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Success! Baudillo from Guatemala raised $512 for malnutrition treatment.

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Baudillo's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.

Photo of Baudillo post-operation

January 12, 2017

Baudillo received successful malnutrition treatment.

Baudillo has been growing bigger and stronger since he started to receive treatment. His mother has been an active participant in the nutrition classes, cooking the recipes from class to help her son receive the protein, calories, and nutrients he needs to grow.

“Baudillo is growing, thanks to this treatment,” says his mother. “I can give him an egg every day, and now I know that he is growing well. It is helping me a lot to have advice and nutrition classes, because before I did not know anything about how to help my son grow.”

Baudillo has been growing bigger and stronger since he started to receive treatment. His mother has been an active participant in the nutrit...

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August 19, 2016

“We hope he can improve and have good development so he can be a teacher when he’s big,” shared Baudillo’s mother.

Baudillo is 14 months old, and the youngest of seven children in his family. He lives with his parents and older siblings in a one room adobe house with a tin roof in Guatemala. He absolutely loves to play with his ball, which he hates to share with his older siblings. His mother works at home, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of the children. His father is a day laborer in the fields, making only a couple dollars per day when there’s work. Although his parents work hard, they do not have the resources to feed him even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that he needs to reach a healthy height and weight.

Baudillo is suffering from malnutrition, meaning that he is much too small for his age. Not only has his physical grown been stunted, but his immune system lacks the fuel necessary to fight off common sicknesses such as coughs, diarrhea, and fevers, which can be life-threatening for a malnourished child like Baudillo. Unfortunately, malnutrition also decreases his appetite—further worsening the problem. If Baudillo does not receive treatment, he could face the consequences for the rest of his life—such as short stature as an adult, lower IQ, a harder time focusing, and have trouble in school–all making it more likely that he will have lower-paying job as an adult and have children who are also malnourished.

For $512, Baudillo will receive growth monitoring, food supplements, and deworming medication which will help him grow, develop healthily both mentally and physically, and overcome malnutrition. His parents will receive nutrition education so they can learn how to best feed Baudillo, even with the little resources they have.

If Baudillo receives treatment now, he will be able to have normal mental and physical development, giving him a better chance to be a successful student and to one day be qualified for a well-paying job. This treatment will give Baudillo a better chance of escaping the cycle of malnutrition and poverty.

"We hope he can improve and have good development so he can be a teacher when he's big," shared Baudillo's mother. Baudillo is 14 months ...

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Baudillo's Timeline

  • August 19, 2016

    Baudillo was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • August 19, 2016

    Baudillo 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.

  • September 8, 2016

    Baudillo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016

    Baudillo's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2017

    Baudillo's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Acute Malnutrition
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On average, it costs $512 for Baudillo's treatment
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  • Symptoms
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  • 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.

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  • Risks and side-effects
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  • 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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