Andrew joined Watsi on November 25th, 2014. 173 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Andrew's most recent donation supported Constance, a nursery school teacher from Uganda, to fund a thyroidectomy.
Andrew has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Constance is a nursery school teacher from Uganda. She has a neck disfigurement that affects her sleeping and causes headaches and swallowing problems. She has struggled with this condition for the past four years. She has tried managing the condition with medication. Constance was reviewed by our surgeon and diagnosed with goitre. She requires a thyroidectomy to correct the condition and was referred to Watsi for funding since she lacks finances to meet the cost of surgery. Constance is the firstborn child in her family and still supports her younger children through her nursery school teaching job. With limited income and numerous demand for money, she is not able to raise the funds needed. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Constance receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on January 22nd at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $240, and she and her family need help raising money. Constance says, ‘I hope all will be back to normal after my surgery.”
Owarwo is a farmer from Uganda. He is a married father of ten children, eight girls and two boys all married and small-scale farmers. He had been surviving on small-scale farming to earn a living for both commercial and domestic sustenance but had stopped cultivation due to his condition. His wife helps him farm too. Since 6 months ago, Owarwo has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. This hydrocele causes him pain and discomfort Fortunately, on March 10th, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $139 to fund Owarwo's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Owarwo says, “I expect to get better after my surgery and continue with cultivation.”
Benjamin is 14-years-old and lives in Haiti. He was born with a cardiac condition called valvar pulmonic stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too narrow to allow enough blood to pass through it. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leaving him sickly and weak and causing heart failure. Benjamin was also born with developmental disabilities; he does not speak, though he is almost always smiling and makes friends easily with everyone around him. Benjamin lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with his mother, father, and two younger brothers. He does not currently attend school because there is no special-needs school in his area, but helps his parents around the house and plays in the neighborhood with the other children. For $1,500, Benjamin will be transported overseas to undergo a $5,000 heart surgery that is subsidized by Have a Heart Cayman Islands. "We have been hoping for a long time that Benjamin's heart problem could be fixed," shares Benjamin's mother. "We are so happy our prayers are being answered."
Meet Junior! He's almost two years old and lives with his family in Guatemala. Junior loves to play with his toy ball and car with his uncle Edgar. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), tells us that due to acute malnutrition, "Junior is far below the average weight and the average height for his age and he frequently suffers at times from diarrhea and fever." Junior is malnourished, and isn't receiving the nutrients and calories he needs to grow. WK adds that "his mother is feeding his a mostly liquid based diet and is unsure how to help him increase his weight." His favorite foods are bananas, carrots, and other veggies, but his malnutrition has even suppressed his appetite. His mother works hard to support her family, but is unsure how to effectively treat her son's condition. Without intervention, WK adds, "his immune system will continue to weaken, his height and weight will continue to fall away from the curve, his physical and mental development will be permanently stunted, and he will be at risk for the long term affects of malnutrition." For $535, Junior will receive treatment that includes growth monitoring, micronutrient and food supplementation, and medication to treat his immediate and long term symptoms. This will all help increase his caloric intake, appetite, and ability to fight off infections. Junior's mother will also enroll in a nutritional education program to build her confidence and ability in caring for her son. This multi-faceted treatment is expected to allow Junior to return to full health, and grow up without long-term consequences of malnutrition.