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Success! Henoc from Guatemala raised $512 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Henoc
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  • $512 raised, $0 to go
$512
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Henoc's treatment was fully funded on December 29, 2016.

Photo of Henoc post-operation

March 7, 2017

Henoc received malnutrition treatment.

Although Henoc is still very small for his age, he is steadily gaining weight and growing taller. He plays, draws, runs, and jumps without any problems. Henoc’s energy has improved dramatically!

Henoc’s mother says, “I’m very grateful.”

Although Henoc is still very small for his age, he is steadily gaining weight and growing taller. He plays, draws, runs, and jumps without a...

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November 21, 2016

Henoc is a two-year-old boy from Guatemala, but he is only the size of a healthy 11-month-old. His mother is worried about her son because he is not growing, has little appetite, and gets sick often.

Henoc has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, he began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016.

Henoc is an affectionate child who loves to play with his toy car and dance with his older sister, Raquel. He lives with his family in a one-room house made of adobe. His father works as a day laborer on a local plantation, and his mother works in the house. Although both his parents work hard, they cannot afford this $512 treatment.

While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Henoc recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Henoc a chance to grow healthy and strong.

Henoc is a two-year-old boy from Guatemala, but he is only the size of a healthy 11-month-old. His mother is worried about her son because h...

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Henoc's Timeline

  • November 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Henoc received treatment at Clinic Tecpán. 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.

  • November 30, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Henoc's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 29, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Henoc's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 07, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Henoc's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $512 for Henoc's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$94
Medication
$152
Supplies
$0
Travel
$87
Other
$179
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Children generally face stunted physical growth, delayed mental and motor development, low appetite, and frequent illness. Malnourished children have weakened immune systems that put them at risk of diarrhea, fevers, and respiratory illnesses. This treatment treats growth failure in small children usually under 2 years of age. The most common form of growth failure in children in Guatemala is called stunting. This is a form of malnutrition where weight is relatively normal but height is severely reduced.

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

Stunting has major effects on the developing brain. Stunted children have low IQ and they don’t make major developmental milestones. These effects persist into adulthood, where they impact schooling and economic potential. Furthermore, stunting contributes to the development of serious adult illness like diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

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

Indigenous Guatemalans are one of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world. They live in rural areas and suffer from high rates of food insecurity. The poorest indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Children enrolled in our recuperative nutrition program receive about 1-4 months of intensive intervention, depending on the severity of the case. All of this care is delivered in the home in a personalized fashion. Most require a basic laboratory evaluation to look for thyroid disease, anemia, and intestinal infections. Acute infections are rapidly treated with antibiotics. Then a specialized case manager and nutritionist make weekly or every other week educational and health monitoring visits to the home. An assessment of food insecurity is conducted using standardized instruments and food is often provided to help bolster acute recovery. Micronutrient supplementation is provided.

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

This treatment saves brains. Appetite and growth and developmental milestones recover, and height begins to rise once again. The immediate outcome is improved overall child health, including reduced vulnerability to severe infections. The long term outlook is improved cognitive potential, school completion, and economic prospects. Nearly 100% of children will experience improve appetite, energy, and development. At least 75% of children will have noticeable improvement in growth parameters. The effects of the intervention extend to other children in the home; since the approach is highly educational, parents learn how to care for other children and prevent this from occurring subsequently.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is treatable, and no risks for treatment exists.

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

Treatment for malnutrition is incredibly inaccessible in Guatemala. Populations are rural and don’t have access to intensive nutritional intervention and education. Public sector approaches are too low intensity to make a difference for these children.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

There are no real alternatives to our program. Many organizations and governmental entities provide basic preventative care, but once a child is already malnourished these approaches are no longer effective. Most children fail prevention and therefore need our help.

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