Leshan is a handsome six-year-old boy from Kenya. In April this year, Leshan began suffering persistent headaches. A visit to a local hospital had him diagnosed with malaria and pneumonia. Leshan received treatment for two months, but his condition worsened. Leshan, who was always the best in his class, could not keep up, and his performance drastically dropped. Eventually, his vision became blurred and his lower limbs weak. These symptoms forced Leshan to quit school early July 2016. His parents took him to a different hospital where a scan revealed that Leshan has excess fluid on his head and a tumor known as medulloblastoma. Urgent specialized treatment would be required, and Leshan was referred to Bethany Kids Hospital, a Watsi partner. Leshan's parents cannot afford the treatment he needs to remove the tumor. Leshan's father is a pastoralist while his mother is is a stay at home mom. The family lives in a traditional house in Rift Valley Kenya. Leshan is the twenty-second born in a family of twenty-seven children and the last born to his mother who has nine children. If not treated, Leshan faces the risk of increased intracranial pressure, which is likely to cause brain damage or even death. "Leshan is such a bright boy and we would like to see him back to school," his father shared. "He has a bright future ahead of him and that is what we wish for him."
Moo Thaw is a 21-year-old man who has lived in a refugee camp in Thailand for one year. His parents passed away when he was young. He is currently in his final year at a junior college. Four years ago, Moo Thaw began to notice pain in his right leg. The leg began to swell. He visited a clinic and was diagnosed with a cyst in his right knee joint. He received some medicine and returned to home. After two or three months, Moo Thaw returned to the clinic after the pain got worse, but again was just given pain killers. Finally, after returning several times, he received a blood test, CT scan, and received some medicine. The tests confirmed that he has a benign cyst on his knee as well as Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis, or inflammation of the joint lining. Moo Thaw is worried about his condition. When he sees his friends play football, he really wants to play but cannot. He has difficulty walking, and often finds that his condition interferes with his daily life. Fortunately, Moo Thaw can receive the treatment he needs to fully recover. "I hope that after surgery I will be better and can walk normally like other people," Moo Thaw shared.
Tumaini is a twelve-year-old girl from Tanzania, and the first of her mother's five children. Tumaini is an earnest girl who loves going to school and has just recently finished exams for finishing primary school. She is waiting for her results, but really hopes to go on to secondary school. Tumaini was involved in a hit and run car accident on her way to school when she was five years old, she sustained serious injuries on her legs and was treated in two different hospitals for a period of several months. She has a residual left ankle/foot deformity that means that she walks on the outside of her foot. She experiences great pain when she is walking. Tumaini needs surgery to correct the deformity and turn her foot inward. This surgery, which includes long-term treatment and rehabilitation, will cost $1,160. It will allow her to walk more normally and without pain. "I wish for my foot to be straightened and so that I can look like others," Tumaini shared.
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Watsi — one of the fastest growing non-profits in web history — puts up pictures and profiles of people around the world who need money for medical care. 'Anyone can go on our website, donate as little as $5, and 100 percent of that donation will directly fund medical care for a specific person.'
A pioneering way for individuals to donate money to one-off medical treatments in the developing world. The non-profit website allows visitors to make personal donations for as little as $5 to fund the treatment of their patient of choice.
The dollar amounts may seem small, but the way Watsi handles transparency could revolutionize nonprofits. All the money donated -- more than $200,000 so far -- goes directly to the treatment, from doctors' fees to transportation and referral costs.