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Success! Axel from Guatemala raised $1,016 for malnutrition treatment and formula.

Axel
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Fully funded
Axel's treatment was fully funded on July 1, 2016.

Photo of Axel post-operation

October 17, 2016

Axel was successfully treated for malnutrition.

Alex’s malnutrition treatment has been giving him the protein, calories, and nutrients he needs to grow as he has needed to, and has helped him reach a healthy height and weight for his size! Formula has given his immune system the boost it needed, helping him avoid life-threatening diarrhea and respiratory infections. Now that he has caught up with his physical growth, he will be able to have the energy to develop motor and language skills and be on track to live a healthy and full life.

“I am so thankful that my son could get this support,” shares’s Axel’s mother, “He is growing well and isn’t crying now that he has enough milk. It is a great relief for the family to see how he has changed.”

Alex's malnutrition treatment has been giving him the protein, calories, and nutrients he needs to grow as he has needed to, and has helped ...

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June 13, 2016

“We dream that our son will grow big and heathy, and be able to study when he is older,” shares Axel’s father.

Two-month-old Axel is acutely malnourished because his mother cannot produce breast milk. She has been giving him water with sugar and rice. But he has still been losing weight steadily, and now weighs much less than when he was born.

Recently, Axel has been crying and coughing a lot. With an immune system weakened by severe weight loss, even a simple cough or fever could be life-threatening. If Axel does not receive treatment soon, he could face the risk of seizures, permanent brain damage, and death.

Axel is the youngest of four in his family. They live in a one-room house in a rural community in the mountains of Guatemala. His father works as a day laborer, making very little money when he finds work, and often having no source of income for days at a time. Axel’s mother spends her days caring for him and his siblings, cooking, and cleaning.

Although Axel’s life is in danger right now, treatment is simple and effective. For $1,016, he will receive formula for one year, until he is able to consume normal foods. This will help him gain weight, and develop normally both mentally and physically. His immune system will grow stronger, and his life will no longer be in danger. Furthermore, his mother and other family members will receive motivational nutrition classes in their home, so they will be able to know what foods to feed Axel so he can overcome his case of malnutrition and life a full and healthy life.

Let’s help this family guide their son into a healthy childhood.

“We dream that our son will grow big and heathy, and be able to study when he is older,” shares Axel’s father. Two-month-old Axel is acu...

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Axel's Timeline

  • June 13, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • June 14, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Axel received treatment at Clinic Panajachel. 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.

  • July 01, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Axel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • July 01, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Axel's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Axel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 27 donors

Funded by 27 donors

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