Kurt joined Watsi on July 1st, 2013. 5 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kurt's most recent donation supported Victor, a fourteen-year-old boy from Guatemala, to fund a prosthetic leg.
Kurt has funded healthcare for 1022 patients in 21 countries.
Victor is a fourteen-year-old boy who lives with his mother and two sisters in Guatemala's rural highlands. Although Victor has had many health problems, he studies persistently because he wants to become a doctor one day. Two years ago, Victor contracted gangrene, and the doctors had to amputate his leg. As a result of the amputation, Victor has difficulty with his mobility and struggles every day with walking around his house and getting to school. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,166 to fund Victor's prosthetic, which he is scheduled to receive on June 9. This will cover the cost of the prosthetic, along with the expenses of fitting and molding sessions. Victor says, “When I grow up I wish to study a lot and become a doctor. Since I was a kid I have always gotten very sick and I was always in the hospital. I met lots of great doctors and because of that I wish to be a doctor so that I can help people and then I can also take care of my Mom like she does for us.” Receiving this prosthetic will help Victor move feely like he used to so that he can continue to study and eventually achieve his dreams.
Meet Willard, a 76-year-old farmer from rural Malawi. Willard grows maize and peanuts, and lives with his wife and daughter. Recently, Willard has had trouble urinating due to an enlarged prostate. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Willard is scheduled to undergo prostate surgery to alleviate his pain and discomfort on July 25. He is requesting $733 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "I am very happy that he is going for his operation!" says Willard's wife.
Dalin is a 12-year-old boy from a rural area in Cambodia near the border with Vietnam. A few months ago, Dalin's mother noticed he seemed lacking in energy and was not moving his head normally. Dalin started to complain of neck and shoulder pain, and he was unable to look upwards. At this point, he dropped out of the fourth grade. Dalin traveled four hours with his mother to get to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), where he was diagnosed with herniated discs in his spine. On September 4, surgeons will conduct the necessary operation on Dalin's spine to relieve the pressure and reduce his pain. CSC requests $930 to cover his medical treatment.
Salome is an 89-year-old woman from Kenya. Her husband passed away 13 years ago and she lives in her ancestral home in central Kenya. She is a jovial woman who relies on her four children. She has been losing her eyesight gradually due to a cataract. It started with an itch in her left eye, but soon she could barely see. Salome got drugs from the nearest eye clinic, but they didn’t help improve her sight. Instead, her vision has continued to deteriorate. The condition has affected her lifestyle, as Salome used to be more independent and able to farm and cook for herself. Salome sought help at our medical partner's care center, and doctors at the hospital recommended that she undergo cataract surgery. If not treated, Salome will become completely blind in her left eye and rely on others for support. On August 28, Salome will undergo cataract surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $220 to fund Salome's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including supplies, medication, labs, and physician time. Salome "will be grateful to be independent again."
Srey Kann is a six-year-old girl from Cambodia who likes to play with her four sisters and watch cartoons on TV. When Srey Kann was just one year old, she burned her left elbow, wrist, and fingers with boiling water. Over time, she developed burn scar contractures that tightened the skin around the burns. The scar tissue is painful and inhibits Srey Kann's arm mobility. Earlier this year, Watsi funded burn contracture release and skin flap procedures for Srey Kann. However, she still needs a skin graft treatment to heal her hands. On July 12, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, will perform a skin graft procedure to help Srey Kann use use her left hand easily again. CSC is requesting $440 to fund the treatment. Srey Kann's parents are grateful to Watsi for supporting their daughter's treatment.
Alfred is a 30-year-old father of one from Kenya who loves discussing politics and watching the news when he is well. While his wife is a farm laborer, Alfred has been unable to work for the past year due to his condition. Since June 2015, Alfred has been suffering symptoms of a brain tumor. While he was first diagnosed with epilepsy, MRI test results received towards the end of 2016 indicated that Alfred has a brain tumor. In April 2017, Alfred became paralyzed on his left side. The wait for surgery at his provincial hospital was too long, so Alfred was referred to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital, for a craniotomy. Alfred complains of loss of balance and vision, painful head migraines, and altered speech. If not treated, the brain tumor might increase in size and result in brain damage or death. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,495 to fund Alfred’s brain surgery, which is scheduled to take place on June 23. Alfred says, "I wish to be treated and work hard for my family. I want my child to read and excel in future."
Blessings is a 46-year-old farmer from Malawi. He has a lipoma, a benign tumor, on his back that has caused him discomfort for years. Fortunately, with the help of our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, Blessings is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on July 18. He is requesting $340 to cover the total cost of his surgery and care. "Thank you for helping with the funds," he says.
Atuhaire is a nine-month-old baby girl living in Uganda with her mother and sibling. When Atuhaire was one month old, her mother noticed a swelling near her belly button that grew and became sensitive and painful over time. Doctors diagnosed the swelling as an umbilical hernia and recommended surgery to alleviate the pain. If left untreated, Atuhaire is at risk of hernia strangulation, a life threatening condition in which blood flow is cut off from a portion of the intestine. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Atuhaire's surgery, which will be performed on June 29. The surgery will alleviate the risk of hernia strangulation and improve her quality of life. "I am worried and I have no money for the surgery of my child. I hope to continue with farming when my child gets fine," her mother says.
Elizabeth is a thirteen-year-old girl from Tanzania who loves school. She is currently in sixth grade and wants to become a doctor one day. A year ago, Elizabeth started experiencing shortness of breath and having trouble breathing. Her mother took her to the hospital, where Elizabeth was diagnosed with a tonsil infection. Although she was administered medication, her symptoms have only gotten worse. She cannot sleep through the night, and she experiences fevers on a regular basis. Elizabeth needs a tonsillectomy to heal her throat. Without this treatment, Elizabeth will continue to have a hard time breathing and swallowing, and risks recurrent infections. Soon, her school attendance and performance will likely begin to suffer—a huge disappointment for the would-be doctor. Although Elizabeth’s parents cannot afford the cost of surgery, there is hope. For $633, we can sponsor her operation, set to take place on August 3. This funding will also cover the cost of her four-day hospital visit and month-long rehabilitation stay. Let’s help Elizabeth heal—so that she can one day do the same for others.
Chiapandeni is a 77-year-old farmer from rural Malawi. For the past several months, he has had benign swelling in a sensitive area that requires surgery. He has been diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate. On August 8, Chiapandeni will have the prostate surgery he needs. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, requests $733 to cover his treatment. Chiapandeni is eager to receive care and return home to his wife. "Thank you, Watsi," he says.
Estherline is a 14-year-old student who lives with her family in a small Haitian town. Her parents are involved in fishing and agriculture. Before she became sick, Estherline enjoyed going to school and church and playing with her two brothers and two sisters. Estherline suffers from mitral regurgitation, which she contracted from a rheumatic fever several years ago. With this condition, blood flows backward into the left atrium. If not treated properly, the problems with Estherline's mitral valve could result in heart failure. She became so sick that she has now been hospitalized for several months. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Estherline's air transport to the Cayman Islands, where she is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on July 5. Once there, Estherline will receive the care that she needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. "I will pray that God bless everyone that is helping our family through our daughter's illness," says Estherline's mother.
Oriana is a 70-year-old mother of five kids. She lives in a town in the southern province of Haiti. About a year ago, while laying down, Oriana felt something hard in her breast. She went to the hospital, and the doctor sent her to get a mammogram in Port-au-Prince, the capital. She went to the hospital, met with the doctors there, and had a biopsy. The results showed that it was breast cancer. Oriana was referred to our medical partner's care center, St. Luc Family Hospital. She has had four sessions of chemotherapy. Now, our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund surgery to remove the tumor in Oriana's breast. The operation is scheduled to take place on July 29. With this surgery, Oriana will likely regain her previous quality of life. She is looking forward to becoming more involved in her church.