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Success! Sara from Guatemala raised $967 for diagnostic work and medication to treat her epilepsy.

Sara
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Fully funded
Sara's treatment was fully funded on May 25, 2016.

Photo of Sara post-operation

October 25, 2016

Sara received medication to manage her seizures.

Before Sara underwent diagnostic tests, doctors hypothesized that her seizures were caused by a rare congenital defect in the arteries of her brain. However, the MRI she received showed no obvious structural issues. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, has been able to successfully manage her seizures using medication.

Already, Sara feels more in control of her life. She looks forward to spending time with her friends without worrying about her seizures.

Sara’s mother says, “Even though my daughter still has a seizure every once in a while, I have lots of hope that she will continue to get better now that she is getting the medications she needs.”

Before Sara underwent diagnostic tests, doctors hypothesized that her seizures were caused by a rare congenital defect in the arteries of he...

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May 11, 2016

Ten-year-old Sara is in fifth grade, where her favorite subject is math. “I dream that I will be a math teacher one day,” she shares. In her free time, Sara likes to play soccer with her brothers. Her family lives in Guatemala in a small adobe house.

Sara has epilepsy. She started getting seizures when she was just five years old, and they have gotten progressively worse since then. Her seizures last up to four hours, making it difficult for her to study, play, and be a normal little girl. Her family is worried about her, so she can never be left alone, making it difficult for her mother to work and run errands.

In order to clarify her condition and identify the cause of her seizures, Sara needs to undergo a series of diagnostic tests, including an MRI. She also needs anti-epileptic medications to reduce her seizures. But her family cannot afford these much-needed measures, as they currently struggle just to make ends meet. Her father is a day laborer in coffee plantations, and does odd-jobs when coffee is not in season, while her mother manages the household and takes care of Sara.

But for $967, we can fund the medications and diagnostic tests that Sara so urgently needs. Her seizures will improve, allowing her to go to school every day without the fear of having a seizure, and she will be able to become more independent.

“We hope that one day Sara will be able to live a normal life without the seizures she has been suffering from,” Sara’s parents told us.

Ten-year-old Sara is in fifth grade, where her favorite subject is math. "I dream that I will be a math teacher one day,” she shares. In her...

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Sara's Timeline

  • May 11, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Sara was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • May 16, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Sara received treatment at TecniScan.

  • May 25, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Sara's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 25, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Sara's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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