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Mario from Guatemala raised $600 to get healthy.

Mario
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  • $600 raised, $0 to go
$600
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$0
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Fully funded
Mario's treatment was fully funded on March 22, 2013.

Photo of Mario post-operation

Mario was fitted with a prosthetic arm.

“We were able to fit him with a brand new light weight prosthetic that restores full function to the arm,” Mario’s doctors say. “This will help him in his work, both as a gardener and also in the desk job that he also manages part time. Mario is very excited about this.”

"We were able to fit him with a brand new light weight prosthetic that restores full function to the arm," Mario's doctors say. "This will h...

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When Mario was 17, he suffered serious injuries from a high-voltage electricity line. The lower half of his right arm and his entire right leg had to be amputated.

Mario was fitted with two prostheses, one for his arm and one for his leg. They have served him well and enabled him to live a relatively normal, productive life over the last ten years.

But after a decade of hard work, Mario’s arm prothesis has worn out. The hand no longer functions, and the base no longer fits well. This causes pain and chafing, and makes it difficult for Mario to work to support himself.

Mario needs a functioning arm prosthesis to continue working. For $600, Wuqu’ Kawoq can replace Mario’s prosthesis, allowing him to resume working without pain. The cost of treatment includes $100 for travel and $500 for the prosthetic itself. Let’s help this extremely resilient guy get back to work!

When Mario was 17, he suffered serious injuries from a high-voltage electricity line. The lower half of his right arm and his entire right l...

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Mario's Timeline

  • March 19, 2013
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mario's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 22, 2013
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mario's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Mario. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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Naw Mar

Naw Mar is a 35-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband, two daughters and two sons in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Four years ago, Naw Mar started to suffer from pain in the right side of her abdomen. At first, she thought the pain would disappear after she rested. When it did not, she went to the hospital in the camp run by Malteser International Thailand (MI). She received medications which helped for a bit. Two years later, the pain became severe and the right side of her abdomen also became swollen. After more medication and follow-up appointments, she was eventually admitted to Mae Sariang Hospital and received an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that she had multiple gallstones, and she was given more medication. However, the medication did not help her much. In early June 2020, the pain in Naw Mar’s right abdomen increased. After she went to the camp’s hospital, the doctor referred her to Mae Sariang Hospital again, where the doctor told her that she would need to have surgery to remove the gallstones. Since Mae Sariang Hospital doctors could not perform this surgery, she was again referred her to Chiang Mai Hospital. However, the high cost of surgery proved difficult, so she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for assistance with accessing treatment. Currently, Naw Mar has constant pain in her right abdomen that is only manageable through pain medication. Her right abdomen is also swollen, and she suffers from back pain as well. When the pain in her abdomen is excruciating, she develops a headache and high blood pressure. Naw Mar is a homemaker, while her two daughters and her youngest son go to school. Her oldest son helps her with household chores. Her husband works as an agricultural day laborer, but has been unable to find work for the past month. While their family does receive a cash card each month for food support, it is not enough to cover their daily expenses and they struggle to make ends meet despite receiving free health care and education in the refugee camp. Their family is appealing for financial support. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Naw Mar's surgery. On October 25th, she will undergo a cholecystectomy at our medical partner’s care center. Once recovered, Naw Mar will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and her quality of life will improve. Naw Mar shared, "After I receive treatment, I want to work for an organisation [NGO] in the camp so that we [my family] can have an income. Right now, I have no pocket money and I cannot borrow money from any one because we have no way of paying them back. I appreciate any support you can provide.”

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$311raised
$1,189to go

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