Marie French
Marie's Story

Marie joined Watsi on December 16th, 2015. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Marie's most recent donation supported Vanna, a woman from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery.


Marie has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 10 countries.

Patients funded by Marie

Ponleu is an 18-year-old taxi driver who lives in Cambodia. He has three sisters and three brothers. In his free time, he likes to watch action movies on TV, listen to music, and drink coffee. Two years ago, Ponleu was involved in a car accident in which his left thigh was lacerated. He went to a provincial hospital for treatment, and he recovered and walked normally again after one year. On March 4, Ponleu fractured his left leg. He went to a private clinic, where surgeons performed an ORIF—open reduction and internal fixation—procedure and attached hardware to heal the fracture. On April 3, his parents took him to Vietnam to remove the hardware and perform an external fixation procedure. Pathology results from that procedure showed that he has osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones. Ponleu knew about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), because his uncle had eye surgery there before. Ponleu returned from Vietnam on May 4 and traveled for eight hours with his father to reach Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre (CSC's care center) for evaluation and treatment by doctors. Ponleu's left knee is painful and swollen, and it is difficult for him to walk. On May 9, surgeons at CSC will perform an above-the-knee amputation to keep the cancer from spreading and to relieve Ponleu's pain. CSC requests $446 to pay for the operation, four nights in the hospital, food, and post-operative care. Let's help fund surgery for Ponleu!

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Dany is six months old, and he is underweight and small for his age. 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, Dany will begin malnutrition treatment on June 8, 2016. Dany lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural highlands. He loves playing with his toy plastic horse and eating his favorite foods, which are rice and soup. He is a friendly, happy baby, and he makes everyone around him smile. Dany’s father works every day in the local countryside, cultivating blackberries and corn, which he later sells in the local market. Dany’s mother stays at home and takes care of the family and their household needs. Dany’s parents worry about their son’s growth, but they do not have the resources to pay for Dany’s $492 malnutrition treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Dany 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 Dany a chance to grow healthy and strong. Dany’s mother says, “Thank you so much for this support my son will receive. I am very happy to be a part of the nutrition program and hope that with time my son gets better.”

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