Mark joined Watsi on May 3rd, 2016. Six years ago, Mark joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Mark's most recent donation supported Nalin, a 16-month-old baby girl from Cambodia, to fund burn repair surgery.
Mark has funded healthcare for 411 patients in 12 countries.
Mark has funded healthcare for 411 patients in 12 countries.
Nalin is a 16-month-old toddler and the only child in her family. Her father is a construction worker in the capital city of Phnom Penh and her mother stays home to watch her. Nalin likes to drink milk and play with toys. Her favorite thing in the world is to fall asleep in the arms of her mom. When Nalin was two months old, she was burned on her left fingers with hot porridge. Her mother took her to a children's hospital for burn treatment, but she developed severe contractures due to the burn. Nalin now has scarring and is unable to flex her fingers making it difficult to hold or grasp objects. When Nalin's mother learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 6th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery so Nalin can move her finger easily again. CSC is raising $495 to fund this life-altering procedure for Nalin. Nalin's mother shared, "I hope after surgery she can move her finger and get well soon."
Robinison is an adorable 18-month-old baby from Uganda. He has an older sister, who is currently in primary school. He will become a big brother later this year because his mother is currently expecting. To support their family, his father works in construction, and his mother works as a small-scale farmer. His mother shares that she hopes Robinson will become a banker when he grows up. Since he was born, Robinison has dealt with an umbilical hernia. This condition causes him to experience swelling and pain, making him cry. It is also difficult for him to eat with ease. Fortunately, on August 3rd, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center to heal his condition and alleviate his pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $230 to fund Robinison's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Robinison's mother says, “After being operated on, I hope he will return back to normal health and be free from all the pain he has been with.”
Ryan is a 3-month-old baby from Kenya. He is the secondborn in his family of two children. His father is a farmer and does casual labor to provide for their family, and his mother is a stay-at-home mom, caring for her two children. Ryan and his family previously lived in a village in Juja, which was later demolished, leaving them without a home. Fortunately, a well-wisher, who also accompanied them to the hospital today, managed to help them relocate. One day, Ryan's family began to notice that the size of his head was increasing. Although his family took him to a hospital seeking medical treatment and a CT scan was ordered, the CT scan was never actually performed. Fortunately, a pastor from their local church recommended that they seek treatment at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. Upon arrival, a CT scan was done and Ryan was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, he has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, he will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $720 to cover the cost of surgery for Ryan, which will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 4th and will drain the excess fluid from Ryan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Ryan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Ryan's mother says, “I love my baby so much and I know he will get the treatment he deserves."
John is 22-year-old who is working hard to make a life for himself. He currently stays with his parents in their ancestral home in the South Central Kenyan town of Narok, and works as a casual laborer who loads and off-loads maize for a living. Unfortunately during a dispute at a farm where he was working, John and other workers were attacked. John was hit on the head, resulting in an intracranial hematoma (pooled blood in his skull). The internal injuries are currently affecting his mobility and speech, and could be fatal without treatment. John urgently needs a craniotomy to remove the hematoma and this family is raising $1,500 for his surgery at Kijabe Hospital. His father says, “John is a young hardworking man. He was attacked while trying to earn a living. These head injuries are serious, they have made him almost immobile, and has started having trouble speaking. This surgery is urgent to restore his speech and ability to walk.”
Hsa is an 18-year-old living with his parents, three brothers and a sister, in Burma. Two of his siblings are still in school, while the remainder of his family work as subsistence farmers. Hsa, however, is currently unemployed, and enjoys playing various sports with his friends. Hsa has cataracts in both of his eyes, making it difficult for him to see clearly. Thanks to assistance from our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Hsa is scheduled for cataract surgery on October 11th, at Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. During the surgery, doctors will replace Hsa's own lenses with intraocular implants, enabling Hsa to live a more independent life. Now, Hsa needs your help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Hsa said: "I wish to see again so that I can look after myself. Then my family will no longer need to assist me with everything."
Sok Khy is a 22-year-old rice farmer. He and his wife live with his parents who are also rice farmers. In his free time he enjoys playing football, fishing, singing, and helping his family around the house. He was in a motor vehicle accident in 2017 that caused an opened fracture of his right tibia. He went to a hospital in Vietnam after the accident where a nail was fixated to heal the fracture. Now, the fracture is healed and the nail needs to be removed to prevent future infection and complications. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On May 10th, Sok Khy will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $304. This procedure will allow him to be fully healed and walk easily. Sok Khy says, "I hope I can recover well after my operation so I can return home and support my family."
Addah is a 54-year-old hardworking mother from Uganda. She has eight children. Her oldest child is 32 years old, and her youngest is 13 years old. To support their family, she and her husband practice farming. Ten years ago, Addah noticed a small swelling on her neck. Over time, the swelling began increasing in size, but she did not seek medical care due to it being painless. However, Addah has began to experience troubling symptoms within the past two years, including chest pains, neck pains, and airway obstruction. She was diagnosed with nodular goiter, meaning her thyroid gland is enlarged. Her condition affects her life greatly because she can no longer sing, despite her being a member of the choir at church. She also has difficulty calling out to people from a distance because she often loses her voice. Addah needs surgery to alleviate her symptoms and prevent them from getting worse. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Addah receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 16th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $333, and she and her family need help raising money. Addah says, “I pray and hope to get well through surgery. I wish to live a normal life again so that I may comfortably take good care of my family as I used to.”
Faith is a bright and ambitious 18-year-old from Kenya. She is the firstborn in a family of three children. Her mother works as a tailor, and her father is a pastor. Her favorite hobby is singing, especially singing gospel songs. She completed her O-level this year and aspires to continue her education and complete a course in beauty and therapy, which are other passions of hers. Faith has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Faith traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Faith's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Faith shares, “I am appealing for support from Watsi to help me undergo surgery so that I can resume a normal life like other people, as well as continue with my studies and achieve my passion.”
Eunice is a mother of three and works as a farmer. Her husband operates a small shop. They work hard to earn enough for basic needs and school fees for their children. Eunice is currently pregnant and her doctor has recommended a c-section to ensure a safe delivery since she is high-risk. Our medical partner is here to help. On June 9th, Eunice is scheduled to undergo a C-section at Karoli Lwanga Hospital in Nyakibale. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is seeking $252 to fund this procedure, which offers the best possible outcome for Eunice and her baby. Eunice says: “The little money we earn only passes through our hands trying to attain a living. We have quite a big family; sustaining it with such a low income is hard, and it's the reason we request that you help fund my surgery.”
Silivia is a hardworking farmer and a caring mother. She and her husband work hard to provide for their five children. Her husband operates a small retail shop. Their children are still young and currently attend school. Silivia shared that she loves spending time with them and teaching them the Koran. Four years ago, Silivia began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, persistent headaches, and shortness of breath. She was diagnosed with bilateral goitre, caused by the swelling of her thyroid glands. She initially attempted to treat her condition with traditional herbs, but this did not relieve her symptoms. Silivia eventually sought out help at our medical partner's care center, where she discovered that she would need surgery to prevent her symptoms from worsening and causing further health complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Silivia receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on July 5th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $252, and she and her family need help raising money. Silivia shared: “Once operated on, I pray that Allah may bless me with good health, and I hope to continue with farming to sustain my family.”
Meet Maripet, a 9 year-old-girl, living with her parents and two siblings. Her father is a farmer, while her mother stays home to look after the children. In August of last year, Maripet began experiencing persistent, severe headaches. Her parents brought her to a local hospital, where she was prescribed medication, and sent home. When her headaches didn't improve, her parents brought her to a second hospital, where she was given additional medication and sent home, once again. Her family tried traditional medicine, but nothing worked. When Maripet's headaches continued, her parents brought her back to the first hospital they had visited, and this time, brain scans were performed. Maripet's family was immediately referred to our BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, but without funds for her care they had to delay for visit for one month. During that time, Maripet lost her ability to walk and to move her head, and she also lost her eyesight for a few days. She is now in a wheelchair. When she arrived to BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, Maripet was examined and booked for immediate surgery to remove a brain tumor. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is here to help make sure she can finally access the treatment she needs. They are seeking $1,500 to fund Maripet's surgery and medical care. Maripet’s mother says: “I’m very much worried about my daughter's condition. I just pray and hope that she will be fine.”
Alex is a 32-year-old, hardworking laborer, living with his wife and two young children in a small mud hut in Uganda. Alex works on jobs around the village where he lives, while his wife is a small scale farmer. Three years ago, Alex developed a small, painless swelling on his head. Initially, it was of no concern to Alex, until it started to grow. Alex is concerned about the increasing size of the growth, and what will happen if he doesn't have the growth removed. Alex traveled to our medical partner's care center - Rushoroza Hospital - to receive treatment, and on July 5th, surgeons will remove the mass. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is seeking $145 to fund this procedure. Alex says: “I hope to look normal again and be able to live a better and more free life once again. I will continue offering work for my neighbors to earn a living after I am better.”