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Mark OMara

United States   •   omaralawgroup.com   •   Born on February 8

Mark's Story

Mark joined Watsi on September 25th, 2013. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mark's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Anifa, a student from Tanzania, to fund burn contracture release surgery.

Impact

Mark has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.

All patients funded by Mark

Anifa

Anifa is a student from Tanzania. Anifa is a friendly third born child in a family of four. Her mother describes her as hardworking both in school and at home. The class five student suffered severe burns on her left arm when she was three years old. While playing children's cooking games with her friends, Anifa's clothing caught fire as she was placing the cooking tin on the open fire. The severe burns saw her admitted to the hospital for a month. She healed with contractures on her left hand and armpit. At five years, she was funded by a visiting team of surgeons for a contracture release of the arm. However, the contractures on her axilla remain. The contractures limit her hand movement making it challenging to perform daily tasks. When her mother heard about our funding program from our outreach team who had visited their village, she brought her in to ask for help. Anifa is planned for a release and Z-plasty surgery in our ALMC hospital. Anifa's parents are small scale farmers of maize, rice and vegetables. Their income is limited to cater for the surgical cost and appeal for financial assistance Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Anifa receive treatment. On September 27th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to The surgery will restore Anifa's ability to move her hand with ease. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Anifa’s mother says, “We have always wanted to treat our daughter and correct the remaining part but due to lack of money we have not been able to do that kindly help our daughter if it’s possible.”

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Jel

Jel, a four-year-old girl from the Philippines, lives with her family in a small house. Her father is a laborer. With his limited income, he has trouble providing enough for the family. Due to a lack of nutritious meals, Jel has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Fortunately for Jel, on October 18, 2016, she enrolled in the Home-Based Feeding program provided by International Care Ministries (ICM), Watsi's medical partner in the Philippines. One out of every five children under age five in ICM communities is either moderately or severely acutely malnourished. In many remote communities and urban slums, lack of clean water and unsanitary environments add to the risk of potentially fatal childhood diseases. Despite these facts, ICM and Watsi are working to combat the sources of these conditions. ICM's $184 Home-Based Feeding program will provide Jel with nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure she regains a normal weight for her age and achieves optimum physical and mental development. Staff and community volunteers will make weekly visits to monitor her progress in the program. In addition to this treatment, ICM's staff will educate Jel's parents about proper nutrition, organic vegetable gardening, sanitation, and hygiene. This information will help them make decisions to sustain their daughter's health in the future. "I'm so happy that my daughter is one of the patients who is receiving care from ICM," says Jel's mother. "I hope she will recover from malnutrition and become strong and healthy soon!"

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El-el

El-el is a three-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a small house made of scrap materials. His father does not have a stable job and cannot provide for his family's basic needs. El-el, who cannot walk or swallow properly, is severely malnourished. He weighs much less than other children his age. One out of five children under five years of age in communities served by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), 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 increase the risk of potentially fatal childhood diseases. Fortunately, El-el began ICM's malnutrition treatment program on October 17, 2016. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get the additional food to gain weight and achieve optimal physical and mental development. After identifying a malnourished child, ICM staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor the child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, professional staff members educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. $289 pays for El-el to participate in the Home-Based Feeding program and receive the nutritional supplementation that he needs to grow up healthy and strong. "We really hope that El-el will be able to see the world someday, somehow," his parents say.

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Beth

Beth is a 33-year-old woman who lives in Kenya. Last spring, she noticed swelling in her abdomen that became so painful that she sought help from her cousin, who helped her reach our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), for consultation. Doctors at AMHF determined that Beth has an adnexal cyst, a fluid-filled sac within one of her ovaries. Beth also has an incisional hernia, which occurs when the intestines protrude through a previously made incision in the abdominal wall, usually after a caesarian section or appendectomy. Both conditions cause abdominal pain and swelling, and require surgical treatment. “Beth requires a curative laparotomy [to remove the cyst] and a hernia repair to be performed later, and that is why she is seeking Watsi's help,” says AMHF. “If not treated, Beth will continue experiencing this pain, and she will be unable to work.” Due to previous health issues, Beth has been unable to work to support herself and her daughter for more than one year. Having lost her husband and one of her children, she has had to rely on donations from neighbors and friends to make ends meet. She cannot afford to pay the school fees for her daughter, who attends high school with the assistance of a government scholarship. $620 will fund for the laparotomy that Beth needs as well as a three-day hospital stay, blood tests, pain medicine, and antibiotics. “After the treatment, Beth will be relieved of the pain,” says AMHF. “She will be able to work and earn for her child."

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Namayani

Meet Namayani, a baby girl born in mid-March who lives with her family in Tanzania. "Namayani was born with a lesion on her lower back, which is leaking cerebrospinal fluid," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), reports. "She also has hydrocephalus." As many as 90% of children with spina bifida also present with hydrocephalus. Spina bifida is a neural tube defect where part of the tube fails to develop properly, causing defects in the spine. Hydrocephalus occurs when there is a build-up of fluid in the brain, causing the head to swell. Because Namayani has both conditions, she is in need of treatment to prevent her head from increasing in size, as well as to protect her from contracting infections. If she goes untreated, "Namayani could end up blind or completely disabled," says AMHF. Though she's living with two serious conditions, Namayani is a sweet and quiet baby. "She is feeding well and only cries when hungry, wet, or held in a position which is uncomfortable," AMHF shares. To treat both of her conditions, Namayani will undergo surgery to repair the spine defect and will need a ventriculo-peritoneal shunt to drain the excess fluid from the brain to to the abdomen. The procedures, and her hospital stay, will cost $1,200. After treatment, Namayani will no longer be at risk of contracting an infection, and her head will cease to swell. Her parents, who have seven other children, are concerned for their new baby, and are eager to get the correct treatment for their daughter. "We just hope that our daughter will get well and grow up like other children," Namayani's father shares.

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