“I love my son for being the smallest, most beautiful baby I have ever seen, but I wish he was not sick,” says the mother of Jose, a four-year-old boy who lives with his parents and eight older siblings in Guatemala.
“Ever since Jose was born premature, he has struggled,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “At two months old he began having regular seizures, which led to large developmental delays. At four years old, Jose is still unable to talk and has problems walking.”
WK adds, “Jose is also malnourished, and his family does not have the resources to afford the appropriate nutritional support or medical treatment.”
$1,385 in funding pays for a thorough diagnostic work-up and treatment phase, followed by ongoing therapy. This includes imaging and blood work to identify conditions contributing to Jose’s delayed development, anti-seizure medication to help prevent future seizures, and therapy—physical, speech, and nutritional—to support Jose’s growth and development. Funding also covers the cost of a case manager to help Jose’s family coordinate his care and monitor his progress.
WK tells us, “This treatment will give Jose the support he needs to thrive. With time he will be able to operate more independently and even be able to work and contribute to his family’s economic well-being. With the help of Watsi support, we will be able to supply him with the right medical and educational support to recover his health and begin to grow normally.”
Let’s help fund treatment for Jose!