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Sathya Gunasekaran

United States

Sathya's Story

Sathya joined Watsi on April 16th, 2015. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sathya's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Rose, a farmer from Kenya, for a total abdominal hysterectomy.

Impact

Sathya has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Sathya

Cristobal

“Cristobal is the light of his parents’ life,” writes our Medical Partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). He “was a highly anticipated baby for his parents,” as Cristobal is their first child. Now two months old, he lives with his parents in their bamboo house in Guatemala, and loves playing with his rattle. However, Cristobal is currently at risk of dehydration and starvation. When he was born, “his mother was unable to produce enough milk to help him grow normally,” says WK. This has left him undernourished during a critical period of his development, and “without intervention he will not consume sufficient calories to survive his first months of life.” Cristobal’s parents cannot afford to buy the formula that would save his life. His father is a farmer, but does not have his own land to cultivate; rather, he earns the entirety of the family’s income by picking rubber on a relative’s farm. Fortunately, WK shares, “Although the effects of lactation failure are dangerous, treatment of it is simple.” $1,016 will provide Cristobal with a year’s worth of formula, and will also offer his mother one-on-one health education lessons with a nutritionist. With this supplemental food—and a mother who is deeply informed on how to monitor his health—WK says that “Cristobal’s immune system will strengthen and he will grow up to be a healthy energetic baby.” Cristobal’s mother tells us, “My dream as a mother is that he grows and one day can go to school. I want my son to be a man that is smart and hard-working. I love him so much, I hope God gives him many years of life.”

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Francis

Meet Francis, a 13-year-old boy from Kenya. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), says, “Francis is the fourth born in a family of seven and all of his siblings are in school, where Francis is in class five.” Francis’s parents used to farm in a forest, until they were given notice to stop because some people were illegally cutting trees in the area. AMHF says, “Now Francis’s father works as a casual laborer on nearby farms, and he is barely able to put food on the table at the end of the day; his family has had to go many days without food.” Two weeks ago, Francis broke both of his legs. AMHF tells us, “Francis was in the forest playing with friends and looking for firewood for the household to use when he fell from a tree.” Both of his legs have bilateral midshaft femur fractures, and because of this he cannot walk and is on pain management medication. AMHF goes on to say, “If the surgery is not done soon, Francis could develop infection or suffer malunion and he would not be able to attend school in September - but if treated, he will be able to use crutches and move around a bit.” Francis needs orthopedic surgery to open the area around the broken bones and realign them with metal hardware. This procedure costs $1,410 and AMHF reports, “After the surgery and recovery, Francis will be able to resume school and walk normally again.” “I was begging the hospital to treat my son and hold me here to work off the bill when the doctor called," his father shares. "This support is a miracle from God.”

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