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Success! Celina from Guatemala raised $512 for malnutrition treatment.

Celina
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$512
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$0
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Fully funded
Celina's treatment was fully funded on September 29, 2016.

Photo of Celina post-operation

January 12, 2017

Celina received successful malnutrition treatment.

Celina has been steadily gaining weight and growing taller since she began to receive treatment to help her overcome malnutrition. With this protein and nutrient-rich diet, she has more energy to grow and play, especially now that her immune system is stronger. Her mother says that she is eating much more now.

“The program is helping my daughter a lot,” says Celina’s mother. “Before, she got sick a lot, but now she doesn’t get sick and is growing well.”

Celina has been steadily gaining weight and growing taller since she began to receive treatment to help her overcome malnutrition. With this...

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August 17, 2016

“We dream that our daughter can study and become a teacher,” Celina’s mother shares.

Meet Celina, a 15-month-old girl from Guatemala. Celina is the youngest of seven children in her family and lives with her parents in an adobe house with a tin roof. She enjoys playing with her dolls and older sisters. Celina’s mother works at home, cooks, cleans, and cares for the children. Her father is a day laborer in the fields, who makes only a couple dollars per day.

Celina currently lives with acute malnutrition. She is below the average height and the average weight for her age, and she currently is not consuming enough calories and enough quality foods. As a result her physical growth is stunted, and we worry her mental growth will be stunted as well.

As a result of food insecurity and marginalization, indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world. In addition to growth stunting, malnutrition can lead to lower IQ, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.

$512 will fund the treatment Celina needs to address her nutritional deficit and improve her low energy and subsequent limited mental potential. This involves micronutrient and food supplementation, deworming medication to rid Celina of a parasitic infection, and nutrition education for her parents. With these combined efforts, Celina will recoup her weight and height and strengthen her immune system, laying the foundation for a healthier future.

“We dream that our daughter can study and become a teacher," Celina's mother shares. Meet Celina, a 15-month-old girl from Guatemala. Cel...

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Celina's Timeline

  • August 17, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 17, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Celina 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.

  • September 08, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Celina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 29, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Celina's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Celina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $512 for Celina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$94
Medication
$152
Supplies
$0
Travel
$87
Other
$179
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Children generally face stunted physical growth, delayed mental and motor development, low appetite, and frequent illness. Malnourished children have weakened immune systems that put them at risk of diarrhea, fevers, and respiratory illnesses. This treatment treats growth failure in small children usually under 2 years of age. The most common form of growth failure in children in Guatemala is called stunting. This is a form of malnutrition where weight is relatively normal but height is severely reduced.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Stunting has major effects on the developing brain. Stunted children have low IQ and they don’t make major developmental milestones. These effects persist into adulthood, where they impact schooling and economic potential. Furthermore, stunting contributes to the development of serious adult illness like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Indigenous Guatemalans are one of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world. They live in rural areas and suffer from high rates of food insecurity. The poorest indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Children enrolled in our recuperative nutrition program receive about 1-4 months of intensive intervention, depending on the severity of the case. All of this care is delivered in the home in a personalized fashion. Most require a basic laboratory evaluation to look for thyroid disease, anemia, and intestinal infections. Acute infections are rapidly treated with antibiotics. Then a specialized case manager and nutritionist make weekly or every other week educational and health monitoring visits to the home. An assessment of food insecurity is conducted using standardized instruments and food is often provided to help bolster acute recovery. Micronutrient supplementation is provided.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment saves brains. Appetite and growth and developmental milestones recover, and height begins to rise once again. The immediate outcome is improved overall child health, including reduced vulnerability to severe infections. The long term outlook is improved cognitive potential, school completion, and economic prospects. Nearly 100% of children will experience improve appetite, energy, and development. At least 75% of children will have noticeable improvement in growth parameters. The effects of the intervention extend to other children in the home; since the approach is highly educational, parents learn how to care for other children and prevent this from occurring subsequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is treatable, and no risks for treatment exists.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for malnutrition is incredibly inaccessible in Guatemala. Populations are rural and don’t have access to intensive nutritional intervention and education. Public sector approaches are too low intensity to make a difference for these children.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no real alternatives to our program. Many organizations and governmental entities provide basic preventative care, but once a child is already malnourished these approaches are no longer effective. Most children fail prevention and therefore need our help.

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