This is Victor, a 16-year-old boy who comes from a very hardworking Guatemalan family. He currently lives with his four siblings and parents in a humble adobe home. His mother weaves traditional maya blouses, selling them to local community members. His father used to chop wood, but he recently went into kidney failure and has been unable to work, leaving the family without resources to seek medical care for Victor. Victor's family is hoping that Victor will be able to work and help sustain the family when he has recovered. Victor was born with a congenital genital malformation called cryptorchidism. This condition led to an undescended testicle, most likely in his inguinal canal, and higher risk of testicular cancer. Without surgery, Victor will lose his ability to have children in the future. $299 will fund a simple and effective surgery, orchidopexy, to successfully fix his malformation. The appropriate vessels will be mobilized, the testes repositions, and the testicular sac ligated. This surgery provided by Watsi’s medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, will allow Victor to have a family of his own and reduce his risk for testicular cancer as he develops. Victor shares with us, “I know that I need to help my family, and I want to recover soon to continue with school. It is very important to me.” Our support will help Victor and his family tremendously.
Marina is a 37-year-old Guatemalan woman who is currently 36 weeks pregnant with her ninth child. Although she's never had any complications with her previous pregnancies, she was recently found to have high blood pressure during a visit to a government health center. During pregnancy, high blood pressure can be an early sign of preeclampsia, a condition which can lead to life-threatening complications for a pregnant woman and her fetus. "Marina was worried when she heard how high her blood pressure was and so she contacted her midwife, who immediately brought her to us," explains our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "Immediate care for Marina and her unborn child will save their lives." $377 funds Marina's hospital stay, including an induced labor, to ensure she safely delivers her healthy child. WK explains the importance of this care: "Constant monitoring from the moment she checks into the hospital and an eventual delivery in the hospital will prevent complications due to preeclampsia and keep Marina and her baby as safe as possible." "I am ready to do what I must for the health of my baby, and so I can continue to live for my family," Marina shares. "Thank you for caring for me and for supporting my husband and I in this." "When Marina left our office today, she seemed calm and strong – ready to take on anything," WK adds.
“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.
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.
Keila is a fifteen-month old girl from Guatemala. She is the youngest in a family of four children. Keila likes playing with toys and watching television. Her favorite food is pasta. Keila was born with several birth defects. She has already received funding from Watsi for [malnutrition](https://watsi.org/profile/5c42dda9c889-keila). Now, she needs treatment for hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. On January 17, Keila will undergo a shunt insertion surgery at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Roosevelt. The procedure will drain the fluid from Keila's brain. Keila’s family wants her to get well but can’t afford her treatment. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,445 in funds to cover the cost of Keila's surgery, labs, medication, family lodging, and followup treatments. Keila's mother says, "My hope is for Keila to have a normal life, and for all the people who supported her to see that she was a success." Keila's mother is looking forward to seeing her daughter get back to eating pasta, watching television, and playing with her brother!
Juan is a 78-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his wife in a rural part of the country, where he has worked for decades in agriculture. Recently, Juan was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is a very common and very treatable form of cancer. In its early stages, symptoms include painful urination and discomfort in the groin area. Without treatment, it spread to other parts of the body. Recently, Juan has been unable to work because of his symptoms. Doctors have scheduled a surgery on January 31 to remove the cancer. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $910 to fund his surgery. "I will fight until I'm able to get better," says Juan.
Reyes first came into our clinic because of the nearly constant pain she has in her abdomen. She has had this for a few months, and it has made it hard for her to focus on the things she wants to do because it causes her so much discomfort. She has also had moderate bleeding, which has caused her to become anemic. Our medical team believes that her symptoms are consistent with a cervical polyp, but a biopsy is needed to be sure that the mass is not cancerous. Reyes is a 43-year-old mother of seven children, and she cares for her children with a lot of love. She lives with them and her husband in a one-room house in a rural coffee-growing community near the Pacific coast of Guatemala. She works in her home, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her children. Her husband works in the fields, but often lacks the money necessary to buy basic things for the family, such as fruit, vegetables, and eggs. The cost of travel to the hospital is far too high for her, and so she has not been able to afford the biopsy that she needs to diagnose her condition. Right now, it is unclear if Reyes has cancer or a simply cervical polyp, but this test will clarify her condition. After she receives her diagnosis, our medical team will be able to provide her with the appropriate follow-up care. With a donation of $260, Reyes will be able to receive her diagnosis. Reyes said, "I want to recover so I will be able to see my children grow and become good people."
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.”
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.
Cristian is a three-month-old boy from Guatemala who lives in the rural highlands with his loving family of five. His father works as a construction worker, and his mother takes care of all of the family's household needs. Cristian loves to lay in bed, laughing whenever his parents and siblings talk to him. Currently, Cristian deals with a scrotal hernia that poses the risk of greater future complications if left untreated. Cristian’s parents say, “Our son’s situation worries us, and because of his age it scares us. But we have confidence in the organization and hope that everything goes well so that Cristian can grow without problems.” With Watsi funding, Cristian will receive the case management, medication, and surgery needed to make a full recovery. He is scheduled to undergo his surgery on May 23, with our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. He requires $773 to fund his treatment.
Bryan is eight months old and the third child in his family, who lives in Guatemala’s rural highlands. He is an active baby. He loves to play with his toy car and eat his favorite food, which is porridge. Bryan’s father works as a day laborer in the local countryside, and his mother takes care of the family’s household needs. Bryan is in need of hernia repair surgery. Hernias occur when a part of the intestines bulge through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall. Small hernias are often asymptomatic, though they tend to become larger over time, and then create bulges, discomfort, burning, and weakness. For Bryan, this conditions means he is often uncomfortable. Without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, and the likelihood that he will develop complications will increase. Bryan’s family is very worried about their son’s health, but they do not have the resources to pay for expensive hernia surgery. Surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. With Watsi funding, Bryan will receive the case management, medication, surgery, and labs he needs to get his hernia repaired. Surgery will allow Bryan to live without pain and his mother without constant worry for her son’s health. On May 23, Bryan will undergo $773 hernia repair surgery.
Dalia is a four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mother in Guatemala's rural western highlands. Dalia loves to eat her favorite food, which is fried chicken, and she enjoys playing with her toy dolls and running around, although she can't run for long because her hernia starts to give her pain. Dalia needs hernia surgery. Hernias occur when part of the intestines bulges through a weak area in the muscles of the stomach wall. Small hernias are often asymptomatic, though they tend to become larger over time, and then create bulges, discomfort, burning, and weakness. Dalia often suffers abdominal pain from the hernia, which limits her from doing the things she loves. Without treatment, her hernia will likely grow, the likelihood that she may develop complications will increase, and her pain will increasingly limit her daily activities. Fortunately, surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. With $773 in funding, Dalia will receive the case management, medication, surgery, and labs she needs to get her hernia repaired. Surgery is scheduled for December 12. Surgery will help Dalia to live pain-free so that she can keep on running all day and live like the happy little girl she is. Dalia says, "I am happy because I won't hurt anymore."