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Success! Wilfred from Guatemala raised $782 to fund malnutrition treatment.

Wilfred
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  • $782 raised, $0 to go
$782
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Wilfred's treatment was fully funded on June 5, 2017.

Photo of Wilfred post-operation

July 24, 2017

Wilfred received successful malnutrition treatment.

Since beginning treatment for malnutrition, Wilfred has been gaining weight and growing taller. Now Will is more active and happier. He likes to play more and already wants to go to school. With continued treatment, we are confident that Wilfred will continue to grow and thrive.

Wilfred’s mother says, “I am very happy and grateful. I have already noted the difference in my son, and that he is gaining weight and growing better than before.”

Since beginning treatment for malnutrition, Wilfred has been gaining weight and growing taller. Now Will is more active and happier. He like...

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February 10, 2017

Meet Wilfred, a three-year-old boy from rural Guatemala, where he lives with his mother, older brother, and grandparents. He was recently diagnosed with acute malnutrition. With little energy to grow and a weakened immune system, Wilfred is left vulnerable to illnesses that will further compromise his growth.

Since discovering that Wilfred has acute malnutrition, Wilfred’s mother has become very worried. Unfortunately, she cannot afford treatment for Wilfred without outside help. As a solution, the family is working with our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq.

On February 10, Wilfred will begin to receive treatment for his malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Wilfred recover. The treatment will not only help him grow healthier, but also provide Wilfred’s family with the tools to create and maintain nutritious diets. Our medical partner is requesting $782 in funding.

“I would like to help him be a strong boy and for him to play with his cousins and his brother,” says Wilfred’s mother.

Meet Wilfred, a three-year-old boy from rural Guatemala, where he lives with his mother, older brother, and grandparents. He was recently di...

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Wilfred's Timeline

  • February 10, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Wilfred was submitted by Cate Hendren, Complex Care Coordinator at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • February 10, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Wilfred 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.

  • February 13, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Wilfred's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 5, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Wilfred's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 24, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Wilfred's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 donors

Treatment
Acute Malnutrition
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $782 for Wilfred's treatment
Hospital Fees
$0
Medical Staff
$187
Medication
$111
Supplies
$0
Travel
$125
Other
$359
  • 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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