Preston Stuteville
Preston's Story

Preston joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,771 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Preston's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Chit, a father from Thailand, to fund a CT scan.

Impact

Preston has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Preston

Raedan is a small two-year-old boy with a bloated belly. He lives with his family in a house made of bamboo and metal sheets. His mother works farming seaweed to earn a living. Raedan loves to play with his neighbors and friends. Raedan has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens Raedan's growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 21. Raedan 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. Raedan's grandmother says that she wants Raedan to grow healthy and strong and hopes that he can finish his studies.

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"I hope that my son can grow and be a good teacher when he's big," shares the mother of 19-month-old Jeffry. Jeffry is the youngest of three children. He lives with his siblings and parents in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural village in the mountains of Guatemala. He loves to race his toy cars with his older siblings. His father works as an assistant to a bricklayer and his mother takes care of him and his siblings. They often live on less than $2 per day, meaning giving their son even just one piece of fruit, one vegetable, and one egg is out of reach. Jeffry is suffering from malnutrition because his parents have not been able to afford to provide him with a healthy and varied diet. His lack of protein, calories, and nutrients have made him nearly three standard deviations below the healthy size for his age. His body is weak and unable to fight off sicknesses, meaning he comes down with diarrhea, fever, or a respiratory infection almost every week. His mother is worried since lately he has not had an appetite and hasn't had the energy to play with his two older siblings. In the long term, Jeffry could have a lower IQ and a greater risk for chronic diseases if he does not receive treatment for his malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation will help Jeffry recover from malnutrition - immediately saving his life and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will strengthen with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Jeffry's parents will receive the support they need to give him the proper diet to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Jeffry the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

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Kheth is a 33-year-old moto taxi driver who lives with his wife and son in Cambodia. He enjoys playing football and helping his parents on their farm. Kheth began experiencing discharge from both of his ears when he was two years old. Frequent ear infections—known as chronic otitis media—caused tears in each ear's tympanic membrane. This has caused him recurrent ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain, and he was treated unsuccessfully with oral antibiotics and ear drops. The tympanic membrane—commonly known as the eardrum—is a thin membrane that separates the external ear structures from the middle and inner ear. It plays a major role in hearing by transmitting sound waves from the air to the middle ear, where the waves are converted to nerve impulses that travel to the brain. The eardrum also protects the middle ear from foreign objects, water, and bacteria. A tear in the eardrum can lead to hearing loss and increased the risk of infection. On January 4, 2016, Kheth underwent a myringoplasty—surgery to repair the tympanic membrane—on his right ear at Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). His right ear has healed well, and his hearing has already improved from that ear. Kheth still experiences recurrent ear discharge, hearing loss, and pain in his left ear. Surgeons will now perform a myringoplasty on the left ear to repair the perforated tympanic membrane, treat his infection, stop the pain and discharge, and allow his hearing to improve. $399 pays for Kheth's second myringoplasty as well as two days of hospital care and three follow-up appointments in the first month after the surgery. "I hope my ear discharge stops on the left side and my hearing will get better like my right ear," shares Kheth.

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