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CHris' Story

CHris joined Watsi on August 22nd, 2015. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! CHris' most recent donation supported Abraham, a toddler from Tanzania, to treat severe burns.

Impact

CHris has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 2 countries.

All patients funded by CHris

“Jhony is a happy, affectionate baby – always laughing, smiling and giving hugs,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). The nine-month-old baby boy lives with his mother, twin sister, and two older brothers in Guatemala. Jhony is growing at a slower rate than normal due to acute malnutrition. WK states, “Jhony is losing weight and his mother, who is raising her children on her own, does not know what to do to increase his weight and rate of growth. If intervention does not occur Jhony will continue to experience delayed physical and mental development. His immune system will weaken and he will be [at] risk of the long-term effects of acute malnutrition.” Jhony’s mother, a single parent, earns her income selling tortillas. However, her income is not enough to support the cost of Jhony's treatment. With $535, Jhony will begin a 90-days nutritional support program. Over three months, micronutrient food supplements will gradually be introduced into his diet--allowing him to safely adjust to the changes. For his weak immune system, Jhony will receive medication to protect him against infections. Jhony’s mother will also receive an intensive nutrition education. With this treatment, WK says, “Jhony’s immune system will strengthen and he will receive medication and micronutrient supplementation. We anticipate with this support his mother will have the tools she needs to ensure Jhony will increase physical and mental development and have the ability to go far.” Jhony’s mother shares, “My babes are my soul. Although I am alone with my children, I fight for them with all of my heart. I am so thankful for this support to help my babies grow – we really need it.”

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Meet Sucely, a one-year-old girl from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), describes Sucely as an “active and well-tempered child,” who laughs frequently and enjoys playing with dolls. Sucely lives on a compound-style property with her extended family. “Her aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandmother all participate and contribute to the general well-being of family and spend lots of quality time together,” says WK. Recently, Sucely’s parents have been extremely worried about their youngest daughter, who hasn’t been growing like her two older brothers did. After examining Sucely, WK diagnosed her with acute malnutrition. Sucely does not consume enough food, and she is unable to retain nutrients due to parasitic disease and bacterial infection. If left untreated, Sucely’s malnutrition could lead to extreme dehydration, a compromised immune system, and death. According to Sucely’s mother, “We have a lot of family and so our resources are spread very thin.” Sucely’s father is a part-time carpenter, but he does not make enough to cover the costs of her treatment. For $535, we can help Sucely get the life-saving help she needs. “This treatment will supply Sucely with growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and medication for her to recoup some of the weight and height she has lost and increase her overall caloric intake,” says WK. Moreover, her parents will receive “intensive nutrition education, thus building their confidence and ability to care for Sucely throughout her childhood.” Sucely’s mother shares, “Thank you so much for finding us. I am worried because our other two children were not like this. We are excited to learn.” Let’s help give Sucely the opportunity to develop normally and live a healthy, happy life!

$535raised
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