Milvia was born only a week ago–but was premature. Milvia is also a twin–a surprise her parents got when they were born! Unfortunately her and her sister Yolanda are both underweight, and her mother is having trouble producing breastmilk–leaving both babies with dangerous weight loss and failure to grow. Without sufficient breastmilk during this delicate time, Milvia’s brain development could be permanently affected, she could be at risk of seizures because of hormonal imbalances due to her mother giving her sugar water, and if she gets sick now, it could be life-threatening. Milvia and her sister are constantly crying because they are hungry–making her whole family distressed and feeling powerless to help their daughters.
Milvia lives with her 6 brothers and sisters and her parents in a humble home made of adobe with a tin roof. Millie’s mother weaves typical Mayan textiles to make money at home while taking care of her children. Her father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops for long hours. Between the two of them, they bring in only a couple dollars per day for the whole family–nowhere near enough to purchase the life-saving formula she and her sister need.
Despite being dangerous, this condition is incredibly easy to treat. Milvia will be enrolled on November 16 to receive formula and her parents will receive nutritional education, giving Milvia the treatment she needs now to grow big and strong, and giving her family the tools to recognize and prevent future cases of malnutrition.
Her mother said, “I hope that my daughters grow big and healthy without health problems. I want to see my daughters grow to be healthy, intelligent, and in the long term be able to study.”