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Success! Angélica from Guatemala raised $1,016 for malnutrition treatment and formula.

Angélica
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Angélica's treatment was fully funded on May 5, 2016.

Photo of Angélica post-operation

September 17, 2016

Angélica received malnutrition treatment and formula.

Since Angelica’s case of malnutrition was severe, she had to receive a small amount to stabilize her condition for a day until our nutritionist could evaluate her case and create a custom nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Thanks to the hard work of our community nurses, supporting Angelica and her mom when Angelica came down with Zika, Angelica has recovered beautifully, and is now a normal weight. Her mother says that she is now more active, smiles more, and loves to babble to her siblings. With continued treatment, we are confident that Angelica will continue to grow and develop like a healthy baby.

“I am happy because I see my daughter get better every day,” Angélica’s mother shared. “I am appreciative for all of the support that you have given my daughter. I can see that she is improving a lot, and I feel calmer now that i see her growing well. She always is smiling and I want to see her grow big so that she can be a nurse and help the people that need it.”

Since Angelica's case of malnutrition was severe, she had to receive a small amount to stabilize her condition for a day until our nutrition...

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April 26, 2016

Angelica is a newborn baby girl from rural Guatemala. She was born one month prematurely. She was small and weak when she was born, and acquired an infection in her eyes and now her lungs. When she came to see us at the clinic, she was very sick, but now she is doing much better after receiving hospital care.

Unfortunately, her mother had to receive antibiotics that are unsafe for breastfeeding. Since her mother had to stop breastfeeding while taking the medications, she lost her ability to make milk and now Angelica is acutely malnourished. Her mother says her heart breaks because she is unable to give her daughter enough milk to make her stop crying.

Angelica lives with her parents and her older siblings in a humble one-room wood house with a tin roof. Her mother is worried because she can see her daughter losing weight, and she does not have enough milk to feed her. Since she spends so much time caring for Angelica and her father works as a day laborer in the coffee fields, barely making enough money to support basic living costs, they cannot afford the extremely expensive formula Angelica needs to survive.

Although Angelica’s life is in danger now, the treatment she needs to be a healthy and happy baby is simple. She will receive formula with the protein, calories, and nutrients she needs to grow and develop. Her immune system will grow stronger with the formula, and she will no longer cry from hunger. This treatment will not only save Angelica’s life, but will mean she is no longer at risk for seizures, diarrhea, and long-term developmental delays due to her lack of milk.

“My desire is that my daughter gets better and can grow healthily,” her mother said. “I want to see her get big so that she can go to the school and study and be a person like you all that helps the people that need it.”

Angelica is a newborn baby girl from rural Guatemala. She was born one month prematurely. She was small and weak when she was born, and acqu...

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Angélica's Timeline

  • April 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Angélica was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • April 26, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Angélica received treatment at Clinic Miller 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.

  • May 2, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Angélica's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 5, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Angélica's treatment was fully funded.

  • September 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Angélica's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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