Brian LeVee
Brian's Story

Brian joined Watsi on October 6th, 2014. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Brian's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Eduardo, a baby boy from Guatemala, for life-saving nutritional intervention.

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The Amigos!

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Team PTC

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Impact

Brian has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 3 countries.

All patients funded by Brian

Eduardo, a baby boy from Guatemala, is only a month old, but is already having developmental trouble and has lost significant weight since he was born. At birth, his mother was unable to produce enough milk for him grow at a normal rate. More recently she has been able to breastfeed for 30-45 minutes at time, but Eduardo, unsatisfied, still cries afterward. His mother is doing everything she can to force production of breast milk, but Eduardo still hasn’t been receiving as much as he should. His mother cannot afford formula, so in some instances when she cannot provide milk, she gives her son water to stop him from crying. Eduardo is the youngest child of a single mother: he has a 4-year-old sister and a 2-year-old brother. They all live together with one of their mother’s friends. Eduardo’s mother has limited access to education; she stopped after her first year in secondary school because her family could not afford it. Now to earn money, she washes clothes for her neighbors. Eduardo is at risk of dehydration and starvation. “His mother is ashamed and afraid that she cannot produce sufficient breast milk to feed her child,” shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). With $1,016, medical intervention will be possible for Eduardo. His mother will be given formula to provide her son with the calories he needs to grow. She will also receive one-on-one health education to prepare her the time when Eduardo will begin eating solid foods. The doctors are certain that the simple treatment will strengthen Eduardo’s immune system and allow him to become a healthy, energetic baby. “I just want him to grow,” Eduardo’s mother shares.

$1,016raised
Fully funded

Meet Thi Win, a 29-year-old woman who lives in Thailand. While initially from Burma, Thi Win “moved to Thailand three years ago to look for better employment opportunities," shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). She now lives with her husband, parents, brother, and two nieces. To earn an income and contribute to the family, Thi Win and her husband both work as farm laborers. Over the past two years, Thi Win has experienced increasing abdominal pain due to an ovarian cyst—a semisolid mass that develops within the ovaries. Since Thi Win and her husband earn a modest income, Thi Win avoided going to a clinic, hoping that the pain would subside on its own. Instead, “Thi Win’s pain gradually got worse,” BBP tells us. Finally, the pain forced Thi Win to visit a medical clinic, where an “ultrasound showed a cyst on Thi Win’s ovary that requires surgery." Without intervention, ovarian cysts can grow larger over time, increasing pressure in the abdominal area and causing discomfort throughout the body. BBP reports, “Thi Win has pain in her lower back and abdomen that makes it difficult to sleep and has forced her to stop working for the past several months. She has difficulty breathing, tingling in her legs, and dizziness.” With $1,500, Thi Win will undergo an operation to remove the ovarian cysts. In addition to surgery, funding will cover seven days in the hospital, transportation costs, and an outpatient follow-up appointment. Completely removing the cyst will prevent the same tissue from growing back in the future, “putting Thi Win’s mind at ease,” BBP states. They add, “surgical removal of the cyst will allow Thi Win to live without pain and return to work.” Following surgery, Thi Win is enthusiastic to begin a new chapter in her life. She shares, “once I am well, I would like to have children. I hope to keep working to provide for my parents and other family members.”

$1,500raised
Fully funded