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"When he was burned, it was such a shock to me," said Souleymane's mother, Souraya. "Really, I can't tell you how it made me feel." Souleymane is her first child and still a toddler - just a few months ago, he was playing around a motorbike and tri… Read more
"When he was burned, it was such a shock to me," said Souleymane's mother, Souraya. "Really, I can't tell you how it made me feel." Souleymane is her first child and still a toddler - just a few months ago, he was playing around a motorbike and tried to lift himself up by holding onto the exhaust pipe - it were still hot and he was burned. "We went to our local health center," said Souraya. "But even after a month of bandage changes every other day, his hand still looked like it wasn't healing." Fortunately, his initial burn did eventually heal, but the tissue in Souleymane's fingers contracted to pull them inward into a permanent fist. He is unable to straighten his fingers and use his hand, but with a minor surgery and some physical therapy, he should be able to get back all the functionality he lost! It's a small surgery - not like many we see here - but to him and his family it's life changing. "We're so grateful to be at a hospital like this to be getting surgery," said Souraya. "The people are really taking care of us and I just want to tell you how thankful we are."
We caught up with Souleymane on his way to another bandage change - his mom was trying to get him to smile but he was NOT interested! Maybe he was thinking about the unpleasantness of his upcoming wound cleaning? Who knows. Either way we're glad he's here and that his hand is healing well - keep praying for him as he recovers.
Souleymane is back for one of his first bandage changes! He's probably one of the bounciest and most exploratory toddlers we've met in a long time - his mom has a big job keeping him out of trouble, because he likes to grab EVERYTHING. We pray that his natural joy will help him through the healing process - keep praying for him as he continues to recover from surgery!
Souleymane is really recovering from surgery well - he was up and bouncing around almost immediately after and now he's ready to go home! We'll see him again next week for bandage changes and maybe some physical therapy. Keep praying for this little guy as he recovers at home this weekend.
Dr. Anthony preps for another surgery! Proper sanitary procedures are always a must in the operating room, more so than ever. COVID numbers are low in Niger, but we're taking extra precautionary measures to keep our patients safe and our operating room open. We're grateful we've been able to function as normal for the last six weeks and that Souleymane is one of many patients who've had successful surgeries during that time. Dr. Anthony performed a small operation to release Souleymane's fingers from their curled-up position. Now it's just a matter of time until his surgery wound heals and he'll be able to start physical therapy. Pray for this little guy as he recovers.
It's not hard to see the love Souraya has for her son. And it's this love that has driven her to find us here at CURE Niger. Now that he is here, we will get Souleymane the surgery he needs to get full use of his hand back and a renewed grip on his future!
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