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Julie Duncan Garcia


United States

Julie's Story

Julie joined Watsi on July 30th, 2014. Three years ago, Julie joined the Universal Fund and became the 270th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,841 more people have joined! Julie's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Dinnier, a baby boy from Philippines, to fund cleft lip repair surgery.


Julie has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 8 countries.

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Lyamuleme is a 65-year-old husband and father who cultivates beans and groundnuts in Uganda. He sometimes works as a casual laborer to supplement his farm income. One year ago, Lyamuleme developed a swelling in his scrotum that continues to increase in size. He experiences occasional pain and a great deal of discomfort because of the swelling. As result, he is unable to walk long distances, and he has to wear larger trousers. Lyamuleme has a hydrocele, a sac of watery fluid around one or both testicles that causes swelling in the scrotum or groin. The fluid comes from the abdomen and travels along the same paths that the testes follow when they descend into the scrotum before or shortly after birth. Hydroceles can occur at any age, and their cause is generally unknown. At the start of 2016, Lyamuleme visited a health center and was advised to have surgery. He could not afford to pay for the procedure, as the swelling and his advancing age prevent him from working as much as he used to. On the advice of his younger brother (who underwent surgery funded by Watsi earlier this year), he came to Holy Family Virika Hospital to seek assistance for his condition. For $215, Lyamuleme will undergo a hydrocele repair to decrease the scrotal swelling. The surgeon will make a small incision in his scrotum to remove the sac of fluid and then use stitches to close the path between the scrotum and abdomen so that no more fluid can accumulate. Funding also covers the cost of a two-week hospital stay and medicine to prevent infection. "I feel uncomfortable because of my condition," shares Lyamuleme. "After surgery, I hope to [feel comfortable again] and to continue working to produce food."

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Meet Neseriani, a one-month-old baby from Tanzania. Neseriani was born with an open lesion on her lower back, which was leaking cerebral spinal fluid. The journey to the hospital started that very night, and early in the morning, Neseriani and her mother reached the hospital where they were received very well. Unfortunately, the doctor who is able to deal with cases such as Neseriani’s was not available. Neseriani has been diagnosed with myelomeningocele, a serious form of spina bifida where the spinal cord does not develop or close properly. She also has hydrocephalus, a condition where excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates on the brain. Neseriani’s parents are small scale farmers. They rely on growing and selling maize and beans. Every Friday, Neseriani’s father goes to the market to try and sell other peoples’ goats and by doing that he earns some money. They own a small, round, mud house and are doing their best to care for their two children. To avoid serious complications from her conditions, Neseriani needs a $1,200 operation. This will close the open lesion on her back and install a shunt to drain the excess fluid from her brain. The operation will prevent Neseriani from easily contracting infection through the open lesion and also the increased intracranial pressure will be managed to prevent Neseriani from losing her eyesight. Neseriani’s parents love their little baby, and are praying for her to get well and grow up like other children.

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