Meet Omari!

Omari’s first day at SouthSide at seven months old was a struggle. He couldn't sit up or crawl, ate very poorly and cried inconsolably all day. Today, with the support of his teachers, SouthSide’s community partners and YOU, Omari is a happy and healthy toddler, who loves to laugh and learn just like his classmates.

Omari weighed less than two pounds when he was born at only 26 weeks and spent four months on a ventilator before he was able to breathe on his own. When Omari arrived at SouthSide at seven months old, he wasn’t growing as he should because he struggled to drink from a bottle or eat solid foods. In addition, the combination of new caregivers, a new environment and the presence of other children was difficult for Omari. He cried all day long, refused to eat or drink and had to be held constantly.


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