Aurelie MacDonald
Aurelie's Story

Aurelie joined Watsi on April 22nd, 2015. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Aurelie's most recent donation supported Dharam, a farmer from Nepal, to fund a hernia repair.


Aurelie has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 8 countries.

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Singano was born on March 21, 2016 at a big hospital in their town in Tanzania. Singano was diagnosed with MMC (Meningomyelocele), congenital hydrocephalus, as well as clubfoot. His head is too big and difficult to hold. An open wound in his back is leaking cerebral spinal fluid. Singano is at risk of getting infection as well as other medical problems if not treated. Two days after birth, Singano was referred to a different hospital for further management of his conditions. Singano cries a lot and is still not able to breast feed well. He is the fifth born in the family and all family members are hopping that proper treatment will save his life. Singano’s mother used to have her own small business of selling second hand clothes, but she had to quit her job a few months before giving birth to her son. His father is an artist – he does some painting work as well as crafting. They work hard to care for their five children, three of whom are in school. As much as they want the best treatment for their son, coming up with enough money to cover the cost of operation which Singano immediately needs is impossible. $1,200 will fund the surgery he needs, as well as all post-operative care in the hospital. After surgery, the cerebral spinal fluid will no longer leak from Singano’s lower back, his head circumference will not continue to increase in size, and Singano may not lose his vision. Singano's mother is grateful for the care given to her son. “I just hope that my son will get well, start breastfeeding, stop crying most of the time and grow up like his siblings,” she shares.

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40-year-old Taw is a farmer who lives with her husband, son, and four daughters in Burma. Her family practices swidden agriculture—a rotational farming method in which different plots of land are cleared for cultivation each year—to grow rice, green beans, and cucumbers to feed themselves. Taw spent several months away from her husband and children while receiving treatment for choriocarcinoma, a cancer of the uterus that occurs during pregnancy. The fast-growing cancer cells develop within the tissue that becomes the placenta. Costs associated with Taw’s previous medical care have left the family with a large amount of debt. With no income from the farm and no external sources of financial support, they have no means of paying for additional treatment for Taw or even education fees or clothes for the children. In addition, the shifting of roles within the family has decreased productivity on the farm and puts them at risk of not producing enough food to feed themselves. “Taw’s current symptoms include gripping abdominal pain and tight muscle spasms in her lower back that force her to lie down,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us. “She experiences ongoing bleeding, has spells of dizziness and headaches, and is easily fatigued.” “Taw has been unable to work, and her husband has taken time off to care for her and their sick daughter,” BBP continues. “This has forced their 14-year-old daughter to drop out of school and to take up considerable responsibility to support the family.” For $1500, Taw will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. Funding also covers the costs of pre- and post-surgical consultations, seven days of hospital care, and transportation to and from the hospital. “It is hoped that surgery will improve the health condition and comfort of Taw so that she can return to her family,” says BBP. “When I recover, I will work hard to provide for my children," Taw shares.

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Though she doesn't like to be photographed, Melisa is a happy baby. She loves to play in her baby walker, and is overall a very calm 11-month-old girl. At almost a year old, Melisa’s mother had no idea that her daughter was suffering from malnutrition. After paying a visit to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), in Guatemala, her mother was informed that her daughter’s regular fevers were the culprit of a weakened immune system. Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world. “Melisa is below both the height and weight curve for her age, and if she does not receive attention she will be at risk of the long-term effects of malnutrition,” explains WK. “Her immune system will continue to weaken and she will be at risk for other illnesses and infections. Her brain and body will experience limited development, the effects of which will follow her into adulthood.” Melisa’s family is working hard to support the health of their growing daughter. Her mother works to embroider textiles and her father is a coffee farmer. Still, they are short of funding medical needs for their daughter. With $512, Melisa will receive treatment that includes growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and medication to help recoup and get her back on track with normal growth. In addition, her mother will also receive proper nutrition education to prevent the effects of malnutrition throughout Melisa’s childhood. In advance, her mother expresses her gratitude for the donations that will give her daughter a chance to live a healthy and productive life, “Thank you for wanting to help us. I could never have imagined this.”

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