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How IRC supporters helped rescue 7-month-old Minhaj Farah
December 28, 2011 by The IRC
|The gaunt face of baby Minhaj Gedi Farah came to signify the plight of thousands of malnourished children fleeing famine-devastated Somalia. Today Minhaj is the picture of health, thanks to dedicated doctors and nurses at an IRC hospital. Photo: (L) Peter Biro/IRC (R) Photo: Edward Macharia/IRC|
“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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