Rael Dornfest
Rael's Story

Rael joined Watsi on January 15th, 2014. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Rael's most recent donation supported Savy, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund treatment for osteoarthritis in his right hip.


Rael has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by Rael

Samuel is ten years old and lives with his mother in La Romana, a city in eastern Dominican Republic. He is an excellent student and would like to grow up to be a pediatric cardiologist. Samuel was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which involves several related defects. There is a hole between two chambers of his heart and a muscular blockage in one of his heart's valves. This condition prevents oxygen from fully circulating through his body, leaving him weak and short of breath. Although Samuel is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Samuel will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 13. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Samuel also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Samuel's surgical care. After his treatment, Samuel will be able to grow normally and be free from his condition. He will also be able to pursue his dream of becoming a doctor. "I am excited to be a doctor when I grow up so that I can help other kids who have the same problem I have now," says Samuel.

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Lilibet is a one-month-old baby girl and her parents’ first child. She lives with her mother and father in rural Guatemala. Her mother is a homemaker, and her father works in construction. Her family earns less than three dollars per day, putting treatment for Lilibet out of her family’s economic reach. Lilibet was born premature in September and spent the first fifteen days of her life stabilizing in the hospital. Lilibet’s mother’s milk has not come in, a common occurrence in premature births, leaving her unable to breastfeed Lilibet and provide her baby with the nutrition she needs. Lilibet’s mother has been feeding her sugar water and occasionally milk from a neighbor. As result of Lilibet’s limited diet, she is underweight and small at just over a month old. To stabilize her condition, Lilibet was given a preliminary supply of formula which will last until a nutritionist can create a personalized nutrition plan and begin formal treatment. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, cause dehydration, and provoke electrolyte imbalances that result in seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised and Lilibet is at risk of long-term damage. By supplying Lilibet with formula and the mother with health education, Lilibet will receive the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one motivational education with Lilibet’s mother will prepare her for Lilibet to start eating solid food, as well as help her watch for further signs of malnutrition and other illness. Lilibet’s immune system will strengthen and she will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. $1,107 will cover the costs of the care Lilibet needs. Let's help raise the funds!

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"Sometimes I just can't find anything to do for my daughter because I don't have the resources to give her what she needs,” shares Nataly’s mother. 17-month-old Nataly lives with her mom, her two siblings, and her grandparents in a wood home in Guatemala. Nataly loves to play with her siblings, and with a little teddy bear that a neighbor gave her--it is the only toy she has. Nataly's mother has noticed that her daughter is not growing like she should. Her baby’s height is nearly three standard deviations below what's healthy, but she is still losing weight. Nataly also gets sick with fevers and diarrhea almost every week. These are symptoms of Nataly’s malnutrition, a problem that could stunt her neurodevelopment, weaken her immune system, and put her at risk of chronic diseases in the future. Nataly's mother is raising her by herself, and has not had much support from family. She has been having a hard time finding work to support her kids, and cannot afford the vegetables and eggs that Nataly needs on a daily basis in order to grow. But for $512, we can provide Nataly with the growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation she will need to recover from malnutrition. She will gain weight to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger, preventing her from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea and fevers. The increased caloric intake will also help Nataly develop mentally. Lastly, the requested funding will also sponsor nutritional training for Nataly’s mother, tailored to help her give Nataly a healthy diet that fits the family’s budget. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition. “ I appreciate the help that my daughter will receive so that she can improve and grow well,” Nataly’s mother adds. “I want my daughter to study so she can be a nurse." Let’s give Nataly the chance to someday finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition.

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