical and spiritual staff would help her feel protected and at ease.
So far Djamila's had a pretty speedy recovery from surgery - so much so that she left within a day of her operation! This morning we looked for her in the ward it turned out she'd already been discharged - she's staying close by in town so she can come back to CURE Niger for regular bandage changes though, so we'll see her in a few days. Until then keep praying for her hand to heal quick and remain infection-free.
Our operating team took a moment to pray before starting Djamila's surgery - it's a CURE tradition that reminds us that all the ingredients for a successful operation, even the surgeon's know-how, are all gifts from God and under His control. We're grateful that Djamila's surgery was a success - Dr. Anthony released the three fingers which were contracted and now she's healing up back in our ward!
Djamila is here and ready for surgery! The ward is full of activity today and Djamila's taking it all in - here she is peering over at another patient who's having a pretty loud cast change. She seemed shy at first, but with a little coaxing from Biba (on our spiritual team) she seems totally comfortable. Pray for her as she gets ready for surgery!
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