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Yinsi Rio Kusuma

UF MEMBERMay all beings be happy & free from suffering

Indonesia   •   Born on March 28

Yinsi's Story

Yinsi joined Watsi on September 11th, 2014. Two years ago, Yinsi joined the Universal Fund and became the 1475th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,486 more people have joined! Yinsi's most recent donation traveled 11,000 miles to support Pedro, a baby boy from Guatemala, to fund treatment for lactation failure.

Impact

Yinsi has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by Yinsi

Chris

Chris is thin child with a bloated tummy. He is only eight months old and loves to play with his toys. His family lives in a small house made of bamboo. His father works as a fisherman and has difficulty providing for the family. Chris has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, Chris will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Chris will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Chris's mother says, "I am hoping that Christopher will grow strong and recover from malnutrition."

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Kiiza

Kiiza is a 77-year-old man from Uganda. Since retiring from his career as a high school teacher, he enjoys spending his time writing, editing, and translating books in his native language. For the past year, Kiiza has been experiencing pain and swelling from a right reducible inguinal hernia. An inguinal hernia is a protrusion of the intestines through a weak region in the abdominal muscles. Its presence makes coughing, bending at the waist, or lifting heavy objects very painful. Due to the pain, Kiiza was unable to sit upright. He had a backache and constant headaches. His right leg was partially paralyzed. "I have a lot of pain," shared Kiiza, "but I have faith that I will be well again." When Kiiza was diagnosed with the inguinal hernia last year, he had no means to pay for treatment. Then, he visited our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, and was advised to have an operation to repair the hernia. On November 30, Kiiza underwent a hernia repair surgery. During the operation, the doctor pushed the protruding tissue back into the abdomen and sewed together the weakened muscle with a synthetic mesh. Over time, muscle tissue will grow into and around the mesh to strengthen the area. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to pay for Kiiza's care. Funding for him also covers the costs of three nights in the hospital, pain medicine, antibiotics, and blood tests. After recovery, Kiiza hopes to continue translating books.

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Esvin

"When they told me in the health outpost that my son wasn't growing well, I was filled with sadness and I was worried," shares the mother of 10-month-old Esvin. "It has been difficult because he always gets sick. I can't wait to see my son improve. I appreciate the support that you all will give so he can improve, can grow well, and go to school and one day be a professional. I want him to be a professor and teach classes." Esvin's mother has been saddened ever since the health workers at the government-run health outpost told her that her son was losing weight, and that his health was in danger. Our community health worker was able to get in contact with her and now Esvin has the opportunity to receive life-saving treatment for his malnutrition - giving him the chance he needs to receive a healthy and varied diet and overcome malnutrition. Esvin's parents can't afford toys for him, so he plays with things around the house or with his older sister, who is 12. She often takes care of him and talks with him, which always makes him smile. Esvin comes from a humble family with few resources-- they all live in a small one-room adobe house with a tin roof. His father works as a day laborer, but he does not get sufficient pay, and many days he doesn't get paid at all. His mother does not work because she spends her days taking care of Esvin and his sister, cooking, and cleaning the house. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation will help Esvin recover from malnutrition, which will put him on track to live a better life in the future. This treatment, which costs $512, will help him gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. Additionally, Esvin's parents will receive support to give him the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Esvin the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

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Zin Oo

23-year-old Zin Oo lives in Thailand with his wife, one-year-old daughter, four younger siblings, and his parents. They recently moved from Burma to Thailand three years ago seeking better job opportunities. Zin Oo's parents are no longer able to bring in an income, so his entire family depends on Zin Oo and his wife as the only source of financial support. Earlier this year, Zin Oo was in an accident while driving his motorbike to drop off a friend. Pieces of roofing from an unfinished construction site blew onto Zin Oo and his motorbike, causing him to crash into a small channel in the side of the road. The crash broke a bone in Zin Oo's lower leg, so he went to the local hospital where doctors were able to surgically secure his bone back into place with rods. Zin Oo was able to pay for this operation with the little savings he had working on a potato farm, but now he needs another surgery to remove the pins that the surgeons had used-- surgery he cannot afford. Zin Oo used to be able to save some money, but after his accident and visits to the hospital all the money that he saved is gone. Zin Oo can no longer work because of the pain and discomfort in his leg, so his wife now has to work most of the time as a day laborer. This sole income is not enough for even just everyday expenses. “It has been hard for the family since Zin Oo got in an accident because he is the one that the family depends on”, shares Zin Oo's mother. Zin Oo feels like he has become a burden on his wife and his family due to his leg condition. Let's help him raise $1500 for his operation so that he can complete the full procedure to heal his broken leg. After treatment and recovery, he will be able to walk again free of pain. Zin Oo and his family are very grateful for his treatment, and he is excited to return to supporting his family. “I want to recover quickly, continue my work and then I can help my family," Zin Oo shares.

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Esther

Meet Esther, a 15-year-old student from Kenya with dreams of becoming a banker. She is the second born child in a family of three children raised by a single mother. Esther comes from a poor family, but luckily her education is sponsored by a local bank in the country. Esther's mother works as a waitress to support her family's needs, but the burden of providing for the family is heavy because Esther's father does not offer child support. Esther started developing blisters on her leg in December of 2012 and was taken to different hospitals for medical treatment. Due to the infection on her left leg, Esther is not only in pain, but her leg is also swollen and she has difficulty walking. As a result of her physical impairment, she now attends a special school as well. She has previously received skin grafting and debridement (removal of damaged tissue) surgeries, but these cost her mother over $3,125. However, treatment is vital for Esther. If not treated, she may end up developing severe infection, which may result in amputation. Thus, Esther was referred to our facility for further treatment. For $940, Esther will undergo another debridement, but if this seems as though it would affect her heel bone, which surgeons find unlikely, they would instead employ a VAC, or vacuum-assisted closure, which drains blood or other fluids from a wound. About a week following this, they would then do a skin graft. Once she is healed, Esther will be able move about more easily and return to a more normal lifestyle. “I would like to be well and attend a normal school to realize my dream of becoming a banker," shares Esther.

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