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Success! Marvin from Guatemala raised $1,016 for comprehensive malnutrition treatment.

Marvin
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Fully funded
Marvin's treatment was fully funded on January 1, 2016.

Photo of Marvin post-operation

February 16, 2016

Marvin received comprehensive malnutrition treatment.

“Marvin is making great strides in his growth,” his doctors tell us. “Not only has he gained weight, but he has gotten much taller. With every checkup with our medical team, Marvin is closer to being an average height and weight for his age.”

“His mother is very happy that her son is finally gaining weight,” his doctors continue. “Marvin’s mother is receiving nutrition education, so she knows when and how much milk to give her son. Our community health worker is also preparing her to feed Marvin solid foods, so he will get the right amount and kinds of food in the future.”

“I know my son will become a smart boy and will be happy in the future,” Marvin’s mother shares.

"Marvin is making great strides in his growth," his doctors tell us. "Not only has he gained weight, but he has gotten much taller. With eve...

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December 2, 2015

“I just want to have a healthy baby,” says the mother of Marvin, a two-month-old baby boy who lives with his parents and six siblings in Guatemala.

“Marvin has no access to breast milk or formula. His mother says that after having six children over 17 years, she simply does not have enough breast milk left,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Marvin is always crying because he is hungry.”

Because of this lactational failure, Marvin has limited access to nutritious food, which has impeded his development. “Marvin is very underweight for his age, and his height is far below the average as well,” WK says. Marvin’s father works as a day laborer, and doesn’t earn enough to afford formula. Without intervention, Marvin is not only at risk for acute malnutrition, but also starvation.

For $1,016, Marvin can receive treatment to avoid the adverse effects of lactation failure. “This treatment will supply Marvin with the formula he needs to grow and develop well, both mentally and physically,” WK explains.

WK also has a program for his mother in order to ensure that this treatment will produce long term improvements. “His mother will receive education on how to prepare the formula, and our staff will help her prepare for when he starts to make the transition to solid food in a few months,” WK adds. “All in all, this treatment will save Marvin’s life and help him get his health back on track.”

“I just want to have a healthy baby,” says the mother of Marvin, a two-month-old baby boy who lives with his parents and six siblings in Gua...

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Marvin's Timeline

  • December 2, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • December 4, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Marvin 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.

  • January 1, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Marvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 1, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Marvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 16, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Marvin's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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