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Yinhe Wang

Yinhe's Story

Yinhe joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,774 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Yinhe's most recent donation supported Cristhofer, a baby boy from Guatemala, for malnutrition treatment.

Impact

Yinhe has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Yinhe

Cristhofer

Six-month-old Cristhofer is the youngest of two children. He lives with his family in a one-room cinderblock house in Guatemala. His mother is raising him alone, and works cooking, cleaning, and taking care of him and his siblings, as well as washing neighbors’ clothes to earn a little money. Although his mom wants the best for him, she does not have the resources to feed him even one vegetable, piece of fruit, or egg—the minimum that he needs to be able to overcome malnutrition. When he was born, Cristhofer had to spend the first weeks of his life hospitalized for pneumonia. Since then, he has not been able to catch up to a normal weight. His mother says that he is almost always sick and never has an appetite—that is because he hasn’t had a healthy diet filled with protein, calories, and nutrients. If he does not receive treatment, Cristhofer could face the consequences of malnutrition for the rest of his life—he could have a low IQ, trouble focusing in school, and a greater risk of developing chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension as an adult. All these consequences make it less likely he will have a well-paying job as an adult, meaning the cycle of poverty and malnutrition would continue if he decides to have kids. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Cristhofer recover from malnutrition. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age. 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 gain motor skills and learn new words instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. His mother will receive the support she need to feel empowered to give Cristhofer the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Cristhofer the chance to live a healthy and productive life and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

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Gregorio

Gregorio is an infant from Guatemala, and his mother has not been able to produce milk since her son was born two months ago. She has been taking herbs and natural medicines, which sometimes help her lactate, but her son still cries through the night from hunger. She has been giving him sugar water to try and fill his stomach and help him stop crying, but she is worried because she has noticed that he has been losing weight. Gregorio has not grown since he was born, and his weight will continue to drop if he does not receive treatment. Gregorio is the youngest of five children. He lives with his family in a one-room wood house with a tin roof. His mother works at home; cooking, cleaning, and taking care of Gregorio and his siblings. His father is a day laborer who works long and hard hours in the fields, harvesting crops. Although both of his parents want the best for him, they do not make enough money in a month to buy even one can of formula (that lasts one week). This has left them distressed, because they cannot afford formula and they see their son getting sicker every day. With $1,016, Gregorio will receive nutritional treatments that will save his life. With the formula, supplements, and nutritional education his parents will receive, Gregorio will to recover the weight he has lost and grow like a normal child. His brain development will continue normally, and he will no longer be at risk of seizures due to electrolyte imbalances, or diarrhea due to consuming water that has not been properly filtered. This treatment will give Gregorio the chance to live a healthy, and full childhood.

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Iker

Iker is a playful, 10-month-old baby boy who lives with his parents and older brother in an adobe house in Guatemala. Iker enjoys eating fruit, bananas being his favorite, and he eats eggs and beans whenever his parents can buy them. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us that because of this limited access to the nutritious food he needs, Iker is living with malnutrition. "His height and weight are far below the average for his age, and he is lagging developmentally behind his peers.” Along with the lack of hearty and nutritional food, his condition is amplified by a gastrointestinal disease that has "prevented this little boy from absorbing the nutrients necessary to grow.” WK shares. “Without intervention, this will then affect Iker’s ability to build a strong immune system, thus increasing his susceptibility to other illnesses.” $512 pays for a thorough diagnostic work and treatment for Iker. A deworming medication will help his ability to absorb the micronutrient supplementation he will receive. "His immune system will strengthen, and his energy will increase," WK adds. "Over time, he will be able to recoup the weight and height he has lost, and catch up to his more healthy peers.” His family will also be paired with a nutritionist that will help plan meals and monitor his growth. “In this program, his mother will receive intensive nutrition education that will give her skills to purchase nutrient dense food options and prepare healthier meals." His mother shares: "Without this, I am not sure my little Iker would be able to get better.”

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