Dave Owsinski

Dave's Story

Dave joined Watsi on December 6th, 2015. 23 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Dave's most recent donation supported Htet, a young woman from Burma, to fund mitral valve cardiac surgery.


Dave has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Dave


"Sandy is more than three standard deviations below the normal size for her age. Her mother has noticed that she is not growing as well and is worried. Her lack of calories, protein, and nutrients have also made her mental development slow--she is having a hard time learning how to talk," reports our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "Sandy's immune defenses have been weakened by her poor diet, leaving her with frequent fevers, coughs, and cases of diarrhea, which put her life in danger and take away all her energy. In the long term, she could face issues such as mental deficiencies, behavioral problems, chronic disease, and low earning potential as an adult if she does not receive treatment," explains WK. "Sandy is the first child in her family, and her mother just had another little girl. Sandy loves to play with her dolls and is excited to be an older sister. Her mother works at home taking care of the children, and her father works as an assistant to a bricklayer as well as a day laborer in a plantation. They have a meager and inconsistent income. Although they make sacrifices to give their daughter the best they can, there are many days when all they have to give Sandy is breastmilk," continues WK. "Growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and deworming medication will help Sandy recover--saving her life now and putting her on track to live a better life in the future. She will gain weight and grow taller. Her immune system will grow stronger, which will further increase her appetite and help her use the extra calories to develop mentally. Her mother will receive support to give Sandy the diet she needs to grow and develop healthily," explains WK. Sandy's mother shares, "I dream that my daughter will grow well so that one day she can have good development with her studies."

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Meet Milton, a 14-month-old baby boy from Guatemala. “Milton lives with his parents and sister on a property that they share with both sets of grandparents,” our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK) tells us. “Milton is suffering from acute malnutrition. He is both underweight for his age and his height is extremely below the average for his age,” says WK. “He is frequently ill with diarrhea and his mother says that she wants to help but feels she doesn’t have the knowledge or resources.” Neither of Milton’s parents are highly educated, which is typical in the area the family lives in. They support the family farming corn and often have a difficult time affording food. As a result, Milton’s diet is mainly beans and rice with very little fruits or vegetables. For $535, Milton will receive the care he needs from doctors and nutritionists. “This treatment will supply Milton with the growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and medication for him to recoup some of the weight and height he has lost and treat the parasitic infection causing his diarrhea,” explains WK. “His parents will receive intensive nutrition education, thus building their confidence and ability to care for Milton throughout his childhood and perhaps even prevent malnutrition in any future children that may enter the family.” With the chance to access this care, Milton will not face the long-term consequences of malnutrition. He will have more energy and will not be at risk of chronic illness throughout his adult life. Without these obstacles, he will be able to reach his physical and mental potential, therefore giving him the opportunity to succeed in school and begin building a future for himself. “My dream for my boy is that he grows up and can graduate school. God gave me a son and so I have to fight for him,” says Milton's mother.

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