Michelle Fernández
Michelle's Story

Michelle joined Watsi on November 5th, 2015. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michelle's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Mai, a student from Cambodia, to fund an amputation.

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Michelle has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Michelle

Juan is the youngest of three children, at 16-months-old. He lives with his family in a one-room adobe house in Guatemala. He always smiles and laughs when he is playing with his toy cars with his siblings. His mother works at home, cooking and cleaning. His father works as a day laborer in the fields, and when there isn't work in the fields, he looks for firewood to sell. Juan is suffering from acute malnutrition, meaning that he has not been getting the protein, calories, or nutrients he needs to grow properly. Although his parents want the best for him, with only a couple dollars per day to buy food for the family, they cannot afford to buy him the foods he needs to overcome malnutrition. His poor diet has made his immune system weak, and left him with little energy to grow and play. Malnutrition has not only stunted his physical growth but also decreased his appetite and delayed his mental and physical development. While most children can crawl by ten months and walk on their own by eighteen, Juan is unable to do either, even with help. If left untreated, Juan could face permanent deficiencies (such as a low IQ) and increased risk for chronic disease as an adult. For $512, Juan's treatment will provide him a protein and nutrient-rich diet to help recuperate his height and weight, as well as deworming medication and micronutrients to strengthen his immune system. Getting Juan treatment now will give him the energy to grow and play, increase his capacity to learn, and eventually help him succeed in school. His mother will also receive intensive nutrition education that will empower her to continue to provide her son an improved diet after the treatment is over. "We dream that our son can grow and develop well, so that when he is big he can be the municipal secretary of the community," shares his mother.

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Pablo's vision has been slowly deteriorating for several years. He was told by a doctor that he likely had cataracts, which are complicating his vision and could make him blind if he does not receive surgery. He lives in an incredibly rural Guatemalan community - 12 hours away from the only hospital in the country capable of giving him the specialized care he needs. 54-year-old Pablo is a friendly and hardworking father - he drives a pickup truck transporting wood from the fields into the city to support his four children. He lives with his family in a one-room house with a tin roof in the northern jungle of Guatemala. He makes only a couple dollars per day and, until his evaluation with the eye specialist, had never been out of his home community. His favorite thing to do when he is not working is to go out and visit his neighbors. Recently, because his vision has gotten so bad, Pablo has been having a hard time at work is worried that he will have an accident if he does not get surgery soon. This surgery, which costs $1500 and will be done with doctors from Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will give Pablo clear lenses so he will be capable of seeing, giving him the ability to work safely without fear of accidents. This surgery will prevent him from becoming blind, and allow him to live a full and happy life in which he is able to provide for his family. "I have been looking for support for one year and so I am so appreciative for the help that I will now get," shares Pablo.

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