Garth Pelton

United States

Garth's Story

Garth joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,774 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Garth's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Melona, a single mother of four from Philippines, to treat an enlarged thyroid gland.


Garth has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 5 countries.

All patients funded by Garth


"Melona is a loving and hardworking mother,” shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). While the past several years have been challenging, this 28-year-old single mother of four children “is still positive about life because she is drawing strength from her children.” Melona has hyperthyroidism—a condition that causes the thyroid gland to be more active than usual. This hyperactivity causes an excess amount of thyroid hormones to build up in the body. The body naturally responds to the rising hormone level in a variety of ways, typically causing a faster heart rate, anxiety and hand tremors. “Melona has been suffering with this condition for 11 years,” ICM explains. Since the onset of her condition, the lump on her neck has noticeably increased in size. As a result, “Melona feels embarrassed whenever people look at her.” With $525 in funding, Melona will receive surgery to remove her thyroid gland. In doing so, she will no longer produce excess amounts of hormones, allowing her body to return to its normal hormone levels. Although this operation typically has a very short and painless recovery period, Melona will spend five days in supervised hospital care to support the beginning of her recovery. The proposed treatment will greatly help Melona and her children. ICM explains, “After the treatment, Melona can look for other jobs that could help them in their daily needs. She will also gain confidence and her self-esteem will improve.” "Despite of our financial difficulties, I am still hoping that one day I will receive treatment so that I can go on with life with out difficulty and take care of my children well," Melona says.

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