Jerry joined Watsi on August 9th, 2013. 76 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jerry's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Cristian, a 15-month-old from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Jerry has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
Cristian is a 15-month-old from Guatemala. He loves to play with his favorite toy car and eat his favorite foods, which are beans and bananas. Cristian is currently underweight and small for his age. He has malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Cristian has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to illness. However, malnutrition is very treatable. On June 22, Cristian will begin treatment that includes growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $492 to help fund the treatment so that Cristian will gain weight, his immune system will grow stronger, and community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. The treatment will give Cristian’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets, and it will give Cristian a chance to grow healthily. Treatment will give him an opportunity to play, grow, and participate in his family’s lives supported by a healthy brain and body. Cristian’s mother says, “I am very grateful to enter into the program because I know it will benefit my son greatly. I hope for my son to recover.”
Two-year-old Janbern lives in the Philippines with her parents and five siblings. They live in a house made of bamboo with a roof made of galvanized iron. Janbern is an active little girl who loves to play with her siblings. Unfortunately, Janbern's parents cannot afford to give her the diet she needs to stay healthy. As a result, Janbern is severely malnourished. She requires immediate treatment to prevent delays in her mental and physical development. Janbern began $268 malnutrition treatment on October 19. She is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. ICM will supply Janbern with nutrient-enriched food packs to help her reach a normal weight for her age. The nourishment will also ensure that she achieves optimum physical and mental development. Janbern will receive weekly visits from ICM staff and community volunteers to check up on her progress in the program. Additionally, staff will educate her parents about ways to sustain her health in the future. Janbern's mother hopes that her daughter will finish school and have a job one day. Let's help fund this important treatment program!
Chech is a 22-year-old farmer who has two sisters and three brothers. She likes to do housework and help her family on the farm. When she was a baby, Chech developed an ear infection. The infection spread to both ears and perforated the tympanic membrane in each. She experiences recurring ear discharge, pain, and hearing loss. Her condition makes her unhappy. Fortunately, Chech learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) from a relative. She traveled for six hours by taxi to reach CSC for treatment. On October 19, 2016, surgeons performed a myringoplasty in each ear to repair the perforated tympanic membrane and stop the ear discharge and pain. Over time, her hearing will improve. Now, her family needs help to fund this $831 procedure. Chech says, "I hope for the ear discharge to stop and to have good hearing."
Mirlene is three years old, and lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with her mother, aunt, and cousins. She has not yet started preschool but likes to play with the kids in her neighborhood and draw. “Mirlene was born with a cardiac condition called complete atrioventricular septal defect, in which multiple holes exist between the upper and lower chambers of her heart,” says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “Blood flows through these holes in her heart without first passing through the lungs to get oxygen, leaving her sickly and short of breath. Because of the severity of this condition, there is a chance it may not be repairable, but the only way to determine this is by inserting a catheter into the chambers of her heart. Since this is not possible in Haiti, arrangements are being made to bring her to Dominican Republic to perform this extremely important test in the hopes that she can have heart surgery later in the year.” For $1,500, Mirlene will receive this life-saving procedure to determine the rest of her treatment plan. This cost also covers her travel and transportation costs between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. "I am so happy that there is a way forward for Mirlene,” her mother says. “We are hoping for a good result from this test."