Tracy's Story

Tracy joined Watsi on October 24th, 2016. Five years ago, Tracy joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Tracy's most recent donation traveled 7,400 miles to support Chanthou, a fifth grade student from Cambodia, to fund surgery on her hand.

Impact

Tracy has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 4 countries.

All patients funded by Tracy

Levi is a 17-month-old boy from Guatemala. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Levi began malnutrition treatment on November 14, 2016. Levi lives with his parents and brother in rural Guatemala. He likes to play cars with his brother. His father works hard as a day laborer in the fields, but his income is small and unsteady. While Levi's parents want the best for their son, their resources are already stretched thin. They cannot afford to pay for his $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Levi recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Levi a chance to grow healthy and strong. "My son always gets sick, and it worries me because he stops eating," says Levi's mother. "He stops wanting to play with his brother and only cries. We––my husband and I––try to give him what he needs, but we do not always have the resources. I am thankful for the help you all will give my son. God bless you. When my son is bigger, I hope that he will be a doctor."

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Archie is a three-year-old child living in the Philippines with his parents and six siblings. His father is a construction worker, and he earns the only income for the family. Archie 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. Archie began malnutrition treatment on October 19. 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. The total cost of the support and resources Archie needs is $184, and his family is unable to afford this cost on their own. Following his treatment, Archie's nutrition will improve, and his risk of complications and fatality will significantly decrease. "I hope that Archie will be able to go to school and finish his studies" shares Archie's mother.

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