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Success! Luis from Guatemala raised $437 to fund malnutrition treatment.

  • $437 raised, $0 to go
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Fully funded
Luis's treatment was fully funded on June 25, 2017.

Photo of Luis post-operation

April 10, 2017

Luis received successful malnutrition treatment.

Luis is gaining weight and growing taller. With continued treatment, we are confident Luis will continue to grow strong, happy, and healthy.

Luis’s mother says, “I see that my son is improving. I see him as a little more active, and thanks to God and you all for the support. He has not gotten sick, and this makes me happy, because I want him to be well and be a big person and be able to graduate as a mechanic. God bless you for the help you all are providing for my son.”

Luis is gaining weight and growing taller. With continued treatment, we are confident Luis will continue to grow strong, happy, and healthy....

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February 16, 2017

Luis is eleven months old and has been diagnosed with malnutrition. He was born two months premature and often gets sick. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development.

Luis lives with his family in rural Guatemala. He has an older sister and brother. He likes to practice saying “water” and “mama.” His father is a day laborer, and his mother takes care of their household and the children. His family wants the best for Luis, but they have few economic resources and cannot afford malnutrition treatment. Fortunately, our medical partner is requesting $437 to fund Luis’s treatment, beginning on February 20.

While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Luis 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 Luis a chance to grow healthy and strong.

Luis’s mother says, “I want to see my son healthy so that he grows well. When he is big, he can study and be a mechanic.”

Luis is eleven months old and has been diagnosed with malnutrition. He was born two months premature and often gets sick. This means he has ...

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Luis's Timeline

  • February 16, 2017

    Luis was submitted by Cate Hendren, Complex Care Coordinator at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • February 20, 2017

    Luis received treatment at Clinic Miller 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.

  • February 21, 2017

    Luis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 10, 2017

    Luis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • June 25, 2017

    Luis's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

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On average, it costs $437 for Luis's treatment
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