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Maria from Guatemala raised $650 to get healthy.

Maria
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  • $650 raised, $0 to go
$650
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Maria's treatment was fully funded on April 18, 2013.

Photo of Maria post-operation

Maria was fitted with a prosthetic arm that will enable her to live a more active, independent life.

“Maria was born without a left arm, and now she has one,” her doctor in Guatemala writes. “The most amazing thing was what a natural she was. Despite never having had a left arm, within minutes she was already doing complex tasks, such as using a broom, and opening zippers. Maria is excited about how this arm will help her!”

"Maria was born without a left arm, and now she has one," her doctor in Guatemala writes. "The most amazing thing was what a natural she was...

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Maria is a young Mayan woman who was born without a left hand and wrist.

She tries not to let this prevent her from living a normal life, but it’s hard for her to accomplish basic tasks without pain. Maria speaks Q’anjob’al Maya, an indigenous language, but does not speak any Spanish. Because of language, distance, and financial barriers, she has never considered seeking medical help for her problem.

For just $650, Maria can be fitted with a prosthetic arm. She is excited about the possibility of going about her daily life without pain. She also jokes that having a prosthetic arm will allow her to slap her husband if he “gets out of line!”

Maria is a young Mayan woman who was born without a left hand and wrist. She tries not to let this prevent her from living a normal life,...

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Maria's Timeline

  • April 17, 2013
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 18, 2013
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maria's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 12, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Maria. Read the update.

Funded by 9 donors

Funded by 9 donors

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Joy

Joy is the first born child in her family. She is two weeks old. Their young family is feeling privileged and happy to welcome their firstborn baby, however, they are saddened by the fact that their baby needs medical care for her foot. Her condition has caused Joy’s parents a lot of worry about their daughter’s future. Joy’s mother is a housewife who completed secondary school and never was able to proceed to college due to a lack of funds. Joy's father just completed college and hasn’t been employed yet. The family doesn’t have a house of their own and still lives with their parents. When Joy was six days old, she was brought to the hospital by her mother with concerns of umbilical code sepsis. She was admitted to receive IV antibiotics and general medical management. While receiving medication in the ward, she developed wounds on her leg due to several attempts of cannulation. Over time her condition worsened and her wounds became septic. After several efforts to clean her wounds, it was noticed that her foot was not healing. After a long consultation with the medical team, the possibility of amputation was suggested to avoid further affecting her entire leg. Joy is in need and her family's inability to pay for the surgery has made them live with constant anxiety and worry about her future. Their family is appealing for financial assistance. Joy’s mother says, “I feel sorry about my child. It is painful for her to undergo this while she is just a few days old. Despite this, I will work hard to make her happy as she grows up."

62% funded

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$656raised
$398to go

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