Age: 2 months
Birthday: November 12
Date Admitted: January 13, 2012
Weight at Admittance: 3.1 lbs.
About Maria Guadalupe: Maria Guadalupe was born almost a month early and suffered a brief period without oxygen during birth. As she grew days and weeks older but failed to gain weight or grow, her young parents tried to find a doctor who could help. One doctor insisted that little Guadalupe was a perfectly normal size for her age. Luckily, they heard about Casa Jackson and brought her to our open clinic hours, where our nutritionist took one glance at Guadalupe and began the intake process. Guadalupe is still struggling. Two weeks after admission, she remains dangerously small- only 5 pounds. She shows little interest in eating, and it appears to be challenging for her to suck and swallow the milk from her bottle. Several times, she has held her breath long enough to turn a bluish-purple color at night, and her little limbs are often stiff and rigid even at rest. Guadalupe is being scheduled for a range of medical tests aimed at helping us understand the issues that are impacting her growth, development, and safety.
Update: Mariangel Guadalupe was discharged from Casa Jackson on March 15, 2012 at a healthy weight of 7 lbs. 9 oz.