Chris Rochester
Chris' Story

Chris joined Watsi on July 24th, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Chris' most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Veasna, a farmer from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.


Chris has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Chris

Eight-year-old Morgan is a responsible, fearless, and outgoing child. He loves studying mathematics at school and helping his parents with chores at their home in a remote village in Kenya. Morgan has a right undescended testicle, a condition known as cryptorchidism. In male infants, both testes usually move down into the scrotum just prior to birth. However, in some infants, one or both testes may stop along the path to the scrotum, pausing in the abdomen or groin. Morgan's parents noticed that his genitals were not developing properly and decided to take him to the nearest hospital. The doctor observed him and noted that his right testicle could not be felt in the scrotal sac. When it came time to go in for a specialized review, the doctor noticed that Morgan requires surgery—known as orchidopexy—to move the undescended testicle into the scrotum. Without treatment, Morgan is at risk for an inguinal hernia or testicular cancer. During the orchidopexy, a surgeon will make an incision in the scrotum or groin, detach the testis and cord from surrounding tissues, manipulate the testis into the scrotum, and suture it into place. Morgan’s mother works with a local youth group to keep their locality clean, and his father is a casual construction site worker. They can see that their son has a bright future ahead of him, and they hope that Morgan will be able to get treatment through any means possible. $540 from Watsi pays for Morgan's surgery as well as three days of hospital care, pain medicine, and blood tests. Morgan's parents have managed to raise $52 to help pay for additional costs associated with their son's care. “I hope to get treated and carry on with school," says Morgan. "I want to be an electrical engineer when I grow up!"

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Meet Miyron, a 16-month-old baby boy from Guatemala, and a patient with our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. Miyron lives with his parents and his older sister in a one-room adobe house with a tin roof. Miyron is often playing outside with his toy cars, or eating vegetables, his favorite foods. Miyron is suffering from acute malnutrition--he is over three standard deviations below a normal size for his age. He has not had access to a nutritious diet, leaving him unable to gain weight and develop physically. His mother is worried because he is not growing as well as his older sister. Malnutrition has also weakened his immune system, and he has gotten frequent respiratory infections. In the long term, he could have a low IQ and increased risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease if he does not receive treatment. Unfortunately, his parents do not have the resources to buy their son even one piece of fruit or vegetable every day, making it impossible for him to overcome malnutrition without treatment. His parents both want the best for him, but since their only income is his father's inconsistent work as a day-laborer, they lack the resources to pay for the treatment he needs. $512 funds a multifaceted program to fight malnutrition that will give Miyron's mother the nutrition education and food supplements she needs to help her son grow and develop.This treatment will help his immune system get stronger, allowing him to use the extra calories he's ingesting to grow taller and bigger instead of burning them recovering from frequent respiratory illnesses. Let's help Miyron get back on track!

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