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

Darvin
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  • $512 raised, $0 to go
$512
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$0
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Fully funded
Darvin's treatment was fully funded on December 23, 2016.

Photo of Darvin post-operation

March 8, 2017

Darvin received successful malnutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment for malnutrition, Darvin has grown bigger and stronger. Darvin’s mother says that she has noticed her son is growing better since entering into the program. With continued treatment, we are confident that Darvin will continue to gain weight and grow taller.

Darvin’s mother says, “I am grateful to be in the program since it has helped my son to grow better. I am also thankful to be a part of the nutrition classes because I learn a great deal, and I am practicing what I learn with my son so that he can continue to recuperate his health.”

Since beginning treatment for malnutrition, Darvin has grown bigger and stronger. Darvin’s mother says that she has noticed her son is growi...

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November 22, 2016

Darvin is an 18-month-old boy from Guatemala. His parents have trouble affording foods rich in calories, protein, and nutrients. He 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, Darvin began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016.

Darvin lives with his family in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. He is always playing soccer, and his mother thinks he will become a famous soccer player. His father works as a day laborer on a bean plantation, and his mother weaves traditional Mayan textiles. 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 Darvin 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 Darvin a chance to grow healthy and strong.

“I am so content to be able to receive food supplements for my son, so I can feed him better,” says Darvin’s mother. “That way he can be a little boy that grows and develops well!”

Darvin is an 18-month-old boy from Guatemala. His parents have trouble affording foods rich in calories, protein, and nutrients. He has been...

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Darvin's Timeline

  • November 22, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Darvin was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • November 29, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Darvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Darvin 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.

  • December 23, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Darvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 8, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Darvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $512 for Darvin'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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