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Kimberly from Guatemala raised $535 to treat acute malnutrition.

Kimberly
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  • $535 raised, $0 to go
$535
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kimberly's treatment was fully funded on September 1, 2015.

Photo of Kimberly post-operation

November 3, 2015

Kimberly began treatment for acute malnutrition.

“We are excited to report that after several months of treatment Kimberly’s health is improving,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “She is more energetic and her mother states that she has been playing with her cousins more often as a result.”

With this treatment, Kimberly’s appetite has grown and she now enjoys eating a wide variety of food. Importantly, Kimberley’s mother attended a course on nutrition–equipping her with the skills to care for Kimberly throughout her childhood.

Kimberly’s mother plans to continue to work with WK for the remainder of Kimberly’s recovery. She says, “I am so thankful for your help. I have dreams for Kimberly–I want her to grow up and go to school, maybe even become a secretary.”

"We are excited to report that after several months of treatment Kimberly's health is improving," shares our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (W...

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August 6, 2015

Kimberly is a one-year-old baby girl who lives with her parents in Guatemala. Kimberly is acutely malnourished, meaning that her diet doesn’t contain the nutrients she needs to build a strong immune system or feel energetic and alert. Acute malnutrition also has serious long-term effects if not treated. “Over time mental and physical development is stunted, thus leading to developmental delays and preventing Kimberly from reaching her full potential,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “She will also be at increased risk of chronic diseases like hypertension and diabetes.”

Kimberly’s mother is eager for her daughter to get better and tells WK, “I want to see my daughter grow up to be a teacher.” Although she says that her daughter has started eating solid food, “Kimberly’s appetite is low and she has not transitioned from exclusively breastfeeding to solid food very well.” Kimberly’s mother is eight months pregnant with her second child and hopes intervention can occur soon so that she can be fully present for Kimberly’s treatment.

“Once the baby is born, more stresses (both time and economic) will be placed on Kimberly’s mother, and limit her ability to give Kimberly the attention and resources she needs to thrive,” WK explains. Due to these circumstances, Kimberly needs medical attention as soon as possible.

With $535 in Watsi funding, Kimberly will receive micronutrient and food supplementation to improve her health and bolster her immune system. Kimberly’s mother will receive the resources and intensive nutrition education she needs to make healthy decisions about what to feed Kimberly, as well as her baby on the way.

According to WK, with this regimen in place, “Kimberly will begin to recoup the height and weight she has lost, and over time her energy and ability to concentrate will improve.” They continue, “With treatment, we anticipate Kimberly will have the ability to go far.”

Kimberly is a one-year-old baby girl who lives with her parents in Guatemala. Kimberly is acutely malnourished, meaning that her diet doesn’...

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Kimberly's Timeline

  • August 6, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kimberly was submitted by Katia Cnop, Watsi Account Volunteer at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • August 13, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kimberly received treatment. 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.

  • August 28, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kimberly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 1, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kimberly's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 3, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Kimberly. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

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