Maria is a darling girl who has been featured in our blog several times. Now 2.5 years old, Maria came to our Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit when she was just 12 months old. She has been suffering from a rare disorder, possibly Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, in which she cannot keep down any food or drink for up to a week at a time. During her bad cycles Maria is tube fed, and while she is feeling healthy, we get as many extra calories into her as possible.
The great news is that she has been well for the past three months, and has put on 2 pounds 9 ounces since the start of the year. That is an absolutely HUGE accomplishment for little Maria, who is still about the size of a 10 month old infant…but GAINING! Just last month she was only the size of a 6 month old, so we are really pleased and hopeful! Maria needs several sponsors at $50 per month to help her achieve her full potential and hopefully find a family.