Bharat Bhole
Bharat's Story

Bharat joined Watsi on February 24th, 2014. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Bharat's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Carlos, a newborn baby boy from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.

Impact

Bharat has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Bharat

Dulce is a 2-month-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and older sister, and her father supports their family by farming. “Her parents say that she cries a lot because she is always hungry,” says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), “and that they wish they could buy formula but they really cannot afford it.” Dulce’s mother is having lactational failure, meaning she is unable to produce enough milk for Dulce. Because her family cannot afford to purchase formula, her parents have been feeding her water to supplement the lack of milk. “Dulce is sick often and her mother says that she barely weights more than she did when she was born,” explains WK. Babies are reliant upon the nutrients in breast milk or formula for development. “What Dulce is currently receiving is far below what she needs to grow,” continues WK, “now Dulce is at risk of dehydration and starvation.” For $1,016, Dulce will receive the formula she needs to grow and thrive and her mother will receive health education. “One-on-one education with Dulce’s mother will prepare her for when [Dulce] needs to start eating solid food, as well as help her watch for further signs of malnutrition and other illness,” explains WK. WK expets that after the treatment, Dulce will have a strong immune system and will grow to be a healthy, energetic baby. “I want my daughter to stop getting sick and to start growing,” shares Dulce’s mother. “I am worried, because she is always sick,” she continues, “…thank you for wanting to help us, I hope you can save my baby.”

$1,016raised
Fully funded

"11-year-old Veronicah was born at home with a cystic mass on her back. To her mother it never occurred to be anything of concern. When Veronica, the third born in a family of four children, attained the age of four years, she walked with a little limp that caught the attention of many around her," says our medical partner in Kenya, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Friends advised her parents to seek for specialized treatment which they did, and later on advised to get a scan for her back. It took years but Veronica’s parents’ still could not raise the entire amount needed for the scan," AMHF continues. "Lucky enough, they were allowed a scan with the little they had raised from a hospital near their home. The scan was revealed that they would require more finances for Veronicah to have a surgery." The mass is a condition called spina bifida, and Veronicah is at a risk of getting infections on her exposed nerves. She is also at a risk of lower limbs paralysis. For $805, Veronicah will receive a spina bifida closure procedure. "Veronicah’s treatment will keep her from the risk of infections, and further loss of muscle function on her legs," AMHF says. “Lack of knowledge and finances is a terrible thing. I am afraid that my daughter will become disabled- that thought alone scares me but I am hopeful that she will be well,” says Veronicah’s mother. “Some schoolmates mimic my walking, but I know I will walk well one day," Veronicah adds.

$805raised
Fully funded