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Karen from Guatemala raised $1,375 to get healthy.

Karen
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  • $1,375 raised, $5 to go
$1,375
raised
$5
to go
Fully funded
Karen's treatment was fully funded on December 25, 2013.

Photo of Karen post-operation

February 12, 2015

Karen has begun receiving treatment to fix a deformity on the right side of her face.

Since beginning treatment, Karen’s doctors report that she is doing well. She will need regular treatment for the next year but doctors are confident this will prevent further destruction of her face tissue. In the future, when Karen is older and no longer experiencing tissue damage, she may be a candidate for plastic surgery to repair any residual defects.

“The family, and the patient, are very grateful to Watsi donors for getting behind them,” said Dr. Peter Rohloff from our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. “This has been a long journey for them, and a hopeless one. But they are excited now that they have answers, and a plan, and a medical team that will support them!”

Since beginning treatment, Karen's doctors report that she is doing well. She will need regular treatment for the next year but doctors are ...

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December 5, 2013

Meet Karen! She is 10 and lives in Guatemala. Karen has Parry-Romberg syndrome, a rare disease that our partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, has struggled to diagnose.

Wuqu’ Kawoq writes: “This beautiful young girl has been suffering from progressive atrophy and deformity of her right face for three years. She came to see us six months ago, and we’ve been thinking really hard about the case, consulting with multiple specialists in Boston and elsewhere.”

Parry-Romberg syndrome causes progressive loss of bone and muscle in the face. If left untreated, it can lead to extreme and permanent facial deformity.

Through all of this, Karen has continued to stay strong. Her doctors describe her as a delightful child with a bright smile and positive outlook.

For $1,375, we can help Karen receive treatment that will stop the progressive loss of tissue in her face and give her a chance at a normal life. Let’s help Karen win this fight!

Meet Karen! She is 10 and lives in Guatemala. Karen has Parry-Romberg syndrome, a rare disease that our partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, has struggled ...

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Karen's Timeline

  • December 5, 2013
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Karen was submitted by Peter Rohloff at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • December 18, 2013
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Karen 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.

  • December 24, 2013
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Karen's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 25, 2013
    FULLY FUNDED

    Karen's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Karen. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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