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Juan from Guatemala raised $1,255 to receive a prosthetic leg.

  • $1,255 raised, $0 to go
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Juan's treatment was fully funded on November 2, 2015.

Photo of Juan post-operation

November 9, 2015

Juan successfully received a prosthetic leg.

“Within hours of receiving his prosthetic leg, Juan was trying to dance salsa around the clinic space,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), shares. “A smile was permanently glued to his face and he couldn’t stop laughing and cracking jokes.”

Before receiving his new prosthetic leg, Juan relied on crutches that made it difficult to climb stairs and easily get around. Now, “he’s learned how to walk with the attachment very quickly (the staff was very impressed), and once it was on he didn’t want to take it off,” WK adds. “This attachment will now allow Juan to work again and help support his family.”

“You have changed my life in a way I cannot explain,” Juan says. “I lost my crutches, and guess what, I don’t care! First I am going to learn to walk, and then dance.”

"Within hours of receiving his prosthetic leg, Juan was trying to dance salsa around the clinic space," our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK...

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October 8, 2015

Meet Juan, a 42-year old man from Guatemala. Juan used to be a bus driver, and has two sons aged 20 and 18.

Two years ago, Juan lost his leg due to complications from diabetes. Before he lost his leg, he used to own a minibus to transport tourists to and from the airport.

Since losing his leg, he has been unable to drive and has to rely on donations from pedestrians for income. “Juan is doing everything he can to provide for his family, but he knows that getting a prosthetic leg is his family’s best hope for the future,” says our medical partner in Guatemala, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK).

$1,255 will fund a prosthetic leg for Juan. “This treatment will change Juan’s life and the life of his family. He will be able to earn more income, help his family at home, afford to keep his youngest in school, and complete daily activities easier,” WK shares. “Furthermore, this prosthetic will increase his confidence and give him more independence and mobility.”

“After all of this, I’m still here, fighting. If I can succeed in getting a prosthetic leg, I will be able to support my family,” Juan says.

Meet Juan, a 42-year old man from Guatemala. Juan used to be a bus driver, and has two sons aged 20 and 18. Two years ago, Juan lost his ...

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Juan's Timeline

  • October 8, 2015

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

  • October 11, 2015

    Juan 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.

  • October 29, 2015

    Juan's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 2, 2015

    Juan's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 9, 2015

    We received an update on Juan. Read the update.

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