Fred Cheng
Fred's Story

Fred joined Watsi on October 19th, 2013. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Fred's most recent donation supported Chanthoeun, a farmer from Cambodia, for surgery to restore his hearing.


Fred has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Fred

Two-month-old Gregorio lives with his parents and older sibling in Guatemala. “Gregorio is acutely malnourished due to his mother's lack of breast milk,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us. “His mother is not able to produce enough breast milk for him to survive, meaning that he weighs even less than when he was born.” While Gregorio’s mother takes care of the children during the day, his father leaves their home early every morning to chop wood on the mountain and sell it in town. Despite the long hours of hard work, his father earns very little money and can afford only very basic foods like tortillas. As a result, the family is unable to buy formula for Gregorio. “Gregorio’s mother has been supplementing the little milk she makes with water, which depletes Gregorio’s electrolytes and puts him at risk of seizures and permanent brain damage,” WK continues. The inability to produce breast milk—known as lactational failure—is a serious condition for a newborn baby without access to formula. Fortunately, treatment for Gregorio is possible. “Formula will give Gregorio the nutrients, calories, and protein he needs to grow,” WK explains, “His mother will receive one-on-one motivational nutrition education to prepare her to give him solid foods and teach her how to prevent future malnutrition.” $1,016 pays for a one year’s supply of formula and six months of micronutrient support for Gregorio. Funding also covers the cost of a case manager and a nutritionist to help Gregorio’s mother coordinate his care, plan his meals, and monitor his progress. With treatment, “Gregorio's immune system will grow stronger, saving his life and helping his family to be much less stressed economically,” says WK.

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Meet Dennis, a young 15-year-old boy who lives with his three siblings at their family friend's home in Kenya. His mother works as a house help in the Middle East, and according to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), “Dennis' biggest dream is to have his mother back in Kenya and for him to provide for her every need." “Dennis has a swelling on the right inguinal region,” explains AMHF. “He is experiencing pressure and intense pain around the area.” An inguinal hernia is when the soft tissue from the abdomen (such as fat or part of the intestine) protrudes through a weak part of the abdominal wall in the groin region. “If Dennis is not treated, there is risk of associated life threatening complications such as obstruction, strangulation of the intestines and cutting off blood supply to body tissues,” continues AMHF. "Dennis' mother managed to send [him] some money for his treatment," says AMHF, "but she could not raise the funds required for Dennis' surgical care." Dennis continues to explain, "My mother has struggled to get the money she sent for me to get treated and this is the most she could raise." $430 in funding will pay for Dennis' operation to fix the defect in his abdominal wall that was caused by the protrusion. While Dennis is under general anaesthesia, doctors will make an incision in the area where his hernia is located in order to bring the edges of the defect together and lay a patch of mesh on the repaired section to further strengthen the closure. After this procedure, Dennis will no longer be in pain and will be able to concentrate in school and work towards his dreams. "I am disturbed knowing that my mother works as a house help in the Middle East," says Dennis. "My biggest dream and hope is to help her someday when I am through with school."

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Meet, Alinafe, a one-year old baby girl living in Malawi. To support the family, “Alinafe’s mother runs a small scale business to earn their living,” shares our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM). At a crucial point in her early childhood development, Alinafe has experienced growth issues as a result of a condition called hydrocephalus. Alinafe was brought to WAM’s clinic when her mother observed a growth on her head. A medical examination confirmed the diagnosis of hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a rare neurological medical condition caused by a fluid buildup in a localized area of the brain. Without intervention, the pressure and fluid buildup can lead to long term health complications, especially throughout important stages of childhood development. At this point, Alinafe is beginning to have problems with her vision and is experiencing issues with walking. With, $992, Alinafe will undergo surgery to drain the excess fluid from her brain. This procedure will be done by means of an endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV), which will naturally drain out the blocked fluid. In addition to her operation, Alinafe will receive seven days of hospitalized care as well as all of the necessary preoperative and postoperative examinations required for a safe surgery. This procedure is expected to have a great impact on Alinafe’s childhood growth and overall health, allowing her to “regain her sight and start walking again,” comments WAM. “I am hopeful to have the surgery done,” Alinfe’s mother shares.

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