During grad school, Sarah felt a calling to advocate for children with disabilities in Haiti. In 2013, she moved out of the states and to Haiti, where she served as a recreation therapist for a pediatric medical center. Sarah worked with many families and their children, including one very special child named Nika.
It all started in January of 2014, when a young woman came into Sarah’s workplace holding a three-month-old baby girl named Nika. Nika suffered from a very serious brain condition that caused a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid on the brain. Nika, whose head was swollen and enlarged, needed immediate medical care. However, it seemed her birth mother was more concerned with the stigma attached to disabled children than getting Nika the care she needed. On the rare occasion Nika was taken out in public, her mother would cover her in blankets to hide her away from the world.
Sadly, this is not uncommon in Haiti. Many people attribute disabilities to being cursed — and that anyone who touches the individual can be afflicted. Sarah also learned that Nika’s birth mother had possibly attempted to terminate the pregnancy by drinking poison, and even went so far as to try and sell Nika to the government for “research.”
Sarah continued to work with Nika and her mom, but as time passed, she couldn’t help but notice the infant had lost even more weight to the point of being emaciated. She realized Nika wasn’t malnourished because of her diagnosis, but because of neglect.
One day, Sarah suddenly felt a sudden compulsion to check on Nika at her birth mother’s house. There, she made a shocking discovery that changed her life forever.
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God bless Sarah for stepping in and giving Nika all the love and care she deserves. If you’d like to donate to Nika’s fund, click here for information.