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Gerson from Guatemala raised $535 to treat malnutrition.

Gerson
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  • $535 raised, $0 to go
$535
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$0
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Fully funded
Gerson's treatment was fully funded on February 28, 2015.

Photo of Gerson post-operation

May 15, 2015

Gerson received treatment for malnutrition.

“Gerson is doing much better,” shares his doctors at Wuqu’ Kawoq. “His diarrhea is fixed. His energy is much improved, and he’s no longer lethargic. His parents report improvements in appetite, and his growth is really turning around. We hope that this will help get him on track for normal growth and development and success down the road when he goes to school.”

Regarding his teary-eyed update photo, Wuqu’ Kawoq tells us: “Unfortunately, Gerson is not a big fan of ours. We had to draw some blood as a part of the workup, and now he gets pretty upset every time he sees us. We do apologize for the frowning photo, which is the best we could do!”

Gerson’s parents are extremely grateful for his progress: “he really seems to be much better now, we are happy to see the difference in his health.”

"Gerson is doing much better," shares his doctors at Wuqu' Kawoq. "His diarrhea is fixed. His energy is much improved, and he's no longer le...

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January 25, 2015

This little guy is Gerson, a one-year-old from Guatemala. Together with his parents and three siblings, Gerson lives in a humble home in Central Guatemala.

Recently Gerson was diagnosed with malnutrition. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, tells us that Gerson has had several acute diarrheal illnesses and has lost some weight. He has stopped growing and has been lethargic and acting differently from other children. Though his parents work hard to provide for the family, they’ve been experiencing a financial crisis that makes it hard to put food on the table.

Gerson’s parents tell the Wuqu’ Kawoq social work team that they’ve noticed that Gerson is growing much more slowly then their other children, which they attribute to the tough financial times they are going through. They’ve reached out to Watsi for help so that their little boy can “grow up, study and be a professional.”

For $535, Watsi can help get little Gerson on the road back to health. He will receive food, nutrition education, and nutritional supplements. This regimen should stop Gerson’s diarrhea and allow him to start growing again. His developmental milestones should improve and hopefully he will go on to live a happy, health life!

This little guy is Gerson, a one-year-old from Guatemala. Together with his parents and three siblings, Gerson lives in a humble home in Cen...

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Gerson's Timeline

  • January 25, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gerson was submitted by Peter Rohloff at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • January 26, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gerson 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.

  • February 22, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gerson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 28, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gerson's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 15, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Gerson. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

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