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Success! Julio from Guatemala raised $967 to treat and manage his seizures.

Julio
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  • $967 raised, $0 to go
$967
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$0
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Fully funded
Julio's treatment was fully funded on April 7, 2016.

Photo of Julio post-operation

September 20, 2016

Julio is undergoing treatment for his seizures.

Julio’s MRI revealed that he has a common type of epilepsy due to scarring in the part of the brain where the seizures are starting, a condition called Mesial Temporal Sclerosis. His seizures have responded to anticonvulsant medications, and we are monitoring his condition to ensure that the medications do not cause uncomfortable side effects. Julio is now able to go to school, leave the house without worrying, and live the life of a normal teenager.

“I do not have seizures like I used to,” Julio shared. “Now I can go to school without worrying. I want to keep studying and graduate. Before I thought that wasn’t possible, that I couldn’t go to school. But after taking medicines I can go back to my normal life.”

Julio's MRI revealed that he has a common type of epilepsy due to scarring in the part of the brain where the seizures are starting, a condi...

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March 17, 2016

“Julio had his first seizure when he was 13,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “At first, he only had them once a month, then once every two weeks, then every week. Lately, he has been having seizures three times per day.”

These epileptic seizures can be frightening for Julio, a 15-year-old from Guatemala. “When he has a convulsion, he falls, begins to shake, and his eyes roll in the back of his head,” reports WK. “It normally lasts fifteen minutes, and afterwards he is usually weak and dizzy.”

These now-daily interruptions often force Julio’s mother to keep her son home from school so that she can care for him. This has substantially slowed Julio’s education: even though he is in his mid-teens, and seems to have no learning difficulties, he has only reached fifth grade. His mother has also had to quit her job so that she can stay home with Julio, putting the family in financial strain.

Despite these setbacks, Julio is an outgoing, academically ambitious boy. “Julio loves to study and talk with his classmates,” says WK. “His favorite things to do are to play soccer, and practice math.” He dreams of becoming a teacher one day. Without intervention, though, that dream will be difficult to achieve.

Fortunately, Julio’s doctors believe his epilepsy is not intractable. For $966 we can connect Julio with the combination of medications he’ll need to get his seizures under control. This cost will also pay for diagnostic lab tests and a brain MRI, so doctors can make sure they are treating him correctly.

“This treatment will allow Julio to be much more independent, as he will be healthy enough to leave the house on his own,” WK tells us. This means that Julio will be able to aim high in his own education, and someday, to help others do the same by becoming a teacher.

“Julio had his first seizure when he was 13,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “At first, he only had them once a month, then...

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Julio's Timeline

  • March 17, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Julio was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • April 07, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Julio's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 07, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Julio's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 08, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Julio received treatment at DARSA Centro de Diagnosticos. 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 20, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Julio's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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