Cody Nolden
Cody's Story

Cody joined Watsi on July 26th, 2013. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Cody's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Thaw, an aspiring engineer from Burma, for life-saving heart surgery.

Impact

Cody has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Cody

Kimberly is a one-year-old baby girl who lives with her parents in Guatemala. Kimberly is acutely malnourished, meaning that her diet doesn’t contain the nutrients she needs to build a strong immune system or feel energetic and alert. Acute malnutrition also has serious long-term effects if not treated. “Over time mental and physical development is stunted, thus leading to developmental delays and preventing Kimberly from reaching her full potential,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “She will also be at increased risk of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.” Kimberly’s mother is eager for her daughter to get better and tells WK, “I want to see my daughter grow up to be a teacher.” Although she says that her daughter has started eating solid food, “Kimberly’s appetite is low and she has not transitioned from exclusively breastfeeding to solid food very well.” Kimberly’s mother is eight months pregnant with her second child and hopes intervention can occur soon so that she can be fully present for Kimberly’s treatment. “Once the baby is born, more stresses (both time and economic) will be placed on Kimberly’s mother, and limit her ability to give Kimberly the attention and resources she needs to thrive,” WK explains. Due to these circumstances, Kimberly needs medical attention as soon as possible. With $535 in Watsi funding, Kimberly will receive micronutrient and food supplementation to improve her health and bolster her immune system. Kimberly’s mother will receive the resources and intensive nutrition education she needs to make healthy decisions about what to feed Kimberly, as well as her baby on the way. According to WK, with this regimen in place, “Kimberly will begin to recoup the height and weight she has lost, and over time her energy and ability to concentrate will improve.” They continue, “With treatment, we anticipate Kimberly will have the ability to go far.”

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Meet Genesis, a one-year old girl from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) tells us, “Genesis loves the wildflowers that grow around her house. She enjoys picking the flowers to give as gifts to her mother.” At an important point in her early childhood development, Genesis’ growth has been stunted due to acute pediatric malnutrition. WK reports, “Genesis’ height and weight were far below average, and her parents are extremely worried—Genesis’ condition restricts her ability to grow physically and mentally.” Acute malnutrition is a condition in which the body does not intake as many nutrients as it needs to be healthy. The problems caused by this imbalance become more pronounced throughout childhood growth—WK explains, “Genesis is hitting developmental milestones months behind an average child her age.” If left untreated, malnutrition can affect Genesis’ immune system and cause low energy levels. In addition to health-related concerns, Genesis’ relatively slow growth could make schooling difficult, possibly limiting her opportunities later in life. With $535, Genesis will undergo treatment for her acute malnutrition. Over a three-month period, essential nutrients will be gradually introduced into her diet through micronutrient food supplements. This will be done in slow, graduated amounts to allow her body to readjust to the changes. As part of her treatment, WK shares that Genesis will receive “de-worming medication needed for her to increase her overall caloric intake.” To fully address the issue, both of Genesis’ parents will receive intensive training on the causes of malnutrition and how to prevent it in the future. WK expects the course to “build their confidence and improve their ability to care for Genesis throughout her childhood.” “I just want to see her smile," shares Genesis’ mother. "I want to see her run around the house again, and have the energy to play with her toys. I love her so much.”

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