Chris joined Watsi on July 10th, 2014. 191 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Chris' most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support German, a two-week-old baby from Guatemala, to grow and develop normally.
Chris has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 2 countries.
Meet little German, a two-week-old baby from Guatemala. German was born a healthy baby boy, but his delivery led to complications for his mom and required her to be in the hospital for some time. "Because of her illness, German’s mom has barely been able to produce any milk, and he’s been losing weight rapidly as a result," our hospital partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), tells us. “German's mother came to us this week asking for help. She is very worried about her baby's health, and she has no household income to speak of. Milk formula is extremely expensive, and she has no way to pay for it.” For $1,220, German and his mother will receive growth monitoring by nutrition experts and infant formula for his first year of life. His mom will also receive coaching on continuing breastfeeding and supplementing with formula. "With this treatment, German will regain weight quickly and should go on to grow and develop completely normally," the WK team tells us. Let's make it happen.
"Luis is motivated to get back to work and become more independent in his life, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, writes. Luis is 25 years old and recently incurred injuries after an accident with high-voltage electricity wires. After the accident, both of Luis's arms had to be amputated. He's been unable to work or have any time of independence since. "Luis has very little money, especially now that he is unable to work. As a result prosthetic arms are completely out of the question for him financially." With $1255, we can still make the use of his arms possible again for Luis. Custom-made prosthetics would allow Luis to regain day-to-day independence and restore his self-esteem in the meanwhile. What are we waiting for?
Maria, a newborn just under two weeks old from Guatemala, was the result of an undesired pregnancy. Luckily, a wonderful family in a rural community eagerly adopted Maria, raising her as their own. Our hospital partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, writes. "they are so excited about this little child, and they brought her to see us. The major problem is that, since she is adopted, there is no maternal milk supply. Furthermore, her new family is quite poor and can't therefore afford to buy milk formula for the baby. They are struggling to scrape together what money they have, but in the meantime, the child is losing weight and not growing well." They add, "it was a real pleasure to meet this family, the parents are so excited to have a new baby and to be able to have adopted this little one out of a bad situation. At the same time, they're worried about how to make ends meet, and they've come to us for help." For $1220, we can provide the final step for Maria achieving health and happiness with her new family. Maria will receive close growth monitoring treatment by nutrition experts. Her new mom will receive coaching on how to properly supplement with formula and will be provided with all the necessary infant formula Maria will need through her first year of life. With this treatment, Maria will regain weight quickly and grow and develop normally.
Say hi to Rhema, a sweet four-month-old baby girl living in Uganda! Rhema lives with her parents and older siblings. Her mother, Nancy, stays at home with the children while her father works for the local government as a district counselor. Rhema was born with hydrocephalus, which is an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. This condition causes massive head size and "sun-setting" eyes, causing reduced vision. Without surgery, Rhema is likely to suffer brain damage due to the increased intracranial pressure. Rhema’s mother says, “we live and survive by the grace of God, baby included.” Let’s raise $1750 to help Rehma survive through an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV). This treatment will relieve the fluid build up on her brain, allowing the swelling in her head to decrease. This will put Rhema out of danger of blindness and further damage to her brain.