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

Kenedy
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  • $782 raised, $0 to go
$782
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Kenedy's treatment was fully funded on April 8, 2017.

Photo of Kenedy post-operation

July 24, 2017

Kenedy received successful malnutrition treatment.

After receiving treatment for acute malnutrition, Kenedy has slowly but surely been getting healthier. According to Kenedy’s mother, even though Kenedy has struggled with his development, he has already started to walk and he is an active child who enjoys playing and running. With continued treatment, we are confident that Kenedy will continue on this healthy trajectory.

Kenedy’s mother says, “It has been difficult for my son to recover, but I am sure that little by little he will continue getting better with the help of God and the support of you all. I am grateful for all you do for my son because we have few resources and cannot give him treatment. I only wish to see my son grow well so that when he grows up he can study and I can see him graduate as a veterinarian.”

After receiving treatment for acute malnutrition, Kenedy has slowly but surely been getting healthier. According to Kenedy’s mother, even th...

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February 10, 2017

Kenedy is a toddler from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and sister. He enjoys playing with his sister and is learning how to walk without any help!

Kenedy was recently diagnosed with acute malnutrition, a kind of malnutrition characterized by a weight that is dangerously low for a person’s height. Previously, he had been treated for chronic malnutrition, characterized by stunted growth.

On February 13, Kennedy will begin treatment at our medical partner’s care center, Clinic Miller. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $782 to cover the cost of Kenedy’s nutritional supplements. Funds will also go toward educating his mother on how to create a hearty diet for him.

“I want to express my gratitude for the support my son has received from you all. God bless you,” says Kenedy’s mother. “My desire has always been to see him improve and grow each day.”

Kenedy is a toddler from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and sister. He enjoys playing with his sister and is learning how to walk with...

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Kenedy's Timeline

  • February 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kenedy was submitted by Cate Hendren, Complex Care Coordinator at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • February 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kenedy's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • February 20, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kenedy received treatment at Clinic Miller. 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 08, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kenedy's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kenedy's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 5 donors

Funded by 5 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $782 for Kenedy'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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