Victoria KrauchunasMONTHLY DONOR
Victoria's Story

Victoria joined Watsi on November 6th, 2014. Seven years ago, Victoria joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Victoria's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Lavenda, a pre-school student from Kenya, for hearing aids.

Impact

Victoria has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Victoria

“I want to become a doctor," shares Lavenda, a seven-year-old girl who lives with her aunt in Kenya. In the fall of 2014, Lavenda's grandmother became concerned about her granddaughter's low sound perception and inability to talk. Lavenda was taken to a medical facility for ear, nose, and throat conditions. While there, doctors cleaned her ears, but her hearing did not improve. In 2016, Lavenda was referred to our facility for further treatment and was diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs as a result of damage to the sensory cells in the inner ear or the nerve pathways leading from the inner ear to the brain. Possible causes include illnesses, medications, aging, head trauma, and exposure to loud noises. In most cases, there are no medical or surgical interventions to restore normal hearing, making it the most common type of permanent hearing loss. Doctors recommended that Lavenda wear hearing aids to amplify the sound vibrations transmitted to her ears, but her aunt, who sells goods at a grocery shop to earn a living, is unable to raise the full amount of money needed to pay for them. Lavenda does not receive any financial support from her mother and father, who separated with Lavenda was only a year old. Without the hearing aids, Lavenda will have weak academic and social performance. She is still in pre-school due to learning difficulties attributed to her hearing problem. For $712, Lavenda will receive two hearing aids, batteries, and molds to ensure proper fit within her ears. “I know Lavenda is bright, and I want the best for her," says her aunt. "Please help her."

$712raised
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Soe is a 27-year-old woman who lives with her husband in Burma. Soe came to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), seeking treatment for gallstones. The gallbladder—a small, pear-shaped organ that sits under the liver—stores and drains bile. When an individual has gallstones, bile drainage may be blocked, causing irritation, spasms, pain, nausea, and vomiting. “Soe is experiencing stomach and lower back pain making it difficult for her to sleep and eat,” BBP tells us. “Usually, when she eats, she feels nauseous and needs to vomit.” Until recently, Soe had a job as a waitress at a hotel restaurant in Thailand, but her symptoms made it impossible for her to work. Facing financial trouble, she and her husband returned to Burma in the hopes of finding treatment for Soe and receiving support from their family. For $1,500, Soe will undergo a laparotomy, a surgical procedure to access the abdominal cavity and remove the gallbladder. Funding also covers the costs of an eight-day hospital stay, transportation to and from the hospital, pre- and post-surgical consultations, and blood tests. “Soe should fully recover following her gallstone surgery,” says BBP. “She should be able to return to her family and again find a job so that she and her husband can save money for their future.” Soe looks forward to a successful operation. “I will work and save money for the next few years, and then, one day, we will have a happy family,” she shared in her pre-operative interview with BBP.

$1,500raised
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Meet Jose, a three-year-old boy from Guatemala. Jose was adopted when he was a baby by his loving adoptive parents. “Norma, Jose’s adopted mother, was married for years but could never have kids since she had to have a hysterectomy when she was a teenager," shares our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). "Norma was thrilled to be able to take Jose in, and has been very happy with him.” Over time though, Norma began to notice that Jose was not developing at the same rate as other children. “Jose is suffering from severe developmental delays and seizures due to congenital hydrocephalus. He was diagnosed when he was one-year-old when he first started to have seizures, but his family has not been able to afford therapy or medications for him,” WK tells us. As of now, Jose can move his hands and hold a ball over his head, but he is having trouble sleeping and has seizures almost everyday. “Since Jose needs constant supervision, his mom has not been able to work, which makes it hard for their family to afford basic necessities,” shares WK. Treatment for Jose costs $1,385, which consists of a full medical workup to clarify his diagnosis, medications for his seizures, intensive physical therapy, and social support for the family. WK shares that these efforts will "help lessen the economic stress that the family has been under with his condition, since all imaging, medications, physical therapy, and medical visits will be included free of charge for them. This treatment will give Jose the chance to become much more independent, mobile, and will decrease the frequency of his seizures…helping Jose reach his full potential, and help to work through the stigma of his developmental delay.” Jose’s mother says that Jose is very smart and she cannot wait for him to start therapy. "My dream is to see my son walk and run," says his mother.

$1,385raised
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Meet Flavio, an eight-year-old boy from Guatemala. “Flavio is the youngest of 3 children,” reports our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Flavio likes to watch the chickens run around his front yard when he and his mother are home.” His father works in a cornfield as a day laborer, but his mother has to stay at home in order to give Flavio the attention he needs. “Flavio was born with down syndrome, but his mother did not know about it until he was so old that differences between him and the other children were obvious,” shares WK. “She took him to a therapy center, and they accepted him. However, therapy is expensive, and this little boy’s family has limited resources and cannot afford it on their own.” Flavio needs continued therapy and medical support to ensure that his development progresses. “Without intervention…he will not develop the tools necessary to allow any sort of independence, and thus will have to rely on his family for the rest of his life,” explains WK. With $1385 in funding, Flavio can receive comprehensive treatment that includes diagnostic workup through medical scans, physical therapy, micronutrient and antiepileptic medication, and 6-day accompaniment at Wuqu’ Kawoq’s treatment center. “There is no doubt that therapy and medical attention will not only improve Flavio’s health, but also his quality of life. Therapy will give him increased mobility and communication tools, thereby allowing him to be more independent and function better with his family and in society,” says WK. “Down syndrome is often time paired with health issues. Monthly medical checkups will allow us to monitor Flavio’s progress and assess his future needs. His mother will be counseled on how to provide care for her child, and will be supported by staff throughout the process.” Flavio’s mother is incredibly grateful for the chance to improve her son’s life. “I want what is best for my child,” she shares. “Thank you for your interest in helping us.”

$1,385raised
Fully funded