Breastfeeding Haitians helps Dominican’s baby get assistance in treatments for osteomyelitis

When Sonia Marmolejos breastfed Haitian babies victims of the 12 January earthquake at the Dario Contreras Trauma Hospital in Santo Domingo, she never expected she would have found the way to help one of her own children.Breastfeeding

Despite living in Barahona, 3 hours away, Marmolejos generously gave her milk to the Haitian babies hospitalized in Santo Domingo as her own contribution to victims of the Haiti earthquake. Her story was carried in the Listin Diario, turning her into a celebrity.

Listin Diario reported in a follow up story that President Leonel Fernandez invited her to Congress on 27 of February when he gave his state of the nation address and told her to ask for whatever she needed. She asked for medical help for her own baby that suffers from chronic osteomyelitis.

Now Listin Diario reports that with the help of the Presidency, she will be able to travel to Miami. There specialists will treat her daughter.

Sonia Marmolejos works as promoter in the Unit of Primary Attention in Barahona. There she makes RD$1,200 a month. She has five children with another marriage and one with her 23-year old husband Jose Elias Sanchez.

She says she never expected to receive anything in return for breastfeeding the Haitian children.

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