Christiana Etim: Once Severely Malnourished Child Turns 3 Amid Celebrations


Dr. Betta Edu has written her name in the sands of time as she celebrates Christiana Etim, a once severely malnourished child she snatched from the cold hands of death some time back, who just turned three.

Dr. Edu, the Director General of CRSPCDA rescued Christiana Etim and her then 16-year-old mother, Esther Etim Effiom during a Maternal and Newborn Child Health Week at Ikot Ekpo Axis of Calabar.

At her official Facebook page, Dr. Edu recalled how she initially mistook the child for a dead small dog. In her words, “Like yesterday I clearly remember when I thought it was a dead small dog lying on a dirty veranda. I told the state nutrition officer who was with me on a community sweep seeking for malnourished children, that we will not go into that compound because I don’t want any rabies infected dog to bite me since one was dead already another could be by the side.

“My SNO said no madam, that is a dying child not a dead dog” we were 2 compounds away! The minute I heard dying child, my blood ran cold and I walked over to her. At first, I wondered how a woman will let her child die in her very face, until I met the mother who was only a teenager and was equally struggling to stay alive. I knew immediately that this was the real reason God brought me there, to save Christy and her teenage mother Esther. God had you in mind Christy it was your day for rescue”.

This is the story of a young girl, Christy who overpowered severe malnutrition courtesy of the divine intervention of Dr Betta Edu who God used in rescuing her 3 years back. The girl with bones sticking out of her ribs as that time generated sympathy around the State with a few persons notably Mr Richard Akinaka, volunteering to support care for their needs and education.

The malnourished girl, who survived severe pains as a child, is gradually gaining her footing in society. She is now grown and has turned into a beautiful young child. Asides the beauty, she’s also got brains and very smart. Presently, she is in nursery school. According to the teenage mother who is also enrolled in a secondary school, she dreams of little Christy and herself becoming medical doctors so they can help other kids who are currently going through what she went through all those years.


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