James Padolsey
James' Story

James joined Watsi on February 2nd, 2016. 36 other people also joined Watsi on that day! James' most recent donation traveled 6,200 miles to support Koun, a grandfather from Cambodia, to fund cataract surgery.


James has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by James

Emiliano is the youngest of three children. He lives with his siblings, mother, and grandparents in a one-room house made of tin in Guatemala. They depend on their grandparents for food and housing. Although Emiliano’s 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. Emiliano's mother is saddened because her son is constantly sick. This is because Emiliano has acute malnutrition, a condition that results from having a diet that lacks protein, calories, and nutrients. This has weakened his immune system and made it hard for him to gain weight and grow. He has been hospitalized various times for infections and severe acute malnutrition, and is struggling to gain weight. He received a preliminary treatment until our nutritionist could develop a customized treatment plan for him to keep his condition stable. If he does not receive treatment, Emiliano’s life could be in danger and he 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. Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Emiliano 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 needs to feel empowered to give Emiliano the diet he needs to grow and develop healthily, even with limited resources. Intervention now will give Emiliano 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. “I want to see my son grow well and recover so he doesn’t get sick so much," Emiliano's mother shared. "I want to give him the most normal life that I can to my child.”

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Vincent is a 44-year-old man who lives with his wife and three children—ages two through eight—in a two-room rental house in Kenya. He used to work as a city council guard—commonly called council askaris—before he broke his right lower leg in a road accident in May 2007. After the accident, Vincent underwent a plating surgery to treat his broken leg. Five years later, he noted an area of swelling on his right leg. He sought medical attention for the swelling and learned that it was a cancerous tumor. Vincent started radiotherapy sessions in March 2013 at Kenyatta National Hospital. In 2015, after receiving a total of 24 radiotherapy sessions for his leg, Vincent came to Kijabe hospital with a wound on his right leg. Doctors performed an incisional biopsy and determined that Vincent has a wound ulcer that requires a skin graft and debridement. If not treated, Vincent is at risk of a severe infection, which may result in amputation of his leg. Vincent has not been able to work since the accident in 2007. House rent and other household expenses are met by his wife, who sells vegetables at a small green grocery. Given the family's financial situation, Vincent is unable to raise the amount of money needed for the treatment. $940 pays for the surgery that Vincent needs as well as 14 days of hospital care, including meals, pain medicine, antibiotics, and lab tests. Vincent's family and friends are contributing $156 to cover additional costs associated with his care. “I want to be treated and be able to provide for my family," shares Vincent. "My medical journey has been long, and I want to be able to start helping my family as I used to do."

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