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jared laser

UF MEMBER

United States   •   Born on August 20

jared's Story

jared joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. Three years ago, jared joined the Universal Fund and became the 138th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,738 more people have joined! jared's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Princess, a two-year-old girl from Philippines, to fund malnutrition treatment.

Impact

jared has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by jared

Nyein

Nyein is a 28-year-old woman originally from Burma. When she was a child, her mother opened a mohinga, a Burmese noodle shop. Nyein quit school after sixth grade to help her mother in the shop. When she was 18 years old, Nyein moved to Bangkok to support her mother financially. She currently works as a babysitter and housekeeper in Bangkok, living with her employer’s family. She looks after the young children, prepares food, cleans the house, and does laundry. Nyein sends most of her income home to her mother, who she visits once a year. Three years ago, she paid for her mother to undergo two cataract surgeries to restore her vision. In September of 2016, Nyein began to experience stomachaches. She took painkillers, but the pain continued. Finally, she visited a public hospital in Bangkok, where she underwent an X-ray and was diagnosed with stomach flu. Despite taking oral medication, her symptoms were alleviated only temporarily. Nyein decided to return to Burma to see her mother. There, she learned about our medical partner’s clinic, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). When Nyein visited MTC, she was diagnosed with a benign colon tumor. She underwent a tumor removal procedure on December 19. During her free time, Nyein loves watching Thai movies and listening to Thai music on her mobile phone. She hopes that she will be fully cured so that she can return to work and continue to support her mother. For now, she needs help to pay for this $1,500 surgery.

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Jose

Meet Jose, an 11-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He is the youngest child in his family. Jose has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. He is well below the normal size for his age, all because he has not had access to a healthy diet full of protein, nutrients, and calories. Jose began to have issues when he was born, as his mother did not have sufficient breastmilk to nourish him. He frequently got sick, and once he was old enough to eat solid foods, he still wasn't able to gain weight like he should. Frequent bouts of diarrhea make him dangerously dehydrated, take away his appetite, and force his body to waste energy on getting better, instead of growing and developing. Jose's mother is worried because the local health center told her he was dangerously underweight, but did not offer to help. She is very appreciative to receive support from Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), and Watsi. Jose loves to play with his toy car, and smiles at people when they talk to him. His parents are very caring and hardworking, but lack the resources to buy Jose the foods he needs. Many days, his family only has enough money to feed the kids a few corn tortillas and nothing else. Growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation will help Jose recover from malnutrition. He will gain weight, grow taller, and 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 develop mentally. In addition to Jose's treatment, his parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Jose the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily. "I want my son to be better," Jose's mother shares. "I want to see him grow big, and when he is big, I hope that he is a teacher."

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