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sasi's Story

sasi joined Watsi on December 9th, 2014. 405 other people also joined Watsi on that day! sasi's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sophaiyath, a future doctor from Cambodia, to fund hip surgery.

Impact

sasi has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 2 countries.

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“My wish is that when he is six years old, he will be well enough to attend school,” shares Ariel’s mother. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) says that Ariel, a one-year-old boy from Guatemala, “likes to play with toy cars.” Ariel is at a critical point in his early childhood development. His mother explains that they are currently, “making the transition from crawling to walking.” Excitedly, she adds that last week, “Ariel took his first steps.” However--due to acute pediatric malnutrition--Ariel may witness delays in future development milestones at this important part of his childhood. Acute malnutrition occurs when the body does not intake as many essential nutrients as it needs--causing a nutritional imbalance. Children with malnutrition often experience stunted growth--both mentally and physically. According to WK, “Ariel’s height and weight are far below the average for his age.” Without intervention, acute malnutrition can lead to significant health complications due to a weakened immune system. $535 will fund a 90-day micronutrient food supplementation program to treat Ariel’s acute malnutrition. Over the three month period, nutrient-rich food supplements will be gradually incorporated into Ariel’s diet. This will be a slow and gradual process to allow his body to safely adjust to the dietary changes. As his immune system is currently weak, Ariel will also receive a deworming medication to protect him against infections while he is undergoing treatment. With the fourth-highest rate of malnutrition in the world, this condition is particularly common in Guatemala. As education plays an important role in prevention, Ariel’s parents will work with a nutritionist to receive an intensive course on nutrition. WK comments that teaching Ariel’s parents about healthy eating habits, “will impact his diet and health care for the rest of his childhood.” Additionally, WK states, “this treatment will give Ariel a chance to recoup his weight and height, gain the nutrients he needs to grow normally and strengthen his immune system.” With a healthier diet, “Ariel's energy will increase and he will have the capacity to concentrate, learn more effectively and eventually succeed in school,” says WK.

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Meet Silvia, a one-year old girl from Guatemala. Silvia often plays with her older sister, and she has a single mother who weaves blouses and picks jacote fruit to sell at the market. Silvia is a patient with our medical partner Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), who explains that Silvia “has been suffering from acute malnutrition for several months now and has chronic diarrhea, cough, vomiting and a fever.” “Without intervention, Silvia’s health will continue to decline and she will be at high risk of death from malnutrition and dehydration,” continues WK. “If she survives her body will have limited ability to develop and grow normally. She is already far below the average height and weight for her age, and it is obvious that her immune system is incredibly weak.” For $535, we can fund a multifaceted treatment that includes educational support on nutrition for Silvia's mother, micronutrient and food supplementation for Silvia and medication for Silvia's immediate medical issues. Her mother will receive information on how to effectively spend the limited money she has to purchase the most nutrient dense food options for her children. “Over time we expect Silvia’s energy to improve and for her to experience a lower risk of chronic diseases (such as diabetes and hypertension), as well as lower risk of complicated pregnancy, both of which are highly associated with childhood malnutrition,” says WK. “Most importantly she will avoid dying because of lack of medical care affordability.” Silvia's mother shares, “I am so happy you found us, I have no idea what I would have done if you didn't find us.” Let's fund this treatment and get Silvia back on track!

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