Incredible Recovery of the Nigerian ‘witch child’ who was left for dead by his parents

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Big smile: Hope looks unrecognisable after gaining weight and he has been pictured smiling for the camera. EnrichNaija Blog
Big smile: Hope looks unrecognisable after gaining weight and he has been pictured smiling for the camera

A two-year-old Nigerian boy who was found emaciated and riddled with worms after his family left him for dead has made an incredible recovery.

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Healthier: Hope is pictured looking at a book with two other children.

A picture of the starving toddler being given a sip of water by an aid worker broke hearts around the world when it was published in January.

The boy, now called Hope, was abandoned by his family because they thought he was a witch and was found in the streets by Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish woman living in Africa, on January 31. 

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Treatment: When Hope reached the hospital, he was given medication to remove the worms from his belly and daily blood transfusions

And now Ms Loven has shared a series of photographs showing Hope’s miraculous recovery in just eight short weeks, and says he ‘is really enjoying life now’.

Ms Loven uploaded new photos of Hope on Saturday, and wrote: ‘As you can see on the pictures, Hope is really enjoying his life now having 35 new brothers and sisters who ALL take such good care of him, play with him, study with him, and make sure he is safe and is getting a lot of love.’

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Friends: Hope (right) is pictured sitting with African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation education officer, Don Udowan, and Felix

But she explained Hope has hypospadias, a genital birth defect meaning the urethra emerges somewhere on the shaft or even the base of the penis, instead of at the tip.

She added: ‘The doctors found this inborn condition on Hope, so next week Hope will have surgery.

‘This is an operation the doctors have performed many times, so Hope will be very fine.’ 

Ms Loven is the founder of African Children’s Aid Education and Development Foundation, which she created three years ago to help children who have been labelled witches and therefore neglected or even killed by the members of their community.

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