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Meriam Ibrahim's Daughter Will Undergo Ultrasound to See If She Can Walk

( [email protected] ) Jul 09, 2014 04:34 PM EDT
Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian Sudanese woman forced to give birth while shackled to a prison floor, feared her daughter would be disabled as a result. However, doctors are hopeful that the baby will be fine. An ultrasound will take place later this week to ensure that the two month old child will someday be able to walk.
Meriam Ibrahim said that two-month-old Maya (both pictured) will undergo an ultrasound to confirm that she will be able to walk

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Sudanese Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim revealed that her baby daughter Maya, who was born in prison, will undergo an ultrasound to see if she will be able to walk.

Originally, Ibrahim feared the two month old girl would be disabled, as she was forced to give birth while shackled to the ground. However, in a heartwarming turn of events, a doctor who came to the U.S. embassy in Khartoum to examine the baby has said that she will likely be fine.

Ibrahim's husband, Daniel Wani, suffers from muscular dystrophy and is wheelchair bound. He reportedly depends on Ibrahim for daily needs.

Currently, Ibrahim and her family are staying at the U.S. Embassy in Sudan and are hoping to be able to move to America soon. The Daily Mail says that it spoke with Italian journalist and activist Antonella Napoli, who visited Ibrahim's family at the U.S embassy, and revealed that Meriam, her two children, and Wani are sleeping in the embassy and are being cared for by staff.

But Ibrahim's horrific experience has left clear scars.

While the young mother is reportedly in "good physical and mental condition," she has been traumatized by the experience.

"When I started to talk to her she was keeping her eyes down," noted Napoli. "It was difficult for her to meet my gaze. Her hands were folded in her lap as if to protect herself. Her experience in the prison was shocking

In February, Ibrahim was sentenced to death for apostasy by a Sudanese court for marrying Wani, a Christian. However, Ibrahim claimed she has always been a Christian, as she was raised by her mother of the same faith.

The international community responded to Ibrahim's plight, urging the Sudanese government to release the young mother and her son, who was imprisoned along with her.

In June, Ibrahim was freed from prison after an appeals court found the lower court's death penalty sentence to be unfounded. However, as the relieved family attempted to leave Sudan and head the U.S., they were detained by Sudanese officials who accused them of forging travel documents.

Although the family was released from the police station shortly after, they currently remain in Sudan while they wait to return to the United States.

"Meriam knows that her and her family will be safe only when they will be very far from away from Sudan," said Napoli.

The journalist concluded that throughout the ordeal, Ibrahim's family is very thankful for all the people around the world who have rallied to petition for Ibrahim's release and safety. Wani also expressed thanks "for the commitment of people and media" that worked tirelessly for his wife's release.