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Success! Yerson from Guatemala raised $1,107 for malnutrition treatment and formula.

Yerson
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  • $1,107 raised, $0 to go
$1,107
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Yerson's treatment was fully funded on September 28, 2016.

Photo of Yerson post-operation

January 13, 2017

Yerson received successful malnutrition treatment.

Yerson has been growing taller and gaining weight consistently since he began treatment. His mother is putting what she learned in nutrition classes to practice, and she has noticed that Yerson is eating better. He can stand up by himself, has started to speak, and likes to dance whenever he hears music.

“I am grateful for the help you all are bringing,” says Yerson’s mother.

Yerson has been growing taller and gaining weight consistently since he began treatment. His mother is putting what she learned in nutrition...

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September 5, 2016

Yerson is four months old, and lives with his parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof and dirt floor in Guatemala. His family lives on about three dollars per day.

Yerson’s mother cannot produce sufficient breast milk, and cannot afford formula as a substitute. She thought that her son looked plump, and that meant that he was healthy. Unfortunately, he is just plump because of the sugar water and corn porridge she is giving him, which provides none of the essential nutrients he needs to grow. As a result, Yerson is failing to meet normal growth markers and is far below the average height and the average weight for his age—he is still the size of a newborn even though he’s four months old.

At such a young age, proper nutrition is especially important. Lactation failure can lead to the child becoming starving, dehydrated, and provoke electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised and the baby is at risk of long term damage.

Lactation failure, while dangerous, is easy to treat. By supplying the baby with formula and the mother with health education, Yerson will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Yerson’s mother will prepare her for when he needs to start eating solid food, as well as help her watch for further signs of malnutrition and other illness. Yerson’s immune system will strengthen and he will grow up to be a healthy and energetic baby.

“I dream that my son can grow big and study to become a professor,” Yerson’s mother shared.

Yerson is four months old, and lives with his parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof and dirt floor in Guatemala. His family live...

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Yerson's Timeline

  • September 5, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 05, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Yerson received treatment at Clinic Panajachel. 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.

  • September 19, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Yerson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Yerson's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 13, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Yerson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 4 donors

Funded by 4 donors

Treatment
Lactational Failure
  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $1,107 for Yerson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$835
Supplies
$0
Other
$272

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