Christian Hoek
Christian's Story

Christian joined Watsi on February 1st, 2016. 69 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Christian's most recent donation traveled 4,400 miles to support Patrick, a six-year-old boy from Tanzania, for surgery to correct his clubfeet.


Christian has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.

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“Patrick likes to be alone most of the time," says Patrick's mother. "We hope once he is able to walk properly he will be more active and social." Patrick is a quiet and shy six-year-old boy from Tanzania. He likes coloring picture books and playing with cars. He is the first-born in a family of three children. Patrick was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition where the feet are twisted inwards. As a result, Patrick had trouble walking until unusually late in life; he was crawling for so long that he now has chronic sores on his knees. Patrick now walks on the outside parts of his feet instead of on the soles, which has seriously affected his gait. Walking—let alone running, or participating in other playtime activities that children his age do—is painful and slow for him. Fortunately, there is a tried and true surgical solution for clubfoot. But Patrick’s parents cannot afford the procedure. The little money that Patrick’s parents earn as farmers is not enough to cover their daily expenses as well as the cost of corrective surgery which Patrick needs. But we can change that. For $1,160, doctors at Arusha Lutcheran Medical Centre will perform the operation that Patrick needs, correcting the abnormal connective tissues in his feet. This funding will also cover the cast, foot braces, and four-month stay at a recuperation center that will ensure Patrick recovers safely. When he’s healed from his procedure, Patrick will be able to walk normally, on the soles of his feet, for the first time in his life. This will mean a more physically comfortable life for him, and -- as his mother hopes -- a more social one.

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Kevin is a 20-month-old boy from Guatemala. He is far too small for his age since he hasn't had access to the nutrient and calorie-rich diet that he needs to grow and develop healthily. His mother has noticed that he isn't growing as well as the other children in the community, and is eager to help her son reach his full potential. Kevin's lack of calories and nutrients has also made his immune system weak and unable to fight off fevers, diarrhea, and respiratory illnesses, making him waste energy getting over sicknesses instead of growing and playing. In the long term, Kevin could have a low IQ, and increased risk of chronic diseases as an adult if he does not receive treatment. Kevin is the youngest of two children. He lives with his family in a rural mountainous community in Guatemala in a one-room adobe house. He loves to play with his toy cars and his ball, especially when his older brother is around. His parents want nothing but the best for them, but they depend on his father's inconsistent income--he works as a day laborer--meaning they typically live on only a couple dollars per day. His parents cannot even afford to give him one egg, vegetable, or piece of fruit per day--meaning without treatment, he will not be able to recover from malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation will help Kevin recover from malnutrition--saving his life now and putting him on track to live a better life in the future. 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, helping him get sick less often. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to reach important developmental milestones instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses. His parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Kevin the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Kevin the chance to live a healthy and productive life, finish school, get a good job, and escape the cycle of malnutrition and poverty that made him sick in the first place.

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