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This 11-Year-Old Daughter Is Selling Lemonade In Hopes Of Making Enough Money To Help With Her Mother’s Transplants

A child selling lemonade during the summer is one of the most iconic ideas of Americana. Usually the kids are wasting time until school starts back and might make a few bucks, but it’s different for an 11-year-old New Mexico girl. She is raising money for her mother.

That’s probably the motivation behind this little girl in Las Cruses, New Mexico.

Eleven-year-old Nemiah Martinez set up a lemonade stand to help her mom with medical costs.

Nemiah’s mother, Paloma, needs a kidney and pancreas transplant. Before she can get the transplant, she first has to get to the Mayo Clinic in Arizona and get on a transplant list, KOB4 reports. Nemiah is selling the lemonade to cover the cost of her mother’s trip to the out-of-state Mayo Clinic.

Nemiah says her mother needs this surgery in order to take care of her.

She’s been raising funds since the end of April and so far she’s raised more than $3,000 on GoFundMe.

A GoFundme page has been set up to help her with her lemonade fundraiser.

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“My mommy has always taken care of me and I want to take care of her,” Nemiah wrote on her Gofundme page. “I see how much my mom is struggling and all I want to do is help her, if you see me around town, I hope that you stop by.☺”

Others have been so inspired by Nemiah that they are helping her raise money too.

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A group organized a festival in Scottsdale centered around raising funds for Nemiah and her mom.

“Paloma Martinez and her daughter Nemiah have been all over the Community Watch pages lately with Nemiah’s lemonade stand. They joined us at the First Annual Cruces Cannabis Convention and raised $205 – we want to raise even more! Paloma must undergo 3-4 days of necessary testing to get her double transplant (kidney and pancreas), and we want to help cover gas, hotel fees, food needed during the trip.”


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Women Share The Poor Treatment They’ve Received Because Of Mistreatment By Doctors: ‘I felt the cut from my c-section and screamed’

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Women Share The Poor Treatment They’ve Received Because Of Mistreatment By Doctors: ‘I felt the cut from my c-section and screamed’

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Recently, a post on social media sparked a conversation among Latinas online about the way women of color are treated by health care workers in the United States. A post by a user by the name of @krystinaArielle prompted comments that are truly so eyeopening.

“I keep telling you. It’s not just the police. Doctors treat us horribly and act as if we’re faking. After my c-section they sent me home with no pain medicine. Let me repeat: they cut open my stomach, ripped out a child, and sent me home with nothing,” a user by the name of Kristina Arielle wrote. ” I had to beg one of my nurses for pain medicine as she saw me in pain. My chart even had the time I was supposed to get it. She treated me as if I was a liar. It was a day after surgery and I was just getting feeling back in my legs. I felt everything. When I went back to have my scar inspected my PA looked shocked that it looked good. I go to the post-interview and the assistant goes “they were shocked your scar was so smooth. He usually does an awful staple job on brown women. Its probably because your husband is white.”

When we posted Arielle’s account on Instagram, users were quick to reply with their own experiences.

Some women say such treatment inspired them to get involved in medicine.

“Another reason I got into the medical field, I want to be able to help out by being a female Latina medical provider so that my patients can feel comfortable and safe along with being able to explain things in Spanish.”- ore_yana

Others said they’ve been prompted to avoid any providers who are not women of color.

“All of my medical providers are women of color. I am done with the white male medical patriarchy.” –bella_cin

One woman said that she almost did not survive giving birth.

“This happened to me, dilated at 10pm, gave birth at 3.59 am… left pushing for 6hours. Thank the universe that my daughter was born. Either one of us could have ‘not survived’ the birth.” – auletta.chiquita

Another shared how uncaring her providers were.

“They gave me tylenol to take at home after my c-section.” – _tweedle.deee

A doctor didn’t believe her when she said she didn’t have enough of her epidural.

“An old coworker of mine told me about her 2nd daughters birth. She told drs that the epidural didn’t work and she could feel everything. They didn’t believe her and had no choice but to continue through the labor. She felt everything and she even tore in the process. Against she told them she was in a lot of pain. Drs again didn’t believe her until she told them how many stitches she felt so far as they closed her wound. it wasn’t until then that she said the doctors went “oh shit” and gave her medication. Smh it’s a fucking shame and disgrace that it’s still happening.” – noturmamaciiita

One woman says her doctors during her birth were dismissive of her pain.

“This is true, when my mom had my sister, they put in the epidural wrong and it gave her a really bad headache ON TOP OF having a C-section and the doctors dismissed her pain.” – natalia.oregon

She lost her cousin to the doctors’ lack of care.

“My cousin had diabetes and got an infection after her C-section and died days later 😔 she should have been under medical care for much longer.” – tinnaafaceee

She had nonchalant treatment when she lost a baby.

“I lost a baby in February and I feel that more could be been done. I was just pretty much told I’m in labor and we just had to let it be. It was the most traumatizing moment in my life. I’m pregnant again and so scared to have the same nonchalant treatment I did before.” –maricela.diaz84

And this woman says she was left for dead by her doctors.

“I wish more people knew about this, I nearly died at birth because my doctor left me for dead after I was born with my umbilical cord wrapped around my neck. My papa had to literally save me. Like seriously?! & my mom was bleeding out, the doctor declared me dead at birth and peaced out. It was just me, my mom & dad struggling to survive.” –curlsofroses

This horrifying moment had a woman experience the pain of her c-section.

“I felt the cut from my c-section and screamed even after I kept telling them I could still feel pain while they were prepping me. When my grito was out people ran all over and I was out under (higher risk) because they did not listen.” – jo_trains

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Tributes To Nurses Flood Social Media In Honor Of National Nurses Day

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Tributes To Nurses Flood Social Media In Honor Of National Nurses Day

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Nurses have been the unsung heroes of the health care world for a long time. COVID-19 has only further complicated their demanding and important jobs. Once a year, the country dedicates a day to honor the nurses that keep patients alive and safe.

It’s #NationalNursesDay and the tribute and love are flowing on social media.

Millions of nurses are staffing hospitals across the country fighting on the front lines of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak. The U.S. is fighting the largest and deadliest outbreak in the world with more than 1 million Americans testing positive for the virus. More than 72,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19.

Women are by and large the majority of nurses.

Women are at the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Ninety-one percent of nurses are women, as well as 74 percent of health care workers and 62 percent of pharmaceutical professionals. The nurses handle a lot of the day-to-day operations of caring for sick and dying patients. Like many of the health care workers, nurses are putting themselves at risk of contracting the virus every day they report for work.

A nurse’s job entails the most intimate day-to-day care of patients putting them at a greater risk of contracting the virus.

Health care workers are willingly putting themselves at the repeated risk of contracting COVID-19. The health care workers at the front lines are keeping our loved ones safe and healthy as they get the virus under control.

Some nurses have had to take another role during this time as counter-protesters against people protesting against the stay-at-home orders.

A small number of residents in states across the U.S. have gathered against COVID guidelines to protest what they see as a loss of their freedoms. People are angered that they are being told to stay home as nonessential stores and hair salons remain closed. People on socials media have praised the nurses standing guard to better protect the rest of the population as people disregard stay-at-home orders to protest.

Nurses are holding the line to save as many lives as possible during this pandemic.

They work around the clock to make sure that people who are being hospitalized with COVID-19 have a fighting chance of surviving the pandemic. Thank you to all of the nurses doing the work necessary to get our society back online day in and day out.

Take the time today to thank all the nurses in your life.

READ: Doctors And Nurses Protested Outside CBP Office Demanding Flu Shots For Migrant Kids, Many Were Arrested

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