Domingo is a 53-year-old man who lives in a one-room adobe house his wife and two kids. He was working as a bricklayer when he was electrocuted. He had to have half of both of his feet and his left arm amputated due to the severe burns. His left hand has limited mobility: the electrocution left his hand stiff, and unable to grab things such as pencils, and forks, without frequently dropping them. This has made it impossible for him to work as a bricklayer or a farm worker, which are the two jobs available in his rural community. Domingo's wife is supporting the family by cleaning and washing clothes for neighbors, as well as selling vegetables at the market. However, they are barely making ends meet. Domingo used to love playing saxophone in a band at his church, but now he is unable to participate. Now, he likes to spend his time reading the newspaper and any book he can find. Since he needs help to do most tasks, he is anxious to have a prosthetic so he can be independent. The prosthetic will allow him to hold small objects without dropping them, helping him to provide for his family. This would allow them to afford food, clothes, and education for his two kids, which they have not been able to do since he had to stop working. Domingo said, “I dream of starting my own business. I want to be able to hand people things. That will be possible with the prosthetic. My wife is the only one working, she is doing everything. I want to start my own business selling natural medications."
Marcos is a 53-year-old man from a rural area of Northern Guatemala, and only speaks Q'eqchi', an indigenous Mayan language. Marcos was working on building a house many years ago when he lost his balance while standing on a ladder. To break his fall, he grabbed an electrical wire, which gave him severe burns, a life-threatening electric shock, and both his hands were amputated. Since then, he has been working selling newspapers outside the complex of public hospitals in Guatemala City, which is how the complex's care manager (second picture) found him and was able to help him get evaluated for a prosthetic limb. Marcos moved to the capital to be able to make a living, since the only work available in his native village is in agriculture, which he is unable to do. He currently rents out a room to live in, and loves to work. He has an assistant named Juan (little boy, first picture), who helps him carry out his daily activities. Marcos has developed a system of attaching things such as his phone, identification, and money to strings that he ties around his neck, which he can then grab with his mouth. This prosthetic will be life-changing for Marcos. He will be able to do things as simple as eat, ride the bus, and sell newspapers without help. Marcos will be able to be independent for the first time since his accident several years ago. Marcos said, "I can't wait to continue working. I am most excited to be able to eat alone."
Alejandro is a 16 year old teenager from Guatemala; he has six sisters and one older brother, who, like Alejandro, was born with club foot. In addition to the club foot, Alejandro also has a currently undiagnosed genetic condition that has caused tumors on his face and in other parts of his body. Approximately one infant in every 1000 live births will have clubfoot, making the condition a common one. Most cases, however, are successfully treated shortly after birth with nonsurgical methods such as stretching and casting. “His parents are extremely caring and want what is best for their youngest child, but he lives in an extremely rural area in northern Guatemala, and so they cannot afford nor do they have access to the care he needs or a prosthesis of any kind,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). For all of Alejandro’s life, “he has never been able to walk and so his father carries him everywhere that he goes, or he crawls on his hands and knees,” says WK. Two months ago, Alejandro received surgery to correct his club foot. $1252 will help Alejandro obtain prosthesis which will enable him to walk on his own. With this new independence, the shy teenager will finally begin to have the confidence and ability to attend school and make friends in his community. “He was born with his disability,” said Alejandro’s father, “But we were lucky that he was a good boy-he slept and ate well.” He adds, “we just want what is best for him."
Ofelio is a 54-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his family in Guatemala's rural highlands. Six years ago, while working as a construction worker, Ofelio lost his leg after an accident with a woodcutter. As a result, he's had trouble finding a stable source of income to support his family. On July 19, Ofelio will be fitted for a custom prosthetic leg at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Regional de Zacapa. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,166 to cover the cost of Ofelio's prosthetic. With his prosthetic leg, Ofelio will be able to walk comfortably and search for a new job. "I am happy to be able to walk again," says Ofelio. "Thank you for the support!"
Juan is a 45-year-old father from Guatemala. He lives with his wife and three children, aged 12 to 16. Eight years ago, Juan lost his foot in an accident. As a result, he's had difficulty being able to work and support his family. On July 19, Juan will be fitted for a custom prosthetic foot at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Regional de Zacapa. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,166 to cover the cost of his prosthetic. Receiving this treatment will allow Juan to find a new job. "I am excited to finally be able to have a prosthetic," says Juan. "I hope to find a job and be able to support my family.”
Basilio is a 39-year-old father from Guatemala. He lives with his wife and six children, aged 3 to 20 years old. One year ago, Basilio’s foot was amputated in an emergency surgery when doctors found a hemangioma that needed to be removed. Before his amputation, Basilio worked as a weaver. Since then, however, he has been unable to work. On July 19, Basilio will be fitted for a custom prosthetic foot at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Regional de Zacapa. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,166 to cover the cost of his prosthetic. Receiving this treatment will allow Basilio to find a new job. "I hope to walk again without complications and work normally so that I can support my family" says Basilio. "Thank you very much for the opportunity that you have given me to obtain a prosthetic.”
Yeimy is a fun-loving 11-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and sister. Yeimy loves playing with her little sister and going to school. At school she enjoys playing with friends and pretending to be a ballerina. She hopes to one day become a nurse. When Yeimy was a newborn, she sustained an injury that caused the loss of one of her legs. On July 19, Yeimy will be fitted for a custom prosthetic leg at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Regional de Zacapa. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,166 to cover the cost of her prosthetic leg. Having a prosthetic will allow Yeimy to dance like she's never danced before! “I am so excited to receive this prosthetic because then I won’t get tired anymore," says Yeimy. "Now I know that I will achieve my dreams.”
Cesar is a 50-year-old married father of four who lives in Guatemala's rural highlands. His and his wife's joint sales of small rings provides a source of family income. For years, Cesar worked as an agricultural laborer in the local countryside. Unfortunately, Cesar suffered an accident that resulted in the need for an amputation of his leg at the hip. For many years now, Cesar has struggled to walk, go to work, and complete daily tasks. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,166 to cover the cost of a prosthetic leg for Cesar. The start of Cesar's fitting and molding sessions is scheduled for July 7. Receiving this prosthesis will positively impact Cesar's life, hopefully allowing him to walk more easily, comfortably, and independently. “I hope that by recovering my leg I can do something with my life. With our business we only earn pennies. Hopefully with the new leg I will be able to do something new, something unique,” expresses Cesar.
“I want to be able to keep studying so that I can open a business one day,” shares Noé, a 33-year-old man from Guatemala. “This will allow me to earn money to take care of my mother.” Years ago, Noé used to work as a truck driver. But one day, he was in an accident that caused him to lose his arm. This event changed his entire life. Not only did Noé lose his job, but he also had to quit his studies. Due to his family’s financial struggles, Noé had started school later in life. At the time of his accident, he had reached only an elementary school-level education. Because of this, the only job that Noé has been able to get since his accident is selling herbal medicine—an income source that barely covers the daily needs of himself and his aging mother. But with your help, Noé will have a second chance. For $1,166, we can provide him with a prosthetic arm specially crafted for him. This funding will cover not only the costs of the prosthesis itself, but also the fitting sessions necessary to design the arm, set to begin on June 6. Let’s make sure this young man has everything he needs to pursue his career goals and support his mother.
Dario is a 64-year-old man who lives with his wife in rural Guatemala. Years ago, Dario worked as a bus driver, but suffered an accident that resulted in the loss of his leg. Since then, Dario struggles with walking and completing everyday tasks, and cannot work to support his family. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Dario is scheduled to receive a prosthetic leg on June 6. Because of their scarce resources, Dario is requesting $1,166 to cover the total cost of the prosthesis. Dario hopes that receiving a prosthetic leg will allow him to find a job again so that he can support his wife and take care of their family better. "I hope to be able to walk well again," shares Dario.
Juan is a 66-year-old man from rural Guatemala who lives with his wife and granddaughter. Years ago, Juan worked as a driver, but was in a horrible accident that resulted in the loss of his leg. Since then, Juan struggles with walking and completing everyday tasks, and cannot work to support his family. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Juan is scheduled to receive a prosthetic leg on June 6. Because of their scarce resources, Juan is requesting $1,166 to cover the total cost of the prosthesis. Juan hopes that receiving a prosthetic leg will allow him to find a job again so that he can support his wife and take care of their family better. He says, “I hope to be able to walk well again and therefore return to work. I cannot stand life like this.”
Mario is a 32-year-old man living in rural Guatemala. He currently resides with his mother and together they are able to cover their expenses from gardening and selling food. Mario formerly worked as a gardener but ran into a high-voltage electric cable while pruning tree branches one day, which resulted in the loss of his arm. He continues to work as a gardener, but his daily life has been made harder by the loss of his limb. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,166 to provide Mario with a specially molded prosthetic arm made just for him. He is scheduled to receive his prothesis on June 6, which will allow Mario to regain arm mobility and hopefully help him find a different job to support him and his mom. Mario says, “With this I hope to be able to find another job and keep moving forward.”