Jacob Udewitz
Jacob's Story

Jacob joined Watsi on June 20th, 2016. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jacob's most recent donation supported Juan, a baby boy from Guatemala, for life-saving malnutrition treatment.


Jacob has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 1 country.

All patients funded by Jacob

Meet Zury, a 9-month-old baby girl from Guatemala and a patient with our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. Zury is acutely malnourished. She is far too small for her size, all because she has not had the diverse and nutritious diet she needs to grow. Her malnutrition is not only affecting her growth, but also impeding her mental development and weakening her immune system. For her, even a simple fever, cough, or case of diarrhea can be life-threatening since her immune system has grown so weak. Without treatment, she is likely to face permanent problems such as low IQ, chronic disease, and low earning potential as an adult, making it likely that she will pass this condition on to future generations. Zury is the only child to two loving parents. She lives with them in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural mountainous community of Guatemala. Her mother works taking care of her, cooking, and cleaning, while her father works as an helper to a bricklayer. Although they work hard, they do not have the resources to give Zury even one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day, making it impossible for her to overcome her malnutrition without Watsi donor support. $512 funds a multifaceted treatment for Zury including growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication. The treatment will help Zury recover from malnutrition--saving her life now and putting her on track to live a better life in the future. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age. Her immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, preventing her from having any more life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase her appetite and help her use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Her mother will receive the support she needs to give Zury the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Zury the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made her sick in the first place. In her mother's words, "I dream that my daughter will be a good student, but in order to do that she needs to grow."

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