Rescue a Malnourished Child in Guatemala

May 31, 2013

A Girl Named Kimberly


Here at Asociación Nuestros Ahijados we are aware that many things can be either easy to do or delicate to accomplish, but there are no impossible tasks for us this is the reason why we hold our breath every time we know one of our kid’s health is in danger. We know we must do our best, since parents and family are trusting us to help them save the child. This was the case of Kimberly.

It took a long road and a lot of talking for Sirian Magaly Ruiz to decide to bring Kimberly to Casa Jackson and it was even harder to convince her to leave her daughter with us. She just couldn’t understand how delicate she was or how much she could harm the baby’s health if Kimberly wasn’t given immediate attention. The day Kimberly was brought to Casa Jackson we were all a little scared for three reasons: she was very tiny, she was sick, and the worst of all she was not taking any food; it was impossible to get her to eat. There was a point when we even thought she might die and as a matter of fact, if her parents would have taken two more days to bring her in, she wouldn’t have made it.

Did we give up? Absolutely not! The baby was intubated in order to be administered with a special nutritional substance that would start her recovery process. She was fed through tubes for three days before we could give her a bottle. At a year and nine months and a weight of 14.45, we could only hope for the best.  

Our staff’s effort started paying off immediately; Kimberly started gaining weight and developing skills much faster than we had all hoped. She is now characterized as being the only baby who doesn’t like to be fed by anybody but herself. She’s very playful and caring with volunteers, staff members and even other babies.

Kimberly currently weights almost 20 pounds and her parents are really grateful for what Casa Jackson was able to do for her. As we said at the beginning of this story, there might be hard situations for us but we never say no to a task.


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Project Leader

Miguel Angel Alvarez

Antigua, Sacatepequez Guatemala

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