Lucie Nguyen
Lucie's Story

Lucie joined Watsi on July 1st, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lucie's most recent donation traveled 5,300 miles to support Veneranda, a small farmer from Uganda, to fund her mass removal surgery.


Lucie has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Lucie

Zaw is an 11-year-old boy from Burma who has an abnormal growth in his nostrils. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers. Zaw has completed fourth grade, but he stopped attending fifth grade earlier this year due to his nasal condition. Both of Zaw's siblings are currently in school. When he was nine years old, Zaw's mother noticed that he had a nasal problem, but she could not see the abnormal growth inside his nostrils. His condition would worsen at night, when Zaw found it difficult to breathe. Finally, they visited a clinic, where Zaw's mother was informed that Zaw had nasal polyps in both of his nostrils. These polyps are benign growths that form on the lining of the nose or sinuses. Several months after his visit to the clinic, the nasal polyps became visible. Unfortunately, Zaw's family could not afford to pay for more treatment. Both of Zaw's parents work. His mother sells watermelon in town, and his father cuts bamboo and works as a day laborer on construction sites. Most months, the family income is not sufficient to cover basic costs. Zaw's mother borrowed money from a neighbor to make the trip to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), where the office of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is based. After a CT scan, our medical partner's doctors scheduled Zaw for surgery. Currently, Zaw’s condition is poor. He cannot breathe well, and he often feels fatigued and dizzy. Zaw is scheduled to undergo sinus surgery on February 19. Burma Children Medical Fund is requesting $1,500 for the procedure. Zaw's mother hopes that her son will recover quickly so that he can go back to his studies. “I want him to be a medical doctor because he often dreams of being one," she says. “If I am fully recovered, I will go back to school,” Zaw adds.

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Milvia was born only a week ago--but was premature. Milvia is also a twin--a surprise her parents got when they were born! Unfortunately her and her sister Yolanda are both underweight, and her mother is having trouble producing breastmilk--leaving both babies with dangerous weight loss and failure to grow. Without sufficient breastmilk during this delicate time, Milvia's brain development could be permanently affected, she could be at risk of seizures because of hormonal imbalances due to her mother giving her sugar water, and if she gets sick now, it could be life-threatening. Milvia and her sister are constantly crying because they are hungry--making her whole family distressed and feeling powerless to help their daughters. Milvia lives with her 6 brothers and sisters and her parents in a humble home made of adobe with a tin roof. Millie's mother weaves typical Mayan textiles to make money at home while taking care of her children. Her father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops for long hours. Between the two of them, they bring in only a couple dollars per day for the whole family--nowhere near enough to purchase the life-saving formula she and her sister need. Despite being dangerous, this condition is incredibly easy to treat. Milvia will be enrolled on November 16 to receive formula and her parents will receive nutritional education, giving Milvia the treatment she needs now to grow big and strong, and giving her family the tools to recognize and prevent future cases of malnutrition. Her mother said, "I hope that my daughters grow big and healthy without health problems. I want to see my daughters grow to be healthy, intelligent, and in the long term be able to study."

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"We dream that our son can be a great teacher,” shares the mother of 12-month-old Edwin. Edwin is the youngest of five children. He lives with his family in a one-room cinderblock house in Guatemala. His favorite thing to do is to race his toy cars with his siblings. His mother works cooking, cleaning, and taking care of him and his siblings, as well as helping Edwin’s father maintain and harvest the small plot of land they rent where they grow beans and corn. His father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops on a large plantation. Although Edwin’s parents want the best for their son, they do not have the resources to feed him even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that he needs to be able to overcome malnutrition. Edwin's mother has noticed that her son has almost no appetite. This is because Edwin has malnutrition, a condition that results from having a diet that lacks protein, calories, and nutrients. This has made him fail to reach normal growth and developmental indicators, and made his immune system too weak to fight off common illnesses such as coughs and diarrhea. If he does not receive treatment, Edwin could face the consequences of malnutrition for the rest of his life—he could have a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. All these consequences make it less likely he will have a well-paying job as an adult, meaning the cycle of poverty and malnutrition would continue if he decides to have kids. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Edwin recover from malnutrition. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to gain motor skills and learn new words instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Edwin's mother will receive the support she need to feel empowered to give Edwin the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Edwin the chance to live a healthy and productive life and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

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