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“Francisca has had diabetes since she was six years old,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). Francisca is now a 38-year-old mother of six living in Guatemala, and she is currently pregnant for the ninth time. “She works in the home, caring for her children and the household,” says WK, “her husband is a farmer.” Francisca’s type 1 diabetes puts her at high risk for complications during pregnancy and childbirth. “Her last pregnancy resulted in some major complications that led to a miscarriage in the final weeks of term,” explains WK. Francisca is afraid that this will happen again. Francisca is now 28 weeks pregnant, and, “without intervention, she is at risk of complications that could put both her and her baby’s lives in danger,” continues WK. For $337, Francisca will receive the prenatal care she needs, including case management, labs, medication, transportation, and lodging. “Treatment will prevent Francisca and her baby from experiencing the effects of pre-eclampsia or any other complications associated with the combination of diabetes and pregnancy,” explains WK. Pre-eclampsia is a disorder that is characterized by high blood pressure and excessive protein in the urine. If it is left untreated, it can result in dangerous outcomes for both mother and child. “We will provide her with her prenatal care and accompany her to the hospital several times before her delivery so she can get to know the staff. And when the day comes she will be prepared and confident and able to enter the system smoothly,” reports WK. “Thank you for caring about us when no one else would,” Francisca shares gratefully.

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Meet Milton, a 14-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. “Milton lives with his parents and sister on a property that they share with both sets of grandparents,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) tells us. “Milton is suffering from acute malnutrition. He is both underweight for his age and his height is extremely below the average for his age,” says WK. “He is frequently ill with diarrhea and his mother says that she wants to help but feels she doesn’t have the knowledge or resources.” Neither of Milton’s parents are highly educated, which is typical in the area the family lives in. They support the family farming corn and often have a difficult time affording food. As a result, Milton’s diet is mainly beans and rice with very little fruits or vegetables. For $535, Milton will receive the care he needs from doctors and nutritionists. “This treatment will supply Milton with the growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and medication for him to recoup some of the weight and height he has lost and treat the parasitic infection causing his diarrhea,” explains WK. “His parents will receive intensive nutrition education, thus building their confidence and ability to care for Milton throughout his childhood and perhaps even prevent malnutrition in any future children that may enter the family.” With the chance to access this care, Milton will not face the long-term consequences of malnutrition. He will have more energy and will not be at risk of chronic illness throughout his adult life. Without these obstacles, he will be able to reach his physical and mental potential, therefore giving him the opportunity to succeed in school and begin building a future for himself. “My dream for my boy is that he grows up and can graduate school. God gave me a son and so I have to fight for him,” says Milton's mother.

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Jenifer is a six-year-old girl from Guatemala. She loves to eat rice and beans, which her mother makes her often. When she is not busy with schoolwork, she likes playing dolls with her big sister, Lesly. Jenifer dreams of becoming a doctor one day, and often plays at the role, pretending to give her family shots. Jenifer has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, which means that part of her intestine is bulging through a weak area in her stomach wall. This condition causes her great discomfort and necessitates frequent visits to the doctor, which can prevent her from attending school. If left untreated, her hernia will likely grow, as will her discomfort and her likelihood of developing complications. “I want so much for Jenifer to be completely healthy," her mother says. "Since she was little, she has gotten sick a lot. Lately she has been well. She is just missing the surgery. I hope that everything turns out well so that my little girl can achieve her dreams and go to university.” Jenifer is scheduled to receive treatment on January 20. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $773 to cover the cost of the operation, which will be performed at their care center, Hospital Roosevelt. This surgery will allow Jenifer to live without pain, and allow her mother to live without constant worry for her daughter's health. With her hernia repaired, Jenifer can return to attending school and playing dolls with her sister, as well as someday pursue her dream of medical school.

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