Howie Liu
Howie's Story

Howie joined Watsi on November 4th, 2014. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Howie's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Love Faela, a toddler from Haiti, for life-saving heart surgery.

Impact

Howie has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Howie

Meet Sayda, a one-year-old girl from Guatemala. “Sayda is cared for by her mother and two older brothers,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “When Sayda feels her best, she loves to play with a baby doll given to her by a neighbor. Currently, however, her mom reports that she has been too tired to play.” Sayda is experiencing the effects of acute malnutrition. “She suffers from a cough, fever, and diarrhea and has been losing weight as a result,” WK reports. “Sayda’s immune system is weak and she has decreased energy.” Malnutrition can cause long-term damage if it goes untreated. “Over time Sayda's mental and physical development will be permanently stunted, thus leading to developmental delays and preventing her from reaching her full potential,” WK explains. “Limited brain development and chronic illness will limit her ability to concentrate and succeed in school. Without intervention, in the long term she will have an increased risk of chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, as well as decreased economic success.” $535 will help Sayda’s family get her health back on track. With this funding, Sayda will receive nutritional supplementation, medication, and growth monitoring to ensure that she is meeting her nutritional needs. These measures will help Sayda reach a healthy height and weight for her age, boost her energy, and bolster her immune system. She will thus be at a lower risk of developing the medical problems she has recently been fighting—such as cough, fever, and diarrhea. Sayda’s mother will also receive nutritional education to equip her with the skills and knowledge to make healthy choices for the family. This will help Sayda and her siblings maintain their health in the future. “I’m worried because she has more problems growing than the boys did,” shares Sayda’s mother. “I want her to study when she gets older, find a job and build a better way of life.” With our support, Sayda’s health will improve and her mother will be able to watch her baby begin to thrive.

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Meet Lim, a 75-year-old woman from Cambodia. Lim is the matriarch of a large family, with four daughters, four sons, and twenty grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and listening to the monks praying. “Lim has been living with cataracts in her eye for 20 years,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Center (CSC). Cataracts are an ocular condition in which a thin cloudy layer grows over the lens of the eye. A normal, unobstructed eye lens will allow light to pass to the retina in order to process a clear image. However, an eye with a cataract is unable to absorb as much light, which ultimately can lead to blurred vision. In Lim’s case, her vision has deteriorated so much so that it has become difficult for her to walk, eat, and do almost anything on her own. As a result, her husband has to spend significant time caring for her, taking him away from work. Lim needs corrective surgery to remove the clouded lens in her eye and replace it with a new, artificial lens. For $150, we can ensure that Lim gets the surgery she needs as well as provide for her stay in the hospital, medications, and pre and post-operative care. Following surgery, Lim’s vision will be fully restored. CSC tells us, “Lim is looking forward to being able to do things independently again, like going to the pagoda with the other older people of the village and spending more time with her grandchildren.” Let’s support Lim get her independence back and return to doing the things she enjoys.

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