Julie was born in Port-au-Prince in the community of Cité Soleil. She lived with her mother and two siblings. Her mother had very little money and no family near to help her, making it difficult to feed her children. From the time of her birth onward, Julie grew progressively sicker. She was hospitalized several times for diarrhea, fever, vomiting, and low appetite.
When Julie was around 12 months old she had become so weak she could not sit or stand up properly. Some neighbors advised her mother to take her to Grace Children’s Hospital for screening, one of MFK’s partners. At this particular clinic, MFK had donated enough Medika Mamba to treat malnutrition so that every month more than a hundred malnourished children are able to be enrolled in the malnutrition program. After screening, Julie was admitted as severely malnourished at a weight of 12.3 lbs.
Julie loved the taste of Medika Mamba. She spent 10 weeks in the program receiving the product each week and graduated at a healthier weight of 15.8 lbs.
Julie’s mom was very happy and grateful for MFK giving this donation to Grace Children Hospital, treating the poorest children in Port-au-Prince for malnutrition and saving Julie’s life. Julie is now happy and healthy, and strong enough again to be a very mobile toddler.