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Melvin from Guatemala raised $535 to treat acute malnutrition.

Melvin
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  • $535 raised, $0 to go
$535
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Melvin's treatment was fully funded on September 3, 2015.

Photo of Melvin post-operation

October 29, 2015

Melvin began treatment for acute malnutrition.

“Melvin’s mother says that since starting the program, Melvin’s appetite has increased and he is eating more solid foods,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Before the intervention she admits he was not eating any solid food, just breast milk. Now, however, he is consuming a varied diet and his mother is actively applying what she is learning in her nutrition courses to their meals and conversation around food at home.”

“Both his height and weight have increased,” reports WK. “We anticipate that he will continue to grow well now that his mother is more informed on the proper nutrition to supply her child with and he continues to receiving micronutrient supplementation. His immune system is strengthening, and he has not be sick in over a month.”

“Thank you for your support,” says Melvin’s mother. “I cannot even begin to explain how much I have learned.”

"Melvin's mother says that since starting the program, Melvin's appetite has increased and he is eating more solid foods," shares our medica...

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August 17, 2015

Meet Melvin, a one-year-old from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), shares, “Melvin is the youngest of four children (the oldest is five years old), and lives with his mother and grandmother.” WK adds, “Melvin likes to play with his sister Petrona, and when his mom is busy around the house she has noticed that they enjoy pushing a plastic ball back and forth and using empty cans to make music.”

Melvin is acutely malnourished, as his height and weight are far below the average for children his age. “Although he currently does not suffer from any one illness, his immune system is weak and his mother reports that she is worried that without help his health will continue to decline.” Untreated, Melvin risks many of the effects of malnutrition, from delayed development to chronic illness that could affect his schooling and job opportunities.

When Melvin’s mother noticed her son was not well, she visited a local health center but was turned away. According to WK, “Melvin’s father was kicked out of their house recently, so now his mother is trying to support herself, her mother, and her four children alone,” WK explains. Given this situation, “Melvin’s mother has to work twice as hard to care for him and her other children, but worries constantly that it will not be enough.”

Melvin’s mother is now seeking assistance from WK’s recuperative nutrition program, which lasts one to four months and provides intensive intervention in the home. With $535 in Watsi funding, Melvin will undergo this treatment and be provided with antibiotics, micronutrient supplementation, food, and a nutritionist who will make weekly visits to monitor Melvin’s health and educate his mother.

“This treatment will give Melvin’s mother the education and support she needs to help Melvin avoid the permanent effects of malnutrition,” WK explains. He will be able to strengthen his immune system and reach his full physical and mental potential.

Melvin’s mother remarks, “I want to fight for my children, I want to raise them to be successful people.”

Meet Melvin, a one-year-old from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), shares, “Melvin is the youngest of four children (the old...

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Melvin's Timeline

  • August 17, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • August 24, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Melvin 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.

  • September 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Melvin's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 3, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Melvin's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 29, 2015
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Melvin. Read the update.

Funded by 18 donors

Funded by 18 donors

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