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With Ports Under Gang Control, Necessary Supplies Become Scarce

Updated: Mar 25, 2022

Merdine is a fighter and a survivor. Contrary to her size and looks, Merdine is actually 8 years old. She was born prematurely at 2.5 lbs, ceased to thrive, and was abandoned at a hospital by her birth mother.

When Merdine came to live in a family at myLIFEspeaks, she was 1.5 years old and weighed just 6 lbs. She struggles with chronic reflux, Cerebral Palsy, and Scoliosis.

Merdine has made tremendous progress over the years but like several of the other children with special needs in our care, she relies on formula (Pediasure) for nutrition, as she cannot eat whole foods.