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Ronan Mason

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Australia

Ronan's Story

Ronan joined Watsi on May 16th, 2015. Two years ago, Ronan joined the Universal Fund and became the 1210th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,751 more people have joined! Ronan's most recent donation traveled 6,600 miles to support Paul, a boy from Kenya, to fund corrective surgery.

Impact

Ronan has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Ronan

Rosa

Rosa is a 13-month-old little girl from rural Guatemala. She is her parents' only child, and she likes to eat soup and play with her dolls. Rosa’s mother takes care of the home, and her father works as a toll collector. Rosa has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. Short-term consequences of malnutrition include little energy to grow and a weak immune system. Rosa has already been getting sick frequently with coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. If Rosa does not receive treatment, she will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and a higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Rosa's mother shares that since Rosa is her first baby, she is not sure how best to feed her. She worries that her own lack of knowledge could be adversely affecting her daughter’s health. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, has recommended malnutrition treatment, which is scheduled to start on April 17. In order to fund the treatment, Wuqu' Kawoq has requested $492. The treatment will include growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation. Rosa will gain weight and grow taller, and the increased caloric intake will help her immune system grow stronger. Community health workers will also teach Rosa's mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. "I am willing to change habits so my daughter can gain weight and increase her growth," says Rosa's mother.

7% funded

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$35raised
$457to go
Snow

Snow is a ten-year-old Burmese girl who lives in a refugee camp with her parents and older sisters. For the past eight years they have lived in the camp. Snow's family moved to the camp as they didn’t own their own home or land, and they were living with Snow’s grandmother and other members of the extended family. This situation influenced their decision to migrate to the refugee camp in Thailand. Snow and her family would like to relocate to a third country but they are uncertain whether the opportunity will present. In the camp, Snow’s mother does laundry for others for a small income. Previously her father worked as a carpenter but is unable to work now because of hemorrhoids. Their monthly income is insufficient for daily expenses, savings or health care expenses. Living in the camp, they receive food rations which offset the burden. At times the family has to borrow small amounts of money, which they repay when they can. Snow and her two sisters attend school. Symptoms first appeared with Snow when she was seven-years-old. She had severe pain in her abdomen when she was just sitting, and she was uncomfortable walking. After an examination at the camp's medical clinic, she was diagnosed with rectal polyps. On January 28th, the surgeon excised a rectal polyp. Snow’s mother didn’t receive information from the hospital regarding Snow’s diagnosis or treatment due to the language barrier. Snow was symptom-free for eight months but she had to return to the clinic on several occasions with the same symptoms. She was finally given a diagnosis of juvenile polyposis - marked by frequent recurrence of polyps in the colon and rectum with third degree internal hemorrhoids. $1500 will cover the cost of Snow's surgery to remove the additional polyps she now has. Although she is still going to school, Snow is unable to engage in active play and her appetite and sleep patterns have been disturbed. She likes to play with her dog and she enjoys singing and listening to music. "I would like to be a singer when I am older," Snow said. Let's help make it possible!

100% funded

$1,500raised
Fully funded