Erin Blatzer
Erin's Story

Erin joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Erin's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sarath, a factory worker from Cambodia, to fund treatment for an infection.


Erin has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 10 countries.

All patients funded by Erin

Lowel is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and siblings in a wooden house. Lowell loves to play ball. His parents earn a living from farming. Lowel has thin arms and legs, and his growth is stunted for his age. He has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens Lowel's growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 20. Lowel 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. His family hopes that he will "finish his studies and reach his dreams."

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Bridgette is a tiny, one-month-old baby girl from Kenya who has hydrocephalus, a condition caused by excess cerebral spinal fluid and manifests itself in an enlarged head circumference. Bridgette’s mother stays at home to take care of Bridgette and her 5-year-old brother, who just started school. Bridgette’s father supports them through his M-Pesa stand (mobile money transfer agent). He doesn’t make much money, and they cannot afford to pay Bridgette’s medical bills. They urgently need help to pay for Bridgette’s operation to help her live a long and healthy life. It was discovered that Bridgette had hydrocephalus through a scan during one of her mother’s prenatal checkups. She was delivered prematurely through C-Section in a hospital near home, and was admitted immediately after birth since her symptoms became worse. She needed specialized treatment, but the hospital she was in didn’t have the resources to help her. They were referred to Bethany Kids at Kijabe Hospital where Bridgette was seen by a consultant. He advised Bridgette’s parents that she needed and operation to help manage the growth of her head and prevent further complications such as brain damage and delayed milestones. For $685, Bridgette will undergo the shunt procedure she needs to live a healthy life. “I am glad to have found a place where Bridgette can be treated. My only plea is that you will help fund for her surgery as I have no means," shared Bridgette’s mother.

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