Erica joined Watsi on April 7th, 2015. Five years ago, Erica joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Erica's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Jayron, a three-year-old boy from Philippines, to fund surgery for his birth condition.
Erica has funded healthcare for 75 patients in 12 countries.
Erica has funded healthcare for 75 patients in 12 countries.
Jayron is a three-year-old boy from the Philippines. His father is a vendor, while his mother is a stay-at-home mom. They shared that their income is just enough to meet their minimum needs. Jayron was born with an anorectal malformation, which is a congenital abnormality that leads to complete or partial intestinal blockage. To address this condition, he needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Fortunately, Jayron will undergo surgery to correct his condition on December 20th at our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP). After his recovery, Jayron will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. WSFP is requesting $1,279 to cover the total cost of Jayron's procedure and care. Jayron's mother shared, "The surgery will be a big relief to our family as it will help Jayron live a better life without worrying about his condition."
Im is a 38-year-old construction worker. He is married and has one son and one daughter. Four years ago, his family moved to the city. His son works at a gasoline station and his daughter is an 11th grade student. Im's wife sells fried bananas. In August 2021, Im was in an accident while working and developed an open fracture and skin infection on his right big toe. After the accident, he received wound care and sutures at a clinic, but he still experiences pain, swelling and discharge from the wound. He's worried about it worsening and continue to impact his day-to-day life. When Im learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for thirty minutes seeking treatment. On October 19th, surgeons at CSC will perform a debridement procedure to remove damaged and infected issue from the wound. Now, Im needs help to fund this $273 procedure. Im shared, "I hope the wound heals quickly and my pain will stop."
Chorn is a 58-year-old farmer. He is married and has four sons, five daughters, and many grandchildren. Chorn lives with his wife who also works as a farmer. Nowadays, he stays at home because of his poor vision. Five months ago, Chorn developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On October 18th, 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. Chorn shared, "I hope my eye can see well again. I want to go back to planting rice as well as some vegetables around my house to earn extra income for our family."
Talia is a 17-month-old baby girl from Kenya and only child born to her parents. Her father works as a potato farmer, while her mother sells groceries to supplement the family's income. Since she was seven months old, Talia has had difficulty breathing and sleeping. She has been receiving treatment locally, but her condition has not improved. Recently, a family member recommended that the family visit our medical partner's care center for further evaluation. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Talia receive treatment. She was examined at AMH's care center and diagnosed with acute tonsillitis and adenoid hypertrophy. Surgery is recommended to treat her condition. On November 10th, surgeons will perform an adenotonsillectomy, or a procedure to remove both the adenoids and tonsils. After recovery, Talia will live more comfortably. Now, her family needs help raising $714 to fund her procedure and care. Talia's mother shared, "we have tried different ways, but her condition never improves. We are happy and hopeful that she can be well again."
Thun is a mother of two. She lives with her husband and their two children. At home, Thun enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. A month ago, Thun fell and fractured her right femur. Initially she sought treatment at the government hospital but her condition did not improve. It was difficult for her to walk or travel and she continues to be in pain. Her neighbor recommended she come to our medical partner Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On October 14th, Thun will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This fee includes five days of recovery and physical therapy at the hospital. Most importantly, the procedure will allow her to walk easily again. Thun said, "I hope I can stand up and walk by myself after surgery."
Emie is a three-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her parents in a small city on Haiti's northeastern border with the Dominican Republic. She enjoys listening to music and going to church with her family. Emie was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus (PDA), in which blood leaks between the major artery and vein connected to the heart. This has led to heart failure, leaving Emie feeling sick and short of breath. Fortunately, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is helping Emie to receive treatment. On September 9th, doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole between the artery and the vein so that blood can flow normally. Now, Emie's family needs help to raise $1,500 towards her procedure and care. Emie's mother shared, "we are excited that once our daughter's heart is healed, we can start sending her to preschool with the other children."
Taw is a 43-year-old teacher. She and her husband work at the same Bible school and their daughter is enrolled in that school's nursery program. In her free time, she enjoys singing and reading with her students. She enjoys growing organic vegetables at home, and growing her own vegetables helps reduce household expenses. On August 19th, Taw was walking home with part of a banana tree she had just cut down for her family's dinner. It was drizzling and the dirt road was slippery. She slipped and fell, breaking both bones in her left forearm. She experiences pain that worsens when she moves her arm. She is worried about being admitted to a hospital for surgery, because she has never been admitted to a hospital before. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Taw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for August 20th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Taw's arm heal properly. She will no longer be in pain and she will be able to go back to school and look after her daughter. Taw shared, "I hope this treatment will allow me to go back to work and take care of my daughter again."
Brian was born one month ago at our medical partner's care center, Kijabe Hospital. He is the first baby for his young family. Brian's father works in a newly opened bakery while his mother makes and sells pots to earn a living. His father lives in Kariobangi and mother stays with her mother in-law in an area called Bomet. Immediately after his birth, Brian was examined by the doctor and found that he was not able to pass stool. The doctor consulted with the pediatric surgery team and diagnosed him with anorectal malformations. Brian was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids, immediately and was admitted in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit for close monitoring. Later, Brian had a colostomy to enable him pass stool with funding from the Watsi community. He has healed well and is now scheduled for his next treatment, a PSARP surgery, to allow for stool passage. Brian’s father shares his appreciation for Watsi's support during his son's first surgery, and says: “We are thankful to God for he answered our prayers through the Watsi program. We are still requesting for more financial help for the second surgery.”
Marilyn is a 10-month-old baby girl from a small town in Colombia. She lives with her mother, grandmother, three aunts and one uncle, who is a farmer. Marilyn has clubfoot, a condition in which her foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Marilyn's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel, where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 26th. Now, Clínica Noel is requesting $1,422 to fund Marilyn's life-changing procedure. After treatment, she will be able to start walking and running after her dreams as she grows. Her mother shared, "my biggest dream is for her to get well soon, to see her walking and running as a normal child, with no pain or anything."
Jeremiah is a 26-year-old construction worker and a married father a two-year-old. His wife works at a local tea plantation, while he works at a construction site. On May 8th, Jeremiah was involved in a traffic accident on the highway. He had visited a local market and was on a motorbike on his way home. As they were turning a corner, they collided head-on with a car. He suffered fractures in his tibia and femur. He is not able to stand or walk without support, and he is in severe pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 13th, Jeremiah will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Jeremiah shared, “the accident was sudden and caught me off guard. I do not have enough savings considering we almost live from hand to mouth. This surgery is important to me to walk again.”
Say is a four-year-old boy who lives with his mother, brother, sister, and grandfather in a refugee camp on the border of Thailand. His father returned to Burma to visit his village last year. When Thailand closed its borders because of the COVID-19 outbreak, his father could not come back to the camp. Say's grandfather is an assistant pastor in the camp and he receives his income through donations when he visits his church members for home prayers. Say goes to nursery school while both of his siblings go to primary school. His mother does all the household chores. Every month, their household receives some funding to purchase rations in the camp, which is just enough for their basic needs. They receive free healthcare and education in the camp, but specialized procedures like the care that Say needs are often not possible. In early February 2021, Say developed an inguinal hernia on his right side, which has resulted in swelling and pain. His mother has noticed that since he developed the hernia, his appetite has decreased, as eating more can sometimes cause additional discomfort. Fortunately, on March 25th, he 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 Say's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 25th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Say's mother said, "When I heard that my son needs surgery, I became so worried because he is the youngest in our family." She is eager for the surgery to be complete and for Say to have healed.
Yeabsera is a six-year-old boy from Ethiopia and an only child. Yeabsera loves to watch TV and play with his friends. His mom is a housewife and is unable to work because she has health problems. His dad works in a government office and farms part-time. Yeabsera was born with hypospadias, a condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility in the future. Fortunately, Yeabsera is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on April 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Yeabsera's mom shared, “I look forward to Yeabsera getting a good education. I was sick and I saw how doctors helped me. And I am looking for doctors to help my child. I want him to become a doctor and help a lot of others.”