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Mark Linsey

United States

Mark's Story

Mark joined Watsi on December 25th, 2013. 44 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mark's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Sohaila, a student from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot treatment.

Impact

Mark has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by Mark

Karen

Karen is six months old and is already malnourished. She often cries from hunger, and her mother, who cannot produce breast milk, uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe her. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Karen’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and the baby is at risk of long-term damage. Lactation failure, while dangerous, is easy to treat. To stabilize her condition, Karen was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. By supplying Karen with formula and her mother with health education, Karen will receive the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Karen’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her daughter. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Karen’s immune system will strengthen, and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Karen is the first child in her family. Her father works as a day laborer, and her mother takes care of the household. Karen’s mother says, “I am very worried about my daughter because I cannot produce breastmilk and she is often sick. I hope for her to grow well and one day become a doctor who helps people in need.” Watsi is requesting $1,162 to fund the formula supplies and nutritionist. Karen will begin treatment on March 13.

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