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Success! Gustavo from Guatemala raised $745 for treatment to manage his seizures.

Gustavo
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Gustavo's treatment was fully funded on December 1, 2015.

Photo of Gustavo post-operation

January 6, 2016

Gustavo received successful treatment to manage his seizures.

“Since the start of intervention, Gustavo has undergone appropriate testing and is now receiving medication that is helping to control his seizures,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “The number of seizures he has weekly has decreased dramatically, and his mother says that she is very content with her son’s progress. She no longer has to worry that Gustavo will have a seizure at any moment, and now takes him to the market and on errands around town.”

“Gustavo is starting to gain weight as well, as the energy and calories he previously wasted on seizures, his body is now using to help him grow. We anticipate his health will only continue to improve as we continue to monitor Gustavo’s health and provide him with medication,” WK adds.

“I feel so fortunate to have come across your organization and that you want to help us,” Gustavo’s mother shares. “This has changed my little boy’s life.”

"Since the start of intervention, Gustavo has undergone appropriate testing and is now receiving medication that is helping to control his s...

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November 19, 2015

Gustavo is a three-year-old boy who lives in Guatemala with his parents and older brother. He enjoys playing soccer with his brother, watching dogs play in his front yard, and crawling after the chickens that roam through his home.

“Gustavo has epilepsy and, as a result, has had convulsions regularly since he was barely one-year-old,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, tells us. “He is not on medication and his mother is currently afraid to leave the house with him because she fears he will have a convulsion in public. There is no way that Gustavo’s family can afford the medication, physician visits, and labs he needs to keep his convulsions under control.”

“Without intervention, he will continue to have regular seizures which will affects his ability to physically grow and mentally develop,” Wuqu’ Kawoq continues. “It is common to see children with epilepsy not seek an education out of fear of having a seizure in front of their classmates and out of the safety of their parent’s watchful eyes.”

$745 will fund medication and regular counseling for Gustavo to treat and manage his convulsions. “He will undergo a lab work-up to rule out any other possible conditions he may have,” says Wuqu’ Kawoq. “Best of all, Gustavo will have access to a more full life. His mother will not have to live in fear of her child having a seizure and, as a result, Gustavo will be freer to play with other kids, eventually attend school, and just be a kid.”

“I just want my son to grow well and go to school to become a professional, perhaps a doctor,” shares Gustavo’s mother.

Gustavo is a three-year-old boy who lives in Guatemala with his parents and older brother. He enjoys playing soccer with his brother, watchi...

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Gustavo's Timeline

  • November 19, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gustavo was submitted by Katia Cnop, Watsi Account Volunteer at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • November 25, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gustavo received treatment at Clinic Panajachel 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.

  • December 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gustavo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 1, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gustavo's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 6, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gustavo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 26 donors

Funded by 26 donors

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