Laura joined Watsi on November 8th, 2014. Five years ago, Laura became the 632nd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,956 more people have become monthly donors! Laura's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Susan, a baby from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot correction.
Laura has funded healthcare for 73 patients in 10 countries.
Susan is a baby from Tanzania. She is the second born child in a family of four children. She is a happy girl and always has a smile on her face. Susan has not had the chance to join school yet due to her feet being wrongly positioned making walking difficult. Her parents are concerned that she will struggle to walk to and from school every day. The school is a long distance from their home and her parents can’t afford to pay for motor bike rides to school. Both her parents depend on small scale farming for their daily life living. Fortunately, Susan traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Susan's clubfoot repair. After treatment, She will be able to walk easily. Susan’s father says, “Please help treat our daughter’s legs we can’t afford the treatment cost.”
Juma is a child from Kenya. He is the second born of two children. He lives with his elder sister and parents in a two-room house in Nairobi slums. Juma’s mother is a hair dresser while his father is a motorcycle taxi rider. For some time now, Juma has had a hydrocele. This causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on September 12th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Juma's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “I want to ride a motorcycle like my father when I grow up,” says Juma.
Eh is a 22-year-old woman from Thailand. She was born and lives her parents and younger brother in Mae La Refugee Camp. Her younger brother studies at the bible school at the camp. Eh used to attend the same school as a third-year student, but she had to stop studying when her health deteriorated. Eh's father is a homemaker, and her mother works for the department of health at the camp. In 2017, Eh started to become more tired and began to have difficulty breathing. Her mother took her to the clinic in the camp and the doctor listened to her heart, did an electrocardiogram (ECG) and told Eh’s mother that Eh has a heart disease. She was then referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for further investigation. Eh was not told anything about her condition, and the doctor only informed her parents without telling her. Eh had an echocardiogram (echo) at MSH in December 2018. After the echo, she travelled back and forward several times from Mae La refugee camp to MSH for medical follow-up visits. Finally, the doctor at MSH informed her that she needs surgery. Currently, Eh has dizziness, headaches, tiredness and sometimes experiences difficulty breathing. She sleeps well but has lost her appetite and she sometimes suffers from chest pain. She loves reading and playing football and volleyball in her free time. Eh was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath. Eh is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on October 5th to correct her condition and improve her quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Eh's procedure and care. Eh said, “All my classmate graduated, and I want to as well, but I am tired of studying and when I think about this, I cry”.
Julia is a young girl from Kenya. Julia lives with her elder sister and parents in a two room rental house in Central Kenya. Her parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. Julia is in class one and dreams of becoming a pilot when she is older. One year ago, Julia was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. This hernia causes her pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on August 30th, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Julia's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. “I want to be a pilot when I grow up.” says Julia.
Obed is a child from Kenya. Two years ago, Obed accidentally dipped his hand into hot water while crawling. Obed cannot hold anything with his right hand because his fingers are folded. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Obed receive treatment. On August 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,006 procedure. His grandmother says, “Obed is joining school next year. He will need his right fingers so that he can be able to hold a pen. I wish that he can be treated this year so that he can join kindergarten with his age mates."
Angel is a child from Kenya. Last year, she fell on boiling cooking oil. She suffered extensive burns on her face, neck and right hand, spending six weeks in the hospital. She healed, but with contractures. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Angel receive treatment. On July 2, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her stretch her hand and use it freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Angel says, “I want to be a teacher."
Som is a 72-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has twenty grandchildren and likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio in her free time. One year ago, Som developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Som learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On March 14, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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. Her granddaughter says, "I hope that after her surgery, my grandmother will be able to see clearly and be able to recognize things."
Precious is a baby from Kenya. She has a left inguinal hernia. Fortunately, on May 24, she will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Precious's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably.
Srey Ka is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. She likes to read books and watch TV, and hopes to become an accountant when she grows up. When she was a child, Srey Ka had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Srey Ka experiences discharge, headaches, hearing loss, and tinnitus. It is difficult for her focus in school and she often has ear discharge and cannot hear. Srey Ka traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother says, "I hope that after my daughter's surgery, I will no longer have to worry about her and she will be able to hear clearly."
Arold is a student from Tanzania. He is the eighth child in a family of eleven children. Arold was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs are bowed so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he experiences pain, discomfort, and difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Arold. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Arold's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Arold’s mother says, “Please help us.”
Simon is a man from Kenya. He is a father of two children. He operates a small business. In September 2018, Simon was in a road accident. Since then, he has undergone four surgeries to treat injuries to his tibia bone. Now, he needs to undergo a bone transport to treat a bone infection. If not treated, Simon will be at risk of further complications, including a total bone infection that might result into amputation. Fortunately, his surgery is scheduled for March 6. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Simon says, “I hope that soon I will continue providing for my family."
Folani is a father to 7 and grandfather to 4 from Malawi. Folani is a farmer who enjoys chatting with his friends. Since 2016, Folani 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 Folani's surgery. On January 29, 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. Folani was very happy to hear he would have surgery and thankful he will be able to start working normally again. He says, "I am very thankful for this project."