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Success! Aleyda from Guatemala raised $1,107 for malnutrition treatment.

Aleyda
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  • $1,107 raised, $0 to go
$1,107
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Aleyda's treatment was fully funded on October 15, 2016.

Photo of Aleyda post-operation

October 31, 2016

Aleyda was successfully treated for malnutrition.

Aleyda has been growing steadily since she began to receive formula, growth monitoring, and her grandmother started receiving home visits for nutritional education. Aleyda’s grandmother is incredibly happy to have Aleyda in her life, even though her daughter-in-law died, because she is a widow and most of her children are out of the house. She spends all of her time dedicated to Aleyda and is doing an incredible job applying what she has been learning as part of the nutritional classes to Aleyda’s therapy. She has not gotten sick since starting treatment and her grandmother says she is a lot more curious about the world around her. We are excited to see how she grows in the several couple months of treatment!

Her grandmother says, “I am so appreciative for the support that Aleyda is receiving. I have seen the changes from the formula–she has been gaining weight for the first time and is growing!”

Aleyda has been growing steadily since she began to receive formula, growth monitoring, and her grandmother started receiving home visits fo...

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September 1, 2016

Aleyda was born one month ago in Guatemala. Sadly, her mother passed away during her birth, but the medical team was able to perform an emergency cesarian section and save Aleyda. She had to be in the hospital for the first two weeks of her life because of fluid on her lungs, but now that she is home, she is acutely malnourished and needs formula right away to be able to gain weight.

Aleyda is being taken care of by her father and her grandmother. Aleyda’s father is a farm worker, who cultivates corn and beans which he uses to feed the family and sells whatever is extra in the market. They live on only a couple dollars per day, and are struggling to make ends meet–meaning the expensive formula Aleyda needs to survive is far out of reach.

Although Aleyda is very sick, treatment is simple. She will receive formula, a personalized dietary plan from our nutritionist, and her grandmother will receive intensive motivational education so she knows how to feed Aleyda so she can recover and have a normal and healthy childhood.

“We need help with the formula so Aleyda can grow healthy,” her father shared.

Aleyda was born one month ago in Guatemala. Sadly, her mother passed away during her birth, but the medical team was able to perform an emer...

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Aleyda's Timeline

  • September 1, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Aleyda was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • September 1, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Aleyda received treatment at Clinic Tecpán in Guatemala. 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.

  • September 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Aleyda's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 15, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Aleyda's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 31, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Aleyda's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Lactational Failure
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,107 for Aleyda's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$835
Supplies
$0
Other
$272
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Babies without access to maternal milk typically lose weight to the point of being acutely malnourished. They are at risk of seizures due to imbalances in their electrolytes, increasing the risk of permanent brain damage. Their immune systems are weak and they are dehydrated, meaning they can easily come down with diarrhea, which is life-threatening for an acutely malnourished baby. Sometimes babies appear chubby and bloated due to being fed sugar water or cow's milk. Babies often cry more than normal due to their chronic hunger.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

For a newborn baby, access to maternal milk is critical. If milk supply is poor, the baby will begin to lose weight. This almost immediately begins to have impact on potential brain development and, if it is not caught quickly and reversed, it can lead to death or permanent brain damage.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the United States, substitute milk formulas are readily available and usually fairly inexpensive. However, in Guatemala, milk formula is unbelievably expensive. For example, to provide an adequate amount of milk to a newborn baby can easily cost more on a month to month basis than a poor family makes in total household wages. Therefore, caregivers of these children are caught in an impossible bind, where they couldn’t provide for their children even if they spent every last cent they could get their hands on.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Caregivers of babies enrolled in this program receive intensive counselling on how to properly prepare and mix infant formula. They receive weekly or every other week check-in to make sure that weight is recovering. They receive 12 months of guaranteed access to infant formula, free of charge. We usually will provide a “final update” about the child long before the 12 month mark, usually after 1-3 months, when it is clear that a full recovery has occurred.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment saves lives and it saves brains. It prevents babies from dying from dehydration or acute malnutrition. And it promotes normal growth of the brain, guaranteeing that children have a chance to lead normal and highly functional lives at their full potential.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is treatable. Nearly 100% of children will experience major improvements in energy and weight, usually with in the first week. When caught early and properly treated, the poor health consequences of lactational failure can be totally reversed.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

This treatment is not accessible at all in the locations in which we work. It is incredibly expensive (one tin that lasts a week often costs more than a typical monthly household income), meaning families have no way to pay for it. By helping families afford milk formula, we overcome this problem.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no real alternatives to our program. Many organizations and governmental entities will provide small amounts of milk formula, but never in a quantity sufficient to guarantee a thriving child.

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