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Daniel R Cortes

United States

Daniel's Story

Daniel joined Watsi on September 10th, 2014. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Daniel's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Grace, a student from Kenya, to remove a life-threatening tumor.

Impact

Daniel has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Daniel

Kham

Meet Kham, an eight-year-old boy from Thailand who loves to paint and enjoys learning English. Currently, Kham has very blurry vision out of his right eye and has been diagnosed with a detached retina, meaning that the retina has separated from the back of the eye. Burma Border Projects, our medical partner, writes that “without surgery, blindness may result. He has already lost vision in his left eye due to retinal detachment so it's imperative for his future wellbeing he have the surgery.” "Kham grew up in Burma but moved to Thailand a year and a half ago when his family made the decision to leave in search of better work opportunities. His parents are day laborers and earn a very low income of $20 a day between them. They have spent all their savings and have gone into debt trying to raise money for his medical treatment for his left eye in vain.” Kham has stopped schooling in order to get treatment, and though his parents are worried, “they are very hopeful that the surgery to fix his right eye will be a success and will secure him a brighter future." "With treatment, Kham's vision in his right eye will be fully or partially restored. Kham is looking forward to seeing clearly out of his right eye and returning to school. He understands that he has already missed out on a lot of school and will be behind. However, he is very determined to catch up with the class!" For $1500, Kham can get retinal reattachment surgery that will help him see clearly again.

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Kaung

This guy is two-month-old Kaung from Burma. His father works as a driving assistant, earning just enough to meet the family's basic needs. Kaung was born with hydrocephalus as well as a cleft lip. “The pressure of the liquid in his brain pushes Kaung’s eyes downwards," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "Because of his cleft lip his mother isn't able to breastfeed him...so he has to use a little slit in the teat of the babies milk bottle to help him feed.” In addition to the potential for longer term cognitive developmental challenges, Kaung is experiencing heart palpitations and difficulty breathing. While Kaung's parents are worried about their child and being unable to cover the cost of his care, they are doing the best they can to give their son everything he needs in life. "Once Kaung gets better, his mother hopes that he will be educated in the future," the BBP team writes. "His father hopes that Kaung will be able to go to international school, and he says that he will try his best to provide a good life for his son." $1200 will cover the cost of the ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery which Kaung needs to drain the fluid accumulating in Kaung’s head due to hydrocephalus. "After treatment, the size of Kaung's head will reduce to normal size," BBP tells us. "Once the fluid is drained he will be able to support his head unassisted. His eye condition will improve and he will have more energy. When he has healed from the shunt operation, he will be able to receive treatment for his cleft lip.”

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$1,200raised
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