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Success! Kelly from Guatemala raised $512 for nutritional therapy.

Kelly
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Kelly's treatment was fully funded on December 24, 2015.

Photo of Kelly post-operation

February 10, 2016

Kelly received treatment for acute malnutrition.

“Kelly’s mother reports that now her daughter eats much more than before she began treatment,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq. “We can see this reflected in Kelly’s height and weight—she has managed to consistently gain weight and grow taller in the past couple months. Kelly’s mother has learned a lot from the nutrition classes she has been receiving—she loves seeing all the positive changes in her daughter, and wants them to continue. Kelly will continue to receive treatment for the next couple months, allowing her to have a change to develop normally both physically and mentally.”

“I know that I have to keep working hard to make sure my little girl keeps growing,” Kelly’s mother says. “I have a lot of hope that she will keep growing well.”

"Kelly’s mother reports that now her daughter eats much more than before she began treatment," shares our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. "We ...

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December 10, 2015

Meet Kelly, an 11-month-old infant from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us, “Kelly is the fourth child in her family. Kelly has four siblings: three older and one younger. Kelly’s mother is young. She noticed that her daughter was not growing very well, but had no financial means to bring her to a doctor or seek medical attention. She cannot afford to buy food as she struggles to live completely on her own after suffering domestic abuse.”

Kelly was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. “Kelly is far below the average height for her age and the average weight for her age,” WK reports, “She has diarrhea, and her immune system is weak. Her family is extremely poor and does not have enough resources to buy enough food for Kelly. Without intervention, Kelly is at risk for the long-term effects of malnutrition, which includes suffering from a weakened immune system.”

As a result of food insecurity and marginalization, indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world. In addition to growth stunting, malnutrition can lead to lower IQ, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity later in life.

$512 will fund the treatment Kelly needs to address her nutritional deficit. This treatment intervention will provide Kelly with food and nutritional supplements to recoup her weight and height and strengthen her immune system, thus allowing her to fight infection and illness throughout her life. She will also receive deworming medication to treat her diarrhea and continuous growth monitoring to allow doctors at WK to adjust the treatment as needed.

Her mother will also have the opportunity to participate in nutrition courses in order to better understand her child’s condition as well as better be able to prepare nutritional meals for her family given a limited income.

Kelly’s mother shares: “I wish the best for my daughter, for all of my children really. I hope they do not have to face the hard economic times I have faced in my life.”

Meet Kelly, an 11-month-old infant from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us, “Kelly is the fourth child in her family...

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Kelly's Timeline

  • December 10, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 17, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kelly received treatment at Clinic Panajachel 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 22, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kelly's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 24, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kelly's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 10, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kelly's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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Taw is a 43-year-old teacher who lives with her family in the refugee camp. Taw and her husband work at the same school and their daughter is also enrolled there in the nursery program. In her free time, Taw enjoys singing and reading with her students. Taw also loves to grow vegetables around her house, and she is very proud that the vegetables she grows are organic. Growing her own vegetables also helps to reduce her household expenses. Last month, Taw was walking home with a branch from a banana tree she had just cut down to cook for dinner. That afternoon it was drizzling and the dirt road was slippery. Taw slipped and fell onto her left arm, breaking both bones in her left forearm. With the help of Watsi donors, she underwent surgery to insert a metal rod into her forearm at the end of August at Chiang Mai Hospital. A few days after her surgery, Taw's wound got an infection and the doctor had to perform another surgery to remove the rod from her arm. Once the infection cleared up with the help of antibiotics, the doctor scheduled another surgery to have the rod reinserted into Taw's arm to finally help her heal. Taw’s left arm is still in pain. She is in pain whenever she sits down, and the pain increases when she moves her arm. If she lies down and puts her left arm on a pillow, she feels better. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Taw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 7th and will cost $1,500. After the procedure, Taw will no longer be in pain and she will be able to go back home and see her family. She will be able to teach again and garden like before. Taw said, "I really miss my family and my daughter. I hope that I will receive proper treatment and be able to go back home again soon."

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