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farshad farahbakhshian

MONTHLY DONOR

United States

farshad's Story

farshad joined Watsi on May 11th, 2014. One year ago, farshad became the 2065th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,150 more people have become monthly donors! farshad's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Gilbert, a six-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund orthopedic surgery.

Impact

farshad has funded healthcare for 87 patients in 13 countries.

All patients funded by farshad

Miguel

Miguel is a seven-month-old baby from Guatemala. He is the fifth child in his family. His mother works at home to take care of their family, and his father is a day laborer. Miguel’s mother experiences lactation failure, which means that she cannot produce breast milk. This causes Miguel and his twin brother Eduardo to be underweight and small for their age. Because of this, Miguel often cries from hunger, and his mother uses the only substance she can afford––warm sugar water––to soothe him. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Miguel’s health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. It can also provoke electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time is compromised, and Miguel is at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize his condition, Miguel was given a preliminary supply of formula, which will last until our medical partner's nutritionist can create a nutrition plan and formally begin treatment. Although lactation failure is dangerous, it is thankfully easy to treat. On February 14, our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will begin supplying Miguel's mother with formula and health education so that Miguel will receive the calories he needs to grow and thrive. Wuqu' Kawoq is requesting $1,107 for the treatment. One-on-one education with Miguel’s mother will teach her how to provide a nutritious, inexpensive diet for her son. She will also learn to check for signs of malnutrition and other illness. Miguel’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. Miguel’s mother says, “I am very worried for my son because he is not growing. I dream for my son to grow up well, study, and one day become a teacher.”

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Miguel

Miguel is a quiet four-year-old boy from the mountainous regions of the Philippines. He lives with his family in a small bamboo house. His home does not have electricity, and his family goes to a local spring to retrieve water. Miguel has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 24. Miguel will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately 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. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get 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. Miguel's mother says, "I want him to recover from malnutrition and finish his studies."

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Jasmine

Jasmine is a shy seven-year-old girl from Tanzania who likes reading, drawing, and coloring. Since her father passed away in July 2016, her mother provides for them by selling fish in the local market. Jasmine and her mother live in her grandmother’s house. When Jasmine was six months old, she began experiencing a cough, flu symptoms, and difficulty breathing. Her mother took her to two hospitals before bringing her to Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), our medical partner's care center. At the first hospital, Jasmine received medication, but her condition did not improve. At the second hospital, she was misdiagnosed with pneumonia and received more medication and injections. When she did not start to feel better, her mother brought her to ALMC, where she was diagnosed with enlarged adenoids and tonsils. Tonsils and adenoids are soft tissues similar to lymph nodes that are located in the back of the throat. As part of the immune system, they help to defend the body from harmful bacteria and viruses, but they are susceptible to infections themselves. When they are infected, they can cause a sore throat, tender neck lymph nodes, or fever. They often become enlarged, obstructing airways or pathways for breathing and swallowing. The recommended treatment is a tonsillectomy to remove the enlarged and infected tonsils. Without treatment, Jasmine will continue to experience difficulty breathing, and she will be unable to attend school regularly. Unfortunately, Jasmine's family is unable to afford the $633 treatment cost and has managed to raise only $50. With financial help from Watsi, Jasmine is scheduled to undergo a tonsillectomy on April 6. Funding will pay for the operation, as well as four days in the hospital, blood tests, and medicine. Her mother says, "I hope she will be a teacher one day."

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