A starving Nigerian boy, who had been abandoned by his parents after he was accused of witchcraft, was rescued by a Danish charity worker. She spotted the toddler wandering disoriented on the streets and saved him from death by getting him treated at a hospital.
It was a heartbreaking moment, as the very parents who should support the child, abandoned him, after perceiving him to be a witch with terrifying powers.
A two-year-old child was abandoned by his superstitious parents who thought he was a witch, out to harm them. Unwilling to raise him, they inhumanly left him on the streets of Nigeria, not even bothering to hand him over to an orphanage. The helpless child, who had to fend for himself, relied on the tiny morsels of food thrown by some compassionate passers-by.
The child who struggled to live on the streets slowly began to weaken due to lack of food and nourishment.
Left to the mercy of mother nature, the young boy, who managed to survive for eight months in extreme weather conditions, began to succumb to ill health. Lack of food and care led to starvation for long periods of time. The child began to lose blood and flesh. Deprivation made him disoriented.
The naked child, who was wandering on the streets on January 31, in a disoriented state, was fortunately spotted by a charity worker who gave him water and took him to a shelter.
The emaciated child, drifting on the streets apathetically, was picked up by the charity worker who was horrified by his skeletal frame and pathetic condition. Overcome by pity and compassion, she bent down offered him water from her bottle.
After alleviating his thirst, the fatigued boy was rushed to the hospital for further treatment, wrapped in a blanket to preserve the warmth of his body.
The charity worker Anja Ringgren Loven immediately took him to the hospital after wrapping him in a blanket. The child was cleaned thoroughly in soapy water before he was taken for a thorough examination. He was found to be riddled with worms and suffered a low blood count.
The child, named Hope, was admitted to the hospital for the treatment of worms and blood transfusion.
The Danish Charity worker, Ms.Loven, named him Hope in the belief that it will spur his battle towards recovery. Doctors examining Hope diagnosed that the malnourished boy was riddled with worms after months of living in unhygienic conditions and also suffered a low blood count.
They instantly begun blood transfusion to replace the RBCs the toddler had lost. The transfusion was done on a daily basis to boost his blood count. He was also given a deworming medicine.
The condition of Hope who was admitted in the hospital slowly began to improve, bringing a smile on the faces of the rescue workers. In a short span of time, he recovered sufficiently to sit unsupported or smile shyly when he saw a friendly face.
Hope’s health began to to improve steadily. The gaunt frame begun to fill and his lifeless eyes started to sparkle with life. A shy smile lit up his face when he saw familiar faces. However, the blood transfusion continues. Hope is now able to consume food directly instead of being fed intravenously.
Ms. Loven, the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation has rescued many children like Hope who are neglected after being perceived evil.
Anja Ringgren Loven, overseeing the convalescence of Hope established a charity organization in her native country Denmark to provide relief, refuge, and support to children who are thrown out of their homes, after being perceived evil.
Funds poured in from all over the world when Ms.Loven appealed for support to take care of the costly medical bills of Hope on her Facebook page.
Just two days after making an appeal for funds to treat Hope, money began to pour in without any reserve. Loven has collected $1 Million so far.
An overwhelmed Loven, besides paying the medical bills for Hope, now plans to construct a doctor’s clinic to save lives of poor children who are similarly distressed.
She and her husband David Emmanuel Umem, in keeping with the spirit of charity, started construction of their own orphanage in late January.
Hope has now become the symbol of hope for every child deserted by their parents who forfeit their responsibility under mistaken beliefs.