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Edwin from Guatemala raised $535 to treat malnutrition.

  • $535 raised, $0 to go
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Edwin's treatment was fully funded on September 21, 2014.

Photo of Edwin post-operation

February 12, 2015

Edwin received care to combat malnourishment.

“Edwin is doing really great,” his doctors at Wuqu’ Kawoq write. “With aggressive treatment, his diarrhea has been cured. As a result he’s eating much better, and his mom reports that he has a lot of energy and is very happy. I’m looking at his growth curves right now, and he has recovered the lost weight, and his height curve is also stable. Now that his illness is resolved, we anticipate that the next 2-3 months will show a burst of height growth as well, and we’ll follow closely to make sure that that happens!”

Edwin’s mom notices, “He seems to be eating much better. He is smiling a lot.” Both of which are good signs that his initial nutritional crisis is past and that he’s moving forward with brain development.

"Edwin is doing really great," his doctors at Wuqu' Kawoq write. "With aggressive treatment, his diarrhea has been cured. As a result he's e...

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September 16, 2014

Meet Edwin, a one-year-old baby boy living with his twin sister and family in Guatemala. Edwin’s mother is a single mom who also takes care of her elderly parents.

“Edwin has a basically normal weight but he is a full head shorter than other children his age,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, writes. “Therefore he is ‘stunted’ - and this affects more than just his height! He is also chronically ill (constantly sick with diarrhea or cough), has minimal appetite and appears lethargic to his mom, especially when compared to her other children.”

Learn more about stunting in this blog post.

“Mom came to us hopeful that we can help her children and that ‘they can be normal like other children,’” Dr. Peter Rohloff, Wuqu’ Kawoq’s medical director, tells us.

With $535 we can help cover the cost of treatment for Edwin get through this slump in growth by providing him with adequate nourishment and care. What are we waiting for?

Meet Edwin, a one-year-old baby boy living with his twin sister and family in Guatemala. Edwin's mother is a single mom who also takes care ...

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Edwin's Timeline

  • September 16, 2014

    Edwin was submitted by Peter Rohloff at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • September 17, 2014

    Edwin received treatment. 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 17, 2014

    Edwin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 21, 2014

    Edwin's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015

    We received an update on Edwin. Read the update.

Funded by 8 donors

Funded by 8 donors

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Regina is a 13-year-old girl from Kenya. She is the secondborn in a family of three children. Her parents separated a few years back, and she and all of her siblings currently live with their mother in their ancestral home. Regina’s mother practices small-scale farming to provide food for their family. Her mother shares that she previously ran a small kiosk in their hometown where she sold fruits, but she has been unable to sustain the business since Regina fell sick in June. They currently rely on Regina’s grandmother to help support them. Regina has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Regina has been experiencing fevers and severe headaches. Although she and her family have been to different hospitals seeking treatment, they have not seen much change in her condition. Fortunately, they were referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, where she will undergo surgery to treat her hydrocephalus. Without treatment, Regina would experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Regina. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 17th and will drain the excess fluid from Regina's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Regina will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Regina’s mother says, “I am not happy that my child is in this condition. I want her to get well and bring back my happiness.”

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