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Success! Maria from Guatemala raised $452 to help her reach developmental milestones.

Maria
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  • $452 raised, $0 to go
$452
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$0
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Fully funded
Maria's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.

Photo of Maria post-operation

June 26, 2017

Maria received physical and speech therapy to promote development.

María has been improving in her developmental milestones since beginning physical and speech therapy. María’s mother takes her daughter to therapy each week, and she has observed that it is helping. María’s mother is even learning how to practice the therapy exercises with María at home. With continued treatment, we are confident that María will continue to improve.

María’s mother says, “I am very excited that María has begun to receive this therapy.”

María has been improving in her developmental milestones since beginning physical and speech therapy. María’s mother takes her daughter to t...

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August 29, 2016

19-month-old Maria lives with her five-year-old brother and mother in a rented room in Guatemala. Maria’s mother used to work selling tea in the market, but due to Maria’s special needs, she has had to quit and is dependent on her in-laws for money and for the small room in which they live. Maria’s mother says that Maria’s favorite things are to listen to classical music and to watch the world around her.

Maria previously received treatment for acute malnutrition thanks to Watsi donors. She has recovered well, and is nearing a normal weight and height for her age. Now that she has grown bigger and stronger, and her life is no longer in danger, she is in need of physical and speech therapy to catch up on developmental milestones that she has missed out on because of poor nutrition and because of microcephalus that she was born with. Microcephalus is a condition in which a baby’s head is significantly smaller than expected, often due to abnormal brain development.

Despite being over a year and a half old, she cannot sit up on her own - a developmental milestone that most healthy children reach by six months of age. She has not begun to speak yet, either, and is in need of special therapy to help her develop mentally and gain motor skills.

This treatment, which costs $452, will give Maria intensive speech and physical therapy for six months, helping her to catch up with developmental milestones, and helping her become more independent. This treatment will help Maria develop the strength to sit up on her own, turn over, and crawl, and help her learn to communicate.

19-month-old Maria lives with her five-year-old brother and mother in a rented room in Guatemala. Maria's mother used to work selling tea in...

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Maria's Timeline

  • August 29, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maria was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • August 31, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maria received treatment at FUNDABIEM 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.

  • October 7, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maria's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 26, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Speech Therapy and / or Physical Therapy
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $452 for Maria's treatment
Hospital Fees
$81
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$85
Supplies
$0
Travel
$239
Other
$47

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