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Pravin Prame Kumar

Pravin's Story

Pravin joined Watsi on September 21st, 2016. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pravin's most recent donation supported Francis, a 6-year-old boy from Kenya, for surgery to treat a congenital condition.

Impact

Pravin has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Pravin

Aye Myint

Aye Myint is a 20-year old man from a refugee camp in Thailand. He lives with his parents and a younger sister. His father had to stop working because Aye Myint’s mother is often unwell and he looks after her and Aye Myint. The camp authorities also restrict refugees from working outside the camp, and there have been reductions in the rations supplied, so it is more difficult for the family to afford daily expenses especially with sick people in the house. When he was 12 years old Aye Myint began experiencing fast breathing and he often felt tired. He felt strong heart palpitations when he played with his friends. His father took him to the clinic in the camp and was told that he had a heart condition. The medic in the camp prescribed him some medication and told him to return a month later. He returned to the clinic with the same symptoms and the medic told him that they could not treat his heart problem, but that the clinic could prescribe medicine to prevent his condition from getting worse. He was told to return to the clinic once a month for medication. According to Aye Myint, the medicine did not improve his symptoms and he felt like his condition was deteriorating year after year. He stopped attending school three years ago because he was admitted to the clinic so many times due to fever, chest pain, difficulty breathing and heart palpitations. Aye Myint did not seek treatment from anywhere else because the family did not know where to access treatment outside of the camp. They also did not know who to ask for help and they just depended on the camp clinic. In June, 2016, Aye Myint had a high fever and was admitted to the clinic for almost a month. Then, in early July he felt dizzy, could not breathe well and fainted. The America Refugee Committee (ARC) who currently looks after the clinic in the camp referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) as an emergency patient and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for two days. The doctor performed an X-ray and echocardiogram during his hospitalization. He was at MSH for 15 days and upon discharge the doctor told him he needed heart surgery, as soon as possible. The ARC then referred Aye Myint to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), a Watsi partner. Currently, Aye Myint experiences chest pain, difficulty breathing, and heart palpitations. He cannot walk long distances and feels more tired when he is active. Whenever he has difficulty breathing, he cannot sleep or eat well. “As a father I feel pity and am sorry for my boy but I just didn’t know how to help him," Aye Myint's father shared. "I just want to see my son in good health; I don’t want him to suffer anymore. He is my only son and it is heartbreaking to see him in this condition."

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Gerardo

Gerardo is a seventeen-month-old boy from Guatemala. He is the only child in his family. He lives with his parents in a one-room house made of cinderblocks and a tin roof. Gerardo loves to walk around and bounce his ball, as well as play with his parents. His father works as a day laborer. His mother works at home taking care of Gerardo. as well as a janitor in the local school. Although they both want the best for their son, they cannot afford to give their son even one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day. Gerardo is severely stunted: he is still the size of a healthy six month old. His parents are worried, because they have seen that other kids in the village are growing better than him, and that they don't get sick as often as him. Since Gerardo is not getting a diet rich in protein, calories, and essential vitamins, his immune system lacks the fuel to fight off sicknesses that healthy children can get over quickly. If he does not receive treatment, he could face long-term consequences such as permanent physical and mental stunting, behavioral problems, and an increased risk of chronic diseases as an adult. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Gerardo recover from malnutrition. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. 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. Gerardo's parents will receive the support she needs to feel empowered to give him the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Gerardo 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. "We dream that our son will become a doctor when he is big", shared Gerardo's mother.

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Jonathan

Jonathan is a 21-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He lives with his mother in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural village. His mother works as a weaver, making traditional Mayan textiles to sell in the local market. Unfortunately, she does not make enough to buy him even one fruit, vegetable, or egg per day, the minimum he would need to recover from malnutrition. Jonathan is suffering from acute malnutrition. Even though he is 21-months-old, he is only the size of a healthy four-month-old. This is because his mother has been unable to feed him any food, she can only afford to give him breastmilk. Jonathan's immune system is weak from the chronic lack of protein, calories, and nutrients. This means he gets sick a lot more often than a healthy child, and this further prevents him from growing and developing. If he does not receive treatment, he could face permanent consequences, such as a low IQ, and chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Jonathan recover from malnutrition. For $512, he will receive the treatment he needs. 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 needs to feel empowered to give Jonathan the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Jonathan the chance to live a healthy and productive life. "I am a single mother and sometimes I can't find food to give him. I weave textiles and sell them, but it takes me two months to do one, and the income is small," shared Jonathan's mother.

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Gerson

Gerson is a four-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. He lives with his parents and his older sister, who he loves to play with while his father is at work and his mother is weaving. His father works as a day laborer, harvesting crops on a large plantation by their small house. His mother takes care of Gerson and his sister. She also weaves traditional maya textiles to sell in the local market. Although they both work hard, they struggle to make ends meet, and cannot afford to give Gerson the high-calorie formula he needs to recover from malnutrition. Gerson is only the size of a healthy one-month old. This is because he is suffering from acute malnutrition, a condition that results from not getting enough protein, calories, or vitamins. Although his mother is making enough milk now, she has not been able to help him gain weight. This has left Gerson with malnutrition, and a lifetime of consequences if he does not receive treatment. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Gerson recover from malnutrition. For $512, Gerson will receive the treatment he needs. 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 used to get over frequent illnesses. His mother will receive the support she needs to feel empowered to give Gerson the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Gerson the chance to live a healthy and productive life. Gerson's mother shared, "Thank you so much for the support that you will give to my son. Because with this treatment I hope that he will improve his development because I want to one day see my son as a good student and as a professional, with good opportunities in his life."

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Jose

Jose is eight-months old and an only child from Guatemala. He lives in a rented one-room adobe house with his mother, who is raising him alone. His mother makes crafts which she sells in the market to be able to cover the costs of the family. Although his mother wants the best for her son, 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. Jose's mother did not realize that her son was far too underweight for his age. He is so small because his parents have not been able to afford to give him fruits, vegetables, and protein-rich foods. As a result, he is malnourished and unable to grow, develop, and play. He has low energy levels and his immune system is weak from the lack of a healthy diet. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Jose recover from malnutrition. All of this treatment and medication costs $512. 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 needs to feel empowered to give Jose the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Jose the chance to live a healthy and productive life. Jose's mother shared, "I dream that my son will be a lawyer when he's big."

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Loise Glory

Loise Glory is a three-year-old girl from Philippines with a cleft lip and palate. Due to this congenital condition, Loise has speech difficulties and trouble eating properly. Loise's mother is accepting of her daughter's condition, but seeks treatment for her in earnest to prevent her from being bullied. Apart from her condition, Loise is a joyful girl who is always smiling. She likes to play indoor games because outside she was bullied by other children. They called her names pertaining to her speech difficulties and physical appearance, causing her mother great pain. Loise is not yet in school, so she spends a lot of time playing at home with her brother. Loise's mother is a participant in a community sponsored by Watsi's medical partner, International Care Ministries. When she found that she could receive help for her daughter, she jumped at the opportunity. Loise's father is the only one who earns income for the family. He is a loader operator and makes $80 a month-- barely enough to cover the family's day-to-day needs. Accordingly, the family needs help to cover the $505 surgery to repair Loise's cleft lip and palate. After her surgery, Loise will be able to eat properly again and her family can begin to focus on correcting her speech problems. Loise's mother shared, "As a mother it is hard for me to see my child get bullied because of her condition. Though I wanted so much to let her be treated, we couldn't because we couldn't afford the expenses of the surgery. It was an answered prayer to us that there are people willing to help my daughter. Thank you so much in advance for your help. This surgery can change our lives, especially Loise's."

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