I had a friend once who required dialysis, due to kidney failure. As she told me about the ins-and-outs of her treatment, I remember thinking how overwhelming and impossible it all seemed. Now, I sit here and imagine what her treatment would have been like in rural Guatemala.
We promise all of our patients comprehensive care. In other words, regardless of the diagnosis, we do whatever we can to treat every patient’s needs. Even if a patient requires something as tricky as dialysis.
As seems to happen occasionally, we have a cluster of patients with a similar need: peritoneal dialysis. This is a potentially permanent solution to failed kidneys, extending life for perhaps 10 years or more, and also giving us time to potentially identify transplant options.
Julio is 41 years old and diabetic. He has one young child, and would like nothing more than to help provide for his family. Unfortunately, due to damage caused by poorly controlled diabetes, he can’t do that. He entered our program recently, and we are happy to report that he now has his diabetes under control. However, due to the existing damage, we need to start peritoneal dialysis to help his kidneys function.
Maria Esperanza is a 45 year old stay at home mom, whose 15 year old son is in charge of her care. In this case her kidney failure is from chronic kidney stones, not from diabetes. The family lives so far away from their treatment in Guatemala City, that they have had to live at our Santiago clinic for more than one month, to be closer to her care. Once we have adequate funding and their training is complete, we will be able help the family establish a place in their home to enable the dialysis.
Amada is a 36 year old female. Our generous donors have supported her Type 1 Diabetes care in the past. Now, unfortunately, she also requires dialysis. She currently lives with her dad, and is unable to work due to illness. Her mom died from complications related to the same disease.
We are helping these patients with the very intensive process of learning how to use peritoneal dialysis in the home, adjusting medications (dialysis meds contain glucose which compromises diabetes control), monitoring for complications, etc.
For each patient, our goal is to raise $500 for the costs associated with dialysis training, and another $500 to help with medications and with building an adequate space in the home for dialysis to occur. So, our total goal for this group of patients is $3,000.
Please consider any size donation, and help us get Julio back to work, Maria’s family back home and Amada beat the disease that took her mom!
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