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Jacob Zobrist

United States   •   Born on January 5

Jacob's Story

Jacob joined Watsi on March 29th, 2015. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jacob's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Irshad, a baby boy from Kenya, to fund anorectoplasty surgery.

Impact

Jacob has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Jacob

Irshad

Irshad was diagnosed with an anorectal malformation a day or two after birth. This followed frequent vomiting, poor feeding and distention of his abdomen. A colostomy (a perforation on his abdomen to aid in passing stool) was put in place at day three and after six weeks a pull-through procedure was done. This was to create an anal opening. In order to keep the newly created anus from closing, Irshad’s parents were advised to do dilation which according to them, they faithfully did. Upon review, the doctor noted that the anal opening was not well dilated and would need a revision. The doctor then referred them to Watsi Medical Partner care center BethanyKids Hospital where surgery has been recommended. If not treated, Irshad will not be able to pass stool normally. The cost of buying colostomy bags has proven to be quite expensive for his parents and thus, they have resulted to using old clothes. This puts little Irshad at risk of infection and scarring at the colostomy site due to occasional leakages. Irshad’s parents hoped that the national health insurance fund would help fund the treatment, but since it is a repeat surgery, their request was turned down. Irshad’s father is employed casually as an office messenger while his mother is a full-time mom. Irshad is the second born of two children. He lives with his parents and elder brother in a two-room rental house in the coastal region of Kenya. His father assures that he can raise Kes15,000, but that is not enough to support the surgery needed and thus appeals for help.

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Inday

Inday is a two-year-old girl. She loves to sing, dance, and play with other children. She lives with her parents and four siblings in a small house made of concrete and wood. Their water comes from a manual water pump. Her father works hard as a driver. Inday has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 24. Inday 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. Inday's mother says, "I hope my daughter will finish her studies, get a degree she likes, and be active in the church."

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Akiiza

Akiiza is 45-years-old, a widow, and mother of three. Two of her children are studying at the University and one has a beauty salon. Akiiza has a fresh foods business where she gets money to educate her children and look after the family. Akiiza feels lucky because both of her children at the University have partial scholarships; otherwise she wouldn’t be able to afford to pay for their education. Akiiza started experiencing lower abdominal pain and bleeding in the year 2000. In the past five years, she started feeling numbness of the lower limbs. In 2013, she was diagnosed with fibroids, which were removed for free at a government hospital. After surgery, pain stopped but resumed at the beginning of 2016. Now, she is also feeling back pain and numbness of the lower limbs again. Akiiza has visited hospitals five times and each time she has been advised to have surgery but she is unable to pay for it. She was advised to come and seek for assistance at Virika hospital by a woman who received a total abdominal hysterectomy surgery from Watsi funding in the past. Due to pain she is unable to lift heavy items and to travel on trucks. For $250, we can provide Akiiza with total abdominal hysterectomy surgery to remove her uterus, relieving her of pain and discomfort. After surgery she hopes to resume doing her business, which she had stopped because it involves a lot of lifting and traveling. "My children look up to me for everything. I spend almost all the money I get on them. I want them to get good education," shares Akiiza.

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Faisal

“I just hope my baby will get well,” says Faisal’s mother, who recently had to close down her cafe business to care full-time for her son. Faisal's father is an independent contractor, and the couple is incredibly concerned for their son's health. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tell us that Faisal was born with a variation of spina bifida known as myelomeningocele (MMC). With MMC, the back bone and spinal canal do not fully close, causing the spinal nerves to protrude and form a bulge at the back. Faisal has also developed hydrocephalus, an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the head. In his current state, he “is at risk of contracting infection and losing his eyesight.” “Their first child did not survive because it was a stillbirth," AMHF continues, "so they hope Faisal will get the right treatment and live. They haven't been able to receive comprehensive care for their son as his condition worsens. AMHF can help Faisal with surgical repair of his spinal cord and brain. During surgery, his back bone will be fixed. Additionally, the fluid in his brain will be drained, and his skull repaired. This procedure will costs $1,200, which includes surgical and medical fees, ten days to recover in the hospital, two weeks in a rehabilitation center, and five sessions of physical therapy. AMHF adds that “the treatment will save Faisal’s sight, and he will no longer lose CSF through the lesion on his back.”

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Melany

“Melany is happy child. She loves to play with a little doll given to her by a neighbor and she also likes to dance and imitate her mom singing, even if she cannot say the words,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). 14-month-old Melany is from Guatemala, and currently lives with acute malnutrition. "Melany has diarrhea and fever," says WK. "Her appetite is low and she is far below the average height and weight for her age. Frequent diarrhea prevents Melany from absorbing critical nutrients, and extreme poverty has prevented her mother from being able to buy protein and nutrient-dense foods for Melany. She is showing signs of developmental delays, and at 14 months she cannot sit or walk on her own." "Without intervention, Melany will continue to fall away from the growth curve, her immune system will continue to weaken and her physical and mental growth will be further limited," continues WK. "She is at risk of the long-term and detrimental effects of malnutrition.” Melany and many other WK patients are indigenous Guatemalans – one of the most marginalized and vulnerable populations in the world. They live in rural areas and suffer from high rates of food insecurity. For $512, we can fund a multifaceted treatment for Melany’s malnutrition. “This treatment will give Melany the growth monitoring, medication, micronutrient and food supplementation she needs to succeed. Her mother will receive nutrition education that will improve Melany’s health now and for years to come,” explains WK. Melany's mother shares, “I am so happy to be a part of this program and hope my little girl will be able to recover from malnutrition soon.”

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