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

Maria
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$512
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$0
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Fully funded
Maria's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2016.

Photo of Maria post-operation

March 7, 2017

Maria received successful treatment for acute malnutrition.

We are pleased to report that Maria is growing taller and gaining weight.

Maria’s mother is excited by her daughter’s improvement and shares that she “sees a great difference with all of this help.” Maria is now stronger, and she is walking well. She is developing a strong immune system, as she no longer gets sick all the time.

Our medical partner will continue to monitor Maria’s progress carefully, but they expect her to make a full recovery and grow into a healthy young girl.

We are pleased to report that Maria is growing taller and gaining weight. Maria's mother is excited by her daughter's improvement and sh...

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November 23, 2016

Maria is a 19-month-old girl from Guatemala. Her family cannot afford to give her a nutritious diet filled with protein, calories, and nutrients, so she is not gaining weight or growing. She is only the size of a healthy 11-month-old.

Maria has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, she began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016.

Maria loves to eat apples, oranges, black beans, and scrambled eggs. She lives with her mother and her grandparents in an adobe house with a tin roof. Her mother cleans neighbors’ homes to make a living. She cannot afford this $512 treatment.

While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Maria recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Maria a chance to grow healthy and strong.

Maria is a 19-month-old girl from Guatemala. Her family cannot afford to give her a nutritious diet filled with protein, calories, and nutri...

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Maria's Timeline

  • November 23, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Maria was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • November 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Maria received treatment at Clinic Tecpán. 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.

  • November 30, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Maria's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 26, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Maria's treatment was fully funded.

  • March 07, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Maria's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 donors

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