Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Nal, a boy from Cambodia, to fund tonsil surgery.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1566 patients in 21 countries.
Nal is a boy from Cambodia. He is an only child and loves to play outside with friends and watch TV. He wants to be a police officer when he grows up. For the past four months, he has had a recurrent infection that makes it difficult to breathe and sleep. Surgery can get rid of the infection and improve his quality of life. He will be able to sleep again and focus better at school. His tonsil procedure is scheduled for June 17 and will cost $221. He says, "I hope that after my operation, I will be able to breathe better and my parents won't have to worry."
Deria is a mother of three from Malawi. She lives with her husband and children, and she works in a small shop selling groceries to support her family. She enjoys working around the house in her free time. Since March of this year, Deria has been experiencing severe abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $650 to fund Deria's surgery. On May 23, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay. She looks forward to returning to work and caring for her home and family upon recovery. She says, "The price was very high for surgery, so this program has provided a very good assistance. Thank you!"
Grace is a laborer from Kenya. She has two children. Grace has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Grace. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 19. After treatment, Grace will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Grace says, “My prayer is to be treated and fight off the cancer in me."
Chabenta is a girl from Haiti. Chabenta lives in an orphanage in a mountainous area south of Port-au-Prince; she enjoys her classes in school and would like to become a doctor one day. She has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation, in which one of the four valves of her heart has been damaged by rheumatic fever and can no longer open and close properly. As a result, her heart cannot adequately pump blood through her body, leaving her sick and short of breath. Chabenta will fly to Boston to undergo surgery on September 5. During surgery, the medical team will first attempt to repair her damaged valve; if this is not possible, they will implant an artificial replacement. Boston Childrens Hospital is providing $28,000 to fund surgery. Chabenta's family also needs help to fund costs of surgery prep. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to support these costs. She says, "I am looking forward to this surgery so that I can walk to and from school without having to rest."
Kelvin is a student from Kenya. For two years, Kelvin has had a hernia. This hernia causes him pain in his groin. Fortunately, on June 28, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Kelvin's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to be a captain engineer when I grow up,” says Kelvin.
Keziah is a farmer from Kenya. For one year, Keziah has been experiencing irregular bleeding, back pain and continuous fatigue. She has been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Keziah's surgery. On July 9, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Keziah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Keziah says, “My hope and prayer is to have treatment and reduce chances of cancer spread. I wish to age gracefully."
Keshia is a girl from Haiti. She was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot, which involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. These defects deprive her body of oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak. She will require an open-heart surgery to repair this condition. Keshia lives with her parents and older brother in a city on the north coast of Haiti; she goes to preschool and likes watching cartoons. Keshia will fly to India to receive treatment. On August 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Rotary International, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. Her 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 her family overseas.
Srean is a 75-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and two grandchildren, and likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Srean developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Srean learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On June 14, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope that after my surgery I will be able to help my daughter-in-law take care of her children and can visit the pagoda and go anywhere I want to."
Soy is a 56-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and four grandchildren, and she enjoys looking after her grandchildren, cooking for her family, and watching television in her free time. Seven years ago, Soy started experiencing hip pain on her left side. She cannot extend her leg normally, and also experiences pain in her neck as well. Fortunately, Soy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Soy of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for July 2, and Soy needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I hope that after my operation I will be able to walk normally and return to my work without any difficulty."
Baitamu is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. For four years, Baitamu has been experiencing lower abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with intramural fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $208 to fund Baitamu's surgery. On July 9, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Baitamu will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Baitumu says, “I am worried whether my condition will be relived because it has been long standing. I will be thankful after treatment and continue with cultivation.”
Reinhard is a baby from Kenya. For four months, he has had an umbilical hernia. If not treated the hernia may result into intestinal tissue damage and death Fortunately, on August 2, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Reinhard's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “Please help us access surgical care for Reinhard. The funds needed are more than we can raise,” says Reinhard’s mother.
Kasaija is a carpenter from Uganda. He is a father of one girl. For five years, Kasaija has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, on April 10, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Kasaija's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "I like being with others during my free time."