Mihai joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. 56 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mihai's most recent donation traveled 4,500 miles to support Jane, a woman from Kenya, to fund spinal surgery.
Mihai has funded healthcare for 46 patients in 10 countries.
Mihai has funded healthcare for 46 patients in 10 countries.
Jane is a woman from Kenya. She has six siblings and two children. She used to work as a cleaner in a hotel. Jane has been experiencing severe discomfort in her back, leading to weakness and loss of function in her lower limbs. She took painkillers and antibiotics, but the problem continued. From several doctors, she received different diagnoses, such as a kidney infection and pneumonia, but the medications they prescribed never worked. Finally, Jane visited our medical partner's care center, where she underwent an MRI. This scan revealed that she has a lower spine deformity. She needs to undergo a spine fusion surgery to treat the condition. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for June 21. Now, she just needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure. “I am appealing for support, the pain I have is intolerable, I cannot be able to pay the bill and am afraid I might not walk again. Please help me," Jane says.
Biziki is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife and together with their eight grown children, they run their small farm. Biziki spends his days tending his goats, and he likes to play with his grandchildren in his free time. Since April 2018, Biziki has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Biziki's surgery. On June 5, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Biziki and his family were thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded. He is looking forward to returning home. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Damian is a baby from Kenya. His mother is a second-year student in one of the universities in Kenya. They currently live with his maternal grandparents, who are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Damian underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Damian's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Damian. The surgery is scheduled to take place on May 3 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I will focus better in school when I learn that Damian is done with treatment,” shares Damian’s mother.
Edward is a three-year-old boy from Kenya. He is an only child. He loves to play. His father is a barber, while his mother stays at home to look after him. In his young life, Edward has experienced several medical complications. He has cardiac complications, which have necessitated two surgeries. Though community fundraisers, he has undergone surgery and is recovering well. In addition, Edward cannot hear well and has not yet developed speech. He was referred to our medical partner's care center, where hearing aids were recommended. Edward is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 14. Now, his family needs help raising $712 to pay for the hearing aids. His father says, “My hope is to have my son get the hearing aids and develop ability to speak."
Kesny is a student from Haiti. He lives with his mother in Cap Haitien, a city on the northern coast of Haiti. He is in the ninth grade and enjoys school and going to church. Kesny has a cardiac condition called rheumatic heart disease. As a younger child, Kesny suffered a severe rheumatic fever, which damaged all four valves of his heart. As a result, his heart cannot adequately pump blood through his body and he is in late-stage heart failure. Kesny will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On March 26, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair or replace all four of the damaged valves in his heart. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $60,000 to pay for surgery. Kesny's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Kesny's family overseas. He says, "I am looking forward to being able to stop worrying about my heart after my surgery!"
Thun is a grandmother from Cambodia. She has eight children and six grandchildren. She is a rice farmer and enjoys spending time at home with her family. Four years ago, she started experiencing pain in her knee. She is finding it difficult to work and walk. Fortunately, Thun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total knee replacement to relieve Thun of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 12, and Thun needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I want to be able to take care of my grandchildren."
Christ-Love is a student from Haiti. Christ-Love lives in Port-au-Prince with her mother. She is in the ninth grade and enjoys going to church and helping her mother around the house. Christ-Love has a cardiac condition called severe aortic regurgitation. One of the valves in her heart is severely damaged from a rheumatic fever she suffered as a child, and it cannot adequately pump blood through her body. Two years ago, she had open-heart surgery to replace another valve that was also damaged; at the time, she was too weak to try to replace both valves at the same time, and so now that her heart is stronger after the first surgery, the team can go back to replace the second valve. Christ-Love will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On December 27, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace her damaged valve with an artificial implant.. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $24,000 to pay for surgery. Christ-Love's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Christ-Love's family overseas. She says, "I am glad that I can be almost normal once my second valve is fixed!"
Zululand is a 70-year-old man from Malawi. He is a farmer and lives with his wife and extended family. Zululand still tends to his land and also supplements the family income by fishing. In his free time, he enjoys attending church and worshipping with his family. Since May of 2017, Zululand has been been experiencing the symptoms of prostatic hyperplasia, or the condition of an enlarged prostate. It was determined that he needs prostate surgery in order to prevent future, severe medical complications, however surgery is out of the family's financial reach. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund a prostate resection for Zululand, which is scheduled to take place on July 18. Part of his enlarged prostate gland will be removed, and, once the procedure is complete, Zululand will hopefully be able to live more comfortably and confidently. "Thank you for the support," shares Zululand.
Dorcas is a newborn baby girl from Kenya. Dorcas was born with spina bifida, a condition in which the spine does not completely form. Her spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through an opening in her backbone, in turn exposing her spinal cord and making Dorcas vulnerable to infection, loss of lower-limb muscular function, and early trauma. As subsistence farmers, Dorcas's parents are unable to cover the cost of the surgery that their daughter needs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is therefore requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Dorcas's operation. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Dorcas to live free from the medical complications that could result from her condition. “It’s my prayer that she gets well and lives a healthy life," says Dorcas's mother.
Thi is a 29-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Ayeyarwady Division, Burma. She is a housewife, and her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver. Their son is a student in sixth grade. Their family income is enough to cover their family’s basic needs, but they are unable to save any money. For the last 15 years, Thi has periodically experienced fatigue, shortness of breath, and chest pain. She has been diagnosed with heart disease, and her condition requires surgery. On September 12, Thi will undergo a double valve replacement heart procedure. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for her treatment. “After I get better from surgery, I will be work as much as I can to increase my family income and I will pay back my debt," says Thi.
Clifaite is a 10-year-old student who lives with his parents and siblings in the mountains of central Haiti. His parents grow crops and additionally work as market vendors. Clifaite is in the fourth grade and enjoys going to school and spending time with his friends. Clifaite suffers from cardiac conditions known as mitral and aortic regurgitation, which resulted from a rheumatic fever that he contracted several years ago. As a result, blood backs up into his heart and does not properly circulate throughout his body, leaving Clifaite weak, short of breath, and at risk of fatal heart failure. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Clifaite's air transportation to his surgery's location site. Once there, Clifaite will receive the treatment that he needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. Clifaite's father says, "Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Clifaite get this surgery!"
Scovia is a 30-year-old woman from Uganda. She lives with her husband and four children, and works as a farmer growing food for home consumption. When she is not working on the farm or caring for her family, Scovia enjoys walking in her garden to see how the vegetables are doing and watching her children play after school. Scovia is currently pregnant with twins and needs close monitoring because one twin has their umbilical cord wrapped around their neck. To ensure safe delivery, Scovia will need a Caesarean Section and monitoring, and sought out our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, for assistance. Scovia is scheduled to undergo a caesarean section surgery on May 21. Although she was able to contribute $7 to the cost of her procedure, she is still in need of $333 to cover the rest of the expenses. Scovia says, “I appreciate the donors for their heartfelt support, and I give them to God to reward them according to his will.”