Ranjani joined Watsi on May 10th, 2014. 60 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ranjani's most recent donation traveled 9,800 miles to support Gustavo, a baby boy from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Ranjani has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 5 countries.
Ranjani has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 5 countries.
Gustavo is an active 17-month-old toddler from Guatemala. He loves playing with his toy cars and older sister. He can be rather serious around strangers, but is always smiling with people he knows. Gustavo was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Gustavo has little energy to grow, and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise his growth. If left untreated, he may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for his well-being, his mother took Gustavo to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 12, Gustavo will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach his mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of his continued treatment, allowing him to gain weight, strengthen his immune system, and catch up with other children his age. "I am very grateful for the help my son is going to receive," says Gustavo's mother.
Edson is a six-month-old baby who lives in Guatemala. His best friend is his twin brother. For the first two months of their lives, their mother was able to breastfeed them. However, when she was diagnosed with a virus, she could no longer safely breastfeed her sons. Edson's mother bought the twins an initial supply of formula, but it is too expensive for her to continue buying it. Edson's limited diet has led to malnutrition. To stabilize his condition, Edson was given a preliminary supply of formula at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Now, the clinic's nutritionist is creating a formal nutritional treatment plan for Edson. Edson will begin malnutrition treatment on January 17. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,107 in funds to provide Edson with nutritious formula. The funds will also cover the cost of health education for Edson's mother. One-on-one motivational education will teach her how to identify signs of malnutrition and how to create a nutritious, inexpensive diet for Edson. “I hope my son recuperates and attains a normal height and weight,” says Edson's mother. With the formula, Edson’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow to be a healthy, energetic baby!
Holo is a two-month-old girl from the coastal region of Tanzania. She was born with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. Holo's family sought help at their nearest hospital, but she did not receive treatment. Finally, they learned about our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. Holo and her mother made the long journey to Kenya. There, on December 12, a surgeon inserted a shunt to drain the cerebrospinal fluid from her head. Unfortunately, Holo’s family cannot afford to pay for this surgery. Her mother and father are both subsistence farmers. They live in a two-room house. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund this procedure. "I am glad to have found a place where Holo can be treated," says her mother. "My only appeal is that you will help fund for her surgery as I have no means."
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.”
“I really hope to be able to get a job to provide some support for my family,” shares Tha, a 29-year-old husband and father of four children from Burma. Tha suffers from bladder stones that restrict his everyday activities. Bladder stones are painful, crystallized masses in the bladder that currently put Tha at risk of chronic urinary infection. In 2012, Tha had one of his legs amputated after a serious accident involving a landmine. According to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), “These injuries combined with the pain and chronic infections caused by his bladder stones make it impossible for Tha to work, so he stays home to take care of the children.” While initially from Burma, Tha and his family currently live in Thailand. His wife works hard to support the family, but is unable to take care of her children and cover the medical costs that Tha needs for full treatment. Before his illness, Tha used to love cooking for his family. His wife fondly recalls these memories, sharing that he cooks better than she does. BBP explains that "without surgery, Tha will continue to develop more bladder stones and his infections will only get worse.” For $1500, Tha will receive surgery to completely remove his bladder stones. Surgery will have a positive impact on Tha’s life, freeing him from pain that currently limits his ability to work, and spend time with his family.
Meet one-year-old Saradjina from Haiti. She has hydrocephalus which means that there is excess fluid in her head causing brain swelling. "The baby cries a lot, sometimes she vomits, and has a fever," Project Medishare tells us. Hydrocephalus can be fatal if left untreated. With $1260 Saradjina would be able to have shunt replacement surgery to drain the excess fluid and release pressure on her brain. This is a prohibitive cost for Saradjina's parents who work hard in labor to make ends meet for their three children. "My wish for my little girl is to see her able to live a healthy life," Saradjina's father says. Let's fund Saradjina's care today so she can grow up healthy tomorrow!
“Once Betty gets to know you she is extremely outgoing and makes everyone laugh,” says our Guatemalan partner Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). Betty is two-years-old and lives in Guatemala with her parents and three older sisters. WK tells us, “She loves to spend time with her older sisters, especially ‘playing kitchen’ and singing songs. She also likes to play with dolls in the afternoon.” Right now, Betty is underweight and short for her age, which is causing her family to be concerned with her growth and nutrition. WK explains, “She's suffered from a series of early childhood illnesses which put her behind and then her parents could not afford medical treatment to get her caught up. Now, if she doesn't get help, she is at high risk of permanent loss of her growth potential. Her dad does not have a regular job, and so food is tight. Betty usually has to skip meals or can only have porridges. Her diet is really lacking in protein and in vitamins.” For $535, Betty will receive malnutrition treatment which includes food supplements, lab tests and medication. Betty's parents tell WK that they hope she can "grow up to do well in school and hopefully to have a professional job." Let’s help her get back on track so she can grow up healthy and make her parents proud!
Meet Alesandro! He is a one-year-old boy living in Guatemala with his family. “Alesandro is a classic case of stunting, or chronic malnutrition," our medical partner in Guatemala shares. "If we don't intervene, this chronic lack of a high quality diet will have a permanent impact on his brain and cognitive function." “This is a tough social situation,” Alesandro's doctors write. “Alesandro’s mom is raising five young children all by herself. She's had to move back in with her own mom, and the two of them are trying to keep the family together. All that she can afford to give Alesandro to eat is a thin porridge several times a day.” They continue, “Alesandro's mom has heard great things about what we are able to do in our nutritional rehabilitation program. She wants her child 'to be normal and grow well, to have a future.'" For $535 we can help Alesandro grow up healthy. Let's give Alesandro access to the nutrition he needs!
Meet Angela! This newborn baby girl and her twin brother were born in Guatemala. Angela and her brother were born several months early and spent their first few months in intensive care at a local hospital. Angela’s time away from her mother prevented the development of a breastfeeding routine, and Angela’s health has suffered as result. Angela is only able to eat dilute cereal and sugared water, an unhealthy diet which has caused her to be underweight and developmentally delayed. The financial burden of feeding two babies lead Angela’s father to abandon the family leaving her mother to care for the young twins on her own. Angela’s mother tells the staff at Wuqu’ Kawoq she “feels all alone, and not sure where to turn to.” Fortunately, Wuqu’ Kawoq has a program especially for children like Angela, and for $1,220 we can make sure Angela can afford the nutritional therapy she needs to get back on track with her development.
Danie is a hardworking 46-year-old dressmaker from Haiti who is also the sole breadwinner and caretaker for her husband and their child. When Danie noticed an itching sensation on her breast and painful periods, she went to see a doctor. After a biopsy, she discovered she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy to remove the affected breast. However, she still needs chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from returning. “If she does not obtain the sessions she has high chance to experience resurgence of the cancer," our medical partner, Project Medishare, explains. "Treatment will allow her to save her life and provide chances for her to resume her activities and rejoin her family.” “I would love to recover from my bad health situation and get back to normal," she says. "If I could I would spend everything I have to get healthy and rejoin my family.” But at $1500, chemotherapy costs are simply more than Danie can afford to pay. Let’s help Danie get better and stay cancer-free!
The days since Michael was born have been more stressful than joyful for his parents. Michael is their first baby, and he's only three days old. But he's battling a life-threatening condition. Michael has spina bifida, a developmental congenital disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube. Michael's parents are small business owners. They work hard, but unfortunately earn very little and cannot afford the surgery Michael needs to go home healthy. For $980, we can fund a spina bifida closure for Michael. "If the surgery is not done, Michael is likely to get an infection because of the open mass on his back," our hospital partner writes. It could also turn into even more life-threatening problems, like a tethered cord, kyphosis, or scoliosis. Michael’s mother says, “My prayer and hope is that my son gets treatment soon so that he can live a healthy and normal life.”
Say hello to Marie-Maude, a 38-year-old from Haiti. Marie-Maude needs our support to complete cancer treatment and get on with her life. Marie-Maude experienced the most difficult moment of her life several months ago. She was diagnosed with breast cancer. She has already had surgery, but now she needs radiation and chemotherapy to complete her treatment. Marie-Maude used to work as a house helper doing cleaning, washing, and cooking, but she lost her job when she got sick. Now, she tries to sell food and cosmetic products to earn her living. Despite her hard work, the cost of cancer treatment is beyond her reach. That's where we come in. For $1,500, Marie-Maude will receive radiation and chemotherapy. Her prognosis is good, and doctors expect she will make a full recovery if she can access this treatment. Let's help her out!