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Success! Gregorio from Guatemala raised $1,016 for life-saving malnutrition treatment.

Gregorio
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  • $1,016 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Gregorio's treatment was fully funded on May 5, 2016.

Photo of Gregorio post-operation

June 5, 2016

Gregorio received life-saving malnutrition treatment.

Gregorio’s case was so severe when our community health worker found him, that we had to give him immediate treatment while he waited to be evaluated by our nutritionist and given a precise treatment plan. Although he was dangerously underweight when we met him and had a hard time tolerating the formula at first, he has managed to nearly reach a normal weight for his age. His mother has been very engaged in the nutrition classes and is prepared to start giving Gregorio solid foods once he is 6 months old.

Gregorio’s mother said, “With the advice, I can really see the change in my son. Now he’s a little fat!”

Gregorio's case was so severe when our community health worker found him, that we had to give him immediate treatment while he waited to be ...

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April 12, 2016

Two-month-old Gregorio lives with his parents and older sibling in Guatemala.

“Gregorio is acutely malnourished due to his mother’s lack of breast milk,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us. “His mother is not able to produce enough breast milk for him to survive, meaning that he weighs even less than when he was born.”

While Gregorio’s mother takes care of the children during the day, his father leaves their home early every morning to chop wood on the mountain and sell it in town. Despite the long hours of hard work, his father earns very little money and can afford only very basic foods like tortillas. As a result, the family is unable to buy formula for Gregorio.

“Gregorio’s mother has been supplementing the little milk she makes with water, which depletes Gregorio’s electrolytes and puts him at risk of seizures and permanent brain damage,” WK continues.

The inability to produce breast milk—known as lactational failure—is a serious condition for a newborn baby without access to formula. Fortunately, treatment for Gregorio is possible. “Formula will give Gregorio the nutrients, calories, and protein he needs to grow,” WK explains, “His mother will receive one-on-one motivational nutrition education to prepare her to give him solid foods and teach her how to prevent future malnutrition.”

$1,016 pays for a one year’s supply of formula and six months of micronutrient support for Gregorio. Funding also covers the cost of a case manager and a nutritionist to help Gregorio’s mother coordinate his care, plan his meals, and monitor his progress.

With treatment, “Gregorio’s immune system will grow stronger, saving his life and helping his family to be much less stressed economically,” says WK.

Two-month-old Gregorio lives with his parents and older sibling in Guatemala. “Gregorio is acutely malnourished due to his mother's lack ...

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Gregorio's Timeline

  • April 12, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gregorio was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • April 21, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gregorio received treatment at Clinic Panajachel 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

    Gregorio's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 5, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gregorio's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 5, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gregorio's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 34 donors

Funded by 34 donors

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