Shantanu joined Watsi on March 13th, 2015. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Shantanu's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Chit, a young woman from Thailand, for life-saving heart surgery.
Shantanu has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 5 countries.
Shantanu has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 5 countries.
“Chit is extremely fatigued and feels heart palpitations on the left side of her chest,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. “She has a hard time taking care of her niece and parents because she is so weak and tired.” Chit, a 19-year old woman who lives with her family in Thailand, has a congenital heart condition called atrial septal defect (ASD). ASD refers to a hole in the wall separating the top two chambers (atria) of Chit’s heart, allowing oxygenated and deoxygenated blood to mix. The defect forces her heart and lungs to work harder to provide oxygenated blood to the body, causing fatigue and heart palpitations. Without treatment, the right side of Chit’s heart will grow larger and become weaker, and the blood pressure in her lungs will increase. Chit’s two older brothers work as day laborers near the Thai-Burma border, but the work is inconsistent, and all of the money that they earn is needed to buy food for the family. As a result, Chit, who had to stop working when she got sick, has no money to pay for the life-saving surgery that she needs. For $1500, Chit can receive cardiac catheterization to repair the ASD. In this surgical procedure, doctors use imaging to thread a catheter (a thin, flexible tube inserted into a blood vessel) from the groin to the hole in the heart. They position a mesh patch contained within the catheter to close the hole between the atria and then remove the catheter. Over time, heart tissue grows into and around the mesh to permanently close the hole. Funding for Chit's treatment also includes transportation and post-operative hospital care. “Chit hopes that after surgery she can return to normal life without being tired and in pain,” says Burma Border Projects. “She plans to work again and take care of her elderly parents.” Let’s help Chit achieve her goals!
“My hope is to become a professor when I grow up,” says Wini, a nine-year-old from Tanzania. Wini is a quiet, bright girl who loves school—especially English and mathematics. "Wini likes to run around with other children as well as play soccer with the boys," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. However, Wini has difficulty with soccer and attending school due to genu varus in her left femur. Her bone is misaligned, causing pain and difficulty walking. This condition is common in Tanzania due to high levels of fluoride in drinking water. AMHF tells us, “Wini is unable to walk to school without feeling pain, and sometimes must miss class. If her condition is not treated, she is at risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age.” Wini’s mother works hard to ensure that she can pay for her two children to attend school, but she is unable to cover the cost of Wini's surgery. With $940, Wini will receive the surgery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy she needs to fix her leg. After surgery, "Wini will have the ability to walk without feeling pain," says AMHF. Let's help Wini get back in the classroom and back out on the soccer field!
This little guy is Ian, a four-day-old baby from Kenya. "Ian is the last-born in a family of five children. He lives with his parents and siblings in a single-room mud house in Kenya," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Ian's father is a trained teacher but has not been able to secure employment, while his mother is a housewife." Ian was born with spina bifida -- an open mass swelling on his lower back. He needs a spina bifida closure procedure to ensure the condition does not progress. "If Ian is not treated soon he is likely to develop severe infection or tethered cord syndrome that can lead to development of either scoliosis and or kyphosis. He is also at risk of losing muscle function on his lower limbs," adds AMHF. $805 will fund the spina bifida closure that Ian needs to get healthy. "Getting employment has been very difficult. I am saddened that I am not able to cater for my son's treatment," shares Ian's father. "Thank you for your support."
"Augustina is the first of two children of her mother who is a single parent," says our medical partner, Ortho FOCOS. "She is currently in school studying with the hope of becoming a lawyer and a writer in the future." Augustina is a 15-year-old girl from Ghana. She was first diagnosed with scoliosis in July 2013, and was supposed to undergo surgery the following November. However, due to a lack of funds, she had to cancel the surgery. She still lives with scoliosis, almost two years later. "She is unable to do strenuous work and can no longer attend school," says OF. "Her condition has affected her social life because she feels uncomfortable in the midst of her colleagues. She has resorted to putting on very big clothes to conceal her deformity whenever she attends any social gathering." Raising Hope Africa and FOCOS has contributed $7500 toward the cost of Augustina's corrective treatment. However, she still needs $1500 to fund overseas preparation and transportation to receive care. "With surgery, Augustina is expected to live a full, productive and healthy life," OF tells us. "She feels hopeful that she will one day get the needed support to help her undergo surgery."
Meet Klein, a one-year-old little boy from Burma. Klein has a condition called hydrocephalus -- an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the ventricles of the brain. “His mother began noticing the health condition when he would not be able to be breastfed without soon getting a headache and crying," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "His condition has gotten worse; the boy endures diarrhea, fevers, coughing, vomiting, runny noses, in addition to the gradual growth of the buildup of fluid." Klein's parents are under financial strain from supporting their large family, and Klein’s father had to take a job in Bangkok to send wages home. They are unable to fund the surgery Klein needs. For $1,485, BBP can insert a ventriculoperitoneal shunt to drain the fluid. “Treatment will allow him to sleep and eat normally which will help him develop normally. He will no longer suffer from nausea and headaches and bouts of fever,” says BBP. BBP adds that "his mother would like to see him finish higher education, so that he may become a doctor one day."