Razvan joined Watsi on November 27th, 2016. Four months ago, Razvan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Razvan's most recent donation traveled 2,700 miles to support Kidus, happy baby boy from Ethiopia, to treat his birth condition of his bladder.
Razvan has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 9 countries.
Razvan has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 9 countries.
Kidus is a cute baby boy who loves to walk. His dad enjoys walking with him and holding his hand, and Kidus loves it when his mom carries him on her back. He also loves to watch cartoons. Kidus's dad and mom love each other so much and have a happy life together. Kidus's father is a tailor. His income is very limited and barely enough to sustain the family through the month, but love fills their home, and their lives, with happiness. When Kidus was born his parents learned that he had bladder exstrophy, a rare condition where children are born with an open bladder. His parents faced a challenge that they did not expect in their life, but they are facing it with courage. Kidus needs surgery to perform a procedure to divert his urination to the anal opening & make a pouch bladder from the bowel. He will undergo this surgery on September 28th with our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) and his family needs $1,500 for the procedure. Kidus's dad said, “For thirteen days after his birth we worked hard to get him treatment but no one in the health centres could help us. Some health workers gave us hope and some health workers did not give us any hope." He is hopeful for after surgery, “After he gets his surgery and recovers I want to tell him the truth about his condition and what we went through as a result of it when he grows up. Also, I want to tell him how he got the treatment, about the people who helped him, how God helped him and gave him this healthy life. I will tell him this so he grows up grateful and he lives to support and help others. I want him to be good and caring and God-fearing. I want him to be there for others. I believe kindness is contagious.”
Robert is a 37-year-old matatu taxi driver with two children. Recently, Robert was involved in a traffic accident where he sustained multiple fractures in his legs. He has difficulty walking and can no longer work as a driver. Fortunately, with the support of Watsi donors he was able to have his first surgery and now surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), are able to help with his final repair. On August 5th, Robert will undergo a second fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will allow Robert to walk with more ease. AMH is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I am hopeful I will be able to walk again. I am halfway there. I know with this surgery, I will be able to use my legs and get back to working again,” shared Robert.
Victor is an energetic, bright boy from Kenya. He is the first born in a family of two children. Currently, Victor is in grade 8 and is looking forward to sit for his national examination this year. His father, who was the breadwinner of the family, passed away in 2019. His mother has been doing temporary laundry work and house chores for her neighbors to earn a living. Ever since his father passed away, life has been very hard for the family. Victor was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Victor has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Victor will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 6th. AMH is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Victor’s mother says, "I have been fearing for the worst but it seems like the worst was inevitable. Now I cannot raise any money to cater for my son’s surgery but I’m hopeful that God will work his way out for us.”
Justine is a talkative 18-year-old laborer from Kenya. He is the second-born child in a family of five children. He dropped out of school in grade eight after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. Now, Justine drives a motorcycle taxi to help support his siblings. One week ago, Justine was involved in a road accident and fractured the second, third and fourth metatarsals on his right foot. He experiences pain and he cannot walk. He was told that his fracture would require surgery, and in the meantime, he is in a cast. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), can help. On June 3rd, Justine will undergo a fracture repair procedure called an open reduction and internal fixation. Justine will no longer be in pain, and he will be able to walk and work. Now, AMH is requesting $1,016 to fund his procedure. Justine shared, “if I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."
Joseph is a retired mechanic from Malawi. He enjoys farming on his small family farm during his retirement years. He lives with his wife and two children. Since July 2010, Joseph has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Joseph's surgery. On November 8, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. He is so happy to finally receive this surgery because he has been waiting for so long to be free from these health problems. He says, "I am so happy for this program which will finally bring me relief from these health issues I have been experiencing for so long!"
Khoeun is a mechanic from Cambodia. He has two younger brothers. He likes to watch Khmer dramas on TV. Khoeun has ptosis in his right eye. Ptosis occurs when the eyelid droops over the eye. He cannot see clearly. Khoeun traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 7, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform an eyelid correction procedure to improve his vision. Now, Khoeun needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. He says, "I look forward to returning to work after the operation."
Kem is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one daughter, three sons, and ten grandchildren. She likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio. A year ago, Kem developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for seven hours seeking treatment. On October 15, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I want see better so I can go outside well and I can recognize the faces of my loved ones."
Dickens is a teenager from Kenya. He is in seventh grade and is a very strong student. He wants to be an engineer when he grows up. He also enjoys dancing and playing soccer. Dickens was born with genu varus, or bow-leggedness. He cannot walk properly and cannot run. He is scheduled to undergo a surgery that will realign his bones so that he will be able to walk normally. Surgery is scheduled for November 22 and will cost $1,165. He says, “My desire is to walk without any difficulty, that’s why we are seeking for support to undergo for surgery.”
Paw is an eight-month-old energetic baby girl from Burma. Both her siblings attend school. Her family rents a piece of land, where they grow crops that provide them with food throughout the year. In March 2018, Paw fell off a stack of leaves her father had collected to thatch their house. The leaves were on top of bamboo sticks. When Paw fell, she hit her right thigh on one of the bamboo sticks and fractured her femur. Paw's thigh is swelling and she cannot move her leg. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Paw will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for March 7 and will cost $1,500. Receiving this procedure will allow Paw to heal properly and learn to walk. “I hope my daughter will get an easier life and become an educated person. We will support her in whatever she wants to do. I do not want her to be a farmer like me, because it is a hard and difficult life," said Paw's mother.
Faith is an infant from Kenya. She is the youngest in a family of four children. Faith's mother is a stay-at-home mom, while her father is employed driving a tractor. Faith has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Faith has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Faith will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Faith that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 9 and will drain the excess fluid from Faith's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Faith will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “May God bless those who intend to give to help my child,” shares Faith’s mother.
Ort is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and two daughters. She enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio. Two years ago, Ort developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Ort learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On March 5, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her son says, "My mom cannot go outside alone, she needs someone to help her get around. She is looking forward to having restored sight and living an independent life again after surgery."
Princess is a nine-month-old baby from Tanzania. She is a cheerful and happy child. Her father is a butcher, while her mother is a stay-at-home mother. For three months, Princess has been experiencing frequent flu and sickness. This has lead to repeated hospital visits. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Princess's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Princess, which is scheduled to take place on February 8. Surgeons will remove her adenoids, hopefully relieving Princess of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Princess’s mother says, “Thank you all for helping my daughter get this treatment. God bless you all.”