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Norman from Guatemala raised $535 to treat acute malnutrition.

Norman
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  • $535 raised, $0 to go
$535
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Norman's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2015.

Photo of Norman post-operation

August 11, 2015

Norman began treatment for acute malnutrition.

“Norman is continuing to follow a positive growth trajectory and has started to gain weight,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “He has stopped getting sick as often, and as a result his parents have been able to pay more attention to their work that supports the family.”

WK continues, “They have received intensive nutrition education and are making significant changes in Norman’s diet to improve his health. He is now eating more varied meals and we expect him to continue to grow as he continues with us in the program. His seizures have continued to be under control, but he will continue to see our physician to ensure they remain that way.”

Norman’s mother shares: “He is eating better and growing. No one has ever helped us like this. We are so happy for this program. Thank you.”

"Norman is continuing to follow a positive growth trajectory and has started to gain weight," says our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "H...

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June 29, 2015

Though he doesn’t enjoy posing for pictures, Norman is a happy, playful baby from Guatemala.

“When he feels well enough he loves to eat noodle soups with vegetables, and enjoys playing with toy cars in the front yard,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK).

The only child of two loving parents, Norman has had a rough time in his short life. WK tell us, “Norman has suffered from chronic diarrhea since birth, and at 3 months old he began having regular seizures. His parents have been able to successfully manage his seizures with medication, but brought him to us when they realized he was not growing well.”

After a check-up with the family, our partner determined that Norman is acutely malnourished. “His immune system is weak; he gets sick roughly every 15 days,” WK shares. Norman’s mother “is now finding it hard to afford medication so often, especially in addition to the cost of his anti-seizure medication.”

“Due to lack of access to an adequate food supply, Norman is not eating sufficient calories and his diarrhea is preventing absorption from the food he does manage to consume. This lake of caloric intake further weakens his immune system, causing him to get sick more often and be even less able to eat. His energy levels are low, and he rarely feels well enough to play with other children.”

The consequences of Norman’s condition, if left untreated, will have long-standing effects. “Without intervention, Norman will not receive the caloric and nutrient support he needs to reach his full mental and physical potential. He will have difficulty concentrating and succeeding in school, and later on in life will have a higher risk of developing chronic diseases. If his diarrhea is not stopped, he will be at risk for dehydration and perhaps death,” WK warns.

With treatment, Norman can be put back on the path to health! With $535 in funding, WK can provide Norman with: “deworming medication to remove his parasitic infection which is currently causing the chronic diarrhea—allowing him to recoup the height and weight and strengthen his immune system; micro-nutrient and caloric supplementation—which will save Norman from the long lasting effects of malnutrition; and parental education—to teach his family how to provide nutritious and economically feasible options for Norman in the future.”

Norman’s mother shares with us, “I just hope my child will recover from this period of his life, and it won’t permanently affect him. I want him to grow well and to become a normal child, and to have the chance to attend school and graduate into a profession. I believe he can be an important member of society one day if he is given what he needs to grow.”

Though he doesn't enjoy posing for pictures, Norman is a happy, playful baby from Guatemala. "When he feels well enough he loves to eat n...

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Norman's Timeline

  • June 29, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Norman was submitted by Katia Cnop, Watsi Account Volunteer at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • July 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Norman's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 1, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Norman's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 30, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Norman received treatment. 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.

  • August 11, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Norman. Read the update.

Funded by 21 donors

Funded by 21 donors

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