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Success! Virginia from Guatemala raised $1,162 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Virginia
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  • $1,162 raised, $0 to go
$1,162
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Virginia's treatment was fully funded on December 20, 2017.

Photo of Virginia post-operation

August 1, 2017

Virginia underwent malnutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Virginia has been gaining weight and growing taller. Virginia’s mother has noted how helpful the program has been for her family because now she can feed her daughter sufficiently, and she is growing well because of it. With continued treatment, we are confident that Virginia will continue along this healthy trajectory.

Virginia’s mother says, “I am grateful for the support we have received, for it is such a great benefit. It was difficult for us because I could not feed my daughter, but thanks to the program and the knowledge I’ve gained in the classes it is helping a lot.”

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Virginia has been gaining weight and growing taller. Virginia’s mother has noted how helpfu...

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June 6, 2017

Virginia is a five-month-old baby girl living in rural Guatemala. She was born to a single mother who stays home to care for her. Unfortunately, Virginia’s mother cannot produce breast milk, which has made it difficult for Virginia to receive the nourishment that she needs in her early months of life.

Because of this, Virginia was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Virginia has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ.

Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Virginia to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 13, Virginia will receive micronutrients, formula, and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $1,162 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age.

Virginia’s mother says, “I am scared because I do not have breast milk to give my daughter, and we are of scarce resources so I cannot afford to buy her much. I dream to see my daughter grow up well so that she can study and in the future become a teacher.”

Virginia is a five-month-old baby girl living in rural Guatemala. She was born to a single mother who stays home to care for her. Unfortunat...

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Virginia's Timeline

  • June 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Virginia received treatment at Clinic Panajachel. 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.

  • June 22, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Virginia's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 01, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Virginia's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 20, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Virginia's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 45 donors

Funded by 45 donors

Treatment
Lactational Failure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,162 for Virginia's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$835
Supplies
$55
Other
$272

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