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Mariano from Guatemala raised $450 to treat severe diabetes.

  • $450 raised, $0 to go
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Mariano's treatment was fully funded on March 27, 2015.

Photo of Mariano post-operation

May 18, 2015

Mariano received treatment for severe diabetes.

“Mariano is doing amazingly well, and this is a life saved,” reports his doctor at our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. “As donors will recall, he was suffering from severe, decompensated diabetes, in and out of the hospital with dehydration and attacks of high blood sugar. Now, with medication and regular nurse visits to the home by our team, he is stabilized, and feeling well. He’s able to work again, and is enjoying spending time with his family.”

“Thank you for helping me with such a bad disease,” shares Mariano. “I was losing hope, but I feel well again.”

"Mariano is doing amazingly well, and this is a life saved," reports his doctor at our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. "As donors will recall,...

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February 12, 2015

Meet Mariano, a 60-year-old father of eight living in Guatemala with his wife. Mariano used to work as a health promoter in his rural farming community, until his condition worsened and kept him from working.

Mariano has severe diabetes, a long-term condition characterized by high blood sugar. This high blood sugar results from two possible sources - either the body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or the body doesn’t properly respond to insulin. “Because of severe diabetes-related symptoms, blurred vision, fatigue and dizziness, [Mariano] has been unable to work,” our medical partners at Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) explain. “He’s had three hospitalizations for severe high blood glucose in the last few months. He can’t afford the medicine, and without urgent intervention he is in danger of dying from this condition.”

“I want to feel well, I want to spend time with my family, I want to watch my grandchildren grow up,” Mariano tells us. For $450, we can fund the treatment Mariano needs for his acute diabetes. His doctors at WK expect that the treatment will result in “resolved severe high blood sugars, prevention of hospitalization and death, [and the] ability to spend time with his family.” Let’s come together to make this happen for Mariano!

Meet Mariano, a 60-year-old father of eight living in Guatemala with his wife. Mariano used to work as a health promoter in his rural farmin...

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Mariano's Timeline

  • February 12, 2015

    Mariano was submitted by Peter Rohloff at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • February 23, 2015

    Mariano 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.

  • March 23, 2015

    Mariano's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 27, 2015

    Mariano's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 18, 2015

    We received an update on Mariano. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 donors

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Jane is a farmer from Kenya who was well until Friday night, February 28th, when she fell on a hard ground while carrying a bunch of firewood. She visited a nearby health centre but was referred to our facility for specialized treatment secondary to severe pain and inability to stretch her hand. Upon review, x-ray imaging indicated a radial head fracture and a radial head excision with Open Reduction Internal Fixation (ORIF) recommended by doctors. The surgery will allow her to stretch/flex her hand and continue with her normal life duties. Jane is a peasant farmer in the upcountry, planting millet and sorghum on her farm located along the valley. The mother of 8 and a grandmother to several children, she has always worked hard to meet her children's needs. Despite her hard work, Jane faces a lot of social challenges at home. Since her husband was murdered four years ago by unknown persons, Jane developed depression that led to partial psychosis. Due to this condition, Jane is unable to attend to her home duties like before. She no longer does farming like she used to do, now she is left in the hands of her daughter who takes care of her needs. Jane's family is able to raise $98 only. She is requesting the rest of the funds to undergo ORIF. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 6th, Jane will undergo a fracture repair procedure. The surgery will reduce further complications and allow Jane be able to utilize her hand with ease. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I hope that I will get well soon. I am missing my home,” says Jane with sweet laughter.

76% funded

$179to go

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