The power of love can create miracles! For this little girl, her life is one big miraculous transformation! She has an amazing story to tell, despite all odds.
Nika was born in the most horrific circumstances. Her mother was a prostitute and she was born with several life-threatening brain conditions. But one America missionary, Sarah Conque, knew she was called to rescue little Nika from her neglectful mother and poor medical care.
Initially, the doctors in Haiti, where Nika is from, diagnosed her with hydrocephalus. This is a rare condition in which excessive fluid builds in the brain, and it’s something Sarah says many Haitian babies suffer from. According to the doctors prognoses, 99% of babies with this condition die within the first year. Sarah didn’t stop fighting for Nika after the devastating news, she proceeded to go one step further for this precious girl.
Sarah fell in love with Nika and tried her best to work with her mother to get her the best care. Despite having access to free weekly medical treatments, Nika’s biological mother failed to make any effort to take her ailing daughter to the appointments.
Sarah was committed to helping Nika build her health and manage her illness – but without having complete access as a guardian, there wasn’t much that Sarah could do without the compliance of Nika’s mother.
After further medical probing, demanded by Sarah, the doctors discovered that Nika also suffers from hydranencephaly. That means a large part of her brain is missing, and it’s filled with spinal fluid – it’s also an indication that Nika had a serious stroke in utero.
Sarah shared on the Little Warrior Nika blog what Nika’s mother told her may have caused the stroke.
“I learned that the mother [possibly] tried to terminate the pregnancy by drinking different types of poisons. Furthermore, the mother told me that she had tried to sell Nika to the Dominican Republic for ‘research,’ but they wouldn’t take her.”
Sarah knew that Nika’s mother could never love the precious baby girl in real way if she treated her like this, and she needed someone to really look after her.
Unfortunately, Nika’s mother was becoming more and more inconsistent with her treatments and Sarah could tell that her health was slipping. The final straw occurred when Sarah and a local pastor went to find Nika and her mother, only to discover something absolutely horrific.
“I entered the house, only to discover Nika completely alone in the house lying on a rice sack and surrounded by trash, circled by dogs. She was eleven months old and weighed only six pounds. An estimated three to four pounds of that weight being fluid build up.”
She went to the Danita’s Rescue facility the following day and petitioned for Nika to be placed in their care. They approved her request and returned to the mother’s house. Without hesitation, Nika’s mom handed over care of the child and, just like that, the battle for a stable home was over!
“Once again, God brought the right people to help and He made the way for Nika. In May 2015, she was granted a medical visa to enter the United States. On May 19, 2015 she arrived in America! On May 27, she had her second neurosurgery and had a VP shunt implanted. This surgery drastically improved her quality of life. Not only did her head circumference decrease by almost two inches, but she also lost two inches in height. She lost five pounds in fluid weight, too!”
Nika got to ring in her second birthday in her new home with her new mother, her boyfriend, Stephen, and all of Nika’s new friends and family members. She looks beautiful!
“With every breath she takes, she defies the odds and proves the impossible is truly possible with God.”
This story is absolutely INCREDIBLE! This little girl would not have stood a chance and died horrifically if this woman had not answered the call upon her heart. One act of obedience created a fire that changed this little girl’s life!
Imagine what would happen if we all answered that little cry of our heart’s as fiercely as she did!