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Justin from Guatemala raised $535 to treat malnutrition.

  • $535 raised, $0 to go
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Justin's treatment was fully funded on September 13, 2015.

Photo of Justin post-operation

October 23, 2015

Justin received treatment for malnutrition.

“Justin is now 19 months old, and is growing in both his height and his weight,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “He has been following a positive growth trajectory and his mother reports that he has more energy now compared to before starting the program. Before, he could not walk; overall, he was weak with low energy.”

“Now he has much more strength and his mother states that he is eating more in relation,” continues WK. “His mother is content with the program and looks forward to the coming months as we continue working with Justin and his family. She says she can now see Justin with a future, perhaps attending school and becoming a teacher. He has not been sick in a month and his mother has been actively participating in her nutrition classes and really trying to learn all that she can about her son’s health and how to improve it.”

“I want him to have a better life than I have had,” expresses Justin’s mother. “I want him to grow up and study and just have a higher level of life than we do now. It seems as though it may be possible, as long as he continues to grow, and now I think that I can help him to do that.”

"Justin is now 19 months old, and is growing in both his height and his weight," says our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "He has been fo...

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August 17, 2015

“Justin is the youngest of four children. He likes to play with toy balls and little cars,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) tells us.

Justin is one-year-old and lives with his family in Guatemala. “Justin is battling malnutrition due to limited food supply and constant diarrhea and vomiting,” reports WK. “During one particularly bad episode, his mother took Justin to the health center, where she was told that her son was malnourished. However, the health center offered zero counseling and medication to assist.”

If acute malnutrition goes uncorrected, Justin will suffer developmental setbacks. His health will flag as his immune system deteriorates, subjecting him to chronic illnesses. He will have difficulty keeping up in school and will fall behind his peers mentally and physically.

Justin’s father is unable to work, so his mother is the breadwinner of the family. She often works in the field days at a time to provide for the family. With the strain of supporting four children, it is difficult for her to supply the resources for them all and supply Justin with the extra food and medication to address his malnutrition.

She shares, “I am so glad you are here, because I have heard about you and I know that with your help Justin will be able to grow and reach his full potential.”

$535 can provide the treatment Justin needs to get his health back on track. This money will provide Justin with macronutrient support to recoup the height and weight he has lost. Medication will help stop the episodes of vomiting and diarrhea, and in time his immune system will become strong enough to ensure he does not continue to get ill.

To ensure that Justin and his siblings maintain their health long-term, Justin’s mother will receive nutritional education. “This treatment will give Justin’s mother the education and support she needs to help Justin avoid the permanent effects of malnutrition,” explains WK. “She will feel confident in her care decisions and be able to offer Justin and his siblings higher quality food options via differences in preparation, not cost.”

Let’s help Justin and his family take the necessary steps to gain long-term health!

“Justin is the youngest of four children. He likes to play with toy balls and little cars," our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) tells us. ...

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Justin's Timeline

  • August 17, 2015

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

  • August 24, 2015

    Justin 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.

  • September 1, 2015

    Justin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 13, 2015

    Justin's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 23, 2015

    We received an update on Justin. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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