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Success! Zet from Guatemala raised $782 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Zet
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  • $782 raised, $0 to go
$782
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Zet's treatment was fully funded on May 24, 2017.

Photo of Zet post-operation

April 10, 2017

Zet received successful malnutrition treatment.

Zet is steadily gaining weight and growing taller. His mother is happy with her son’s improving health and reports that he seems more active. With continued personalized treatment, we are confident Zet will continue to grow stronger and more active.

Zet’s mother says of her son, “He is gaining weight little by little, but now I see he is more active than before.”

Zet is steadily gaining weight and growing taller. His mother is happy with her son's improving health and reports that he seems more active...

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February 6, 2017

Zet is a 13-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the first child in his family, and his parents are thrilled to have him. Zet’s mother is a homemaker, while his father is a farmer and fisherman. Zet’s soccer ball is his favorite toy, and his parents suspect he may be a great athlete in the future!

Zet has been unable to gain weight, and has thus been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. On February 7, Zet will begin treatment at our medical partner’s care center, Clinic Panajachel. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $782 to cover the cost of his nutrient and food supplementation. This will also pay for an educational program that will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources.

“We hope that our son grows healthy and that he is able to realize his dreams,” say Zet’s parents.

Zet is a 13-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the first child in his family, and his parents are thrilled to have him. Zet's mother is a ...

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Zet's Timeline

  • February 6, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • February 7, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Zet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 16, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Zet 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 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Zet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • May 24, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Zet's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $782 for Zet's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$187
Medication
$111
Supplies
$0
Travel
$125
Other
$359
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Children generally face stunted physical growth, delayed mental and motor development, low appetite, and frequent illness. Malnourished children have weakened immune systems that put them at risk of diarrhea, fevers, and respiratory illnesses. This treatment treats growth failure in small children usually under 2 years of age. The most common form of growth failure in children in Guatemala is called stunting. This is a form of malnutrition where weight is relatively normal but height is severely reduced.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Stunting has major effects on the developing brain. Stunted children have low IQ and they don’t make major developmental milestones. These effects persist into adulthood, where they impact schooling and economic potential. Furthermore, stunting contributes to the development of serious adult illness like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Indigenous Guatemalans are one of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world. They live in rural areas and suffer from high rates of food insecurity. The poorest indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Children enrolled in our recuperative nutrition program receive about 1-4 months of intensive intervention, depending on the severity of the case. All of this care is delivered in the home in a personalized fashion. Most require a basic laboratory evaluation to look for thyroid disease, anemia, and intestinal infections. Acute infections are rapidly treated with antibiotics. Then a specialized case manager and nutritionist make weekly or every other week educational and health monitoring visits to the home. An assessment of food insecurity is conducted using standardized instruments and food is often provided to help bolster acute recovery. Micronutrient supplementation is provided.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment saves brains. Appetite and growth and developmental milestones recover, and height begins to rise once again. The immediate outcome is improved overall child health, including reduced vulnerability to severe infections. The long term outlook is improved cognitive potential, school completion, and economic prospects. Nearly 100% of children will experience improve appetite, energy, and development. At least 75% of children will have noticeable improvement in growth parameters. The effects of the intervention extend to other children in the home; since the approach is highly educational, parents learn how to care for other children and prevent this from occurring subsequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is treatable, and no risks for treatment exists.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Treatment for malnutrition is incredibly inaccessible in Guatemala. Populations are rural and don’t have access to intensive nutritional intervention and education. Public sector approaches are too low intensity to make a difference for these children.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no real alternatives to our program. Many organizations and governmental entities provide basic preventative care, but once a child is already malnourished these approaches are no longer effective. Most children fail prevention and therefore need our help.

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