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Success! Maikon from Guatemala raised $512 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Maikon
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  • $512 raised, $0 to go
$512
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$0
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Fully funded
Maikon's treatment was fully funded on December 17, 2016.

Photo of Maikon post-operation

February 13, 2017

Maikon received successful malnutrition treatment.

Since starting treatment for malnutrition, Maikon’s height and weight have not increased steadily, but overall he is growing bigger and stronger. Maikon’s mother reports that he is eating better and that he hasn’t gotten sick at all.

Maikon’s mother, Juana, says, “Thank you for the support you all have brought me with this treatment. I hope that my son will continue to get better and develop because I wish for him to study and graduate so that he can have better opportunities.”

Since starting treatment for malnutrition, Maikon’s height and weight have not increased steadily, but overall he is growing bigger and stro...

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October 27, 2016

Maikon is an 18-month-old boy from Guatemala. When he was an infant, his mother was unable to produce breastmilk, and Watsi donors funded lactational failure treatment. Now that Maikon is eating solid foods, his parents have had trouble affording foods rich in calories, protein, and nutrients. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. Fortunately, Maikon began malnutrition treatment on October 28, 2016.

Maikon is the youngest child in his family, and he is always making his family members laugh. He loves to play with his toy car and ball, a gift from his older sister. Even though Maikon loves to eat carrots and papaya, his parents often can’t afford to give him these foods. His father is a farmer, and his mother weaves traditional Mayan textiles. Together they only make a couple dollars per day. They need help to fund this $512 treatment.

While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Maikon recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Maikon a chance to grow healthy and strong.

Maikon is an 18-month-old boy from Guatemala. When he was an infant, his mother was unable to produce breastmilk, and Watsi donors funded la...

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Maikon's Timeline

  • October 27, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maikon was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • October 28, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maikon received treatment at Clinic Tecpán 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.

  • November 21, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maikon's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maikon's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 13, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maikon's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $512 for Maikon's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$94
Medication
$152
Supplies
$0
Travel
$87
Other
$179
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Children generally face stunted physical growth, delayed mental and motor development, low appetite, and frequent illness. Malnourished children have weakened immune systems that put them at risk of diarrhea, fevers, and respiratory illnesses. This treatment treats growth failure in small children usually under 2 years of age. The most common form of growth failure in children in Guatemala is called stunting. This is a form of malnutrition where weight is relatively normal but height is severely reduced.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Stunting has major effects on the developing brain. Stunted children have low IQ and they don’t make major developmental milestones. These effects persist into adulthood, where they impact schooling and economic potential. Furthermore, stunting contributes to the development of serious adult illness like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Indigenous Guatemalans are one of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world. They live in rural areas and suffer from high rates of food insecurity. The poorest indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Children enrolled in our recuperative nutrition program receive about 1-4 months of intensive intervention, depending on the severity of the case. All of this care is delivered in the home in a personalized fashion. Most require a basic laboratory evaluation to look for thyroid disease, anemia, and intestinal infections. Acute infections are rapidly treated with antibiotics. Then a specialized case manager and nutritionist make weekly or every other week educational and health monitoring visits to the home. An assessment of food insecurity is conducted using standardized instruments and food is often provided to help bolster acute recovery. Micronutrient supplementation is provided.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment saves brains. Appetite and growth and developmental milestones recover, and height begins to rise once again. The immediate outcome is improved overall child health, including reduced vulnerability to severe infections. The long term outlook is improved cognitive potential, school completion, and economic prospects. Nearly 100% of children will experience improve appetite, energy, and development. At least 75% of children will have noticeable improvement in growth parameters. The effects of the intervention extend to other children in the home; since the approach is highly educational, parents learn how to care for other children and prevent this from occurring subsequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is treatable, and no risks for treatment exists.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for malnutrition is incredibly inaccessible in Guatemala. Populations are rural and don’t have access to intensive nutritional intervention and education. Public sector approaches are too low intensity to make a difference for these children.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no real alternatives to our program. Many organizations and governmental entities provide basic preventative care, but once a child is already malnourished these approaches are no longer effective. Most children fail prevention and therefore need our help.

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