Steve joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. Six years ago, Steve joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Steve's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Fenet, a 1-year-old girl from Ethiopia, to fund a life-saving treatment for her birth condition.
Steve has funded healthcare for 106 patients in 13 countries.
Steve has funded healthcare for 106 patients in 13 countries.
Fenet is a 1-year-old child from Ethiopia. She is a beautiful baby girl with two older siblings and she loves to play with them and their parents. Her dad is a daily labourer with an income not large enough to meet the family's needs and medical costs. Fenet was born with an anorectal malformation, which is a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. Children with this condition have an imperforate anus, or an absence of opening where it should be. Due to this condition, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency colostomy. Post-surgery, Fenet has had multiple issues with her colostomy care and experienced associated complications. As a result, she cannot pass stool in a normal way. Fenet's condition has taken its toll on her mom and dad, and the whole process has been very emotional and difficult for them to go through. Her family appeals for help for Fenet to be treated. Fenet is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on June 10th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Fenet's procedure and care. After her recovery, Fenet will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mom shared, “I hope my child will heal and God is able.”
Wit is a four-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a refugee camp on the Thai-Burma border. Wit goes to junior kindergarten, while his parents own a small shop in the camp. In his free time, he enjoys drawing and coloring. He's also already really interested in fixing and building things. Since he was a year old, Wit has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him pain in his scrotum and in his stomach. Due to the pain, he cannot run and play with his friends and he sometimes he misses school. To control the pain, he takes pain medication three times a day. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Wit to receive treatment. On June 1st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once completed, the procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund Wit's surgery. Wit's mother shared, "he tells me he wants to become a doctor [in the future], but he also says that he wants to become a mechanic or a builder. He will ask me to buy him tools and things to fix. He will try to fix his [father’s] motorcycle and bicycle.”
Joseph is a 28-year-old gardener from Western Kenya. He is married and has two young children including one who is four years old and another who is five months old. His wife takes care of their home and children, and he is the breadwinner of the family. On April 4th, Joseph was involved in a road accident on his way home from work. He was knocked down by a speeding motorbike and fractured his right tibia/fibula. Joseph cannot walk on his own. He is ambulating using crutches and experiences a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 6th, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily. Now, AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Joseph shared, “I am the breadwinner of the family and this accident is affecting my work and life. I, sadly, am unable to raise the amount required for the surgery and treatment.“
Di is a 40-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her parents, her husband, her brother, and her two children in Mae La Refugee Camp in Tak Province. Di and her family work hard to make ends meet. Her family runs a small shop selling kitchen utensils. Di's husband is a religious teacher, and he does not earn regular income. Her brother is unemployed, and her parents are retired. Di helps with the family shop while her daughter goes to the community school that is led by volunteers. Her youngest son is too young to go to school. She shared that their family income is enough for family expenses, but they are not able to save any money. Around two years ago, Di was diagnosed with an umbilical hernia. Currently, she experiences pain under her chest and her abdominal around umbilical is swollen and pain. Di is not able to do any household chores because of her condition. The pain worsens after she has meals or constipation, and her stomach will feel as hard as a stone. Fortunately, on January 19th, Di will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Di's hernia repair surgery. Once completed, the procedure will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and be well enough to care for her family. Di shared, “Once I am better, I will try my best to take care of my family and my children's education. I want them to study in Thai school. They need to be educated, so I need to be healthy."
Chhan is a 69-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has three daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. His wife passed away two years ago so now Chhan lives with his youngest son who is a day laborer. In his free time Chhan enjoys listening to the news on the radio. About two years ago, Chhan developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, affecting his daily life. When Chhan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours with his son seeking treatment. On December 21st, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Chhan said, "I hope after surgery I can see well so I can plant some vegetables around my home and easily to drive anywhere by myself."
Lai Sorn is a 62-year-old dessert seller from Cambodia. Lai Sorn lives with her sister who is also a Khmer dessert seller. She is the eldest child in her family and shared that she enjoys watching Khmer dramas on TV. Life has become more difficult as three years ago, Lai Sorn developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside independently. When Lai Sorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her close friend seeking treatment. On September 29th, doctors will perform phacoemulsification and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Lai Sorn said, "I hope the surgery is successful so I can see clearly and continue my business selling Khmer desserts, and I can help my sister with all of the housework."
Leang is a 77-year-old retired rice farmer from Cambodia. She has four children and ten grandchildren. She has lived alone since her husband was killed by gun violence twenty years ago. Her children often visit her to help her take care of her home. In her free time she like to listening to monks praying on the radio. Ten years ago, Leang developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, irritation and lens clouding. These symptoms have worsened in the past five months. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going outside independently. When Leang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On July 8th, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Leang told us, "I hope I can be more independent after this surgery. My family is always worried about me and helping me a lot, but if I can see better I can take better care of myself."
Kyomuhangi is a 47-year-old married mother to eight children. Two of her daughters are married and are small-scale farmers. Her other six children are all studying in both primary and secondary levels. Kyomuhangi is a subsistence farmer who relies on her small piece of land for their livelihood. She mostly grows crops like beans, maize, and millet. She also rears some domestic animals like pigs, chickens, and also has a couple of goats. Her husband is a policeman. Kyomuhangi presented in the hospital with lower abdominal pain, chest pain difficulty in breathing, and lateral side pain over a period of three years. Her condition has affected her in that she fears to sleep on her sides and it has affected her work performance as a farmer since she can no longer go to the farm. Kyomuhangi has been to hospital several times and was diagnosed early with an adnexal mass. Doctors have advised her to have surgery to remove the growth, but she could not afford it. Kyomuhangi says, “I hope to have a good life after my surgery so that I can continue with cultivation.”
Horm has two sons and two daughters. Aside from taking care of his family, he enjoys listening to the radio, cooking, and feeding the animals nearby his house. Unfortunately in May of 2019, Horm was in a tragic motorcycle where he injured his right leg. He received multiple treatments in both Cambodia and Vietnam, including a bamboo stint, external fixation, and a skin graft. Now, his bamboo stint is eroding through his skin, leaving his skin and bone exposed. He cannot walk without support, and experiences pain and a loss of sensation in his right foot. Horm sold his farm and car to pay for his treatments, and is no longer able to afford treatments elsewhere. Fortunately, Watsi's medical partner CSC is able to help. Horm will undergo an amputation of his lower right leg, which will relieve his symptoms and allow him to be fitted for a prosthetic leg in the future.
Naikulo is a smiley seven-year-old boy from Tanzania and one of almost 40 children in his family. They shared with us that his father is polygamous and has eight wives. Naikulo's father is an older man who depends on livestock keeping to be able to care for and support his family. Naikulo has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Naikulo has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Naikulo acquired hydrocephalus in 2012 and was able to have treatment through funding that helped relieve him of the pressure build-up which was putting him in danger of brain damage. However, Naikulo's shunt has failed and he needs another surgery to help relieve him from the pain he is going through because of the pressure build-up that has resulted due to the malfunctioning of the shunt. Without treatment, Naikulo will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Naikulo that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 28th and will drain the excess fluid from Naikulo's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Naikulo will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Naikulo’s older brother says, “My parents are not able to come up with the money needed to treat my young brother, please help him he is suffering.”
Patrick is a 5-month-old from Kenya. Having to feed a family of four children, his parents shared that they strain to put food on the table. Patrick’s mother washes clothes for their neighbors to earn a few coins and his father does any casual jobs that he can come across. Since birth, Patrick has had a right inguinal hernia. If not treated, this hernia may result in intestinal tissue damage or tissue death. Fortunately, on August 27th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $444 to fund Patrick's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Patrick’s mother says, “Seeing Patrick treated will bring great joy to us as a family.”
Roy is a child from Kenya. His grandmother prunes coffee plants at a coffee plantation and his father is a casual laborer. Due to family issues, his mother left him and his older sibling with their father who later left them under their grandmother’s care. Roy 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, Roy is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 4th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Roy’s grandmother shared, “I would like to see my grandchild in good health.”