Joseph is a five-year-old boy and the youngest of three children in his family in the Philippines. He is a quiet, shy, and sweet boy who loves to play with other kids his age, running, skipping, and playing marbles. He lives with his mother, who earns a small, unstable income as a networking sales agent. His older siblings are in high school and college. When Joseph was still a small boy, his mother observed that one of his testicles was missing, but she did not take him for a medical check-up because of the family's limited finances. He was later diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which the testicle does not descend into the scrotum. In male infants, both testes usually move down into the scrotum just prior to birth. However, in some infants, one or both testes may stop along the path to the scrotum, pausing in the abdomen or groin before continuing to the scrotum within a few months. For those infants whose testes do not descend by four months of age, surgery is required. On May 18, Joseph will undergo surgery to move the undescended testicle into the scrotum. During the procedure—known as orchidopexy—a surgeon makes an incision in the scrotum or groin, detaches the testis and cord from surrounding tissues, manipulates the testis into the scrotum, and sutures it into place. Watsi's medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), requests $826 to pay for transportation to and from Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center, doctors' fees, medicine, and food for Joseph's care. "I am so worried about my son's condition, for he is getting older and older, and if it is not treated, I am afraid it will turn into a more complicated disease," shares Joseph's mother. "Please help us in his surgery, and it is my honor and great privilege to receive the help you will be giving us. My only wish that my son will grow normally with no disease that could threaten his life and future." Joseph, who attends a jumpstart school sponsored by ICM, wants to be a pediatric surgeon when he grows up. He wants to operate on children with conditions like his. Let's help fund surgery for a future doctor!
Jhunriel is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines. An only child, he lives with his mother, Roxanne, in the city. His grandmothers help to look after them, supplying food from their farms. Jhunriel loves to have his friends come over to play. He wants to be a policeman when he grows up, protecting his family and neighbors. When Jhunriel was eight months old, his mother noticed a mass on his right thigh. As he got older, it continued to enlarge, making walking and urinating difficult. His mother was very worried. She tried to take Jhunriel to a number of different doctors for consultation, but was unable to afford the fees. "My son's condition has brought hardship to us for so long already. We tried our best to support the needs for his treatment, but each time we were not able to pursue it, for our finances were not enough," Jhunriel's mother says. "We are asking for your kindness to help my son and me in these desperate times. Thank you so much in advance and I am praying that he will be treated to spare him for further complications." Jhunriel was brought to our medical partner's care center, Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center, where he was diagnosed with liposarcoma, a fatty tissue tumor. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $708 to cover the cost of tumor excision. He is scheduled for surgery on May 19. After treatment, Jhunriel will be able to grow and develop normally.
Jelo is an active and joyful two-year-old boy. He loves to play around and chase animals like chickens and small kittens. He is a joy to his family and because of that they really want that Jelo will grow normal just like other kids his age. Jelo lived a normal infancy until he was a year and a half old. His parents observed whenever he played, he always cried because of the discomfort he felt in his inguinal area. There was also an increase in the size of his scrotum that worried them the most. His mother fears that if Jelo's inguinal hernia is not treated, it may worsen. After receiving a health screening in one of International Care Ministries' sponsored communities, Jelo was then brought for consultation and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. After surgery, his mother looks forward to seeing her son free from all the discomforts that the condition brought to him and seeing him live normally like other kids. "Thank you for the hope you gave us. It was devastating for us to know that we can't do anything for him because we don't have money to pay for his surgery," shares Jelo's mother. "We are thankful that there are still people who are willing to help those in need and we are the recipient of it. Thank you and we pray that the operation will be successful so my son will live normally."
John is the sixth of the 7 children in the family. He is an active and playful child. He is also a hardworking grade 1 student and always loves to go to school. His mother is a housewife, taking care of his other siblings and his father works as a farmer, who earns about $25 a month. John is diagnosed of having hernia, where in his scrotum is enlarged. This condition hinders him in doing what he loves (playing) because it is painful whenever he has a lot of physical activities. This also disturbs him in his education because sometimes, he could not go to school due to pain. He was once brought by his parents for consultation and advised for surgery, however, they don't have enough money to fund for the surgery. Fortunately, his mother is one of the participants in ICM's program in their community and found out on the screening, that John had a surgical condition. An ICM staff communicated with John's mother and set a schedule for consultation. He was then assessed by a doctor and advised for surgery. John will undergo hernia repair which will ease him of pain and give him a comfortable life that he could focus on his education more and have a brighter future.
Liliosa is 47 years old. She is a mother to five children. Her husband works as an ice cream vendor. She is a gospel minister and loves to serve the church. For one year, Liliosa has experienced irregular menstruation, headaches, and body fatigue. She has tried using herbal medicines, but her symptoms have not improved. Liliosa is a pastor for our medical partner, so she shared her condition with the medical staff. She was diagnosed with a uterine myoma, a benign tumor in her uterus. A hysterectomy to remove her uterus and the tumor was scheduled for February 15. Liliosa and her husband make enough money to sustain their needs and pay for their children's education. However, they cannot afford the surgery. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $187 to help Liliosa. The treatment will relieve her symptoms and prevent any complications from arising. "I am thankful for this opportunity to get treatment...I am excited to wake up one day feeling good and with no difficulty," says Liliosa.
Perlina is a 51-year-old woman from the Philippines. She and her husband share their home with three foster children. Her husband works as a farmer, while she primarily rears the children. For the past seven years, Perlina has been experiencing severe and heaving bleeding during menstruation. This symptom is accompanied by body pains and leg cramps. In 2014, she was diagnosed with a myoma, a noncancerous tumor that grows in or around the uterus. To prevent Perlina's symptoms from worsening, doctors have scheduled her for a hysterectomy surgery on February 20, 2017. The surgery will remove part or all of her uterus. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $187 to fund her transport and pre-surgery medical preparation. "I am so much thankful for all the people who have the passion to help," she says. "It has been my prayer and dream to undergo treatment, but I was not able to have because of financial problems. You are the answer to my prayer. I am looking forward to a day free of difficulty so I can serve my husband and my children well."
Ceasar is a wife and mother of two children. Her husband works as a driver. Her family lives in a house owned by their church minister. For five years, Ceasar has been experiencing irregular menstruation, headaches, body weakness, and leg cramps. These symptoms prevent her from working. She never sought treatment because she could not afford it. Fortunately, Ceasar is a member of one of our medical partner's sponsored communities. She underwent an ultrasound and was diagnosed with adenomyosis, an overgrowth of endometrial tissue in the uterus. On February 20, Ceasar will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. Our medical partner is requesting $187 to fund her treatment. The surgery will alleviate her symptoms and improve her quality of life. "I am overjoyed for the help you have extended on my condition. I am looking forward to the day after the treatment that I will no longer experience heavy bleeding, and I will be healed. I am excited to be fully recovered and help my husband in sustaining the needs of our children and for their brighter future," she says.
Merlinda is a 51-year-old mother of four who lives in the Philippines. Her husband provides the majority of her family's income. However, Merlinda sometimes sells barbecue outside their home to supplement the household income. For over a year, Merlinda has experienced excessive blood loss due to gynecological problems, causing her headaches, body pains, leg cramps, and fatigue. These symptoms hinder her ability to take care of her home and children. If left untreated, the condition may cause Merlinda further complications. With the help of a health trainer from our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), Melinda was diagnosed with uterine leiomyomas, tumors that arise from the overgrowth of smooth muscle and connective tissue in the uterus. ICM's head medic recommended Melinda for surgery. Melinda is scheduled for surgery on February 17. It will cost $187. Your donation will help pay for Melinda's labs, medication, hospital food, and a follow up consultation. The surgery will alleviate her symptoms and prevent any further complications. "I am so happy for the help and support," Melinda says. She adds, "If I will fully recover, I will help my husband earn for my family by looking for a job so we can both sustain the needs of our children so they can finish their education. Thank you so much for this great opportunity."
Norma is a 44-year-old mother of three. Her children love her very much and they are very close to her. She spends most of her time with her grandchild in her little store, while her husband works as a peace officer. Norma is experiencing body weakness and numbness. She also has leg cramps and body pains. In October 2015, she noticed that her lower abdomen was enlarged. Worried about her condition, she was went to the doctor. She was diagnosed with a myoma, a noncancerous uterine growth, and was advised to have surgery. However, she could not afford treatment. Fortunately, Norma was referred to our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). She is scheduled to have surgery on February 24. However, her family cannot afford the surgery, so ICM is requesting $187 to help fund the treatment. "I am so thankful for this opportunity," she says. "If the treatment only depended on our financial capacity, surgery would really be impossible. But because of your help, I will have the surgery that I have been dreaming of. Thank you so much for making this possible for me. Thank you for your help and donations. I will never forget this privilege that has come to me."
"I am so excited that I will be able to undergo surgery,” Elsie shares. “I have been praying for this.” Elsie is a 34-year-old mother of two from the Philippines. Sometimes, her husband’s income as a day laborer is not enough to meet their family's daily basic needs. Because she believes education will help her children out of poverty, Elsie has called on her family to help pay for her children’s schooling fees. Now, however, Elsie is seeking financial help for her own urgent needs. For some time, Elsie has been experiencing severe leg cramps and numbness during menstruation. This prevents her from performing her daily household chores and from taking care of her children. Elsie endured the pain until she was able to access a free medical consultation with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. The clinician there diagnosed her with uterine fibroids. Although these growths in Elsie’s uterus are non-cancerous, without treatment they can lead to complications such as anemia, urinary tract infections, and infertility. Fortunately, Elsie will avoid these outcomes by undergoing a hysterectomy on February 17. We can sponsor this operation, as well as its associated lab tests, supplies, and five-day hospital stay, for $187. This treatment will restore Elsie to a physically comfortable day-to-day existence. “I am excited to live a life free of pain," she says.
Gemma is a 52-year-old mother of five children, three of whom are already married. She loves to spend most of her time with her two youngest children. During weekends, her family gardens. Her husband works as a tricycle driver and is the sole provider for the family. Gemma was diagnosed with an ovarian cyst in 2013. Due to financial constraints, she was not able to undergo the advised treatment. As the years passed, she started experiencing pain in her lower abdomen, legs, and back. She is also easily fatigued. Fortunately, Gemma is a member of a community sponsored by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). Gemma will undergo a hysterectomy on February 21. This procedure will alleviate her symptoms. However, her family cannot afford the treatment. ICM is requesting $187 to fund her surgery. This treatment will allow her to live pain-free. Gemma says, "I have been dreaming that one day, I could be able to get the surgery that I need. I am so thankful that there are people who are willing to make my dream a reality."
Meet Nora, a married housewife from the Philippines. She is the mother of four young children who are all attending school. Her husband is a janitor, and Nora earns money as a laundress. They work hard to take care of and provide for their children. Nora has been diagnosed with uterine myoma (also known as uterine fibroids). This refers to growths that have appeared in the wall of her uterus. As a result, Nora experiences fatigue, cramps, and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fortunately, Nora was seen by doctors at our medical partner's care center, Zamboanga Del Norte Medical Center, and is now scheduled for a hysterectomy on February 14. $187 will fully fund the costs of this surgery. As a mother, Nora has always put the needs of her children before her own. She is extremely relieved and happy to be receiving this surgery. She says, "I have been praying for a miracle that I will be treated, and indeed a miracle came."