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Success! Mark from Guatemala raised $592 for a tonsillectomy.

Mark
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Mark's treatment was fully funded on May 17, 2016.

Photo of Mark post-operation

June 22, 2016

Mark received a successful tonsillectomy.

Mark’s surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids was a success, meaning his sleep apnea—threating breathing pauses during sleep—will go away, since his overgrown right tonsil no longer blocks his airway.

The most pressing effect of Proteus Syndrome on his life was his inability to get a good night’s sleep, affecting his mental and physical development and causing him great difficulty focusing and learning in school.

Now, with his tonsillectomy done and his sleep apnea treated, Mark has the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep every night, essential for the growth and happiness of any child.

Mark’s father shared, “Mark has been through so much, I am so glad he will finally be able to breathe and sleep normal. Thank you!”

Mark’s surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids was a success, meaning his sleep apnea—threating breathing pauses during sleep—will go awa...

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February 21, 2016

Mark is a kindergartener from Guatemala whose favorite thing to do is play with toy cars. He drives them around with his hands everywhere he goes.

Mark has has an extremely rare congenital disorder called Proteus Syndrome. This disorder causes erratic and asymmetrical growth of his bones, soft tissue, and skin.

Asymmetric tonsil overgrowth is quite common in kids with Proteus Syndrome, and Mark has a very large right tonsil that has grown so large it is now touching his other tonsil. This has caused his breathing to be obstructed while he sleeps, impeding his ability to get a good night’s sleep. This often makes him irritable and fatigued, slows his physical growth, and is causing him significant developmental delays, threatening his ability to learn and be successful in school.

Mark needs $592 for a tonsillectomy. This treatment will allow him to sleep better at night, improve his mood, and increase his ability to focus in school. This will also get him back on track to grow and develop at a more normal rate.

“My dream is for Mark to be independent, so he does not suffer and can be happy,” his father said.

Mark is a kindergartener from Guatemala whose favorite thing to do is play with toy cars. He drives them around with his hands everywhere he...

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Mark's Timeline

  • February 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mark was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • February 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mark received treatment at Fundacion Shalom 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.

  • May 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mark's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mark's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mark's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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