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Success! Miguel from Guatemala raised $1,107 to fund treatment for lactation failure.

Miguel
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$1,107
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Fully funded
Miguel's treatment was fully funded on August 31, 2017.

Photo of Miguel post-operation

May 16, 2017

Miguel received successful malnutrition treatment.

We are pleased to share that Miguel’s treatment was successful!

The baby boy is now receiving the necessary nutrients to help him grow and gain weight.

Miguel’s mother expresses her gratitude, saying, “I am grateful for the program and the formula we received. Before, I could only give him sugar water because I have no milk of my own.”

We are pleased to share that Miguel's treatment was successful! The baby boy is now receiving the necessary nutrients to help him grow an...

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February 16, 2017

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.”

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,...

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Miguel's Timeline

  • February 16, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Miguel 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.

  • February 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Miguel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 16, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Miguel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • August 31, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Miguel's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 donors

Treatment
Lactational Failure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,107 for Miguel's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$835
Supplies
$0
Other
$272

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