Eleanor Farrell
Eleanor's Story

Eleanor joined Watsi on February 11th, 2016. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Eleanor's most recent donation supported Yeng, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.


Eleanor has funded healthcare for 20 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Eleanor

Three weeks ago, three-year-old Stuart, a little boy from Uganda, fell and broke his lower leg while his mother, Aida, was working in the fields. She took him to local healers because she couldn’t afford to go to the hospital, and they did some cutting on his leg to relieve the swelling, but it did not help. When Stuart started to get feverish, Aida thought he might have malaria so she took him to the local health center where he was given medication for malaria, but that didn’t help either. When her cousin came to visit he saw that it was very serious and encouraged Aida to take him to the hospital, where Aida learned that Stuart had fractured his leg. Stuart is one of six children to Aida and Benon, both of whom are small farmers. Benon is gone a lot so Aida does most of the farming to grow food for her family. On her own land she grows potatoes, maize, cassava, and beans. She also works for others to earn extra cash for household items like soap and cooking oil. When he is feeling good, Stuart enjoys running and playing with his brothers and sisters and tries to help his mother by washing the utensils. His favorite foods are rice and beans and goat. Their family needs $138 to fund Stuart's treatment. Stuart will be hospitalized for several days before his leg is set while the swelling reduces and the doctors check his fracture to make sure there is no other infection. Then, once the leg is set and healed, the swelling will subside and Stuart will be able to return to running around and playing with his siblings. Aida would like to say “webare” (thank you) to all those who are helping her. “I didn’t know there was a program like Watsi to help me. I am very grateful,” she shares.

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Meet Eva, a 31-year-old expecting mother who is very excited to be pregnant. She has no children yet and lives with her parents and husband in a mountainous community in Guatemala. Like many other women in the community, she does odd jobs for her neighbors for work. Unfortunately, about a month ago, she spiked a high fever and began to have severe hemorrhaging, indicating a possible placental separation. This is a potentially life-threatening situation for both Eva and the fetus. Two years ago, the same thing happened, and she ended up losing her baby. It was a very difficult process for her, and it has been hard for her to move forward with this recent pregnancy complication. When these life-threatening symptoms returned, she and the family put together all their money, so she could go to a private doctor. The doctor simply prescribed her medications she could not afford to buy, and told her to rest. Eva has had to quit her job in order to be able to stay in bed, and her family no longer has the money to pay for more medical care. Her midwife referred her to Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, so she could have the pregnancy monitored and to prepare Eva for travel to the hospital if her condition worsens. This $377 treatment will allow Eva to get a full diagnostic workup for her condition. Once our medical team has a better idea of what has been causing her hemorrhage, we can ensure she receives treatment to prevent another miscarriage, and keep both her and her unborn child alive and well. Eva shares, "I am very appreciative for the help that I will receive. A few weeks ago, I began to feel my baby move and I am so happy. I know that I need medical care; I just don't have the resources at this time." Our support will allow Eva and her family to bring a healthy baby into the world.

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“We long for the day when Alex is healthy. We hope he grows up to be healthy and intelligent,” shares Alex’s parents. Meet Alex, a 10-month-old infant from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us, “Alex lives with his family in a rural mountainous community in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. Alex's mother works weaving traditional maya blouses and his father works in the fields harvesting and cultivating corn, a job that does not provide a stable income to the family. Although both of his parents want the best for him, they often don't make more than $2 per day, which makes it impossible to give him even one fruit, vegetable, or egg every day,” Alex was diagnosed with acute malnutrition. “Alex is below the average height and the average weight for his age,” WK reports, ”He currently is not consuming enough calories and enough quality foods. As a result his physical growth is stunted, and we worry his mental growth will be stunted as well.” As a result of food insecurity and marginalization, indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world. In addition to growth stunting, malnutrition can lead to lower IQ, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. $512 will fund the treatment Alex needs to address his nutritional deficit and improve his low energy and subsequent limited mental potential. This involves micronutrient and food supplementation, deworming medication to rid Alex of a parasitic infection, and nutrition education for his parents. With these combined efforts, Alex will recoup his weight and height and strengthen his immune system, laying the foundation for a healthier future.

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