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Yohan

Yohan is a happy little boy who lives with his parents in Guatemala and loves to eat beans and eggs. His favorite thing to do is to play with a motorcycle in his house with his father. His father works as a day laborer, picking crops, getting paid only a couple dollars per day. His mother works at home, taking care of Yohan, cooking and cleaning. Even though they both work hard, they cannot afford travel, medications, and surgical co-pays their son needs to get well. Yohan has a hernia in his groin meaning that, due to a developmental problem, part of his intestine is in a small sac outside his groin. This is a dangerous condition that requires urgent surgical care. If not treated, his intestine could lose blood flow, the tissue could die, and he could end up with a life-threatening infection. Yohan will receive surgery to fix his hernia, preventing any life-threatening infections or intestinal problems. He and his family will receive transportation from the rural community that they live in to the capital city, lodging, and interpretation between Quiche, the language his parents speak, and Spanish, what the doctors speak. This surgery, which costs $773, keep Yohan's life out of danger and puts him on track to live a healthy and full life. “We appreciate for all the support we have gotten," shares the mother of 18-month-old Yohan. "We hope that everything goes well with the surgery and that in the future he can study and be a good professional.”

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Jenifer

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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Francisca

“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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