Young joined Watsi on August 16th, 2016. 53 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Young's most recent donation supported James, a hard-working man from Kenya, to fund a fracture repair so he can walk again.
Young has funded healthcare for 65 patients in 12 countries.
Young has funded healthcare for 65 patients in 12 countries.
Isiah is a friendly boy and the fourth born in his family. All of his siblings are in school, but he has not yet started. His mother separated from her husband one year ago, and she works very hard to take care of her children. Her small-scale farming at home is insufficient to cover the cost of her son's surgery. They live with their grandparents in a semi-permanent house with two rooms, and by the nature of their house, it doesn’t accommodate them well, but they are making due as best they can during this challenging time. Since two years ago, Isiah has had a right inguinal hernia. This condition has lowered his mood and sometimes he doesn’t eat anything due to the pain. If he is not treated, Isiah risks strangulation of his hernia, threatening an emergency. Fortunately, on March 29th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Isiah's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Isiah's mother says, "Sometimes I think maybe it’s a curse because I have had family violence and following it, my son gets worse with this condition. I am hopeful that once you support my son's surgery, I will live to remember and be thankful."
Lydia is a 47-year-old woman and the mother of four children (three daughters and one son). One of her daughters is married, while her other children are still in school. Lydia shared that she was unable to continue her own schooling after the seventh grade as the loss of her caretakers meant she could not afford the fees. Lydia works as a farmer and sells vegetables at the local market, and her husband works in the motorcycle taxi business. Over two years ago, Lydia began experiencing backaches, lower abdominal pain, and other worrisome symptoms. Doctors diagnosed the condition as a premalignant cervical lesion and determined that Lydia needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help Lydia finally heal. On March 15th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Upon recovery, Lydia will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. AMH is requesting $219 to fund this procedure. Lydia says, "In support of what the doctor said, I think that when I am operated on, the bleeding will stop, I will get healed and be in a position to continue with my work activities."
Romeo is a 67-year-old former carpenter and driver from the Philippines. Romeo has five children, and one his sons lives with and supports Romeo through part-time work as a call center agent. In January, Romeo was diagnosed with a hernia, a condition that causes Romeo severe pain on the left side of his abdomen. Romeo has had to stop working due to worsening symptoms. Fortunately, on March 30th, Romeo will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center, Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Romeo raise $1,130 to fund this life altering surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Romeo's son shared, "We pray and hope that this treatment will be the way for my father's body to be healthier and his life to be even longer. We want to thank Dr. De Leon who referred us to World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi. Because of this, our father will get the much needed surgical treatment."
Vy is a 57-year-old mother of four children. She has two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Sadly, her husband passed away many years ago. Vy lives with her youngest daughter, who is a garment worker. In her free time, she enjoys visiting the pagoda. Two years ago, Vy developed a pterygium in her left eye. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. She also experiences itchiness, tearing, and burning. When Vy learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two and a half hours seeking treatment. On February 8th, Vy will undergo a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. Now, she needs help raising $216 to fund her procedure and care. Vy shared, "I hope after surgery my eye stops tearing and I can see faces and do more things around the house."
James is is a 43-year-old man who is married with two children. James and his wife are casual laborers taking any job available, which means their income is limited and inconsistent. James was brought in on a stretcher by his wife and brother. His wife shared that they have had a very difficult life recently. James has been bedridden following a fall and broken leg as they could not afford the cost of his treatment. Fortunately a neighbor intervened and now he is seeking help. Our medical partner's team will perform a fracture repair to heal his leg and they also plan to follow up to assess if he has weakened bones. If not treated James may never be able to walk again and his leg may heal with deformity. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is raising $1,049 to fund this procedure. “I have been at home at the mercy of God. At least my neighbor directed us to Nazareth Hospital. I hope I can get help so that hopefully I can walk again,” said James quietly.
Jovin is an adorable three-year-old boy. He's the only child of a single mother whom he loves very dearly. Jovin’s mother is a small-scale farmer of maize and vegetables. Jovin and his mother live with her parents who help watch Jovin while his mother is working. Jovin was diagnosed with Bilateral Genu Valgus that cause his legs to bow inward making it difficult for Jovin to walk. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, often a result of contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Jovin's mother raise $880 to fund corrective surgery for Jovin. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 10th and will hopefully restore Jovin's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Jovin’s mother says, “I have given him calcium medication, but it hasn’t helped. The cost of surgery is too high for me to afford.”
Precious is a one-month-old baby girl and the youngest child in a family of two children. Her mother is single and works washing clothes for a living. Precious has an older sibling who is 10 years old. Precious has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Precious has experienced progressive head enlargement since her birth. If left untreated, her condition could lead to developmental and physical delays. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Precious receive treatment. On January 26th, she will undergo surgery to drain the excess fluid from Precious's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. After treatment, Precious will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Now, AMH is requesting $720 to cover the cost of Precious's procedure and care. Precious's mother shared, "I hope Precious gets help. Alone, I am unable to help pay for the treatment she needs."
Jayden is a one-month old baby boy from Haiti and his parents' first child. He was developing well until he was three weeks old, when his parents noticed that his head appeared swollen. His parents took him to visit the care center of our medical partner, Project Medishare, for examination and treatment. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, or a condition in which a buildup of fluid puts pressure on the brain. On October 10th, he will undergo a procedure to relieve the pressure on his brain. After recovery, Jayden will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Now, his family needs help to raise $897 to fund his procedure and care. Jayden's family shared that they are very scared, but comforted by the fact that the baby is in the surgeon's hands. They are happy and relieved that he will have the surgery he needs quickly.
Marher is an adorable and smart 22-month-old boy from Ethiopia. He loves to run and play outdoor games. Marher is the only child in his family, and he loves talking with others. His dad is a construction worker but is currently not working since the termination of the project due to Covid-19 and hyperinflation of construction materials. His mom is a cook and the breadwinner of the family as of now. Her income is limited to sustain their family needs. They live in a rented house which makes their living conditions expensive, and so they often depend on support from friends and family. Marher was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Marher is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 14th, 2021. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His dad said, “Marher will be happy if he receives the surgery and recovers to live like any other boy. He will not be psychologically affected by his condition as he grows up. I hope he will be educated and lead a quality life.”
Susan is a seven-year-old girl in the first grade and the second child in her family. Unfortunately, Susan was involved in a grisly road traffic accident when a vehicle lost control on March 8th, 2021. Five children and the teachers were hit, and one child unfortunately passed away. Susan survived despite sustaining fractures on her right hand and leg. She was brought to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, and had a fracture repair surgery on her hand and leg. One week ago the plates were removed. Susan's hand has healed well but she has started having severe pain on her leg. When Susan's parents brought her back to the hospital, a X-Ray showed the fracture has reoccurred, and the surgeon recommended a repeat surgery. Without treatment, Susan will continue experiencing the pain, she may never be able to use her leg again, or her leg may eventually heal with a deformity. Fortunately, the surgeons at Nazareth can help. On July 1st, Susan is scheduled to undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Afterward, Susan will freed from pain and will be able to use her leg to walk to school and play again. Susan’s father works temporarily as a welder and her mother is a housewife. Their income is limited and their health insurance can no longer cover for another surgery after supporting the previous one. Therefore, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure for Susan. “We thank God that our child is alive as one child died during the accident. We are hoping her surgery can be successful so that we can see her happy again and not in pain. We plead for her surgery sponsorship, ” Susan’s father wishes for her daughter's full recovery.
Seyha is a four-year-old boy. As an only child, he lives with his mother and father, who is a taxi driver, in Kandal province in Cambodia. Seyha has not yet started school, so he spends most of his time with his mom, visiting friends, or playing football outside his house. Two months ago, Seyha started experiencing a sore throat and difficulty swallowing and sleeping. It is hard for him to eat and drink. Seyha was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils and adenoids, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), is requesting $241 to fund a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy for Seyha, which is scheduled to take place on July 20th. Surgeons will remove his tonsils and adenoids so Seyha can feel better and have a higher quality of life as he grows. Seyha's mother said, "I hope that he can feel better soon, so that he can start school with his friends on time."
Both is a bright 20-month-old baby boy. His parents are teachers in a school, but due to COVID-19, schools are closed and his parents are not working right now. At home, Both enjoys playing with toys. Two months ago, Both developed a chalazion in both eyes, causing him itchiness, pain and irritation. A chalazion is an inflamed cyst in a patient's tear gland. Both's family is seeking treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On August 5th, surgeons will remove the cysts through a chalazion excision procedure and after recovery, Both's symptoms should improve. Now, his family needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Both's mother shared, "I hope his eye gets well soon, I feel bad when I see him like this."