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Grace Garey

UF MEMBERConnecting people at Watsi

United States   •   watsi.org   •   Born on November 16

Grace's Story

Grace joined Watsi on June 22nd, 2012. Three years ago, Grace joined the Universal Fund and became the 56th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,905 more people have joined! Grace's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Mary, a student from Kenya, to fund mastectomy surgery.

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Watsi

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Watsi OGs

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Impact

Grace has funded healthcare for 199 patients in 16 countries.

All patients funded by Grace

Moh Zin

Moh Zin is a 19-year-old woman. She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which means excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in her brain. Moh Zin lives with her parents and two older brothers in a village in Burma. Her parents own a plantation, on which they grow beans. Her father and brothers work on the plantation, while Moh Zin and her mother do housework. As a child, Moh Zin did not exhibit any symptoms. However, not long after she began attending school, her parents noticed that she was walking strangely. She continue to study for several years. Unfortunately, Moh Zin stopped attending school after grade seven, as she could no longer complete the thirty minute bicycle ride to school. Though she experienced limited mobility, Moh Zin could still walk around the house and the neighborhood. She helped her mother at home and carried water from the river. In her free time, she watched Korean dramas on television. Five months ago, however, her symptoms deteriorated. Her vision became blurry, and she developed a fever. Moh Zin visited an ophthalmologist, who performed a CT scan and learned that she had an abnormal brain condition. Certain that they could not afford treatment, Moh Zin’s family returned home. Fortunately, a monk told Moh Zin’s uncle about our medical partner. At this point, Moh Zin was experiencing blurry vision, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and back pain. On November 26, she underwent a shunt insertion surgery to drain the fluid from her brain. Now, her family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. After recovery, Moh Zin plans to “work hard and earn money to help support my family.”

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Aracely

Aracely is a nine-month-old girl from Guatemala. Her parents cannot afford to give her the calories, protein, and nutrients she needs to grow. For this reason, she is only the size of a healthy three-month-old. She also experiences frequent gastrointestinal infections. Aracely has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, she began malnutrition treatment on November 24, 2016. Aracely loves to play with her stuffed animals with her older sister, Martina. She also loves eating bananas, apple, and beans. She lives with her older sister and her parents in a one-room house with a tin roof. Her father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops on a local plantation. Her mother is a weaver of traditional Mayan textiles. Her parents need help to fund this $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Aracely recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Aracely a chance to grow healthy and strong. "I am so appreciative to be able to enter into this program for my daughter," says Aracely's mother. "I did not know that she was malnourished, and now I am excited to learn how I can help her recover."

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Komuhimbo

Komuhimbo is a 27-year-old mother of one child who lives in Uganda. She owns a retail shop selling herbicides for tomatoes, onions, oranges, and eggplants. She also grows food for her family. Her husband works as a porter at construction sites. In 2013, Komuhimbo developed a growth on her right shoulder. Over time, it increased in size. The growth was painful when she worked, especially when she washed clothes or fetched water. Komuhimbo visited a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a lipoma. Lipomas are benign, fatty tumors that grow between the skin and the underlying layer of muscle. They can occur anywhere on the body. Lipomas can be painful if they press on nearby nerves or blood vessels. "I am afraid the swelling might prevent me from taking care of my family in the future when it grows bigger," shared Komuhimbo Komuhimbo was advised to have surgery to remove the lipoma. Knowing she could not afford healthcare, she decided instead to use herbal medicines. When her symptoms did not improve, she visited our medical partner's hospital, Holy Family Virika Hospital. There, she underwent a mass excision procedure on November 16. Surgeons removed the lipoma from her shoulder. Komuhimbo earns little money from her shop. She and her husband cannot afford this surgery, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $196 in funding. After surgery, Komuhimbo hopes to continue with her retail shop and to work hard on her farm to produce enough food for the family.

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