Under the leadership of CRC Director Mohamed Nabieu, and Mercy Hospital Administrator Jinnah Lahai, collaboration between the programs has become a high priority. The case of pediatric burn patient, Abu Bakarr illustrates the benefit of these interactions. Abu has been a patient at Mercy Hospital since March. He was badly burned over much of his body when he witnessed a motorcycle accident, went closer to investigate, and was standing too close when one of the bikes exploded. Most days, he sits on the balcony of Mercy's second floor, watching the Operating Suite construction, but what he wants most of all is to go back to school.
The Child Rescue Centre staff has been monitoring Abu's situation, with plans to enroll him and his brothers in the Child Support or Family Care program. The CRC kitchen has been providing meals for Abu, because his family has been unable to do so. Mercy has been caring for Abu for free, since his family is unable to afford his care.
For the last two months, Abu has been slowly but surely making progress, working with the physical therapist to begin to walk again. But he recently became discouraged, perhaps from the pain of recovery, or the boredom of being in the hospital, or just the frustration of being a little boy separated from family and friends. He refused to do physical therapy and seemed to be very sad.
Hearing that Abu was getting discouraged, the CRC staff immediately responded with compassion, coming to Mercy to visit and pray over him. "Abu seems to be in better spirits," Kim Sprout reported. "I sat with him a bit this morning and then the CRC staff came and prayed with him. They are going to be sending the counselors and kids to see him. Hopefully we can get him feeling upbeat again!" The CRC staff and children plan to regularly visit and pray with Abu while he is at Mercy.
We are so grateful for the life of this little boy, and the courage and determination he has shown. We are praying for a full recovery from his burns, and that he can realize his dream of going back to school.
The Child Rescue Centre staff visited Abu Bakarr in the hospital and prayed over the little boy.