These photos were taken of pediatric burn patient, Abu Bakarr Kanu, after he returned to Mercy from his school, just a few steps away. Because Mercy is continuing to monitor his condition, Abu Bakarr sleeps at Mercy, and receives meals there, which is helping him to gain the weight he needs to have in order to be ready for surgery scheduled sometime next year. Not skin graft surgery, these surgeries will focus on releasing the contracted muscles in his legs, to allow him to walk more normally.
Abu Bakarr loves the caring staff at Mercy, but more than that, he loves his school uniform, and being able to attend school with his friends - a lot of whom are kids in the CRC programs. After school he can be found enjoying a snack and some silliness on the porch of the triage building, with 4 or 5 other boys his age. His smiles come so easily these days!