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Stockpiling left local girl, 3, in dire straits, then residents stepped up

Wednesday, March 25, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Guidi
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www.kwtx.com, 3/24/20

 

HEWITT, Texas (KWTX) The unprecedented rush to stock up on supplies spurred by the threat of the new coronavirus left a 3-year-old Hewitt girl in dire straits, but residents were quick to respond to her grandmother’s social media appeal for help.

Sherry Sexton's granddaughter Aria Jimenez, 3, was given small chance of survival after she was born with short bowel syndrome, a condition which left her unable to absorb nutrients needed, which left 95 percent of her small intestine dead.

Aria and her mother, a nurse at Ascension Providence Hospital in Waco, live with Sexton in Hewitt.

Aria is fed through a gastrostomy or G tube, is homebound and requires around-the-clock care because of the condition, which is so rare she travels to Nebraska every few months to see a specialist.

She can’t have much sugar and can’t drink water, but is administered low-sugar Gatorade through the feeding tube.

Her main source of nutrients comes from a homemade concoction consisting of such things as baby food, safflower oil and baking soda.

 

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