Natalie Vernon
Natalie's Story

Natalie joined Watsi on August 17th, 2013. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Natalie's most recent donation supported Deborah, a bright nine-year-old student from Haiti, to fund prep and overseas transportation for life-changing cardiac surgery.


Natalie has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.

patients you have funded

“Cheptores is a beautiful and happy seven-year-old girl, the fifth born in a family of six,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Cheptores is currently in nursery school. She enjoys school very much and is sad that she has not been able to attend over the last couple of months.” Seven-year-old Cheptores "was bitten by a snake while she was sleeping two months ago,” reports AMHF. “She developed a large wound on her hand as a result of the bite and has not been able to attend school since.” Her wound is not healing and thus requires surgery to remove damaged tissue and prevent further complications. “If the surgery is not done soon, Cheptores is likely to suffer infection, which could lead to amputation of the hand.” Cheptores’ family is unable to afford the procedure necessary to treat her wound. “Her parents both work as casual workers on neighboring farms in order to support their family,” explains AMHF. Her uncle continues: “They need every cent they earn from work in order to put food on the table.” With $940 in funding, Cheptores can receive a debridement and skin graft procedure to remove dead tissue from her wound, transplant skin to the afflicted area, and repair tendon or nerve damage, improving the healing potential of remaining healthy tissue. This cost subsidizes surgical supplies, hospital stay, medicines, laboratory work, and physiotherapy. “We expect that after the surgery and recovery, the wound will heal and Cheptores will no longer be at risk of infection,” says AMHF. “She will be able to go back to school next term.”

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