Sean Johnson
Sean's Story

Sean joined Watsi on March 17th, 2015. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sean's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Evelyn, a two-month-old baby from Guatemala, to fund nutritional supplementation.


Sean has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 9 countries.

Patients funded by Sean

Magali is suffering from malnutrition, a cough, and diarrhea. Her mother and father knew she was malnourished because the community health center told them when they went to weigh her, but they have never received treatment or advice. Magali is far below the average height for her age and the average weight for her age. Her diarrhea is preventing her from absorbing much-needed nutrients and puts her at risk of dehydration. Without intervention, Magali’s weight and height will continue to fall away from the curve and she will be at risk for the long-term effects of malnutrition. Her physical and mental development and growth will be stunted, preventing her from reaching her full potential. Her immune system will continue to weaken and her parents will likely have to spend money (that they do not have) on medication and medical consult/ transport to consult. Magali is a social little girl who loves to sing, especially when she at church with her mom. She often plays with a doll given to her by her sister Veronica. Magali and Veronica play together every day, while their mother works cleaning for the house and caring for the children and their father is a farmer. She loves to eat fruit, her favorite of which is papaya. This treatment will supply Magali with the growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and medication needed for her to increase her overall caloric intake, treat her diarrhea and cough, and recoup some of the weight and height she has lost. Her mother will receive intensive nutrition education thus building her confidence and ability to care for Magali throughout her childhood. Her father and mother will not need to constantly worry about her. Intervention now will prevent the future devastating effects of malnutrition, and give Magali the chance to live a healthy productive life.

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Soe is a 27-year-old woman who lives with her husband in Burma. Soe came to our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), seeking treatment for gallstones. The gallbladder—a small, pear-shaped organ that sits under the liver—stores and drains bile. When an individual has gallstones, bile drainage may be blocked, causing irritation, spasms, pain, nausea, and vomiting. “Soe is experiencing stomach and lower back pain making it difficult for her to sleep and eat,” BBP tells us. “Usually, when she eats, she feels nauseous and needs to vomit.” Until recently, Soe had a job as a waitress at a hotel restaurant in Thailand, but her symptoms made it impossible for her to work. Facing financial trouble, she and her husband returned to Burma in the hopes of finding treatment for Soe and receiving support from their family. For $1,500, Soe will undergo a laparotomy, a surgical procedure to access the abdominal cavity and remove the gallbladder. Funding also covers the costs of an eight-day hospital stay, transportation to and from the hospital, pre- and post-surgical consultations, and blood tests. “Soe should fully recover following her gallstone surgery,” says BBP. “She should be able to return to her family and again find a job so that she and her husband can save money for their future.” Soe looks forward to a successful operation. “I will work and save money for the next few years, and then, one day, we will have a happy family,” she shared in her pre-operative interview with BBP.

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