Bret is an energetic and active seven-year-old boy from the Philippines who loves to play around. "He cannot stay in his seat even for a minute," his mother says. Bret loves to play with other children. About three years ago, Bret began to have pain in his scrotum when he would run. During one of the International Care Ministries (ICM) health screening programs, Bret underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. This is a protrusion of tissue through the abdominal wall near the groin, and requires surgery to repair. At school, Bret's condition affects his ability to concentrate, and he often even has to miss class. Without treatment, he will continue to experience pain and discomfort, and the hernia may even cause further complications. Bret's father is a security guard while his mother is housewife. Their income is barely enough to cover their daily needs as well as Bret's schooling. They need assistance paying for Bret's surgery. $1437 will cover the costs of his operation where surgeons will position the protruded tissue back in its proper place and repair the opening in his abdominal wall. These funds will also pay for any additional supplies and inpatient care Bret needs to fully recover. After his surgery, Bret will be able to return home and play with ease. He will be able to concentrate on his studies so that he can work towards a successful future. "We are very happy to know that someone could help our boy," Bret's mother says, "We didn't expect this great blessing to us. Thank you so much may you be blessed more and more because you helped those in great need."
Dennis is a 23-year-old father to one son. He is a hardworking man and a loving husband to his wife. Dennis and his family live in a small bamboo house in the Philippines. His wife stays at home with their son while he works as a contractual laborer, making about $80 a month. Three years ago, Dennis felt pain in his inguinal area but did not have any consultation because of financial issues. The pain worsened while he was working as a laborer because he was lifting heavy objects at work. Dennis was unable to stop working as his income was the only financial means for his family. Dennis verbalized that he wants to be a reliable provider for his family and now that he is already a father, his first priority is their welfare, even though it means sacrificing his own comforts. Dennis really desires to give his best to provide the needs of their family. Dennis was screened at International Care Ministries, one of Watsi's medical partners. He underwent a series of tests and was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. The doctor strongly suggested that he undergo an emergency operation because Dennis' condition is getting worse. However, Dennis and his family cannot afford the treatment because Dennis' income is only enough for their daily needs. $1,437 will fund Dennis' hernia repair. After the surgery, he is looking forward to seeking a more stable job and to spend time with his family. "I did not expect that my condition would be given attention," shared Dennis. "Now that I have my own family, they are my number one priority and I thought I would have this condition forever. A fellow father may know how I feel. I am thankful that there are still people who are willing to help me. Thank you so much, it means a lot."
Romart is a 17-month-old boy from the Philippines, who is dearly loved by his parents. He enjoys playing and entertaining his mother by dancing, and he giggles a lot. Romart was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. His parents are worried for him, but they could not bring him to a doctor because their limited source of income is from collecting garbage and selling it in a small junk shop. On occasion, Romart's father works as a "sakada", a sugarcane laborer in the fields near their town to earn $3 a day. His parents just want what is best for Romart, and after surgery they hope Romart will grow up normally like other children. "We really couldn't believe that help could be given to us. At first, we were afraid that Romart needed surgery, but the doctor explained to us that this is the best way for Romart to heal. I am very thankful for your help and I pray for a successful surgery for my son," his mother shared. $1,437 will fund the hernia repair surgery that Romart needs. Let's help make it possible.
Raymar is a 16-month-old boy from the Philippines who loves to smile at people who come near him. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, tells us, “he is unaware of his current condition and is moving and playing just like any other kid.” Raymar has an inguinal hernia, in which a mass of tissues protrudes through a weak point in his abdominal muscles. He has swelling around his groin area. Treatment for Raymar is a hernia repair, which will cost $1,437. His surgeon will push the tissues and fat back inside the abdominal cavity and suture close the opening in his muscles. The treatment will give Raymar an opportunity to live a normal life and he will be free from complications of hernias, such as tissue death. “As a mother, I dreamed of a wonderful future for my child, however, because of his condition, we could not clearly see his future,” says Raymar’s mother, “After he gets treated, we are excited to see him grow and play like other children and we will also be worry free."
Eight-year-old Laurenz is from the Philippines, and has a condition called hydrocele - a swelling in his groin area. Because of his condition, the active boy becomes irritable, especially when he is in pain. His friends sometimes tease him when he does not want to play. His parents are farmers and they are so much concerned with Laurenz's condition and his future. His mother often cried in desperation that her son would get some help soon before his condition could worsen. Outside the condition, Laurenz is a very active boy. When he is feeling well, he plays with his playmates and classmates. He does well also in school and a pride to his mother. He verbalized that if he gets treated, it would make his mama very happy and will not cry anymore. For $1437, we can fund the important treatment he needs. His parent are farmers and they cannot afford the treatment, because their income is barely enough to sustain their family needs. "I just want to thank you for the opportunity in seeing my son and for the people willing to help my son to get the surgery," his mother said. "This means a lot to us and especially to Laurenz, I know he will not forget this as long as he lives."
Loise Glory is a three-year-old girl from Philippines with a cleft lip and palate. Due to this congenital condition, Loise has speech difficulties and trouble eating properly. Loise's mother is accepting of her daughter's condition, but seeks treatment for her in earnest to prevent her from being bullied. Apart from her condition, Loise is a joyful girl who is always smiling. She likes to play indoor games because outside she was bullied by other children. They called her names pertaining to her speech difficulties and physical appearance, causing her mother great pain. Loise is not yet in school, so she spends a lot of time playing at home with her brother. Loise's mother is a participant in a community sponsored by Watsi's medical partner, International Care Ministries. When she found that she could receive help for her daughter, she jumped at the opportunity. Loise's father is the only one who earns income for the family. He is a loader operator and makes $80 a month-- barely enough to cover the family's day-to-day needs. Accordingly, the family needs help to cover the $505 surgery to repair Loise's cleft lip and palate. After her surgery, Loise will be able to eat properly again and her family can begin to focus on correcting her speech problems. Loise's mother shared, "As a mother it is hard for me to see my child get bullied because of her condition. Though I wanted so much to let her be treated, we couldn't because we couldn't afford the expenses of the surgery. It was an answered prayer to us that there are people willing to help my daughter. Thank you so much in advance for your help. This surgery can change our lives, especially Loise's."
Samantha is a sweet five-year-old girl from the Philippines. She is the youngest of five siblings, all of whom now attend school. Samantha is in the care of her mother and currently attends a day care center in their town. Since she was born, Samantha has had a cleft palate, a facial malformation that causes openings or splits in the roof of the mouth and lip. Her condition makes everyday living difficult, and Samantha has difficulty breathing and swallowing food. Her mother has stopped working in order to care for her daughter. Samantha is a playful child, but her condition makes her feel shy. Her family has tried to save money for treatment, but doing so has been difficult. Fortunately, our medical partner's community outreach team found and screened Samantha. She is now scheduled for a repair surgery on January 25. This procedure will allow Samantha to breathe and eat easily and will increase her confidence. Samantha's father works as a bus conductor. However, his income is barely enough to sustain them. For this reason, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,088 to fund the treatment. "I am happy that at last Samantha could get treated," says Samantha's mother. "We are really close to her healing right now...Samantha is a sweet girl and has big dreams, but she cannot reach them if she does not have confidence. This operation will give Samantha hope for a good future. As a mother, my greatest desire is to see my children well and succeed someday. Thank you for this chance that you've given. May you be blessed."
Meet Krysa, a second grade student from the Philippines. She has lived with her grandparents since she was three years old. Krysa was born with a cleft lip. In the past, she underwent a cleft lip repair, but her lip was left scarred. As her grandparents do not work, they have been unable to afford the medical fees for Krysa to undergo another surgery. Fortunately, our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), will help Krysa. She is set to undergo surgery to repair her cleft lip on January 17. ICM is requesting $1,088 to fund Krysa's surgery. Krysa's grandmother is excited for the outcome of the surgery. She says, "This surgery will help her have the confidence to face people and reach her dreams."
Flor is a 49-year-old woman from the Philippines. She is a community health worker. She enjoys doing household chores and loves working with children. Six years ago, Flor was diagnosed with a cervical leiomyoma, a condition in which a benign tumor exists in the cervix. Because of her condition, Flor feels easily fatigued and dizzy, which affects her daily activities. Since learning about her condition, Flor has also been experiencing insomnia, as she is very worried about the future of her nephew, niece, and parents. Recently, Flor was advised to undergo surgery. Flor and her family, however, cannot afford the cost of treatment. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,500 to cover hospital fees, medications, and labor costs. On March 1, Flor will be receiving a hysterectomy, a surgery in which a part or all of the uterus is removed. After the surgery, Flor will finally be able to work to support her family. "When I will be well, I will look for better ways to support my family and work to support my niece and nephew's education," Flor says. "My life will serve as evidence that anything is possible if you are really determined and persevere. Thank you so much in advance for the help."
Meet Jhon, a young 12-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and his four-year-old brother. He loves to run and play basketball. Jhon was born with a right inguinal hernia. This is a medical condition in which tissue protrudes through a weak spot in the abdominal muscles near the groin region. Jhnon was advised to have surgery when he was younger, but his parents were unable to raise the funds to cover the surgery. The hernia has increased in size and causes Jhon discomfort when he lifts heavy objects. Jhon requires a hydrocele repair to relieve the swelling and repair his hernia. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), has arranged for Jhon to undergo surgery on April 19. Jhon needs our help to raise $1,098 to pay for his surgery. This will also cover his hospital stay as he recovers from the surgery. "We as a family are thankful to all of you for helping our son. We are very excited for the results of the surgery and pray that it will be a success," says Jhon's mother.
Lester is a 12-year-old student and older brother from the Philippines. He has experienced painful abdominal symptoms since he was a baby. Although he loves to play outdoors, the pain sometimes prevents him from doing so. Persistent symptoms have caused Lester to miss long periods of school. Lester's parents work as laborers on a nearby farm, but their income is limited. They could not afford to bring Lester to a doctor. Fortunately, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, visited their community. Lester's parents took the opportunity to get Lester a medical consultation and laboratory tests. Lester was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, a condition in which intestinal tissue protrudes through the groin. He is scheduled to undergo a repair surgery on January 11. After surgery, Lester will return to school full-time and resume his childhood. The surgery will cost $1,098. Your donation will help pay for the surgeon's fees, one night stay in the hospital, the use of an operating theater, and medication. "We are so blessed that Lester was given a chance to be treated," says Lester's mother. "He is a good child and an industrious one. He is very loving to us, his parents. He really deserves this treatment, but because of our financial status we cannot afford the surgery. Thank you for helping us and my son."
“I am looking forward to being able to work again to provide for the needs of my family,” shares Rodolfo, a 48-year-old man from the Philippines. Rodolfo is a loving father of five children. He works hard as a field laborer to provide for his large family, but the income that he earns is barely enough to sustain their basic needs. This challenging situation has become even more stressful recently, as Rodolfo has experienced an increased severity in a long-term medical condition. For over twenty years, Rodolfo has had a hernia in his right groin area. At first, he didn't mind the lump because it was small. As the years have gone on, the mass has continued to grow, and has begun to cause greater and greater discomfort. These days, lifting heavy objects and even standing for long periods can prove painful for Rodolfo—meaning that sometimes he cannot work at all. Hernias in the inguinal region can also pose life-threatening risks, such as strangulation, wherein the herniated intestinal matter becomes cut off from blood supply. Although Rodolfo wanted to have this condition treated earlier, he could not afford to do so. Fortunately, we can now help make medical care available to him. For a fundraising total of $1,098, we can pay for Rodolfo's hernia repair surgery on April 5. This sum will also cover his lab tests and roundtrip travel to the hospital. “Thank you so much in advance for the help you will be giving me,” Rodolfo says.