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Up until seven months ago, Hamida was a little girl just like any other. She loved to play "kitchen" with her friends and one day, when her mom had gone into town, she decided to try the real thing. Hamida managed to light a real cooking fire, but … Read more
Up until seven months ago, Hamida was a little girl just like any other. She loved to play "kitchen" with her friends and one day, when her mom had gone into town, she decided to try the real thing. Hamida managed to light a real cooking fire, but this innocent act would change the course of her life drastically. Hamida's cloths ended up catching on fire and she couldn't get them off. She ran outside where an attentive neighbor was able to extinguish the flames, but not before Hamida's legs were badly burned. She was rushed to the hospital and, in time, her burns did heal. But they did so in a way where she developed burn contractures, or melted skin, that make her legs stuck in a useless bent position. It is impossible for Hamida to stand or walk like this.
Hamida's father was distraught and gave everything he had and searched everywhere to find his daughter healing, but his efforts were unsuccessful. Having exhausted all his resources, Hamida's father gave up hope and leaned to embrace the misfortune of his daughter. Against all odds though, one of Hamida's grandmother's friends visited them and learned about Hamida's condition. Being a Christian, he knew about CURE Niger because he has some friends who work here. He encouraged Hamida's parents to bring their daughter to us and he was convinced that they could find healing. Through the financial contribution of friends and relatives, Hamida and her grandmother were able to save enough to make the journey to CURE Niger. Today, Hamida is in the ward waiting for her turn to get surgery to transform her life and restore her legs!
Hamida thought of a more greenish place and she stopped here, around the offices! Those lively colors match her dress perfectly and her smile! She always finds something to do around our guesthouse which is a great sign of her mobility. Thank you for your prayers and kind support - she is doing great!
So far, Hamida is doing great! She visited the dressing room for another round of bandage changes. She was kind and gave us a smile before she went about her way playing. She is such a little sweetheart! Please keep Hamida in your prayers!
Hamida is simply radiating! She continues to stay at the guesthouse and will get her bandages changed once a week. She always finds things to do, and this morning, we caught her riding the tricycle around before any other kids showed up. Please keep praying for her, and thank you for all your get well messages! It makes a difference!
We are happy to have met Hamida in the Art Therapy room. She just started painting with a red on yellow paper that beautifully contrasted with her deep, blue dress. Previously, Hamida got her bandage change and will continue to stay in the patient guesthouse. Her health is progressing well. Please continue to pray for her!
Hamida welcomed us with her bright eyes and her big smile! She just had her breakfast with her doll. Hamida's skin graft surgery went well, and she is now resting in the ward! Thank you for all the get-well-messages that you are sending and for your prayers!
Instead of being discharged home, Hamida was just discharged from the guest house and admitted to the ward! She is going to go into surgery for a skin graft. As she was waiting to go into the operating room, the spiritual team encouraged her to be courageous. What great medicine for the soul before her operation! Please keep Hamida in your prayers.
Hamida went to physical therapy today. She is recovering very well, and she is ready to go home. Hamida will be discharged tomorrow. We will see her back in a month! We wish her safe travel back home. Please continue to pray for her recovery!
We are happy to have seen Hamida this morning. She is sitting on a chair in front of the dressing room waiting patiently for her turn to enter the room for her bandage change. She is doing very well. Let us continue to pray for his recovery.
Hamida came back for another bandage change. While she is waiting for her turn to enter the dressing room, she took advantage of the hand-crank tricycles doing tricks with it. Please continue to pray for her.
We are happy to have met Hamida this morning in the dressing room. We spoke with the nurse in charge who told us that her wounds are healing nicely, and only a few small wounds remain that are taking time to heal. Please continue to pray for her complete healing.
We found Hamida in the guesthouse area playing with his friends. As soon as she saw us, she left the game and asked us to take a picture of her. As you can see, she is in a really good mood today. Please continue to pray for her total healing.
We met Hamida in the dressing room today. The nurse in charge just finished cleaning her wound. Now, she is going to make a new dressing for her. Hamida's health is progressing very well. Please continue to pray for her complete healing.
We are happy to see Hamida on a table in the bandage change room. The nurse took off her old, dirty bandage and hooked her up with a fresh, new one! Hamida is doing well. Please continue to pray for his recovery.
We were happy to see Hamida in the bandage change room. She had just finished her bandage change and she's improving a lot! The nurse in charge told us that the skin grafts have taken well and there are just a few small wounds that have not yet healed. Let us continue to pray for her total healing!
The week has started up-side down for Hamida and her grandmother who lost her son back in their village this morning. Hamida is suffering double pain, the loss of her uncle and her grandmother who is traveling back to the village for the funerals while Hamida continues her stay with us. Please, pray for the Lord to comfort Hamida and her family as they pass through this painful situation and pray for Hamida's grandmother to have a safe journey.
Hamida is in very good shape and still healing well from her second operation. This morning we found her playing babysitter with her teddy bear. Please, continue your prayers for a complete healing and full recovery!
Hamida willingly volunteered to undo Ousseina, one of the patients at the guesthouse, and she does it with much love. We praise God for the strong bond of love and unity that is being formed between our guesthouse patients––who become one happy family at the end of their healing journey.
Slowly but surely, Hamida's wounds are healing well. Hamida had a bandage change and we were happy to learn from the nurse that the skin graft yielded successful results and the wounds are healing well. We will meet Hamida next week for another bandage change!
Hamida goes back to the guesthouse where she continues to recover. We found her sitting on a mat, enjoying the fresh air. As soon as she saw us, she asked to take a lot of pictures! We are very happy to see a smile on her face as she continues the journey towards healing. We ask that you pray that the joy of our Lord Jesus overflows in her!
We are very happy to see a tremendous difference between Hamida's initial condition and her actual condition after her surgery. Also, we are pleased to hear that Hamida's skin graft procedure went well. Having an idea of what awaits her in the OR, Hamida is more relaxed with this surgery. She is now recovering at the ward. Please continue your prayers for Hamida––they are working!
We caught Hamida in the bandage room this morning. Because her wounds are healing well, she no longer needs anesthesia when going through a bandage change! We are also happy to learn from the doctor that Hamida's wounds have healed well enough to have her second surgery. She is now ready to go through a skin draft procedure which is scheduled next week. Please pray for a successful surgery for Hamida as well as a speedy recovery!
Hamida continues to enjoy her stay at the guesthouse while she heals. Even though she is not able to jump and dance with the other children at the moment, she is happy to sing and clap along while sitting on the mat with her grandmother.
Hamida is making good progress. She spent the night in the ward because she will have a bandage change this morning. As she was asleep, we caught her grandmother telling Emanuel from the spiritual staff how Hamida and the other patients in the ward spent their night, under the lights, singing the songs he has taught them just like they used to do in village under the moonlight!
Hamida was discharged from the ward over the weekends and she'll continue her recovery at our long term patient guesthouse. We are happy to see her this morning in good shape and hear that she is feeling a lot better! She had a quick trip back to the OR today for a bandage change and wound cleaning. According to the nurses, she is healing well! Keep praying for Hamida's healing process!
Hamida's surgery went super well! Dr. Anthony was able to release the burn contractures meaning, once she heals up, she'll be able to straighten her leg once again! Hamida is resting in the recovery room while Deborah, the PACU nurse, looks after her. Please keep praying for Hamida's recovery!
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