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Mehmet Akin

MONTHLY DONORSoftware engineer.

Switzerland   •   Born on March 29

Mehmet's Story

Mehmet joined Watsi on June 27th, 2014. One year ago, Mehmet became the 2130th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,016 more people have become monthly donors! Mehmet's most recent donation traveled 4,800 miles to support Presley, a baby boy from Haiti, to fund heart surgery prep.

Impact

Mehmet has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by Mehmet

Josephina

Josephina is a 57-year-old talkative woman who lives in Kenya. She has five children, four of whom attend school. Eighteen years ago, Josephina started experiencing heart palpitations. Later, she developed a mass at the base of her neck accompanied by vision changes. She decided to visit a doctor after her symptoms worsened, and she was diagnosed with a bilateral, multi-nodular goiter. A goiter is an enlarged thyroid gland. It typically presents as a lump or swelling at the front of the neck, but it can become large enough to obstruct nearby structures and cause difficulty swallowing or breathing. Most goiters are due to a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the body’s production of thyroid hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. Josephina's doctor recommended that she undergo a thyroidectomy to remove her thyroid. Josephina could not afford the surgery at that time. Recently, Josephina's daughter heard about Watsi's program with African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) and suggested that Josephina visit an affiliated hospital, AIC Kapsowar Hospital. AMHF requests $641 to pay for a thyroidectomy for Josephina. Funding also covers the costs of five nights in the hospital, lab tests, medicine, and surgical supplies. Her operation is scheduled for June 14. “My children have been worried [about] my health," Josephina says. "They don’t have peace of mind in their studies. My eldest girl has decided to defer her studies to take over the responsibilities at home." Let's help fund surgery for Josephina to help her and her family!

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Sofia

Sofia lives with her parents and siblings in rural Philippines. She loves to play with her siblings, cousins, and their neighbor's children. Sofia and her parents live in a small, bamboo house with electricity. They purchase water from the water district. Sofia has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 20. Sofia will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Sofia's mother says, "I wish for Sofia to finish her studies, and that she can recover from her malnutrition and grow up healthy."

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