A 2-year-old Nigerian boy made a miraculous recovery after being found emaciated and riddled with worms.
The child, who is now called Hope, was found in the streets by Anja Ringgren Loven on Jan. 31, the Daily Mail reports. He had been abandoned by his family because they thought he was a witch.
A photo of Loven giving the starving child a sip of water was shared on social media and went viral. Loven said the boy had been living on his own for eight months before she found him.
Loven took Hope to the nearest hospital for treatment. He was given medication to remove the worms from his stomach along with daily blood transfusions, Loven said.
Loven didn’t stop there. She reached out to the online community for help with Hope’s medical bills. She reportedly received $1 million in donations from around the world in just two days.
Loven, who is the founder of African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation, an organization dedicated to helping abandoned and neglected children, posted a series of photos showing Hope’s amazing recovery.
In just eight weeks, Hope is nearly unrecognizable. He’s gained weight and is seen smiling and playing with other children.
“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,” Loven wrote in a March 26 Facebook post about Hope's recovery.
Loven explained that Hope was born with hypospadias, a genital birth defect, and will need surgery.
“The doctors found this inborn condition on Hope, so next week Hope will have surgery,” Loven added. “This is an operation the doctors have performed many times, so Hope will be very fine.”
Loven founded the African Children's Aid Education and Development Foundation in 2013. She and her husband are now working on starting their own orphanage.
“Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we've both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children,” she wrote. “With all the money, we can, besides giving Hope the very best treatment, now also build a doctor clinic on the new land and save many more children out of torture!”