Andrew Stinger
Andrew's Story

Andrew joined Watsi on March 24th, 2016. 126 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Andrew's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Touch, a farmer from Cambodia, for hip replacement surgery.


Andrew has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 4 countries.

All patients funded by Andrew

"I can't walk, and my leg is in pain," says Touch, a 37-year-old farmer who lives with her husband, son, and daughter in Cambodia. When she is not tending to her farm, she looks after her children and cooks and cleans at home, but her work and daily activities have been impacted by her pain. “Touch has been experiencing hip pain for one year, mostly at night,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. “She can walk at most 100 meters before walking becomes very painful.” Touch has developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), a dislocation of the hip that is present at birth and can lead to hip osteoarthritis if not treated. DDH results from laxity of the ligaments that hold the hip joint in place and is more common in women and in babies born in breech position. Trauma to Touch’s hip from a fall when she was approximately six months old may have complicated her current condition. Symptoms of DDH include pain, differing leg lengths, and increased turn-out and reduced range of motion of the involved leg. “Touch’s right hip is painful, and her right leg is shorter than her left leg,” explains CSC. For $430, Touch will undergo hip replacement surgery to remove the deteriorated portions of the hip joint and replace them with new, artificial parts. Funding also covers the costs of two weeks of hospital care (including labs and imaging), physiotherapy, and six follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery. “After a hip replacement surgery,” says CSC, “Touch will be able to walk without pain.” "I hope I can walk without pain after surgery,” shares Touch. “When I am healed, I will go home and return to working on the farm."

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Meet Wendy, a 22-month-old infant from Guatemala. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us: “Wendy is the only child. She lives with her parents in a one-room cinderblock house with a tin roof. She is a little girl who always plays with her favorite doll. Wendy's mother works in a community day care center, and her father washes cars.” Wendy was diagnosed with acute malnutrition and is below average height and weight for her age. WK reports, ”She currently is not consuming enough calories and enough quality foods. As a result her physical growth is stunted, and we worry her mental growth will be stunted as well.” As a result of food insecurity and marginalization, indigenous Guatemalan villages have the highest rates of stunting in the world. In addition to growth stunting, malnutrition can lead to lower IQ, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. $512 will fund the treatment Wendy needs to address her nutritional deficit and improve her low energy and subsequent limited mental potential. This involves micronutrient and food supplementation, deworming medication to rid Wendy of a parasitic infection, and nutrition education for her parents. With these combined efforts, Wendy will recoup her weight and height and strengthen her immune system, laying the foundation for a healthier future. “I thought my child was growing well, but I hope that she can develop better with this program. We hope that she will be an overall good person and a professional,” shares Wendy's mother.

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