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Success! Karyn Dayana from Guatemala raised $1,107 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Karyn Dayana
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Karyn Dayana's treatment was fully funded on May 23, 2017.

Photo of Karyn Dayana post-operation

April 12, 2017

Karyn Dayana received successful malnutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Karyn Dayana has been gaining weight and growing taller. Karyn Dayana’s mother reports that she is eating well and taking formula. With continued treatment, we are confident that Karyn Dayana will continue along this healthy trajectory.

Karyn Dayana’s mother says, “My daughter would get sick often before starting treatment, but now she is recovering and she likes to play with her twin sister.”

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Karyn Dayana has been gaining weight and growing taller. Karyn Dayana’s mother reports that...

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February 1, 2017

Karyn Dayana is nine months old. She and her twin sister, also named Karyn, are only the size of healthy two-month-olds. Their mother cannot produce breast milk to feed her twins, so they are small and malnourished.

Karyn Dayana lives on a limited diet, which is insufficient and has dangerous implications for her health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, so she is at risk of long-term damage.

Karyn Dayana’s father works as a day laborer, and her mother works at home. Her family cannot afford to pay for her treatment. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), is requesting $1,107 to fund this treatment.

To stabilize her condition, Karyn Dayana was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until WK’s nutritionist can create a nutritional plan and formally begin treatment on February 3. By supplying Karyn Dayana with formula and her mother with health education, Karyn Dayana will receive the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Karyn Dayana’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her daughter. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Karyn Dayana’s immune system will strengthen, and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby.

Karyn’s mother says, “We are worried about our daughter’s health since she is so small and keeps getting sick. Before this, we had not thought to look for help since we live so far away from the community. We hope our twin daughters can get better and grow well so that they can someday have dignified jobs.”

Karyn Dayana is nine months old. She and her twin sister, also named Karyn, are only the size of healthy two-month-olds. Their mother cannot...

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Karyn Dayana's Timeline

  • February 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Karyn Dayana was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • February 2, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Karyn Dayana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 13, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Karyn Dayana 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.

  • April 12, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Karyn Dayana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 23, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Karyn Dayana's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 40 donors

Treatment
Lactational Failure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,107 for Karyn Dayana's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$835
Supplies
$0
Other
$272

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