Colin joined Watsi on December 28th, 2013. 16 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Colin's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Sainrigene, a father of six from Haiti, for surgery to repair a severe facial laceration.
Colin has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.
Colin has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.
Meet Sainrigene, a 39-year-old father of six from Haiti. Recently, while walking home from church with his family, Sainrigene was attacked by a man on the street. "Sainrigene's nephew was under threat of a man in possession of a machete," shares our medical partner, Project Medishare (PM). "When he tried to intervene, the machete holder hit Sainrigene on his mouth and cut out the most part of it including his gum plus his teeth, causing a big facial laceration." "Since then, Sainrigene became unable to speak, eat and cannot drink anything," PM continues. "He is only fed through [an IV]." Sainrigene needs surgery to repair the severe facial laceration. Before he was injured, Sainrigene supported his family with the profits of his small farm. He loves going to church and is the second maestro of a men's choir. He has many friends who have fundraised for his treatment, but have been unable to raise the full amount. "His friends brought him to the hospital but they could not even pay for him to receive primary care," PM says. "They have done their best trying to reach his family to pay for the surgery but none of them could find a way to get money. They even tried to sell stuff they have, but [there was] no one to buy." $1,500 will fund Sainrigene’s reconstructive surgery, as well as his weeklong hospital stay. "Surgery will be performed to reattach the mouth of Sainrigene, after the surgery he will be soon able to eat, drink, speak, save his mouth and his face," PM says. "We are praying for him to save his mouth and what you are doing for us is unbelievable," his friends say to Watsi donors. "We've almost lost faith because nobody answered us to help Sainrigene pay for the surgery. We are excited to go back with him with good results, his mouth reattached."
“All I want is to be able to take good care of my daughter,” says Paw, adding, “I want to find a job in a nursery school because I love children so much. Actually, I would really like to be a teacher, if I had the opportunity.” Meet Paw, a 21-year-old mother from Burma with ASD, or atrial septal defect. Since she was young, she has been dealing with the symptoms of this heart disease, including difficulty with breathing, fatigue, and regular bouts of dizziness. “Her condition is also very emotionally draining and causes her a lot of worry,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. Paw’s family moved to Nu Po Refugee Camp about 12 years ago as result of consistent fighting between ethnic rebel soldiers and the Burmese army. Because Paw could never work independently, her parents support her and her three-year-old daughter. However, her father only earns 100 Baht a day, equivalent to about $3 USD. Combined with the basic rations they are given in camp, this is only enough to cover daily expenses. They cannot save enough to pay for Paw's healthcare. If left untreated, Paw's condition can be fatal. For $1,500 we can fund the complex cardiac surgery necessary to treat Paw. Together, let’s lift the burden of Paw’s cardiac problem!
"Sherlande lives on a small farm in the mountains of southwestern Haiti with her parents, brothers, and sisters," the Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) tells us about this 14-year-old girl. "She enjoys going to school, and when she has the energy she likes to help her family tend to their animals." "Sherlande was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole between the aorta and the pulmonary artery which normally closes naturally when a child is born, instead remains open," HCA writes. Health City Cayman Islands has stepped up to help Sherlande have the surgery she needs to close up the hole in her heart. They have provided $5,000 to cover the cost of the surgery, but she's still short $1,500 for surgical preparation and transport overseas. "Following closure of the hole, Sherlande should be able to lead a normal life with no cardiac symptoms," HCA tells us. "I have been bothered by my heart for many, many years," says Sherlande. "I'm looking forward to being a normal girl like my friends!" Let's come together and cover the remaining $1,500 needed for Sherlande's treatment - including prep and overseas transport - so she can continue to enjoy doing all of the things she loves to do.
"Reth is looking forward to not having any pain when she speaks or eats,” says our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). Meet Reth, a 52-year-old grandmother in Cambodia who has a jaw deformity. Reth has five daughters and six grandchildren. “She very much likes having her grandchildren around the house and looking after them. She also enjoys listening to traditional Khmer songs on the radio,” CSC tells us. “Ten years ago Reth broke her jaw, and it healed improperly, making it so she cannot open her mouth to eat or speak without pain,” shares CSC. As a result of her condition, Reth must depend upon her husband for support. $405 will fund the surgery and post-operative care Reth needs to repair her jaw. “She will be able to fully open her mouth and will not be in pain after she is healed from surgery,” says CSC. Let’s help Reth regain her health!
"We hope that our daughter will one day be able to walk properly like other children. Having straight legs will allow her to walk to school and be able to run and compete with other children in sports," says Nasau's parents. Meet Nasau, a friendly six-year-old girl from Tanzania. She likes coloring pictures and playing with lego blocks and cards. Nasau has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, a severe deformity of the limbs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundations tells us, “Nasau cannot walk without knocking her knees, and that causes her to walk slow. If left untreated, she will most likely develop early osteoarthritis." With two other children to care for, Nasau's parents badly want to help her, but they cannot afford the cost of surgery. Until her legs are operated on, their daughter is unable to attend school. For $940, we can fund the treatment to correct Nasau’s lower limbs.
"I feel bored and unproductive and wish I could help out more around the house and on the farm," says Nov. Meet Nov, an 81-year-old man in Cambodia with mature cataracts in both eyes. He and his wife live on a farm two hours from the capital. "For five years Nov has been partially blind because of his cataracts," says our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Because of his vision loss, "Nov relies on his nephew to care for him. This make Nov sad [as] he can't even do the little stuff anymore," CSC shares with us. $150 will fund the cataract treatment necessary to improve Nov's eyesight and prevent blindness. Let's help Nov regain his vision and his independence!
"I am praying that if God allows, I go through a safe and successful delivery so that I will be able to care and protect my children throughout their life," says Maureen. Meet Maureen, a 20-year-old mother of one from Kenya, and wife of a small-scale farmer. Maureen is pregnant with her second child, and is seeking funding for a safe delivery and sufficient prenatal and postnatal care. Our partners at the Lwala Community Alliance report that, “She is experiencing lower abdominal pain, itching, and back pain, which prevents her from working her farm and doing her house chores.” For only $290, Maureen can receive professional prenatal, delivery, and postnatal care that will ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy and birth for her and her new child. Let’s get Maureen the care she deserves!