John Yuill


United States

John's Story

John joined Watsi on September 4th, 2014. Two years ago, John joined the Universal Fund and became the 616th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,345 more people have joined! John's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Ngeim, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.


John has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by John


Rusen, a 19-month-old baby boy from Kenya, is the last-born in a family of five children. At the age of three months his head began increasing in size, and at six months his mother noticed that, unlike other children, Rusen could not do things such as sit down or hold his head up. Rusen was diagnosed with hydrocephalus - a condition involving the buildup of cerebrospinal fluid within the brain cavities - which was delaying his development. Rusen's head has been progressively increasing in size and he seems very irritable. A shunt insertion is required to treat Rusen's condition, so his parents were advised to seek specialized treatment. Unfortunately, due to a lack of finances, his parents opted not to seek out further treatment. Rusen’s parents are subsistence farmers and supplement their farming income with any casual work that they can get. The family lives in a single-room house and Rusen’s siblings are all in school and doing well. However, the family does not have any extra funds to spend on the medical attention that Rusen needs. Fortunately, the Bethany Kids mobile clinic outreach team spotted the family and urged them to come for treatment, which they did. But Rusen’s parents were only able to raise money for the bus ticket to get them to Bethany Kids, and therefore cannot raise the money required for the actual surgical care. With $615, Rusen's shunt insertion will be possible. During the operation, the shunt will be inserted into Rusen's head in order to divert excess fluid into other areas of his body. In doing so, Rusen's head will return to a normal size and he will no longer be at risk for the serious health complications, such as brain damage, associated with hydrocephalus. “We had given up all hope until we met with a team from Bethany Kids. We are more than happy to know that there are hopes for Rusen’s treatment,” shares Rusen’s mother.

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Walter, who is 10 years old, has been having seizures his whole life. He has also undergone a stroke and severe developmental delays that is likely due to an infection that he had as an infant. His body wastes several hundred calories each day having seizures, which are now much more under control than before, and this problem is complicated by the fact that his parents can't afford to give him the high-calorie and high-protein foods that he needs. Walter lives with his parents and older sister, who is his primary caregiver since his parents both work. His father works half day as a school janitor, and the other half of the day as a day laborer harvesting corn and squash. His mother works as a weaver, making traditional textiles to sell to help cover Walterr's medical costs. Even though they both want the best for their son, they lack the resources to give him the high-calorie food supplements and micronutrients he needs in order to gain weight and overcome his acute malnutrition. The few foods his parents can buy for him are hard for him to chew and swallow, making it impossible for him to gain weight. He has fallen into acute malnutrition, and his body is weak. He is at greater risk of getting sick, and diarrhea, respiratory illness and fevers can be life threatening for him in his weakened state. Growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation will help Walter recover from malnutrition--saving his life now and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. He will gain weight, his immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, preventing him from having any life-threatening situations with diarrhea and fevers. 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. His parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Walter the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Walter 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. His sister shares, "I want for my brother to gain weight. I don't want for my brother to suffer."

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