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Anina Oliver

Anina's Story

Anina joined Watsi on September 20th, 2016. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Anina's most recent donation supported Youseline, a 10-year-old student from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.

Team

Impact

Anina has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Anina

Sherlin

Sherlin is a fourteen-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She is the first child in her family, and her parents are incredibly excited to have her in their life. They live in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural village in the mountains. Her father works as a day laborer, earning only a couple of dollars per day when he is able to find work. This means that they have not been able to afford the treatment that the local government-run health outpost has recommended, leaving them frustrated and unable to help their daughter reach her full potential. Sherlin has been struggling to grow almost her whole life. This is due to being undernourished because her parents cannot afford to give her the protein, calories, and vitamins her body needs to grow and develop. She is now acutely malnourished, leaving her immune system without the strength to fight off common illnesses like gastrointestinal infections, cough, and fever. If she does not get treatment, she could face long-term consequences such as a low IQ, behavioral issues, and increased risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation will help Sherlin recover from malnutrition. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age. Her immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further increase her appetite and help her use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being used to get over frequent illness. Sherlin's parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give her the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily, even with their limited resources. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Sherlin the chance to live a healthy and productive life. "I hope that my daughter grows and becomes an intelligent girl and in the future can become a doctor," Sherlin's mother shared.

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William

William is a thirteen-month-old baby from Guatemala, and the youngest of seven children. He lives with his family in a one-room house made of tin. His mother sells corn tortillas, and his father searches for firewood to sell. Although William’s parents want the best for their son, they do not have the resources to feed him even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that he needs to be able to overcome malnutrition. William's mother has noticed that her son has been loosing weight and getting sick often. This is because William has acute malnutrition, a condition that results from having a diet that lacks protein, calories, and nutrients. He received a preliminary treatment to keep his condition stable until our nutritionist could develop a customized diet plan for him and begin treatment. William has a history of malnutrition—he has been hospitalized twice for it, along with pneumonia. If he does not receive treatment, William’s life could be in danger and he could face the consequences of malnutrition for the rest of his life—he could have a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help William recover from malnutrition. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. His immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to gain motor skills and learn new words instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. His mother will receive the support she need to feel empowered to give William the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give William the chance to live a healthy and productive life and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place. "I want him to gain weight so I don't have to keep seeing him suffer in the hospital", shared William's mother.

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Keila

Keila is an eleven-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and her three siblings in a one-room house made of tin and bamboo. Her father works as a day laborer, and her mother works at home, taking care of Keila and her siblings. Although they want the best for her, they cannot afford to give her even one fruit, vegetable, or egg per day. Keila has been struggling with the consequences of hydrocephalus, a build up of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the cavities of the brain, since she was born. She had to have surgery when she was only a couple months old to repair a birth defect in her spinal column (spina bifida), and since then she has not been able to gain weight like she should. She is now acutely malnourished, and needs to gain weight in order to help her development, and get her healthy enough to have surgery to relieve the pressure of the CSF that is building on her brain. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Keila recover from malnutrition. For $512, she will receive the treatment she needs. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and give her the chance to receive surgery to correct her hydrocephalus. Her immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake, giving her more of an appetite and energy to grow and play. Her parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Keila the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Keila the chance to live a healthy and productive life. Kelia's mother said, "I hope that Keila grows well. I know that her condition is difficult, but I hope that one day she can get well enough to get the surgery for her brain."

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