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Jonas Huckestein

MONTHLY DONOR

United Kingdom

Jonas' Story

Jonas joined Watsi on November 7th, 2014. Four years ago, Jonas became the 618th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,488 more people have become monthly donors! Jonas' most recent donation traveled 6,200 miles to support Yan, a woman from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.

Impact

Jonas has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Jonas

Kelvin

“Kelvin’s life has not been easy for someone so young,” shares Kelvin’s mother, a native of Kenya. Her two-year-old son has two undescended testicles, meaning his testes have not moved completely from his abdomen into his scrotum as they should have while he was in the womb. This is a dangerous situation for Kelvin, since testes need to remain in the slightly cooler environment of the scrotum in order to develop correctly. If left where they are, “Kelvin may develop testicular cancer and/or a hernia,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “He may also be at risk of infertility if not treated.” Fortunately, Kelvin’s condition is not irreversible. With an operation called orchidopexy, doctors can use two small incisions to move Kelvin’s testicles into their proper location in his scrotum. Kelvin’s mother is the sole income earner in their household, and must also use her earnings to support Kelvin’s grandmother and siblings, who also live with them. “With a single salary as a subsistence farmer, there is no way in which Kelvin’s mother could finance her son’s surgical treatment herself,” AMHF explains. $570 will fully sponsor the double orchidopexy surgery that Kelvin requires, as well as the three-day hospital stay, medications, and lab tests that he will need to recuperate from the operation. “I wish to give Kelvin the opportunity to be able to follow his dreams and ambitions in life,” says Kelvin’s mother, “but I feel helpless that I cannot give this to him myself.” We can help give Kelvin a chance to grow up healthy!

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Angela

Meet Angela, a two-month-old girl from Guatemala. Angela has two older brothers, ages seven and 10. Her father works as a day laborer who picks crops, cuts firewood, and plants beans and seeds. Angela’s mother used to weave traditional Mayan textiles but now spends all of her time caring for her children. “Angela's mother cannot produce breastmilk to feed her child,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us. Access to maternal milk is critical for newborn babies to reach their physical and mental developmental potential. Without it, Angela must rely on milk formula which is extremely expensive. “Angela’s mother could afford to buy one container of formula, but she has been watering it down with sugar water, making Angela gain a lot of weight but putting her at risk of many serious health complications due to the lack of vitamins, minerals, and antibodies she is not receiving enough of,” explains WK. Without enough of the proper nutrients, Angela is at risk of stunted growth, poor mental development, and chronic illness. $1,016 will fund medical care to treat Angela’s nutritional deficiencies. She will receive milk formula, vitamin supplements, and visits with a nutritionist over the course of 12 months to get her nutritional health back on track. “Angela’s parents will also receive nutrition education to ensure that she has a chance to reach all her developmental milestones, have normal intellectual development, and be more successful in school,” shares WK. “I just want my daughter to grow and not get sick,” says Angela’s mother. Let's support Angela and her family and help fund the treatment Angela needs.

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Nahomy

Since 3-month-old Nahomy was born, her mother has been unable to provide sufficient breast milk for her. “Her family is poor and cannot afford expensive formula, so instead Nahomy has been drinking whatever breast milk her mother can supply and otherwise going hungry,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “She is losing weight and is not growing in height.” Nahomy’s mother has lactational failure, and as a result, Nahomy lives with malnutrition. “Nahomy is an only child of two loving parents,” WK continues. “Her mom weaves textiles and cares for all the household chores, while her father works as a farm hand. They have very little income, and do not own any land. Her mother and father both have a 3rd grade level education, because they had to drop out of school to work to support their families when they were young.” “Her mother is young and worried what will happen if her child does not receive supplemental milk of some kind,” WK says. “Without intervention Nahomy will continue to lose weight and will be at risk of infection, illness, permanents physical and mental damage, and even death.” For $1,016, Nahomy and her mother will receive care, treatment, and medication to address Nahomy’s malnutrition. “Treating lactation failure is easy and effective,” WK says. “Formula supplementation will prevent Nahomy from dying from dehydration or starvation. It will promote normal physical and mental development and gives Nahomy the chance to reach her full growth potential. Nutrition education provides the mother with the skills she needs to ensure her child’s healthy growth and development, and will prepare her for when she starts to introduce solid food into Nahomy’s diet. Nutrition education will help her to give Nahomy everything she needs to be healthy and growing, as well as recognize if/when Nahomy needs other medical attention.” “I hope God will bring my daughter good health, strength, the ability to study and graduate to become a professional,” her mother says. “I want her to have a better life than we have now.”


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