Birthday: October 11, 2011
Age: 5 months
Date of Admission: March 17, 2012
Weight at Admission: 10.3 lbs
About Vanessa: Vanessa was with us at Casa Jackson last year and went home on January 12, 2012, healthy and happy at 3 months old with a weight of just over 10 lbs. Her mother is unable to give maternal milk and the parents have lacked the education necessary to care nutritionally for Vanessa. After she went home, she was not gaining weight as she should and her parents brought her back to Casa Jackson out of their worry and concern. Though Vanessa does not appear severely malnourished, she has a type of malnutrition called Kwashiorkor, which causes her to retain fluids, causing her to look plump, when in reality she is lacking vital nutrients.
UPDATE: Vanessa went home on April 14, 2012 at a healthy weight of 13.11 lbs.