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Farhanna Sheikh

Farhanna's Story

Farhanna joined Watsi on July 24th, 2016. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Farhanna's most recent donation supported Pan, grandfather from Cambodia, to remove cataracts and improve his vision.

Impact

Farhanna has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Farhanna

Alejandra

Alejandra, a nine-month-old baby, lives with her parents and her older in a one-room adobe house in Guatemala. Her favorite thing to do is to play with her dolls. Her mother works at home, cooking, cleaning, and taking care of her and her siblings as well as helping Alejandra’s father cultivate corn in the nearby mountains. Although her parents work hard, they do not have the resources to feed her even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that she needs to reach a healthy height and weight. Alejandra’s parents are worried because they have noticed their daughter is not growing as well as the other children in their village, and almost never has an appetite. This is because she is malnourished, and her diet lacks the nutrients, calories, and protein she needs to grow and be healthy. If Alejandra does not receive treatment, she could face the consequences for the rest of her life—such as short stature as an adult, lower IQ, a harder time focusing, and trouble in school--all making it more likely that she will have lower-paying job as an adult and have children who face the same challenges. For $512, Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will provide Alejandra with growth monitoring, food supplements, and deworming medication which will help her grow, develop normally both mentally and physically, and overcome malnutrition. Her parents will receive nutrition education, so they can learn how to best feed Alejandra, even with the little resources they have. If she receives treatment now, she 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. "We hope that one day, she can have a university degree," says Alejandra's mother. With our help, this treatment will give Alejandra a better chance of escaping the cycle of malnutrition and poverty.

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Darwin

Born in Guatemala, Darwin is the first child to two loving parents. His father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops on large plantations, and wakes up long before dawn to look for firewood to sell, often making little more than a couple dollars per day. His mother works weaving traditional Mayan textiles, which she sells in a local market. Although both his parents work hard, they cannot afford to give him even one egg, vegetable, or fruit per day. Darwin's parents did not realize that their son was not growing well. Darwin is around three times below a normal size for his age and suffering from acute malnutrition. This is because the diet his parents can afford for him is mostly corn tortillas, which lacks protein, calories, and nutrients. If he does not receive treatment, the consequences could follow him for the rest of his life--leaving him with a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. All these factors make it less likely he will have a well-paying job as an adult. $512 will provide Darwin with growth monitoring, food supplements, and deworming medication. All measures will be taken to help him grow, develop both mentally and physically, and overcome malnutrition. Both of his parents are eager to learn how to make simple changes to their son's diet to help him grow and develop as he should. They will receive nutrition education so they can learn how to best feed Darwin, even with the little resources they have. If he 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. His mother shares with us, "I want to do everything possible so that my son grow up normally and become a good student in the future."

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Seraphin

Seraphin is a 36-year-old woman from Kenya who has two children—one in nursery school and the other in high school. In July 2015, Seraphin started complaining of diminishing eyesight in both eyes. She sought medical care that month, and doctors recommended a CT scan. Because she was not able to raise the amount of money needed for the scan, she did not obtain the scan until May 2016, when her nephew took her to the hospital. After the CT scan, she was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. As a result of the tumor, Seraphin has lost completely lost her vision in one eye and has partial vision in the other. She complains of migraines and loss of balance. A former domestic worker, Seraphin has been unable to work to provide for her children. Since January 2016, she and her children have lived with her parents. To remove the tumor from Seraphin's brain, doctors plan to perform a craniotomy to remove a portion of her skull to access the tumor. Seraphin cannot afford to pay for the surgery, but if not treated, she may become completely blind and unable to take care of her children. $1,205 pays for surgery for Seraphin as well as six days of hospital care—two days in intensive care and four days in the general ward—after surgery. Funding also covers the costs of medicine, blood work, and pathology. Seraphin's family and friends are contributing $313 to pay for additional costs associated with her care. “My hope is to have my eyesight restored to be able to provide for my children," shares Seraphin. "I want the best for them."

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Bene

Bene, a 48-year-old woman, is a merry person and likes to socialize and mingle with people and tell them about her experiences in life. Bene first experienced dysmenorrhea, heavy bleeding, and had felt a small lump in her lower abdomen in 2013. She had sought medical help and had found out that she had an ovarian cyst, myoma and an abscess, and was advised to have hysterectomy surgery. Because of this, she worries a lot because her family only has limited funds and cannot provide for her surgery. Despite her condition, she travels a lot for her small business, but she stopped when she encountered an accident last July 2015. ​Because of the accident, she became handicapped, thus, the husband is the only earner in the family. Though she tried helping her husband who is a fish vendor, she finds it really difficult to go from place to place because she is using crutches. With that, the income is barely enough for their family's daily needs and their son's school allowance, clothing, and school requirements. The hysterectomy surgery would not just relieve the signs and symptoms of the condition she experiences, but it would also prevent her from having worst complications such as cancer and metastasis. For $668, Bene will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. "I would like to thank you first for helping me to have my surgery," shares Bene. "I am actually ready for any surgery because I believe it is the best for me. I don't have any fears as long as it would lengthen my life so that I can be with my family longer. After this surgery I am planning to give attention also to my handicap and find ways to help my husband."​

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