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Success! Jose from Guatemala raised $1,385 to diagnose and manage developmental delays.

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Jose's treatment was fully funded on February 3, 2016.

Photo of Jose post-operation

April 2, 2016

Jose received critical diagnostic testing and treatment.

“Since starting treatment and receiving a full diagnostic workup, Jose has been improving significantly,” reports our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “His mother is happy with his improvement–now he only has a seizure every 3-4 days, and his mother says that he can now lift his head up better (although he still has trouble, making it difficult to get a photo of his face without having to hold his head, which makes him upset).

“His mother is thrilled that he can now say ‘mama’ and ‘papa.’ During his diagnostic workup, it was determined that his seizures and developmental delays were likely caused by a bout of meningitis during his first month of life. Now his body is responding to the medications, his convulsions are much more manageable–giving him and his mother the chance to be more independent. With continued support, we are confident that Jose’s treatment will allow him to live a life without seizures, and will be able to develop mentally and physically,” WK adds.

Jose’s mother extends her thanks for supporting her son’s treatment. “Now I think one day he will be able to walk,” she said.

"Since starting treatment and receiving a full diagnostic workup, Jose has been improving significantly," reports our medical partner, Wuqu'...

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January 28, 2016

Meet Jose, a three-year-old boy from Guatemala. Jose was adopted when he was a baby by his loving adoptive parents.

“Norma, Jose’s adopted mother, was married for years but could never have kids since she had to have a hysterectomy when she was a teenager,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Norma was thrilled to be able to take Jose in, and has been very happy with him.”

Over time though, Norma began to notice that Jose was not developing at the same rate as other children. “Jose is suffering from severe developmental delays and seizures due to congenital hydrocephalus. He was diagnosed when he was one-year-old when he first started to have seizures, but his family has not been able to afford therapy or medications for him,” WK tells us.

As of now, Jose can move his hands and hold a ball over his head, but he is having trouble sleeping and has seizures almost everyday. “Since Jose needs constant supervision, his mom has not been able to work, which makes it hard for their family to afford basic necessities,” shares WK.

Treatment for Jose costs $1,385, which consists of a full medical workup to clarify his diagnosis, medications for his seizures, intensive physical therapy, and social support for the family. WK shares that these efforts will “help lessen the economic stress that the family has been under with his condition, since all imaging, medications, physical therapy, and medical visits will be included free of charge for them. This treatment will give Jose the chance to become much more independent, mobile, and will decrease the frequency of his seizures…helping Jose reach his full potential, and help to work through the stigma of his developmental delay.”

Jose’s mother says that Jose is very smart and she cannot wait for him to start therapy. “My dream is to see my son walk and run,” says his mother.

Meet Jose, a three-year-old boy from Guatemala. Jose was adopted when he was a baby by his loving adoptive parents. “Norma, Jose’s adopt...

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Jose's Timeline

  • January 28, 2016

    Jose was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • February 1, 2016

    Jose's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 3, 2016

    Jose's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 4, 2016

    Jose received treatment at Clinic Panajachel 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.

  • April 2, 2016

    Jose's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 29 donors

Funded by 29 donors

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Monicah a hardworking mother of six. Some of her children have finished school while the others are still studying. Monicah's husband, who was the sole breadwinner of the family, was the assistant chief of the area where they are living, but he passed away a few years ago. Monicah shared that upon her husband’s death, she had to get out of her comfort zone and figure out how to provide for their family. After a long time of doing some casual jobs where she could find them, she got a job as a house help but her earnings are limited. Her family does not have a National Health Insurance coverage and is not able to raise the funds needed for Monicah’s surgery. In July 2021, Monicah went to the hospital for her regular clinic appointment and heard that there was a free cervical cancer screening centre there. Monicah has been experiencing lower abdominal pain so after the clinic, she went to be screened. The results were not as she expected. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. The doctor has scheduled her for total abdominal hysterectomy surgery but she is afraid the cost is too much for her to meet. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1260 to fund Monicah's surgery. On January 7th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Monicah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and hopes to live a life cancer-free. Monicah says, "I did not know that I was sick and since then things have happened so fast. I do not know where the money for my surgery will come from but I know that God will make a way.”

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