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Maria from Guatemala raised $535 to treat acute malnutrition and catch up developmentally.

Maria
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  • $535 raised, $0 to go
$535
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$0
to go
Fully funded
Maria's treatment was fully funded on September 21, 2014.

Photo of Maria post-operation

February 12, 2015

Maria received nutritional therapy to reverse malnutrition.

Maria’s doctors tell us, “The major change has been in the quality of Maria’s diet. She was basically eating no foods of nutritional value before and now, with food support from our team, her diet is appropriate for her age both in terms of food quality and quantity. As a result, her appetite and energy have returned, and she’s much more active with noticeable improvements in her motor development. Her weight and height curves are also trending up finally, although we’ll need to follow along for several more months to make sure that these improvements continue to track along.”

Maria's doctors tell us, "The major change has been in the quality of Maria's diet. She was basically eating no foods of nutritional value b...

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September 16, 2014

Maria’s had a rough start to life. “She was born very tiny, weighing just four pounds at birth,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), writes. “She’s been behind ever since, struggling to catch up.” Right now, Maria is having chronic diarrhea and is developmentally delayed. She’s also got a pretty low height and weight for her age right now.

Maria is a one-year-old twin girl who lives in Guatemala with her caring parents and 6 other siblings (including her twin). Maria’s parents do the best they can to make ends meet, but they have a hard time providing food for their seven children. And they aren’t able to pay for her medicines when she falls ill.

“Maria’s mom acknowledges that ‘Maria isn’t growing like other children her age’ but she is hopeful and excited to be working with the WK and Watsi teams,” the WK team tells us.

Maria needs $535 to cover the costs associated with treating her malnutrition. Let’s help this girl catch up and live life to her fullest potential.

Maria's had a rough start to life. "She was born very tiny, weighing just four pounds at birth," our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), writ...

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Maria's Timeline

  • September 16, 2014
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maria was submitted by Peter Rohloff at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • September 17, 2014
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maria 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 17, 2014
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 21, 2014
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maria's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Maria. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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