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Miguel

Miguel is a seven-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the fifth child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of their family, and his father is a day laborer. Miguel’s mother experiences lactation failure, which means that she cannot produce breast milk. This causes Miguel and his twin brother Eduardo to be underweight and small for their age. Because of this, Miguel often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Miguel’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Miguel is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Miguel was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Although lactation failure is dangerous, it is thankfully easy to treat. On February 14, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will begin supplying Miguel's mother with formula and health education so that Miguel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,107 for the treatment. One-on-one education with Miguel’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Miguel’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Miguel’s mother says, “I am very worried for my son because he is not growing. I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher.”

79% funded

79%funded
$885raised
$222to go
Eduardo

“I am very worried for my son because he is not growing,” Eduardo’s mother, a native of Guatemala, shares. At seven months old, Eduardo is already malnourished. His mother cannot produce breastmilk, so he and his twin brother Miguel are underweight for their age. Eduardo often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet has dangerous implications for Eduardo’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration and can provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, putting Eduardo at risk of long-term damage. Eduardo’s father is a day laborer, while his mother takes care of their four children. Because of the family’s lack of resources, they need financial assistance to afford treatment for Eduardo’s malnutrition. For $1,107, we can provide them with the help they need. To stabilize his condition, Eduardo has been given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment on February 14. One-on-one education between a community health worker and Eduardo’s mother will teach her how to provide a healthy but inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Eduardo’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. “I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher,” Eduardo’s mother says.

66% funded

66%funded
$739raised
$368to go
Saw Kaw

Saw Kaw is a 38-year-old man from Burma. He is a soldier for the Karen National Union (KNU) and moves around frequently. In December 2016, Saw Kaw was helping people repair parts of the road around their village by clearing trees for road work. He was cutting a tree when it fell on his upper leg. He was admitted to a local clinic for treatment, but after two months, his leg did not feel any better. The clinic sent him for an X-ray, which showed a broken femur. He was referred to Watsi's medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for evaluation and treatment. At the time of his interview with BCMF, Saw Kaw’s entire leg was swollen. He shared that he had been unable to walk since the injury occurred and was often in a lot of pain, especially at night. Saw Kaw needs help raising $1,500 to pay for an operation to repair his broken femur. During the operation, an orthopedic surgeon will insert a metal rod through the hollow center of the femur and secure it with screws. The rod will stabilize the broken bone until it is strong enough to support Saw Kaw's weight. Saw Kaw is scheduled to undergo surgery on February 17. Funding for Saw Kaw also covers the costs of seven nights in the hospital, lab tests, X-rays, physical therapy, surgical supplies, and crutches. "I really want to work for my community and the KNU, but I cannot do it right now," shares Saw Kaw. "I hope to recover fully so I can return to my village to work on the plantation with my family again."

42% funded

42%funded
$637raised
$863to go