Patient stories of hope
With a smile that was quick to come and slow to leave, little Tene captured Mariam’s heart immediately.
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Aicha’s larger-than-life curiosity was on display — just because she couldn’t see the world around her, didn’t mean she wasn’t already leaving her mark on it.
A small lump became a dangerous tumor on M’Mah Benessa’s face. If left untreated, she could lose her sight, and her eye.
As a young child, N’nady’s legs began painfully bending outward. By the time she was a teenager, she could barely walk.
A growing tumor inside Sekouba's mouth impaired his breathing, then threatened his life.
She was just a toddler when painful burns all but destroyed her arms and dreams. All Gamai wanted was to be like other little girls.
Adama was blind for nearly a year. She'd never seen her babies' faces. She thought this was her fate, forever.
Mafoudiya felt invisible. It was hard to see past her deformity. Her cleft lip caused her emotional and physical pain.
Djazim developed a condition known as windswept legs. His exuberance diminished. His future was in danger.
Julienne’s bowed legs grew worse each year. So did the rejection, shame and isolation.
Without proper nutrition growing up, Pierre’s twisted, windswept legs threatened his future.