melodie mitchell
melodie's Story

melodie joined Watsi on December 14th, 2016. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! melodie's most recent donation supported Esther, a baby girl from Haiti, to fund transport for heart surgery.

Impact

melodie has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by melodie

“I hope to get help for this surgery so that I can go back home and continue living a normal life.” Dennis, an 18-year-old boy from central Kenya, is the second-born in a family of five children. His parents are small-scale farmers, and since graduating from high school in 2015, he has been working on their small piece of land. He has been searching for more formal employment as well. Dennis was a healthy teenager until three days ago, when he was hit with sudden bouts of vomiting and severe abdominal pain. His mother brought him to Nazareth Hospital, our medical partner's care center, because the local public hospital is not operating. There, an abdominal x-ray revealed that Dennis has intestinal obstruction, meaning that the movement of waste through his intestines has been blocked. This is a life-threatening condition; if left untreated, his bowel could rupture, leading to leaking of harmful intestinal content into the abdominal cavity. Fortunately, Dennis has been scheduled for emergency surgery on September 21. But he needs your help to pay for it. When we raise $750, we will be able to fully cover his operation, as well as his lab tests, medications, and one night’s stay in the hospital. After his surgery, it is expected that Dennis will be able to go back to farming. He will also be able to continue looking for formal employment to sustain himself. Let’s make sure this young man is able to make the most of his early career by restoring him to good health.

$750raised
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Levi is a 17-month-old boy from Guatemala. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Levi began malnutrition treatment on November 14, 2016. Levi lives with his parents and brother in rural Guatemala. He likes to play cars with his brother. His father works hard as a day laborer in the fields, but his income is small and unsteady. While Levi's parents want the best for their son, their resources are already stretched thin. They cannot afford to pay for his $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Levi recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Levi a chance to grow healthy and strong. "My son always gets sick, and it worries me because he stops eating," says Levi's mother. "He stops wanting to play with his brother and only cries. We––my husband and I––try to give him what he needs, but we do not always have the resources. I am thankful for the help you all will give my son. God bless you. When my son is bigger, I hope that he will be a doctor."

$512raised
Fully funded