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Success! Elvis from Guatemala raised $967 for seizure treatment and management.

Elvis
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  • $967 raised, $0 to go
$967
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Fully funded
Elvis's treatment was fully funded on July 14, 2016.

Photo of Elvis post-operation

October 18, 2016

Elvis was successfully treated for seizure management.

Elvis’ treatment has thus far been a success! Since starting a combination of anti-epileptic medications, he has not had a seizure for an entire month. It was discovered during his treatment process that he has mesial temporal sclerosis, a condition that causes certain parts of the brain to shrink, causing seizures. As he continues to take the medication for this diagnosis, the medical team will continue to closely monitor his case and work with him and his family to further manage his seizures. With time, the team is confident he will be able to get back to daily life and no longer have to worry about having a seizure when he leaves home.

“I am happy now that my son’s seizures are better-controlled,” shares Elvis’ mother, “I am a lot less anxious now that he has medicine. Before I used to get so worried when I would see him run out of medicine and not be able to buy more, and knew he would have seizures. I now have faith that his seizures can be controlled.”

Elvis' treatment has thus far been a success! Since starting a combination of anti-epileptic medications, he has not had a seizure for an en...

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June 16, 2016

Elvis, an 18-year-old boy from Guatemala, started to get seizures when he was eight years old. Now he gets about one seizure every week, and they are often severe–he has had to be hospitalized following many of his seizures. He has not been able to study because of his mother’s fear of him having a seizure during class, and also because his mother cannot afford to pay for both his treatment and his education, forcing her to choose to pay for his medications.

Elvis is the youngest of three children. He was raised by a single mother who is incredibly hard working and strong, and who wakes up at dawn every morning to wash the neighbors’ clothes, helping her to earn a few dollars per day. Elvis and his mother have tried to seek out treatment in Guatemala City, but since they live in a rural, mountainous community that is far away from the city, they have not been able to afford to continue traveling several hours for each appointment, and have run out of money to pay for medications.

Elvis loves to sing along to Christian ballads on the radio, and his faith has helped him stay strong through his health problems.

For $967, treatment will be possible for Elvis. This treatment will give him access to the medications he needs to get his seizures under control. He will undergo comprehensive diagnostic work to determine the cause of his seizures and see if he has any other related conditions. His mother will not have to live in fear of her son having a seizure, and she will no longer have to choose between sending him to school and paying for treatment. This will give Elvis the chance to be a normal teenager, go back to school, and his mother will be able to feel secure that his condition is more stable.

“I want my son to stop suffering. Every time he has a seizure he suffers, and I suffer with him. I want him to study and become a great professional,” shares Elvis’s mother.

Elvis, an 18-year-old boy from Guatemala, started to get seizures when he was eight years old. Now he gets about one seizure every week, and...

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Elvis's Timeline

  • June 16, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Elvis's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 14, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Elvis's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Elvis received treatment at DARSA Centro de Diagnosticos. 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.

  • October 18, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Elvis's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 37 donors

Funded by 37 donors

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