Aiden joined Watsi on December 25th, 2016. 63 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Aiden's most recent donation traveled 5,500 miles to support Abibatu, a little girl from Sierra Leone, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Aiden has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Aiden has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Abibatu is a three-year-old little girl from Sierra Leone. She lives with her parents and two older brothers. Abibatu likes to dress up and go to church with her family. Abibatu was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart condition involving several related defects including a hole between two chambers of her heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. On August 2, Abibatu will be traveling from her home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Abibatu is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make her surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Abibatu's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards her treatment. We are also fundraising for her [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/468cd870f0a3-abibatu). "Our family is all very excited that there is hope for Abibatu to become healthy!" says Abibatu's mother.
Moreen is a 22-year-old woman from Uganda who's expecting her second child. She and her husband work as farm laborers and grow various crops. The couple also sells oil, salt, and soap to support the family. During Moreen's free time, she enjoys weaving mats with intricate patterns and visiting her mother-in law. Doctors consider Moreen's pregnancy to be high-risk because her first child was delivered by C-section. This increases the chance that she will need another C-section for her second child. Doctors recommend that Moreen receive medical attention before, during, and after labor to ensure a safe delivery. On April 18, she will begin to receive supplements and attend antenatal checkups and health education classes. She will deliver her baby in the hospital, and she will undergo a C-section if necessary. After birth, Moreen and her baby will be monitored by the hospital staff. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $241 to fund hospital monitoring for Moreen. Moreen is very grateful for the support she will receive. She says, “I was worried about the costs of having this second baby, but when I learned about the Watsi program from the health worker, I hoped they could help me. I thank the donors for their support and appeal to them to keep helping people who need it.”
Fanny is two years old and lives in Santo Domingo with her parents. She is their only child. Her father is a bus fare collector, and her mother stays home to care for her. She enjoys cartoons, especially Peppa Pig and Mickey Mouse. Fanny was born with two related defects in her heart: pulmonic stenosis, in which one of the four valves of the heart is too small, and atrial septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. These defects combine to make her heart work harder than it should and to prevent enough oxygen from reaching her body, leaving her weak and out of breath. Although Fanny is not from Haiti, her surgery is taking place in partnership with our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. She will need air transportation for her surgery. Her transportation is scheduled for May 22. Her treatment is being subsidized in the amount of $5,500 by Gift of Life International. However, she still needs $1,500 to fund the overseas transport. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting help from Watsi to raise this money. "We are excited for this surgery so that Fanny can run and play without having any problems," says Fanny's mother.
Nataniyere is a 67-year-old farmer. He lives with his wife, Tilia, in the Central Region of Malawi. When he is not working his land, Nataniyere can be found spending the time with his family. Since last year, Nataniyere has experienced great pain and urinary difficulty. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, also known as an enlarged prostate. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM), has scheduled him for a prostate resection procedure on April 18. This procedure will remove part of his prostate to improve his urinary function. WAM is requesting $733 to fund Nataniyere's surgery. Natanieyre is confident going into his surgery. He says, "Once my surgery is over, I will be so strong! I will be able to work again!"
Bethany is a two-year-old girl from the Philippines. She loves to play, dance, and sing. Her family lives in a bamboo house and obtains water from the spring. They don't have access to electricity and use a kerosene lamp instead. Bethany has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens Bethany's growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 21. Bethany will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Bethany's mother hopes that she becomes healthy enough to go to school.
Sarith is a 46-year-old policeman and farmer who is married with three sons and a daughter. He likes to watch boxing and relax in his free time. Sarith has a synovial cyst in his left wrist. It is difficult for him to move his hand, and he is in pain. Sarith heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from his relative. He traveled for three hours to reach CSC for treatment. There, he learned he will need surgery to help his relieve his pain. His surgery is scheduled for February 24. Sarith cannot afford this treatment, so CSC is requesting $224. After surgery, he will be able to move his wrist easily again.
Nkwasibwe is a 27-year-old father of four children. His children are all in school, and he is paying for their education. Both he and his wife are farmers. Nkwasibwe has been diagnosed with an inguinal hernia. He has had the hernia for two years. He is unable to bend, lift heavy items, or work long hours on his farm. Nkwasibwe is worried about his health. "I have a lot of pain and I am worried about my life," says Nkwasibwe. Nkwasibwe never visited a hospital because he did not think he could afford treatment. He finally came to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital. There, he will undergo a repair surgery on November 30. After surgery, Nkwasibwe hopes to work as a taxi driver to support his family.
Bre is a 32-year-old husband and father who makes his living as a motorcycle taxi driver. He enjoys watching boxing and other sports on TV and staying active by working out. Unfortunately, Bre developed a pterygium in each eye about ten years ago. Also known as surfer's eye, a pterygium is a growth on the eye that commonly affects people who spend a lot of their time outdoors. These growths cause tearing, irritation, and pain for Bre, making it difficult for him to see clearly, work, or go outside. Bre and his wife traveled three hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. He will undergo a pterygium removal surgery on January 5. The surgery will cost $148. Bre is hopeful this surgery will restore his freedom, saying, "I hope to look good and feel better...so that I can continue my work and go anywhere by myself."
Sokha is a 36-year-old sugarcane juice seller with three sons and one daughter. He likes to listen to music and news on the radio and to chat with his customers. In November, Sokha's right hand was caught in his sugarcane juicer. He sought treatment at a military hospital, where four of his fingers were amputated. Unfortunately, his doctors were unable to close his wounds. Sokha left the hospital in pain and unable to use his hand. After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Sokha traveled for four hours to seek treatment. On November 25, CSC surgeons performed a debridement procedure to clean the wound and a skin graft to cover the wound. Sokha needs help to fund this $450 procedure. "I hope to be able to use my hand again," says Sokha. "When I am healed, I will go home and try to find another job."