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Success! Arcemio from Guatemala raised $1,166 to fund a prosthetic leg.

Arcemio
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  • $1,166 raised, $0 to go
$1,166
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Arcemio's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Arcemio post-operation

August 14, 2017

Arcemio received a prosthetic leg.

Arcemio has received a prosthetic leg, which was built with a mold made just for him. Now that he has two legs again Arcemio can do a multitude of things that he couldn’t before. This leg is life-changing for Arcemio, and will help him in every aspect of his life.

Arcemio says, “Thank you so much for supporting me. I will return to walking again and I will keep moving forward. Finally I will be able to help my father again.”

Arcemio has received a prosthetic leg, which was built with a mold made just for him. Now that he has two legs again Arcemio can do a multit...

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June 8, 2017

“I thank God for connecting me with your help,” shares Arcemio, an 18-year-old boy from Guatemala.

Although only a teenager, Arcemio has already had more than his share of health challenges. When he was just 11, Arcemio contracted cancer and lost a leg. Because of the cancer, Arcemio also had to be taken out of school at a young age, meaning he still has only a third-grade education.

Without a leg, Arcemio struggles to get around and to complete routine daily tasks. Furthermore, although he desperately wishes to work, he cannot find a job.

A prosthetic leg would make a world of difference for Arcemio, but his family cannot afford to purchase one. His mother works at home, taking care of Arcemio and his two other siblings, while Arcemio’s father works as a day laborer in the local countryside.

But with Watsi funding, Arcemio can receive a specially molded leg fit just for him. $1,166 will pay for the materials and fitting sessions necessary to create this prosthesis, set to take place beginning June 9.

Having an artificial leg will allow Arcemio to walk for the first time in seven years. He also hopes that with the prosthesis, he will be able to work alongside his father in the fields and therefore to provide more for his family.

“I thank God for connecting me with your help,” shares Arcemio, an 18-year-old boy from Guatemala. Although only a teenager, Arcemio has ...

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Arcemio's Timeline

  • June 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Arcemio was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • June 26, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Arcemio received treatment at ROMP - Hospital Regional de Zacapa. 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.

  • August 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Arcemio's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 14, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Arcemio's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Arcemio's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 19 donors

Funded by 19 donors

Treatment
Prosthetic - Molded
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,166 for Arcemio's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$0
Supplies
$777
Travel
$267
Other
$122

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Jane is a farmer from Kenya who was well until Friday night, February 28th, when she fell on a hard ground while carrying a bunch of firewood. She visited a nearby health centre but was referred to our facility for specialized treatment secondary to severe pain and inability to stretch her hand. Upon review, x-ray imaging indicated a radial head fracture and a radial head excision with Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) recommended by doctors. The surgery will allow her to stretch/flex her hand and continue with her normal life duties. Jane is a peasant farmer in the upcountry, planting millet and sorghum on her farm located along the valley. The mother of 8 and a grandmother to several children, she has always worked hard to meet her children's needs. Despite her hard work, Jane faces a lot of social challenges at home. Since her husband was murdered four years ago by unknown persons, Jane developed depression that led to partial psychosis. Due to this condition, Jane is unable to attend to her home duties like before. She no longer does farming like she used to do, now she is left in the hands of her daughter who takes care of her needs. Jane's family is able to raise $98 only. She is requesting the rest of the funds to undergo ORIF. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 6th, Jane will undergo a fracture repair procedure. The surgery will reduce further complications and allow Jane be able to utilize her hand with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I hope that I will get well soon. I am missing my home,” says Jane with sweet laughter.

76% funded

76%funded
$592raised
$179to go

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