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Success! Maria from Guatemala raised $977 for surgery to prevent complications during her pregnancy.

Maria
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Maria's treatment was fully funded on April 9, 2016.
June 15, 2016

Maria received life-saving pregnancy care.

Maria was very worried and feared for her life before she received treatment for her ectopic pregnancy. Although her pregnancy was complicated, she is doing well now and is thankful to be alive.

Unfortunately, Maria lost her baby in the midst of treatment. We are deeply saddened by this outcome, but committed to transparency in reporting patient updates.

Maria’s women’s health nurse guided her though all her treatment, and ensured that she understood what was occurring (her native language is Maya Kaqchikel). Maria was sad but also happy that she can “continue working and fighting for my other children to have the best life possible.”

Maria was very worried and feared for her life before she received treatment for her ectopic pregnancy. Although her pregnancy was complicat...

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March 23, 2016

“I am scared about what could happen,” shares Maria. “But I am glad I have support.” 36-year-old Maria lives in a rural region of Guatemala, and delights in caring for her seven children. Maria is currently expecting another baby.

“For three months Maria has not had regular menstruation, and 15 days ago she started to have hemorrhaging,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Our medical team suspects she has an ectopic pregnancy based on the results of some preliminary lab tests.”

In an ectopic pregnancy, the fertilized egg remains in a woman’s fallopian tube instead of moving to the uterus to develop as it should. This means the fertilized egg will not survive, and that the mother is at serious risk for internal damage: for instance, the fallopian tube can rupture, causing dangerous bleeding. “Ectopic pregnancies are fatal to the mother if not treated,” explains WK.

Fortunately, treatment is available for Maria. A surgical technique known as laparoscopy can be used to examine Maria’s pelvic organs through a small incision in her abdomen. Doctors will then use a small camera to locate and remove the fertilized egg from her fallopian tube.

This operation costs more than Maria and her husband, a day laborer, can afford—especially with seven children to support. But we can help. $977 will fund the surgery that Maria needs, as well as the lab tests and medication that will ensure she remains healthy after the operation.

“This procedure will save Maria’s life,” says WK, “allowing her to be with her husband and seven children, and have a long and healthy life.”

"I am scared about what could happen,” shares Maria. “But I am glad I have support." 36-year-old Maria lives in a rural region of Guatemala,...

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Maria's Timeline

  • March 23, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maria was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • March 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maria received treatment at Hospital de Sololá. 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 06, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 09, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maria's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 15, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

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