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Success! Axel from Guatemala raised $1,107 for malnutrition treatment.

Axel
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Fully funded
Axel's treatment was fully funded on October 15, 2016.

Photo of Axel post-operation

January 12, 2017

Axel received successful malnutrition treatment.

Axel has been growing taller and gaining weight since he began to receive treatment for his malnutrition. His mother says that he is now sleeping better and is more curious about the world around him.

“My little baby is growing well now,” says Axel’s mother. “I am so grateful for this help that I have gotten for him. Now he can grow well.”

Axel has been growing taller and gaining weight since he began to receive treatment for his malnutrition. His mother says that he is now sle...

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August 17, 2016

Axel is a three-month-old baby from a Mayan community in Guatemala. He lives with his siblings and parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof and dirt floor. His mother works at home, cooking and cleaning, and him father works as a bricklayer, only receiving an income on days when there is work.

Axel’s mother cannot produce sufficient breast milk for her child and cannot afford formula as a substitute, leaving Axel malnourished. She thought that her son looked normal, and did not realize how underweight he was. She has been giving him boiled water with sugar in it to make him stop crying. As a result, Axel is failing to meet normal growth markers and is far below the average height and the average weight for his age—he is still the size of a newborn.

At such a young age, malnutrition is dangerous. Lactation failure can lead to the child becoming starving, dehydrated, and provoke electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised and the baby is at risk of long term damage.

Lactation failure, while dangerous, is easy to treat. By supplying the baby with formula and the mother with health education, Axel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. We can provide this life-saving treatment for $1107.

One-on-one education with Axel’s mother will prepare her for when he needs to start eating solid food, as well as help her watch for further signs of malnutrition and other illness. Axel’s immune system will strengthen and he will grow up to be a healthy and energetic baby.

Axel is a three-month-old baby from a Mayan community in Guatemala. He lives with his siblings and parents in a one-room adobe house with a ...

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Axel's Timeline

  • August 17, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Axel was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • August 17, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Axel 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.

  • September 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Axel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Axel's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Axel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

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

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