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Success! Mark from Guatemala raised $592 for a tonsillectomy.

Mark
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Mark's treatment was fully funded on May 17, 2016.

Photo of Mark post-operation

June 22, 2016

Mark received a successful tonsillectomy.

Mark’s surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids was a success, meaning his sleep apnea—threating breathing pauses during sleep—will go away, since his overgrown right tonsil no longer blocks his airway.

The most pressing effect of Proteus Syndrome on his life was his inability to get a good night’s sleep, affecting his mental and physical development and causing him great difficulty focusing and learning in school.

Now, with his tonsillectomy done and his sleep apnea treated, Mark has the opportunity to get a good night’s sleep every night, essential for the growth and happiness of any child.

Mark’s father shared, “Mark has been through so much, I am so glad he will finally be able to breathe and sleep normal. Thank you!”

Mark’s surgery to remove his tonsils and adenoids was a success, meaning his sleep apnea—threating breathing pauses during sleep—will go awa...

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February 21, 2016

Mark is a kindergartener from Guatemala whose favorite thing to do is play with toy cars. He drives them around with his hands everywhere he goes.

Mark has has an extremely rare congenital disorder called Proteus Syndrome. This disorder causes erratic and asymmetrical growth of his bones, soft tissue, and skin.

Asymmetric tonsil overgrowth is quite common in kids with Proteus Syndrome, and Mark has a very large right tonsil that has grown so large it is now touching his other tonsil. This has caused his breathing to be obstructed while he sleeps, impeding his ability to get a good night’s sleep. This often makes him irritable and fatigued, slows his physical growth, and is causing him significant developmental delays, threatening his ability to learn and be successful in school.

Mark needs $592 for a tonsillectomy. This treatment will allow him to sleep better at night, improve his mood, and increase his ability to focus in school. This will also get him back on track to grow and develop at a more normal rate.

“My dream is for Mark to be independent, so he does not suffer and can be happy,” his father said.

Mark is a kindergartener from Guatemala whose favorite thing to do is play with toy cars. He drives them around with his hands everywhere he...

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Mark's Timeline

  • February 21, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mark was submitted by Jessica Hawkins at Wuqu’ Kawoq.

  • February 22, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mark received treatment at Fundacion Shalom in Guatemala. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • May 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mark's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mark's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 22, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mark's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

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67% funded

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$1,007raised
$493to go

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Mo

Mo is a 72-year-old woman who lives with her friend and friend’s grandson in Burma. During her free time, she enjoys selling vegetables that she foraged. She and her friend are both domestic workers, but Mo had to stop working two months ago due to her worsening condition. Once she stopped working, they began having difficulty purchasing food for themselves. However, Mo shares that her neighbors kindly started providing them with donated food, helping them get by. One day while washing clothes, Mo noticed that her lower left leg and foot were swollen and in pain. Over time, she developed multiple ulcers on the swollen area. She eventually stopped working and sought medical treatment at a nearby village clinic. However, the medication she received unfortunately did not help her condition, and she could not seek treatment elsewhere due to financial constraints. Over time, the ulcers became larger and more painful, preventing her from putting any weight on her left foot and walking. Her condition is also causing her to experience weakness, difficulty sleeping, a decreased appetite, and emotional distress. After a worried neighbor took a picture of Mo and posted it on Facebook explaining her situation and requesting the assistance of donors, a charity group saw the post and traveled to Mo’s house. One of the group's members is a doctor and recommended that she visit a hospital due to her leg being badly infected. The charity group members brought her to our medical partner's care center Mawlamyine Christian Leprosy Hospital (MCLH). There, Mo underwent a physical examination and was diagnosed with chronic ulcers due to Buerger’s disease, a condition that affects blood vessels in the body, causing them to swell. This can prevent blood flow and lead to clots forming. Her doctor recommends that her left leg, which has began turning black from the knee down, be amputated as soon as possible due to it being severely infected. Mo shared that neither she nor the charity group have enough money to fund her needed surgery. Fortunately, a doctor recommended Mo to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, who is helping her receive treatment. On August 4th, surgeons will perform a leg amputation, which will hopefully alleviate Mo from her pain and discomfort. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Mo shares, “At first, I felt hopeless, and I would cry every day and night. I had no one that I could ask for help. I am no longer able to bear this pain. I want to say thank you to everyone who has helped me.”

67% funded

67%funded
$1,007raised
$493to go