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Santos from Guatemala raised $745 to stop his seizures.

  • $745 raised, $0 to go
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Santos's treatment was fully funded on October 1, 2014.

Photo of Santos post-operation

February 12, 2015

Santos received treatment to properly diagnose and control his seizures.

“This is a pretty awesome case,” Santos’ doctor at our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, writes. “Neurological imaging and testing showed that Santos was suffering from an acute brain infection from parasites. Treatment for this was promptly initiated, and was very successful. His seizures have completely stopped and he is back to working full time in the fields. This treatment saves his life (or at least keeps him from being permanently disabled from horrible seizures), and it protects the financial security of his family.”

His doctor adds, “Santos tells us he ‘feels young and strong.’ Can’t get much better than that!”

"This is a pretty awesome case," Santos' doctor at our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, writes. "Neurological imaging and testing showed that S...

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September 16, 2014

Santos is a 63-year-old man from Guatemala who gets up at 4am every day to farm a variety of crops including corn, berries, and tomatoes.

According to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, Santos has recently “been having serious seizures that cause loss of consciousness.” These seizures are dangerous because they cause Santos to fall and they also impact his ability to care for his family and continue to farm.

Wuqu’ Kawoq shares, “Given how healthy he is with no issues like heart disease or diabetes, we are strongly suspicious that his seizures are from an infection of the brain with a tapeworm parasite. This is an extremely common issue here in Guatemala.”

For $745, Santos will receive the imaging to define the extent of his illness and medications to kill the parasites and control his seizures. His doctors expect “a complete resolution of his symptoms” allowing him to return to work and spending time with his family. Santos says, “This is the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.” Let’s help him get back to the active lifestyle he led before!

Santos is a 63-year-old man from Guatemala who gets up at 4am every day to farm a variety of crops including corn, berries, and tomatoes. ...

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Santos's Timeline

  • September 16, 2014

    Santos was submitted by Peter Rohloff at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • September 19, 2014

    Santos received treatment. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • September 23, 2014

    Santos's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 1, 2014

    Santos's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015

    We received an update on Santos. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

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