Cole Vertikoff
Cole's Story

Cole joined Watsi on December 24th, 2015. 66 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Cole's most recent donation supported Nay Myo, a young boy from Burma, to fund spleen removal surgery.


Cole has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 2 countries.

All patients funded by Cole

“Miriam loves to play with her rattle and her sister Maria, while their mother embroiders blouses to sell and works in the fields,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Their father is a farmer, and works long hours on a property next to their town.” Miriam is eight months old, and lives with her family in Guatemala. Miriam, her six siblings, and her parents are closely knit. Her parents don't have much income, but they work together to best support their family. Despite these efforts, Miriam displays signs of malnutrition. She has not hit major developmental milestones and is far below the average weight and height for her age. "If her nutrition does not improve, she will be at risk of the long term effects of malnutrition, and her physical and mental development will be stunted," WK continues, "which will prevent her from reaching her full potential." For $512, Miriam can get the treatment she needs. She will be seen by doctors and nutritionists, and receive macronutrients, food supplements, and medication. Doctors will provide growth monitoring to ensure that the intervention is having a positive impact. Her mother will also receive nutritional education to help improve her confidence and ability to make healthy choices for her family. This will help her support Miriam and her siblings in the long-term. After treatment, “she will start to recoup the height and weight she has lost and her immune system will improve,” WK shares. Along with short term improvements, WK is optimistic that Miriam will fight off major risks for chronic disease in adulthood. “We are so grateful for your support and for what we will learn from this,” shares her mother. “I have many children, and I just want what is best for them.”

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