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Clinic Tecpán

Patients at Clinic Tecpán

Gerson is a young boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents, grandparents, and twin brother in Guatemala's rural coastal area. He is an active, playful boy, and he loves to spend time painting and drawing. Gerson 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. A few months ago, Gerson got sick with fever, body aches, and pain in his right leg, which continues to be a great bother to him. Without treatment, his hernia will likely grow, the likelihood that he may develop complications will increase, and his pain will increasingly limit his daily activities. Fortunately, surgery for hernias is very effective and often accomplished without even an overnight stay in the hospital. With $400 in funding, Gerson will receive the case management, medication, surgery, and labs he needs to get his hernia repaired. Surgery is scheduled for November 9. With this treatment, Gerson will be able to live without the pain and discomfort. He will continue going to school and playing with his twin brother. Gerson’s mother says, “My twins are the best gift I have ever received from God. I want nothing more than for my boy to be healthy. My sons are my reason to keep going. Please help me to get this surgery for my son, and I hope that God will repay you fully.”

Fully funded

Petronilla is a 52-year-old woman with rheumatoid arthritis. When she was 27 years old, Petronilla began to have pains in her hands and arms, so she consulted with a doctor at a local health center, who diagnosed her with arthritis. Since then, Petronilla's condition has worsened over time. Petronilla has severe pain and swelling in her joints and extremities every day. This pain prevents her from doing the things she enjoys and carrying out her daily activities, such as braiding her hair and washing her family’s clothing. Petronilla lives with her husband and five children in Guatemala’s rural highlands. Petronilla's first and most beloved profession was weaving and embroidering traditional indigenous women’s clothing. Because of the effects of arthritis, however, Petronilla has given up that work. She now owns a shop, where she and her daughter prepare and sell homemade tortillas. Though Petronilla’s arthritis continues to worsen, she and her family do not have the economic resources to purchase the medications that would help her. This treatment will provide Petronilla with the medications she needs to manage her arthritis. She will no longer have pain while completing her daily tasks. With her arthritis under control, she will be able to live her life without pain and continue to support her family and live happily. Petronilla says, “More than anything I want the pain to go away. I want to be able to wash clothing again, to weave and embroider again. I hope that this treatment will help me be able to do the things I love.” Our medical partner is requesting $629 to fund Petronilla's travel, lab testing, and medication. She is scheduled to begin treatment on August 7.

Fully funded