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Success! Gerson from Guatemala raised $492 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Gerson
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  • $492 raised, $0 to go
$492
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Gerson's treatment was fully funded on December 19, 2019.

Photo of Gerson post-operation

August 24, 2017

Gerson underwent malnutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment for malnutrition, Gerson has been gaining weight and growing taller. Gerson’s mother says that her son is not getting sick like he used to before starting in the program. With continued treatment, we are confident that Gerson will continue along this healthy trajectory.

Gerson’s mother says, “My son’s life is getting better now because he is eating more and growing. I am very happy and grateful to the program.”

Since beginning treatment for malnutrition, Gerson has been gaining weight and growing taller. Gerson’s mother says that her son is not gett...

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June 8, 2017

Gerson is a 14-month-old boy from Guatemala who has malnutrition, a dangerous condition which results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. He is underweight and small for his age. In the short term, malnutrition means Gerson has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak.

While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. On June 22, Gerson will begin treatment that includes growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation to help him recover. In addition, community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Treatment will give Gerson’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets and will give Gerson a chance to grow healthily. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, requests $492 to support Gerson’s treatment.

Gerson’s mother says, “I am thankful to the program and the donors for the support we will get. With scarce resources we cannot provide all that our children need. I hope to see a change in my son’s health.”

Gerson is a 14-month-old boy from Guatemala who has malnutrition, a dangerous condition which results from consuming too little protein, cal...

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Gerson's Timeline

  • June 8, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Gerson was submitted by Ana Lopez, Complex Care Coordinator at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • June 22, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Gerson 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.

  • August 11, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Gerson's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Gerson's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 19, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Gerson's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 1 donor

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Funded by 1 donor

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Treatment
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  • Cost Breakdown
On average, it costs $492 for Gerson's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$94
Medication
$77
Supplies
$55
Travel
$87
Other
$179

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