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Nina Lerner

Nina's Story

Nina joined Watsi on June 12th, 2013. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nina's most recent donation supported Thin, a girl from Burma, to fund hernia surgery.

Impact

Nina has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Nina

Leonardo

"Leonardo's mother has been worried, because she has noticed that her son is not growing as well as the other kids and doesn't know what to do. He is suffering from malnutrition, and will not be able to grow until he has access to an adequate diet," reports our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "His lack of calories has not only stunted his physical growth, but slowed his developmental milestones -- he still cannot walk or stand without support, a benchmark most children reach by about age one. Additionally, his immune system has grown weak due to his lack of calories. He gets frequent bouts of diarrhea, putting his life in danger and preventing him from having the energy to grow and play. In the long term, he could face low IQ, chronic diseases, and difficulty finding a good job if he does not receive treatment," continues WK. "Leonardo is the youngest of two children. He lives with his family in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof in a rural mountainous community in Guatemala. His mother works at home, taking care of Leonardo and his brother, cooking, and cleaning," shares WK. "His father works as a bricklayer. Although they both make many sacrifices for him, they are unable to buy him even the most basic healthy foods--they cannot afford even one egg, fruit, or vegetable per day." "Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Leonardo 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, preventing him from having any more life-threatening situations with diarrhea, fevers, and cough. This will further increase his appetite and help him use the extra calories to develop mentally instead of those calories being wasted on getting over frequent illnesses," adds WK. "His parents will receive the support they need to feel empowered to give Leonardo a diet to grow and develop healthily. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Leonardo 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." Leonardo's mother adds, "I want my son to grow and study in the future." Let's help make that a reality.

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Sandy

"Sandy is more than three standard deviations below the normal size for her age. Her mother has noticed that she is not growing as well and is worried. Her lack of calories, protein, and nutrients have also made her mental development slow--she is having a hard time learning how to talk," reports our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "Sandy's immune defenses have been weakened by her poor diet, leaving her with frequent fevers, coughs, and cases of diarrhea, which put her life in danger and take away all her energy. In the long term, she could face issues such as mental deficiencies, behavioral problems, chronic disease, and low earning potential as an adult if she does not receive treatment," explains WK. "Sandy is the first child in her family, and her mother just had another little girl. Sandy loves to play with her dolls and is excited to be an older sister. Her mother works at home taking care of the children, and her father works as an assistant to a bricklayer as well as a day laborer in a plantation. They have a meager and inconsistent income. Although they make sacrifices to give their daughter the best they can, there are many days when all they have to give Sandy is breastmilk," continues WK. "Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Sandy recover--saving her life now and putting her on track to live a better life in the future. She will gain weight and grow taller. Her immune system will grow stronger, which will further increase her appetite and help her use the extra calories to develop mentally. Her mother will receive support to give Sandy the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily," explains WK. Sandy's mother shares, "I dream that my daughter will grow well so that one day she can have good development with her studies."

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Di Par

Di Par is a 14-year-old boy who lives with his mother and three brothers in Burma. He enjoys playing marbles, snapping rubber bands with his younger brothers, listening to music, and visiting with his friends. Di Par enjoys school, but he is only in grade five since his health condition makes it difficult for him to keep up with his classes. Di Par did not present with symptoms until he was five years old. He was easily tired, especially after playing, but his mother did not think it was out of the ordinary and did not seek medical attention for him. When Di Par was 10 years old, the symptoms worsened as he began having difficulty breathing in addition to the fatigue. His mother took him to the clinic where they listened to his heart and detected abnormal heart sounds. He was prescribed medication that seemed to improve his condition, so his mother did not seek further evaluation. In March of 2016, Di Par appeared to go into shock and lost consciousness, and he was brought to the hospital. Although a definitive diagnosis was not made, the physicians thought Di Par might have meningitis and treated him medically. While he was in the hospital, he received a battery of exams: blood tests, urinalysis, CT scan, and X-rays. He also received an echocardiogram, which provided the diagnosis of congestive heart disease — severe tricuspid regurgitation with severe pulmonary stenosis. Di Par was in the hospital for 12 days, and family members helped his mother and brothers pay the hospital costs. Since his hospitalization, Di Par has been experiencing palpitations, fatigue, and difficulty breathing. He is at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in the children’s inpatient department. He is also cyanotic with a bluish tinge to his lips and fingers. After evaluation by the medics at MTC, he was referred to Burma Children Medical Fund for surgical consideration. Di Par and his family have lived in their current village for three months; they moved there to be closer to his mother’s sister and to improve chances for employment. Di Par's father passed away several years ago, so the family's financial support comes from his mother, who sells vegetables and flowers in the market, and his older brother, who works as a day laborer. Despite their hard work, the money they earn does not cover daily expenses, savings, or health care costs. His mother has to borrow money at 10 percent interest to meet those costs and is currently in debt. Di Par’s mother is very concerned about him, as he is falling further and further behind with his studies and, more importantly, his condition is becoming more severe. His mother and older brother alternate caring for Di Par, and his younger brothers help with family chores. This arrangement has not yet affected their work schedules, but Di Par's condition will only complicate the family's needs as further care is needed. For $1,500, Di Par will undergo surgery to replace the damaged heart valve and restore proper blood flow through his heart and lungs. Funding also covers the cost of 12 pre- and post-operative consultations, transportation to and from the hospital, and nine days of hospital care after surgery. Di Par's mother looks forward to a successful operation for her son. "My son enjoys teaching his brothers," she shares, "so when he grows up, he may become a teacher in the village."

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