lisa shah
lisa's Story

lisa joined Watsi on August 2nd, 2016. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! lisa's most recent donation supported Abigail, a three-year-old girl from Haiti, to fund surgery to repair a birth defect in her heart.

Impact

lisa has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by lisa

Virginia is a five-month-old baby girl living in rural Guatemala. She was born to a single mother who stays home to care for her. Unfortunately, Virginia's mother cannot produce breast milk, which has made it difficult for Virginia to receive the nourishment that she needs in her early months of life. Because of this, Virginia was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Virginia has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Virginia to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 13, Virginia will receive micronutrients, formula, and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $1,162 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. Virginia’s mother says, “I am scared because I do not have breast milk to give my daughter, and we are of scarce resources so I cannot afford to buy her much. I dream to see my daughter grow up well so that she can study and in the future become a teacher.”

$1,162raised
Fully funded

Two-year-old Lucas lives with his family in the rural highlands of Guatemala. He loves to eat bananas and eggs and enjoys playing with his plastic toy horse. His mother works taking care of their family’s household, and his father works as a day laborer. Lucas’s parents are very worried about him because he is not gaining weight. Underweight and small for his age, Lucas has malnutrition, a dangerous condition that results from consuming too few calories and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Lucas has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak. He may also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation coordinated by Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, will help Lucas recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake. Community health workers will teach his mother to create a nutrient-rich diet, even with limited resources. Lucas's parents do not have the financial resources to pay for the malnutrition treatment that he needs. They will need help raising $782 to pay for his care, which is scheduled to begin on February 28. "I am worried about my son’s health, but I am willing to do anything to see him get better," shares Lucas's mother. "I hope that with this treatment he will be healthier."

$782raised
Fully funded

Mohamed is a seven-year-old child living in Tanzania with his parents and four siblings. His mother is a home maker, and his father sells some vegetables and fruits at an open market near their three-bedroom mud house. Mohamed likes to interact with other children. He enjoys playing with cars, throwing balls, and learning how to read and write. Mohamed was born with congenital contracture of the knees, and for years he could not walk at all. His mother used to massage his legs with oil, trying to stretch his knees, but it did not help. Three years ago, Mohamed started guided manipulation and casting of his legs, which showed great improvement. He also continued his recommended exercises daily and using calipers. Today, Mohamed is able to walk with his crutches. His orthopedic surgeon believes that, at this point, contracture release will further help straighten Mohamed’s knees and give him the ability to walk without support. Mohamed is eager to walk without crutches, as this will enable him to go to school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us that for $550, Mohamed can have the single contracture release procedure he needs. The total cost covers the procedure, supplies, medications, casting, and three days of inpatient care. Mohamed’s parents work hard to care for their children, but need financial support to cover this cost. Mohamed is expected to be able to walk without crutches following full recovery from his surgery. He dreams of becoming a nurse, and looks forward to attending school and helping his mother around the house. He tells us that he wants to become a nurse so he can help his little sister, who often has epistaxis, also known as "bloody nose."

$550raised
Fully funded