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Success! Francisca from Guatemala raised $377 to safely deliver her seventh child.

Francisca
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Francisca's treatment was fully funded on January 28, 2016.

Photo of Francisca post-operation

February 24, 2016

Francisca is undergoing successful prenatal care.

Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), updates us: “This treatment has allowed Francisca to safely control her blood pressure and blood sugar during her pregnancy–she is now 35 weeks pregnant. She has been empowered to exercise more and control her diet. Although she is still scared to travel to the hospital in case of emergency, our staff has accompanied her multiple times and provided her with a personalized emergency plan so she knows exactly what to do and which hospital to go to in the case of a problem. Our staff is in frequent contact with her and will continue to monitor her blood pressure and blood sugar for the rest of her pregnancy.”

“Thank you so much for helping me,” Francisca shares.

Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), updates us: "This treatment has allowed Francisca to safely control her blood pressure and blood suga...

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January 8, 2016

“Francisca has had diabetes since she was six years old,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). Francisca is now a 38-year-old mother of six living in Guatemala, and she is currently pregnant for the ninth time. “She works in the home, caring for her children and the household,” says WK, “her husband is a farmer.”

Francisca’s type 1 diabetes puts her at high risk for complications during pregnancy and childbirth. “Her last pregnancy resulted in some major complications that led to a miscarriage in the final weeks of term,” explains WK. Francisca is afraid that this will happen again.

Francisca is now 28 weeks pregnant, and, “without intervention, she is at risk of complications that could put both her and her baby’s lives in danger,” continues WK.

For $337, Francisca will receive the prenatal care she needs, including case management, labs, medication, transportation, and lodging. “Treatment will prevent Francisca and her baby from experiencing the effects of pre-eclampsia or any other complications associated with the combination of diabetes and pregnancy,” explains WK. Pre-eclampsia is a disorder that is characterized by high blood pressure and excessive protein in the urine. If it is left untreated, it can result in dangerous outcomes for both mother and child.

“We will provide her with her prenatal care and accompany her to the hospital several times before her delivery so she can get to know the staff. And when the day comes she will be prepared and confident and able to enter the system smoothly,” reports WK.

“Thank you for caring about us when no one else would,” Francisca shares gratefully.

“Francisca has had diabetes since she was six years old,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). Francisca is now a 38-year-old mothe...

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Francisca's Timeline

  • January 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 11, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Francisca received treatment at Hospital Roosevelt 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 25, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Francisca's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 28, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Francisca's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 24, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Francisca's treatment was successful. Read the update.

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Funded by 2 donors

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