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Nilton from Guatemala raised $535 to treat acute malnutrition.

  • $535 raised, $0 to go
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Nilton's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2015.

Photo of Nilton post-operation

October 19, 2015

Nilton received treatment for acute malnutrition.

“Nilton is eating a more varied diet and his mother reports that she is extremely happy to be involved in this program,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “She is applying what she is learning during her nutrition classes to Nilton’s diet at home (he is now eating solid foods instead of just breast milk) and as a result she is feeling empowered to care for Nilton and make a direct difference in his health.”

“Two weeks ago Nilton came down with pneumonia for roughly one week,” WK adds. “However, even though he has been sick, he has still been growing. While ill, his appetite decreased, however, we treated him with antibiotics and now he no longer has pneumonia. His energy has increased, and his appetite has returned.”

“Thank you for what you have taught me and for caring about the health of my child,” says Nilton’s mother.

"Nilton is eating a more varied diet and his mother reports that she is extremely happy to be involved in this program," shares our medical ...

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August 19, 2015

“We have such limited resources, and we could definitely not do this without your help,” shares Nilton’s mother.

“Nilton is an only child of two very devoted, young parents. Both his mother and father work in the field as farm workers, and his mother also weaves blouses at night to bolster the family income. Nilton likes to play, and is generally a very happy, active baby. He is extremely social and enjoys being held by anyone around regardless if he knows them well or not,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK).

“Nilton is below the average height and weight for his age due to malnutrition,” WK explains. “Nilton is 6-months-old, the age when children should be start to integrate solid food into their diet. This switch from breast milk to solid food adds a financial stress on the family, and oftentimes the parents do not know what and how to make this integration.”

“Generally, children tend to fall away from their growth curve, as parents continue to rely on breast milk as the primary or only source of nutrients,” WK continues. “The food supplied is low in nutrients and quantity. Without intervention we believe Nilton will fall away from his curve, and therefore experience developmental delays, physical growth limitations and a weak immune system.”

For $535, we can provide Nilton with food and supplementation, and provide his mother with several nutrition education classes that emphasize the importance of a diet balanced in protein, carbohydrates, fats, and vitamins.

With treatment, “Nilton will begin to recoup the height and weight he has lost,” WK explains. “Over time his energy and ability to concentrate will improve. His immune system will strengthen and we anticipate he will have the ability to go far.”

"We have such limited resources, and we could definitely not do this without your help," shares Nilton's mother. "Nilton is an only child...

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Nilton's Timeline

  • August 19, 2015

    Nilton was submitted by Katia Cnop, Watsi Account Volunteer at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • August 24, 2015

    Nilton's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 26, 2015

    Nilton 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 01, 2015

    Nilton's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 19, 2015

    We received an update on Nilton. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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Zin Oo

Zin Oo is a 36-year-old man who lives with his mother, younger sister, and his seven-year-old son in Mawlamyine, Burma. He is an assistant truck driver and he earns 4,000 kyat (approx. 4 USD) per day. Since the outbreak of CVOID-19, there is less work and he is only able to earn 64,000 kyat (approx. 64 USD) in a month. Zin Oo's son goes to primary school and his wife passed away last year. His mother goes house to house to see if anyone would hire her to wash their clothes. His younger sister lost her job at the factory after the outbreak of COVID-19 in Yangon. Since April, she looks after the household chores and she also works as a day laborer when she can find work. Zin Oo’s combined household income of 124,000 kyat (approx. 150 USD) in a month is just enough for their daily expenses and they cannot afford to pay the costs of basic healthcare. On August 3rd, Zin Oo was cutting firewood with an axe. While cutting the logs, his aim was off and he hit his fingers on his right hand against the log. His fingers became swollen and red after the accident, especially his small and index fingers. Without enough money to go to the hospital, Zin Oo bought traditional medicine and applied it to his fingers. He felt like his middle and ring fingers healed but his small and index fingers became more swollen and painful. Eventually when he noticed pus on his fingers, he told his friend about his problem and his friend suggested he go to Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH), where treatment often cost less than other hospitals. At MLCH, the doctor completed a detailed assessment of his right hand and diagnosed him with cellulitis, a serious bacterial skin infection. The doctor told him that because of poor blood supply, he would need to amputate his small finger and probably his index finger as well. When Zin Oo told the doctor that he does not have any money to pay for the surgery, the doctor referred him to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance accessing treatment. Currently, the fingers on Zin Oo’s right hand are red, swollen, and warm to the touch. His fingers hurt a lot, especially his small and index finger. He cannot sleep at night without taking pain medication. He is not able to eat food with his right hand and he feels uncomfortable eating with his left hand since he is right-handed. Aside from this, Zin Oo feels stressed about his condition. He cannot work and his mother has to help look after him since he was admitted at the hospital. His mother then has no income while he receives treatment. They are worried that they will not have enough money for food and for Zin Oo’s treatment. In the future, Zin Oo wants to work as a truck driver to earn money for his family. Once he has fully recovered, he will accept any work he can find as he looks for a job as a truck driver. Zin Oo’s younger sister shared with us, “Now, I have to take care of my nephew while my mother accompanies my brother [Zin Oo] at the hospital. I cannot work and our family is worried about money. We owe our neighbor 50,000 kyat [approx. 50 USD] and we have to pay it back with 20% interest.”

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