A Nigerian toddler who was found starved and riddled with worms after his family left him for dead has made a remarkable recovery, just eight weeks after he was found.

Video of the malnourished child, being given a sip of water by an aid worker, broke hearts when it was taken on January 31.

The boy, now known as Hope, was abandoned by his family because they thought he was a witch.

He was found in the streets by Anja Ringgren Loven, a Danish aid worker living in Africa.

When Hope was found, he had spent eight months fending for himself, living off scraps.

She bent down and began to feed him and then wrapped him in a blanket and rushed him to the nearest hospital.

When Ms Loven asked for help with Hope’s costly medical bills, she received $1m (€887,00) in donations from across the world.

Two months after he was rescued, Ms Loven has shared photos of Hope’s recovery, where he appears to be “really enjoying life”.

He is almost unrecognisable, gaining weight, smiling, and playing with other children.

Ms Loven shared new photos of Hope with the caption: “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.”

Hope being given a sip of water by Anja Ringgren Loven on January 31. He had been abandoned by his family because they thought he was a witch.
Hope being given a sip of water by Anja Ringgren Loven on January 31. He had been abandoned by his family because they thought he was a witch.

She explained Hope has hypospadias, a genital birth defect that doctors plan to operate on.

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

She runs a children’s centre where saved children receive medical care, food, and an education.

“Thousands of children are being accused of being witches and we’ve both seen torture of children, dead children and frightened children,” she wrote on Facebook.

“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!”


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