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Success! Abidel from Guatemala raised $367 to help him walk for the first time.

Abidel
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Fully funded
Abidel's treatment was fully funded on March 18, 2016.

Photo of Abidel post-operation

May 30, 2016

Abidel can walk for the first time after successful surgery.

“Abdiel received a custom-made orthotic and brace for his club foot,” his medical team reports. “His mother was taught how to use it, and exercises to do with him so his foot is no longer crooked when he walks. Although his improvement is slow, he has been gradually improving. His mother says that he is now steadier on his feet, and is starting to try to run! Abdiel will continue to receive follow-up treatment with his orthopedic surgeon, who will adjust his brace as needed to continue his improvement.”

“I am so glad that I can finally help my son to get better,” Abidel’s mother said. “I think he will be able to run.”

"Abdiel received a custom-made orthotic and brace for his club foot," his medical team reports. "His mother was taught how to use it, and ex...

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February 28, 2016

Abidel is a four-year-old boy from Guatemala.

Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), explains: “Abidel was born with a club foot. His family made a lot of sacrifices to get him surgery, since he was unable to walk–they spent most of their life savings trying to find a surgeon that could help. When they finally found a foreign surgeon that gave them a discount, he received surgery (about 1 year ago), but it wasn’t totally successful.”

“He still can’t walk on his own without falling, and they’ve tried physical therapy, and various other interventions but they haven’t helped–and now they are out of money,” WK continues. “A few months ago, Abdiel tried to run, and he fell and hit his head, getting a concussion. This made his grandmother worried that he wouldn’t be safe at school, where she couldn’t watch him, so he has not been able to attend school yet, and for this reason his grandma says he’s lonely because he doesn’t have any friends.”

Due to their limited income, Abidel’s family is not able to cover the cost of the leg lengthening orthotic he needs. $367 will allow him access to the care that he needs to walk normally for the first time.

“This treatment will greatly improve the quality of Abdiel’s life, and make his grandmother much less worried about him. The orthopedic brace will help him learn how to walk and run normally, allowing him not only to attend school, but make it less likely that he will be bullied, and allow him the opportunity to make friends,” WK adds. “He will be able to play soccer without falling down. This will allow him to be much more independent, and relieve the stress his grandmother has been feeling about his health and future ability to support himself and a family.”

“Abidel is such a good boy. I want him to be able to work in the future and support his family,” his grandmother shares. “I want to fight for his well-being and make sure the door is open for him to reach for his dreams.”

Abidel is a four-year-old boy from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), explains: "Abidel was born with a club foot. His fa...

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Abidel's Timeline

  • February 28, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Abidel was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • February 29, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Abidel 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.

  • March 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Abidel's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 18, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Abidel's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 30, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Abidel's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Loy

Loy is a 46-year-old small scale farmer and a strong mother to her five children who range from the ages of 21 to 11 years old. Due to difficult finances and lack of resources, all of Loy's children have received a partial primary school education at various levels. Loy and her husband earn their income by farming, and their family lives together in a four-room mud house for shelter. Four months ago, Loy began experiencing severe lower abdominal pains that have caused her many sleepless nights. She believes that her uterus is very weak because she had a number of complicated deliveries when she gave birth to her children. She visited a doctor in March and was given temporary medication to help ease the pain and discomfort. Months later, she can now no longer sleep comfortably, and has had to completely stop farming due to the pain. Loy has been diagnosed with chronic pelvic inflammatory disease and needs to undergo a hysterectomy, the surgical removal of the uterus, in order to treat her condition. Fortunately, on May 13th, Loy will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center, Rushoroza Hospital. Once recovered, Loy will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain and continue on with her farming in order to take care of her family. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $319 to help fund this surgery. Loy says, “I can no longer practice farming in my current condition and my family depends on farming. I hope to get well through surgery so that I may be able once again take better care of my family.”

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