Nicole True
Nicole's Story

Nicole joined Watsi on October 24th, 2016. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nicole's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Gift, a girl from Tanzania, to fund burn repair surgery.

Impact

Nicole has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Nicole

Joy is a 21-month-old toddler living in the Philippines with her parents and siblings. They source their water from a nearby well, and they share electricity with their neighbor. Joy loves playing with her siblings at home. Joy is underweight, and she has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. Fortunately, Joy began ICM's malnutrition treatment program on October 18, 2016. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get the additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene and organic vegetable gardening. The total cost of the support and resources Joy needs is $184, and her family is unable to afford this cost on their own. Following her treatment, Joy's nutrition will improve and her risk of complications and fatality will significantly decrease. "I am praying that Joy will finish her studies and become a successful person someday," shares Joy's mother.

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Three-month-old Kiiza lives with his parents and seven older siblings in Uganda. As casual laborers, his parents work in other peoples' gardens to make money to support their family. They work especially hard to pay for their children's education, and fortunately have some help from a friend who pays for one of their daughter's high school fees. When Kiiza was one-month-old, his mother noticed a swelling in his right scrotum. She took him to a health center where he was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia-- a protrusion of a portion of intestine through a tear in the abdominal wall near the groin area. Doctors also discovered a congenital right hydrocele. Though this build-up of watery fluid near the testicle is typically painless, Kiiza's hernia causes him to cry a lot when he is in pain. Kiiza needs surgery to treat these two conditions. His brother also has a hernia, and unfortunately Kiiza's parents' income is not enough to support either of their medical costs. Without treatment, Kiiza is at risk of a hernia strangulation, where the protruded section of intestinal tissue may lose blood flow. "I am worried about the life of my children," shares Kiiza's mother. $249 will fund Kiiza's operation, where doctors will surgically reposition the protruded intestinal tissue back into place, and repair the tear near his groin. They will also drain the fluid from his hydrocele. After surgery, Kiiza will return to a healthy, happy childhood back home with his family. His mother hopes to have peace of mind and have time to work and produce food for her children.

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Ana lives in Guatemala with her husband and two children, who are 12 and seven. They live in a one-room adobe house, and she is 16-19 weeks pregnant. She is indigenous Maya Quiche, which means she speaks little Spanish, and going to the hospital where nobody speaks her language can be intimidating. Ana's husband is a bus driver, and she embroideries traditional Mayan blouses with flowers, leaves, and small animals. Although she and her husband are excited to have another child, they are concerned about being able to afford transportation to the hospital from their rural village, medications, and labs she needs. Ana was previously funded for diabetes care in 2014. Due to her diabetes condition and a large fibroid in her uterus, she needs extra prenatal care to ensure the safety of her and her baby. Although she didn't need insulin before getting pregnant, she needs it now. She also needs regular consults with an obstetrician, and a cesarian birth to make sure her or her baby do not suffer any life-threatening complications. For $281, Ana will receive treatment for preeclampsia. She will also receive transportation, interpretation, and advocacy services as she goes to the hospital for her prenatal care. All labs and medications will be provided, and our partner's team will work with her to create a custom birth plan so she can quickly and safely arrive at the hospital to give birth when the time comes. This treatment not only will save her life, but will give her the chance to bring a new life into the world!

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