Tony ChunMONTHLY DONOR
Tony's Story

Tony joined Watsi on April 10th, 2017. Four years ago, Tony joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Tony's most recent donation supported Khin, a teenager from Burma, to fund heart surgery.

Impact

Tony has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Tony

Abubakar is eight months old and is the youngest in a family with two children. Abubakar and his family live in a one-room rental house in Nairobi's suburbs. His mother is a stay-at-home mom, while his father works on the assembly line at a mineral water company. At four months of age, he was diagnosed with a condition known as hydrocephalus, a condition in which an excess of fluids builds up in the skull, causing the brain to swell. Abubakar, an otherwise cheerful baby, has turned irritable due to the increased intra-cranial pressure from the fluid in his brain. If he does not get treated, he will be at risk of impaired vision, delayed development, permanent brain damage, and even death. At birth, Abubakar looked normal and was able to feed well. Four months later, his mother noticed his head growing at an abnormally fast rate compared with his body. Alarmed by this, Abubakar's parents took him for a traditional Kenyan treatment that is alleged to keep the head from growing too big. The treatment involves dipping a wooden stick in hot oil and placing it on directly on the baby's head. Abubakar went through this treatment twice. “We burnt his head severely, but it has not helped a thing,” says Abubakar’s mother. Naturally, the treatment did not stop the head from growing and only left the baby with conspicuous lesions all over the skull. At this point, Abubakar's grandmother suggested that the family seek specialized treatment. The family went to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where they sought the advice of a neuro-specialist. The specialist recommended that Abubakar have surgery to drain the fluid from his brain. His surgery is scheduled for May 26. Abubakar's parents' combined income is barely enough to cover daily expenses, let alone any costly medical procedures. However, the family was able to raise $52 to go towards the surgery. Our medical partner is requesting $685 to help fund the surgery. After surgery, Abubakar will be able to grow normally and be free from his condition.

$685raised
Fully funded

Samuel is 38 years old and from the Philippines. He is a loving and hardworking husband and father to three children. One of his goals as a father is to see all three of his children finish their schooling and get good jobs. A few years ago, Samuel began to experience pain in his groin and swelling in his lower abdominal area. Since then, he has been unable to lift heavy objects and perform strenuous activities, making his job as a farmer difficult. With his family depending on him, Samuel decided that he would continue to work. Due to their limited income, Samuel did not pursue treatment right away. However, with the help of his wife, Samuel was connected with our medical partner, International Care Ministries. Samuel shares, "I thought I would not be given a chance to have the surgery and would have this condition for life, but amazingly because of prayers this great opportunity comes. You are the answer to our prayers." After a series of consultations and tests, Samuel discovered that he had an inguinal hernia, a condition in which an organ protrudes through weakened muscle, and a hydrocele, which had been causing the swelling. He is scheduled to receive reparative surgery for both conditions on February 2. After receiving treatment, Samuel will be able to work with ease again and provide for his family without having to worry about his condition. "I am so thankful that you came along, and I consider you a great blessing to our family. After the surgery and when I fully recover, I will work well for my family, and spend quality time with my children and wife," says Samuel. "We are looking forward to a successful surgery."

$508raised
Fully funded