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Only 3 months old, Nasibah was suffering from severe acute malnutrition when she arrived at a Save the Children-supported health care center in northern Nigeria with her grandmother, Rakiyah, and mother, Manira.
At 16, Manira was herself little more than a child. She, too, was extremely ill and blocked breast ducts had made it impossible for her to breastfeed her baby.
Rakiyah recalled how frightened she'd been, especially for her infant granddaughter.
"When I brought the baby here six days ago, she was about to die," Rakiyah remembered. "It was like I was carrying a corpse, I didn't think she would see another day. When Nasibah was crying you couldn't hear any sound, you could just see her throat struggling to move. She didn't move any part of her body or open her eyes."
With the help of Save the Children and the center's dedicated doctors and nurses, little Nasibah was already doing better.
"Now she can cry, she can open her eyes, there is much improvement," said a smiling Rakiyah. "Before, she lay still, but now she kicks out and even turns on her own. We have hope now. Now I'm confident she will survive. When you have a sick child, the feeling of pain is indescribable. But when she feels better, you are as happy as I am now."
Kids like Nasibah are why we're dedicated to helping children in need. We work in poor and vulnerable communities in countries from America to Zimbabwe — saving one child at a time. Our caring staff helps provide lifesaving care for newborns, feed hungry children, educate girls and boys, fight child trafficking and respond to catastrophic disasters worldwide.
Sadly, we know firsthand that there are far too many children who aren't getting the help they need. And that's where YOU come in. Without compassionate people like you, children like Nasibah go without.