She is 6 months old and weighs 9 pounds 9 ounces. He mama has been sick for several months and stopped breastfeeding her when she was one month old. They then were able to purchase infant formula for a month for her then she was only fed bananas and bean sauce. Her aunt has been her main caregiver but is finding it difficult to care for her and her mother both along with her own family. We have agreed to keep her for a few months so that the aunt can get the mom the medical care that she needs. Woodanaika’s papa has not been apart of her life at all. He does the wood work in homes for roofing. The family of 12 lives in a 3 room home made of cinder blocks, tin and cement. They do not have running water at their home or a flush toliet but do have an outhouse.
Wood was admitted with severe kwashiorkor. His legs were so swollen that they split open in several places and we had to put bandages on his legs. His mama is pregnant and does not want to take care of Wood unless his dad gives her money. So she has not been feeding him or taking care of him. He has been suffering also from diarrhea, fever and a cold. The family lives in a one room home made of rocks and tin. They get their water from a pump that is about a 15-minute walk from their home. They do not have running water at their home or a flush toilet but do have an outhouse.
Jamesley is a 9-month-old that came to clinic with severe malnourishment. The patient lives with both of his parents and two older siblings in a 1 room house made of clay, rocks and tin. They have an outhouse but no running water. They must walk to the nearest water source and carry buckets of water to their home for cooking and drinking. His father is a mechanic and his mother buys and sells goods at market. They don’t have a garden to help provide food for the family.
His mother reports that he has never been treated for malnutrition before and that he has had some vaccines. She also reports that he has not had any fever or vomiting but has had some coughing and some mild diarrhea.
They traveled for two hours to receive treatment for him. Jamesley has swelling in his feet and legs from severe acute malnutrition.
Guylander was brought to the clinic by his father and uncle. On the way to the clinic they had a motorcycle accident and he cut his head and needed 10 stitches. They were bringing him to our center for inpatient care. His mama died when he was baby and his dad has been raising him. He has one brother. His papa grows beans, corn and potatoes in his gardens to sells for a profit. He weighted 32 pounds when admitted and lost 5 pounds of water weight from his edema.
Choubert is a 27-month-old that came to clinic with edema from kwashiorkor. The patient lives with his mother, two siblings and three cousins in a four-room house made of clay, rocks and tin. They have an outhouse but no running water. His mother buys and sells goods at market and his father is not involved in his life. They don’t have a garden to help provide food for the family. Choubert’s diet consist most of bean sauce, soup and milk powder.
He has been treated for malnutrition here before as an outpatient but refused to eat mamba. He was given protein powder but he did not return to the clinic for 5 months and the malnutrition had become more severe. She also reports that he has not had any diarrhea, but that he has had a fever and cough. The mother tells us he just won’t eat anything. He has never been hospitalized. He has received some vaccines. Choubert can stand but he can’t walk.
Anilene is a 44-month-old that came to clinic with edema from severe acute malnutrition. The patient lives with both of her parents and five siblings in a three–room house made of clay, sticks and tin. They have no bathroom or outhouse. Her father is a farmer that grows beans, corn and pumpkins. His mother takes care of the children and helps with the farm. Their diet consists most of bean sauce, rice, corn, bananas and legume.
She has never been treated for malnutrition before and has never been hospitalized. She has received some vaccines. Her mother reports that she began swelling about two weeks ago and that she was well and playing until then. Her mother also reports she has had a cough and diarrhea, but has not had a fever.