International Rescue Committee (IRC)

How IRC supporters helped rescue 7-month-old Minhaj Farah

“His mother never thought he would recover,” said the IRC nurse-nutritionist who monitored infant Minhaj Gedi Farah’s extraordinary recovery from life-threatening malnourishment, anemia, and tuberculosis.

A refugee from the famine and drought gripping Somalia, Minhaj arrived at the IRC hospital in the Dadaab camp complex in Kenya in early August.  Although he weighed less than 7 pounds, his condition slowly improved after multiple blood transfusions, rehydration, and intensive feeding with Plumpy’nut, a vitamin enriched peanut paste.
By October, the playful, apple-cheeked boy was the picture of health at more than 17 pounds.  “He is ready to start the rest of his life,” said his nurse.
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