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Success! Nancy from Guatemala raised $1,162 to fund lifesaving nutrition treatment.

Nancy
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Nancy's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Nancy post-operation

July 14, 2017

Nancy underwent lifesaving nutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Nancy has been gaining weight and growing stronger. Nancy’s mother has noted that her daughter has been growing much better since beginning to feed with formula, as Nancy’s cleft lip prevents her from breastfeeding. With continued treatment, we are confident that Nancy will continue to grow and keep on along this healthy trajectory.

Nancy’s mother says, “Thank you to God that institutions such as yours exist and help us. Thank you to the donors, for without you this help would not have been possible. I hope that my daughter can keep growing well so that she can recover and be healthy.”

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Nancy has been gaining weight and growing stronger. Nancy’s mother has noted that her daugh...

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May 15, 2017

Nancy is a newborn baby from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and brother in the country’s rural highlands. Her father works as a laborer in the local countryside, and her mother weaves traditional Mayan textiles to help support the family.

Nancy was born with a cleft lip, making it very difficult for her to breastfeed. Her limited diet does not provide her with sufficient nutrients, and she may soon begin to experience dehydration as well. Nutrition is incredibly important in the early stages of life, and Nancy has been given a preliminary supply of formula to boost her intake.

Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to cover the cost of nutritional counseling, food, and formula for Nancy and her mother. She is scheduled to begin treatment on May 15 at our medical partner’s care center, Clinic Tecpán. With proper nutrition, Nancy will be able to grow healthy and strong.

Nancy is a newborn baby from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and brother in the country's rural highlands. Her father works as a labor...

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Nancy's Timeline

  • May 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Nancy was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • May 25, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Nancy received treatment at Clinic Tecpán in Guatemala. 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.

  • May 30, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Nancy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Nancy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Nancy's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Lactational Failure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,162 for Nancy's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$835
Supplies
$55
Other
$272
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Babies without access to maternal milk typically lose weight to the point of being acutely malnourished. They are at risk of seizures due to imbalances in their electrolytes, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage. Their immune systems are weak and they are dehydrated, meaning they can easily come down with diarrhea, which is life-threatening for an acutely malnourished baby. Sometimes babies appear chubby and bloated due to being fed sugar water or cow's milk. Babies often cry more than normal due to their chronic hunger.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

For a newborn baby, access to maternal milk is critical. If milk supply is poor, the baby will begin to lose weight. This almost immediately begins to have impact on potential brain development and, if it is not caught quickly and reversed, it can lead to death or permanent brain damage.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, substitute milk formulas are readily available and usually fairly inexpensive. However, in Guatemala, milk formula is unbelievably expensive. For example, to provide an adequate amount of milk to a newborn baby can easily cost more on a month to month basis than a poor family makes in total household wages. Therefore, caregivers of these children are caught in an impossible bind, where they couldn’t provide for their children even if they spent every last cent they could get their hands on.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Caregivers of babies enrolled in this program receive intensive counselling on how to properly prepare and mix infant formula. They receive weekly or every other week check-in to make sure that weight is recovering. They receive 12 months of guaranteed access to infant formula, free of charge. We usually will provide a “final update” about the child long before the 12 month mark, usually after 1-3 months, when it is clear that a full recovery has occurred.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment saves lives and it saves brains. It prevents babies from dying from dehydration or acute malnutrition. And it promotes normal growth of the brain, guaranteeing that children have a chance to lead normal and highly functional lives at their full potential.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is treatable. Nearly 100% of children will experience major improvements in energy and weight, usually with in the first week. When caught early and properly treated, the poor health consequences of lactational failure can be totally reversed.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

This treatment is not accessible at all in the locations in which we work. It is incredibly expensive (one tin that lasts a week often costs more than a typical monthly household income), meaning families have no way to pay for it. By helping families afford milk formula, we overcome this problem.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no real alternatives to our program. Many organizations and governmental entities will provide small amounts of milk formula, but never in a quantity sufficient to guarantee a thriving child.

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Phyo Ko is a 33-year-old man. He lives with his wife, son and daughter in Mae Tao Village in Thailand. Originally from across the border in Burma, he moved to Thailand in search of better job opportunities in 2009. Phyo Ko’s wife is a homemaker and their children are too young to attend school. Phyo Ko works as a construction day labourer and he earns 350 baht (approx. 11.67 USD) per day. However, recently he has not been able to work frequently because of pain in his left thigh. In the beginning of 2021, Phyo Ko and his friend were working at a construction site in Mae Sot. While working, the scaffolding fell onto his left hand and his left thigh. After the accident, his hand and his thigh started to hurt. Once he applied oil made from traditional medicine to his hand and thigh, the pain stopped. One month after the accident, his lower left thigh became swollen and a mass appeared above his knee on the front of his thigh. A doctor at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) performed a physical examination and told him that there was nothing wrong with his thigh and did not give him any medication. Once he went home, Phyo Ko continued to apply the oil made from traditional medicine on his thigh. However, the mass did not disappear. When his mass started to increase in size a few months later, his wife told him to go back to the hospital. When Phyo Ko went back to the hospital, there were no doctors available to see him in the outpatient department because of an increase of COVID-19 cases in the Mae Sot. He went home and continued to apply oil even though he felt it was not helping him. Over the last few weeks the pain in his thigh worsened and now he can no longer work. Doctors want Phyo Ko to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Phyo Ko's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 29th. Phyo Ko said, “I would like to recover quickly because I cannot work since I suffer from this disease. Now, my family has no income and I am worried that I will not be able to support my family anymore.” In his free time, Phyo Ko likes to play with his children. “When I recover, I will work hard to pay back my debt to the neighbours we borrowed the money from. I want to live with my family for a long time and I want to support my family,” he said.

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