She Finds An Abandoned Infant In A Pile Of Trash. Wait Til You See Her Face 2 Years Later She Finds An Abandoned Infant In A Pile Of Trash. Wait Til You See Her Face 2 Years Later
During grad school, Sarah felt a calling to advocate for children with disabilities in Haiti. In 2013, she moved out of the states and... She Finds An Abandoned Infant In A Pile Of Trash. Wait Til You See Her Face 2 Years Later

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.

Scroll down to read this incredible, mind-blowing story.

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This is Sarah Conque, a 28-year-old Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. While in grad school, Sarah discovered her passion for advocating for children in Haiti living with disabilities. In 2013, Sarah moved from Louisiana to Haiti where she began work as a missionary at Danita’s Children Medical Center


In January of 2014, a young woman came into the medical center holding a three-month-old baby girl named Nika with hydranencephaly, a condition where there is a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid on the brain, causing the head to swell.

Nika was terribly malnourished and needed immediate medical care, but sadly Nika’s birth mother treated treated her more like a “shameful secret” than a child in need. Whenever she took Nika out in public, she’d wrap her up in blankets, hiding her face away from the world.

Instagram / Little Warrior Nika

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Instagram / Little Warrior Nika“The first week Nika was in my care, it hit me just how neglected and malnourished this sweet little girl was,” Sarah wrote on her website, Little Warrior Nika. Her internal organs were beginning to shut down. 99% of babies with Nika’s diagnosis die before they turn one. Miraculously, she had already surpassed the odds, even in such deplorable conditions.

Still, doctors said Nika was dying, and told Sarah to pray for a miracle.

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“Miracle upon miracle, she continued to survive,” Sarah wrote.

In February 2015, after six months of being her 24/7 caretaker, Sarah officially became Nika’s legal guardian. She dedicated herself to caring for her forever.

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Sarah’s partner, Stephen, shares in her mission to provide Nika with a loving home.

“This photo captures perfectly how tender and sweet Stephen is with Nika,” she writes. “I don’t know where I’d be without his support.”

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Instagram / Little Warrior Nika

Nika now has a caring, attentive family with who she celebrates holidays and milestones.

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Instagram / Little Warrior Nika

Just look at this incredible transformation!

Nika underwent her second neurosurgery and had a VP shunt implanted, which drastically improved her quality of life. Her head circumference decreased by nearly two inches, and she lost five pounds in fluid weight!

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Instagram / Little Warrior Nika

“Cue the tears…. Nika tried out her new stander in physical therapy today!” Sarah writes. “She wasn’t supposed to survive the malnutrition…. but today she stood….She wasn’t supposed to thrive after having hydrocephalus untreated for so long…. But today she held her head up….

She wasn’t supposed to live with most of her brain missing…. BUT GOD!”

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It has been two years since Sarah has taken Nika under her wing. At two years old, Nika continues to defy the odds and make unbelievable progress. She currently lives with Sarah in south Louisiana.

Thousands of people across the world are now following Sarah and Nika’s story, showing Nika she is “worthy of being fought for, prayed for, and cherished.”

God bless Sarah for stepping in and giving Nika all the love and care she deserves.

Henry Okafor

  • Shamim

    2017-02-27 #1 Author

    Thank you Sarah for that big and wonderful heart, may God reward you abondontly

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  • Maryam Abdul

    2017-02-27 #2 Author

    Oh my God I believe it’s for the sake of this little Nika that God sent Sarah to Haiti. What a big heart she’s got.
    God bless her and her husband and increase them in doing good. Oooh am touched. 😢😢

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    • Sharon

      2017-02-27 #3 Author

      Amen,same here so touched

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  • sonya

    2017-02-27 #4 Author

    writing from England united kingdom what a touching story keep
    fighting
    nika what an inspiration you are
    to so many well done two wonderful human beings god has placed on earth
    for
    this wonderful job to look after gods creation bless you all

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  • Bronwen idris

    2017-02-27 #5 Author

    You are a fantastic human being I wish I had the words to express how wonderful I think you are to help this lovely little girl god bless you 🌸🌺🌹🌷

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  • Tyesha

    2017-02-27 #6 Author

    This story actually made me cry. No matter how sick your child is, they does not deserve to be mistreated. I’m really happy she is with a loving family.

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  • Danielle

    2017-02-27 #7 Author

    God bless that family…. It brought me to tears

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  • Lacrystal Young

    2017-02-27 #8 Author

    That was such a beautiful story and also a beautiful baby 😍 God bless you Sarah, you’re awesome! ❤️

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  • Lacrystal

    2017-02-27 #9 Author

    That was a beautiful story and also a beautiful little girl 😍 God bless your family Sarah you’re awesome!

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  • Shanaski

    2017-02-27 #10 Author

    This wonderful job only God creation are this wonderful

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  • Jhareka Welch

    2017-02-27 #11 Author

    Wow what a touching story

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  • Theressa McCullough

    2017-02-27 #12 Author

    I would truly like to take my hat off to Sarah for all the love that she have given to little Nika, you truly have a heart of gold may God bless you continually with good health and love for people like you have I wish and pray blessings and favor over your life god bless you for being a true Christian and walking up right before the lord, doing what God wants you to do without looking for anything in return. Amen you are a awesome young lady

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  • Divine

    2017-02-27 #13 Author

    I send my condolences to the family ❤️

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  • Percy

    2017-02-27 #14 Author

    Dear Sarah yu have a beautiful,heart of Gold..Nika is so lucky to have you….Disability or not kids are a blessng from God and they deserve a warm home with pipo who adore them like Sarah n Stephen…..may the Good Lord richly bless yur efforts

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