Jessica Livingston
Jessica's Story

Jessica joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jessica's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Mark Justin, a five-year-old boy from Philippines, to treat his malnutrition.

Impact

Jessica has funded healthcare for 42 patients in 12 countries.

All patients funded by Jessica

Three-year-old Nimrod lives with his older sisters and his parents in Guatemala. Since his parents work, his older sisters take care of him. His father works as a gardener, and his mother works at home, taking care of Nimrod and his family. Nimrod is suffering from strabismus - he has double vision, and a difficult time with depth perception. Although he has tried non-surgical treatment with glasses, this has not been effective. His mother is worried that he will not be able to attend school if he does not have his eyes repaired, and is fearful that he will never be able to read or play sports with the other kids. Although Nimrod's parents both work hard, they barely have enough money to sustain the family, and give everyone food, clothes, and other essentials, making an expensive surgery like Nimrod's impossible for them to pay for on their own. Nimrod's favorite toy is his little toy car, which he loves to play with when he isn't listening to music with his sisters. For $1486, we can fund the strabismus correction surgery that Nimrod needs. This treatment will give Nimrod the opportunity to have improved vision, which will allow him to be more independent. His mother will no longer have to worry if he will be able to attend school, read, and play with the other children once his strabismus is corrected. Surgery will improve Nimrod's quality of life, and give him the chance to be a successful student. "I dream that he can have better vision, and that everything goes well," Nimrod's sister shares. "May God bless the people that are going to pay for this treatment for my brother. We love our little brother so much."

$1,486raised
Fully funded

Nine-month-old Edgar is the first child to two loving parents. His father works in a pharmacy and his mother works taking care of him, cooking, and cleaning. Edgar has a rare genetic disease that makes him unable to convert glycogen into glucose, the form of sugar that his body can use as fuel. This has made him have chronically low blood sugar, leaving his brain and body severely starved of energy, making it likely he will get seizures if he does not receive treatment. Doctors diagnosed him with glycogen storage disease type I, meaning that he needs to consume high levels of simple sugars in order to prevent seizures and give his brain and body the energy it needs to develop. Although he is currently 9 months old, doctors say that he is developmentally only about 3 months old-- he is unable to sit up or eat on his own. Without intense support, Edgar's life is in danger, and he could face permanent developmental delays. Although Edgar's parents work hard, they do not have the resources to provide Edgar with the sugar-rich supplements he needs to maintain high levels of blood sugar. The hospital subsidized his feeding tube, but did not provide his parents with any training about the best way to care for their child, to get genetic counseling, to provide him with therapy to improve his development, or offer them long-term support for this serious disease. They feel lost and are worried about their son's well-being. Fortunately, we can help. $1,385.00 will fund the treatment Edgar needs. The treatment will give Edgar and his parents the medical and support they need to give Edgar the best life possible. Edgar will receive comprehensive genetic diagnostic testing to confirm his diagnosis. He will receive an MRI to see if his condition has caused any permanent brain damage, allowing our medical team to give him personalized care. His parents will receive intense education to ensure they know how to best care for Edgar. Without this treatment, Edgar is at an extremely high risk for seizures, and permanent developmental delays. "I hope my son can come out ahead, live a normal life and be a good man one day," his mother shares.

$1,385raised
Fully funded