Mohamed joined Watsi on April 30th, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mohamed's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Ahumuza, a 7-year-old boy from Uganda, to fund a hernia repair surgery.
Mohamed has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 10 countries.
Mohamed has funded healthcare for 35 patients in 10 countries.
Ahumuza is a 7-year-old boy who came to the hospital after feeling unwell for one year. Ahumuza was diagnosed with hernia and doctors recommend he undergo a hernia repair surgery to heal his condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Ahumuza's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Ahumuza's mother shared, “I hope that my son will be fine and heal properly after his operation so that he will be able to live a normal life and go to school again.”
Karduni is a 9-year-old student and the fifth born in a family of six children. He's a friendly and social boy. Karduni is currently in class one, but he's having a hard time walking to school due to his foot being impacted by a fire accident when he was two years old. On the day he was hurt, Karduni's mother was boiling water at an open fireplace while Karduni and his siblings were playing. As they played, Karduni stepped on firewood that was burning in the fireplace tipping the pot and burning his foot with the hot water. His wound healed but left his foot deformed due to the contracture of the skin. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn and making it difficult for him to walk. He also is in pain, and his family and community want to see him feeling well and being active. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Karduni receive treatment. On May 20th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him walk easily again. Now, his family needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Karduni’s priest says, "Please help Karduni have this treatment, his parents are struggling to make end meet they can never be able to afford his treatment cost."
Olivia is a 3-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a small city in the north central part of Haiti. Her father works in a local hospital and her mother is a homemaker. She is their only child. Olivia has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Olivia will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On June 4th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will close the hole in her heart with a patch, and dissect the blockage of her valve. Another organization, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $18,000 to pay for surgery. Olivia's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Olivia's family overseas. From father: "Our family will pray for everyone who is helping to save our daughter's life."
Saray is a 16-year-old student who with his mother and his five older siblings. His father passed away a few years ago. His mother and older brothers work as farmers. When he is not at school, Saray likes to help with household chores or go for walks with one of his brothers. About five years ago, Saray had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Saray experiences pain, hearing loss, tinnitus and ear discharge. It is difficult for Saray to hear his family members, listen to the teacher at school, and in the past few months he has had to take time away from school. Saray traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 25th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Saray said, "I hope that this ear pain will be gone after surgery. I want to hear well at school and also listen to music on the radio when I am at home."
Joseph is playful and curious three-year-old boy. His mother shared that he will start going to school soon. Joseph's parents separated a few months before he was born and his father does not support them. His mother has been doing casual jobs to provide for her son, and a few weeks ago, she got a part-time job planting trees in their area for an NGO. Joseph has had a hernia since last month, and he experiences a lot of pain. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On May 24th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $444 to fund Joseph's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Joseph’s mother shared, “when I was told that Joseph has to undergo surgery for him to be treated, my heart was filled with sadness and was prepared to have to deal with the fact that he will never get treated but now I am very happy to hear that he will be treated.”
Dennis is a nine-year-old boy and the oldest in a family of four children. His mother shared that she works hard on people’s farms in the villages, and his father is also a farmer. Dennis fell into a fire that unfortunately burnt half of his right arm. Since the burn, his elbow and wrist have developed a contracture, which has caused him pain. He also cannot extend his arm fully. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Dennis to receive treatment. On June 1st, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery on his right elbow, wrist, and fingers. After surgery, he will be able to use his hand without any limitations. He will also continue his education, use his hand to write, and help out his parents at home. Now, their family needs help to fund this $840 procedure. Dennis's mother shared, "my desire is to see Dennis using his hand like other boys. Any kind of help to my son to undergo surgery will be greatly appreciated."
Prince is a 8-year-old boy and the second born in a family of four children. Prince's father sells maize and his mother plants vegetables, which she is able to sell sometimes to supplement her husband’s earnings. His family feels they are not well off financially, but proud to own a small house that they live in. Prince was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Prince has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Prince will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 27th. African Mission Healthcare Foundation is requesting $569 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Prince’s mother shared, “It is very difficult for us as a family to raise the required funds for Prince’s surgery. We are requesting financial help.”
Genesis is a calm 23-month-old baby boy. He's the youngest of two children born to his mother. Genesis’ father left the family when he was just a few months old, and Genesis' mother supports her children on her own. She used to earn a living working for a local safari company as a secretary, but unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the company shut down. She now takes cleaning jobs to support her family. For eight months, Genesis has experienced pain due to an inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may lead to intestinal tissue damage or death. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Genesis to receive treatment. On May 31th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $566 to fund Genesis' surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and gow up confidently. Genesis’ mother shared, "please help my son. I don’t think I would be able to get the money to cover his treatment with no stable income. When the swelling appears he goes through pain making him cry a lot. Please help."
Brenda is a nine-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and three older siblings. On Sundays, her family enjoys being together and attending mass. Brenda's favorite foods are hard boiled eggs and bananas. Brenda was recently diagnosed with malnutrition. On February 16, Brenda will begin treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Tecpán. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $437 to cover the costs of nutrient and food supplementation. This will also pay for an education program that will teach her mother how to create a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. "I am very happy, because I hope that through the program, my daughter will be able to improve her development," says Brenda's mother.
Waily is five years old and lives in a small city in southern Dominican Republic with his parents and two brothers. He is in kindergarten. His favorite activity is to go to birthday parties. Waily was born with a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sickly and weak. Although Waily is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Waily will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 14. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Waily also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Waily's surgical care. "We are very thankful to everyone who is helping Waily receive this surgery, and we are hopeful that he will return in good health after his surgery is finished," says Waily's mother.
Meet Wilfred, a three-year-old boy from rural Guatemala, where he lives with his mother, older brother, and grandparents. He was recently diagnosed with acute malnutrition. With little energy to grow and a weakened immune system, Wilfred is left vulnerable to illnesses that will further compromise his growth. Since discovering that Wilfred has acute malnutrition, Wilfred's mother has become very worried. Unfortunately, she cannot afford treatment for Wilfred without outside help. As a solution, the family is working with our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. On February 10, Wilfred will begin to receive treatment for his malnutrition. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Wilfred recover. The treatment will not only help him grow healthier, but also provide Wilfred's family with the tools to create and maintain nutritious diets. Our medical partner is requesting $782 in funding. "I would like to help him be a strong boy and for him to play with his cousins and his brother," says Wilfred's mother.
Anderson is eleven months old and has malnutrition. He lives with his family in rural Guatemala. He likes to eat papaya and play cars and is learning to stand up on his own. In the short term, malnutrition means Anderson has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak. If Anderson does not receive treatment, he will also face malnutrition’s long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients and food supplementation will help Anderson recover. He will begin treatment on February 16. While Anderson’s mother cares deeply for her son and is eager to keep learning about nutrition, she cannot afford Anderson's care. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $437 to fund his treatment. During treatment, Anderson will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger with the increased caloric intake.