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Cindy Wu

i really really like breakfast

United States

Cindy's Story

Cindy joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,774 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Cindy's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sea, a rice farmer from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.

Impact

Cindy has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by Cindy

Jonalyn

Jonalyn is a happy, 13-year-old student who loves to study and play a game similar to kick-the-can. She lives with her parents and two siblings in the Philippines, where their one-room house has a cement floor and a thatched roof made of nipa leaves. Jonalyn noticed a mass on the right side of neck when she was 12 years old. She told her mother about it, but they did not seek help since they did not have money to spend on medical consultations or medicine. After a few months, she complained of pain when swallowing and difficulty breathing and also noticed that the mass on her neck was getting bigger. She has been unable to concentrate during her classes because of the on-and-off throbbing pain in her neck. During a church activity in May of 2015, Jonalyn felt a throbbing pain in her neck and was examined by a doctor. She was diagnosed with a goiter—an enlarged thyroid gland usually caused by a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the production of thyroid hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for seven days and iron supplements for 10 days and referred Jonalyn to another care facility to undergo tests to determine the type of goiter. Unfortunately, the family was unable to seek further care for Jonalyn until now. She was screened by a health trainer in one of our sponsored communities, consultation was facilitated, and she was advised to undergo a thyroidectomy to remove the thyroid gland. Jonalyn's mother is a housewife, and her father raises pigs. They cannot pay for surgery for Jonalyn because their income is barely enough to sustain the family's daily needs. $1,500 covers the cost of Jonalyn's surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care—including medicine, imaging, and blood tests—and medicine to take after she goes home. The surgery will lessen Jonalyn's discomfort due to her condition. "I am very thankful to you for helping people like me in my condition, especially those who are not financially capable in terms of health treatment," shares Jonalyn. "I was truly blessed because I was given an opportunity to be treated. After the surgery, I plan to continue my schooling to reach my dreams and help my family someday."

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Etan

Etan is a 21-month-old boy who enjoys playing with toys and taking walks with his mother near their home in Ethiopia. Etan was born with a birth defect of the urethra called hypospadias. This means that the urinary tract opening is not at the usual location at the head of the penis. In Etan's case, the urethral opening is both at the head of the penis and under the penis. As a result, he cannot pass urine while standing as other boys do because the urine leaks at the second opening. It has been hard for Etan's mother to pay for the surgery that her son needs, as she is a single mother with a low income from her work as a hotel waitress. She sought treatment for him at two other hospitals, but because of lack of money, he has not yet been treated. She is also worried about the social stigma and potential medical complications that Etan may face. “I am always thinking about my son's future when he goes to school," she shares. "I am sure he will face medical complications and discrimination and that worries me a lot.” For $1,155, Etan will undergo hypospadias repair, a procedure in which a surgeon takes tissue grafts from the foreskin to cover the opening on the underside of the penis. Funding also covers the costs of 14 days of hospital care after surgery, lab work, imaging, and medicine. We expect a hypospadias repair will enable Etan pass urine normally. He will be free from the risk of urinary tract infections and infertility in the future, and he will have a chance to grow up normally and healthy.

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Sela

Sela is an eight-month-old baby girl from Cambodia. Sela is living with syndactyly--she has webbed fingers and an extra digit on her left hand. Due to these abnormalities, it has been very difficult for Stela to use her hand. Thus, she and her mother traveled three hours to seek the help of our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Under normal conditions, the webbing dissolves, leaving five independent digits on every extremity. With syndactyly, on the other hand, the degradation of the tissue between fingers or toes is left incomplete during gestation and, in a few cases, like Sela’s, the webbing also covers an extra digit wedged in between. This specific situation, known as “polysyndactyly,” is a very rare occurrence, but when treated early in life it does not present lasting complications. However, if left unaddressed, Sela will lose significant functionality in her left hand. For $321, Sela will undergo a syndactyly repair, which will include a release to separate her fingers and a procedure to remove her extra digit. She will have also receive a skin graft to help heal her remaining digits. The funds will also cover supplies, inpatient care for ten days, and follow up visits for up to one year after the procedure. Because of the skin graft, this operation can be slightly more complicated than other surgeries, but CSC’s medical team says that the benefits of surgery (releasing Sela’s digits and allowing her to live a comfortable life) outweigh the minor risks. Sela’s parents are grateful and eager to have her surgery done. “I hope my daughter will have a normal hand like other people after surgery,” shares Sela’s mother.

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Nancy

Meet Nancy, a 21-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. Nancy lives with her parents and two brothers. “Nancy loves to play with her brothers, and they are the ones that care for her when their parents are working,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us. “Her mother makes textiles to earn some money, while her father works as a day laborer on a farm near their house.” Nancy is suffering from acute malnutrition. Her weight and height are far below the average for her age, and she is at risk of long-term negative effects from malnutrition. “If left untreated, Nancy will start to miss developmental milestones,” says WK. “She currently has low energy, and her body is struggling to grow and develop normally. Her immune system is weak, and she is at risk for infections, such as pneumonia.” Nancy is also at risk of longer-term health issues if the condition is left untreated. “She will be at higher risk for chronic illness such as diabetes and hypertension,” says WK. “Even her children in the future may be affected, as malnutrition in childhood is linked to higher rates of complicated pregnancy and having children whom also suffer from malnutrition.” With $535 in funding, Nancy will receive supplemental nutrition to remedy her condition. Her mother will also receive nutritional education to help her care for Nancy in the future. “This education will have long lasting effects, giving Nancy’s mother the tools she needs to continue providing nutrition to Nancy and her other siblings even after treatment is complete,” says WK. “This intervention will prevent Nancy for suffering from the long term effects of malnutrition. Her immune system will strengthen allowing her to better combat infections and illness throughout her life.” “I want her to grow up and become a great professional, who perhaps works in our municipality,” shares Nancy’s mother. With your help, Nancy will have the support she needs to recover her strength and continue growing with her family.

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Yoselin

One-year-old Yoselin is the youngest of four children in a family from Guatemala. She loves playing with her pet cat and her toy puppy that squeaks. “Yoselin is malnourished and has a cough,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us. “If intervention does not occur, Yoselin will be at risk of all the long-term effects of malnutrition.... [including] limited brain development and a weakened immune system.” Yoselin’s father does field work as a day laborer, and her mother weaves blouses to support their family. They're unable to raise enough funds to cover the cost of Yoselin's treatment. $535 covers treatment to identify conditions contributing to Yoselin’s malnutrition and for medical care to address those conditions. “This treatment will allow us to monitor and assess Yoselin’s growth and progress as well as give her the nutritional support she needs to thrive,” explains WK. “She will receive medication, micronutrient supplementation, and food to eliminate any parasitic infection she may have, as well as her cough, and bolster her caloric intake.” Yoselin's family will also receive help from a nutritionist to educate them on a healthy diet. “Yoselin’s mother will participate in intensive nutrition education courses that will give her the background to better provide healthy, nutrient-dense options for her children,” WK shares. The positive impact of treatment for Yoselin will be long-lasting. “Yoselin will avoid the long-term effects of malnutrition and develop the ability to concentrate and eventually succeed in school and the work force,” explains WK. “This is going to help her so much, because now I cannot buy what is necessary for my child, so this will be such great help for her,” says Yoselin’s mother.

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