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Success! Gloria from Guatemala raised $1,107 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Gloria
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$1,107
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Fully funded
Gloria's treatment was fully funded on April 17, 2017.

Photo of Gloria post-operation

August 11, 2017

Gloria underwent malnutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Gloria has been gaining weight and growing stronger. Gloria’s mother says that before her daughter entered into the nutrition program, she was not doing well, as she was often sick and she was not growing well. Now with the help of formula and nutrition education, Gloria is developing and growing healthily. With continued treatment we are confident that Gloria will continue along this healthy trajectory.

Gloria’s mother says, “I am very happy and grateful with God and the association. Thank you for the love that the association has for children and for supporting them.”

You may have noticed that this update was published a long time after this patient’s treatment date. We recently fixed a bug in our system that was causing a backup of some old updates, and we apologize for the delay!

Since beginning treatment for lactation failure, Gloria has been gaining weight and growing stronger. Gloria’s mother says that before her d...

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January 15, 2017

Gloria is seven months old and lives with her mother in rural Guatemala. She has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. Malnutrition has left Gloria with a weakened immune system and little energy.

Recently, Gloria has not wanted to eat and gets sick often. If Gloria does not receive treatment, she will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school.

Gloria’s mother says, “I want my daughter to get better soon, because she worries me a lot.”

Fortunately, Gloria will begin nutritional treatment on January 16. While her mother does all that she can to support Gloria’s health, she cannot afford treatment for her daughter’s malnutrition without outside help. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,107 to fund her care. Treatment will give Gloria’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets, and it will give Gloria a chance to grow healthily.

Gloria is seven months old and lives with her mother in rural Guatemala. She has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consu...

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Gloria's Timeline

  • January 15, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 18, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gloria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 24, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gloria 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.

  • April 17, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gloria's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 11, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gloria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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

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Samuel

Samuel is a 21-year-old talkative young man. He is the second born in a family of five children. His father passed away when he was four years old, so his mother had to raise him and his siblings by herself. She does jobs on tea farms to provide for the family. When Samuel was two years old, his abdomen started to swell, which was very painful for him. His mother took him to the hospital and he was given some medication and sent back home. The medication did not work as expected. He was then taken to a different hospital for examination. He was given more medication and after some time he seemed to be better. The stomachache did not go away completely, however. Samuel and his mother shared that over the years, he has had stomachaches and gotten used to taking pain medication. In 2017 when Samuel was in high school, the pain worsened and his abdomen started to swell again. He had to leave school as a result. His mother took him to a hospital in Meru where he was admitted for three months. While in the hospital, scans and a biopsy were done to determine what the problem was. He was given a colostomy, where the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall, in order to pass stool. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Samuel's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. At that time, his doctors did not manage to treat him and referred him to BethanyKids Hospital in 2018. On arrival, he was examined and admitted, as he was not in good condition. After more scans and tests, he was ultimately diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease. Since then, Samuel has undergone several surgeries with the aim of trying to better his condition. The first surgery failed, but the second was successful. He is now scheduled to undergo his last surgery to close the colostomy so that he can pass stool on his own again and live a more active life. Earlier in his treatment, Samuel's parents had enrolled in the national health insurance program (NHIF), which helped them pay for most of his hospital bills. BethanyKids also chipped in on occasion to help with some of the bills. Unfortunately, for his last surgery, NHIF has rejected the request since he is beyond the age to be covered by his mother’s insurance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping him to undergo treatment and needs $1,084 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Samuel. The surgery is scheduled to take place on November 11th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Samuel’s Mother says, “For years now, I have been very worried about my son, but God has seen us through.”

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