Partha joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. 201 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Partha's most recent donation traveled 2,600 miles to support Marilyn, a 10-month-old baby girl from Colombia, to fund clubfoot surgery.
Partha has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 8 countries.
Partha has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 8 countries.
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."
Sok is a 43-year-old taxi driver who is married with a son and a daughter. Both of his children are in elementary school. His wife sells food at the local market. Sok has not been able to work for more than a year, so lately he has enjoyed growing vegetables that his wife can sell, listening to the radio, and walking with his children to school. Four years ago, Sok developed a cataract in his right eye, causing him irritation, sensitivity to light, and blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled there with his wife seeking treatment. On May 17th, 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. Sok shared, "I will be so happy to be able to drive my motorbike and work again. I hope that I can make my family happy and support them well."
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."
David is a young boy from Kenya. His father is a carpenter and the business has not been going well lately since the covid-19 pandemic started. His mother does casual jobs for government offices and does not earn much. Both parents limited work has to sustain their family of two children, where David is the youngest. Since late last year, David has had a right inguinal hernia. If not treated, he may suffer intestinal obstuction resulting to tissue damage or tissue death. Fortunately, on August 26th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $444 to fund David's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. David’s mother says, “I am very much hopeful that my son will be treated.”
Paul is a manual worker from Kaugi Village in Kenya. He is married and they have five children. Paul, who is the breadwinner in his family, is a casual driver while his wife takes care of the house and their children. In March, Paul was going home after a long day of work when he was hit by a vehicle that did not stop and left him severly hurt on the road. He was helped by good Samaritans and taken to the hospital. He sustained an open fracture on his left tibia/fibula and had an injury on his bladder. He is still in pain and cannot walk on his own. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 3rd, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After healing, he will be able to walk again and his pain will be gone. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure. Paul quietly shared, “I have suffered for the last five months and my family needs my support. I am asking for help.” Paul's Pastor added, “I have done my best to help him. I hope he can get help and be well to continue caring for his family.”
Alex is a 22-month-old boy from Tanzania. He is the youngest of two children. His parents depend entirely on small-scale farming for a living. Alex’s father decided to travel to neighboring Kenya to seek small jobs in order to supplement the little harvest they are able to currently get from their farm. Alex was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Alex is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,063 to cover the cost of Alex's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 15th. This procedure will hopefully protect Alex from the risks associated with his condition, allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Alex's mother says, “I will be very happy to see my son walk by himself like his sibling. Please help us as the cost is too high for us to afford."
Brightness is a baby from Tanzania. Her parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their own consumption. able to support her children. Brightness was diagnosed with genu valgus. Her legs are bowed inward so that her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, She cannot walk without pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Brightness. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 1st. Treatment will hopefully restore Brightness's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Brightness’s mother says, “I am scared of how bad my daughter’s legs are being deformed, please help treat her I have no means of raising the money.”
Srey Neang is a 20-year-old laundry cleaner from Cambodia. She has three older siblings, and enjoys cooking and learning how to style hair. She hopes to become a hairdresser in the future. Two years ago, Srey Neang developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason she experiences headaches, nasal obstruction, and congestion. She has difficulty breathing and often feels congested. When Srey Neang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for eight hours seeking treatment. On September 13th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, she will be able to breathe more easily. Now, she needs help to fund this $267 procedure. Srey says, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to breathe normally again and will no longer have any obstruction in my nose."
Witzer is an eighth-grade student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older sister in Jacmel, a city on Haiti's south coast. He is an excellent student and hopes to become an engineer. Witzer has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him short of breath. On October 2, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, Surgeons will close the hole by sewing a patch across it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5000 to pay for surgery. Witzer's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. He says, "I am excited that I will be able to stop worrying about my heart any longer!"
Atuheire is a 24-year-old woman from Uganda. She is married and the mother of three children. She and her husband work as subsistence farmers to feed their family. Atuheire was born with a swelling on her chest that has grown much larger over time. Recently, the mass has become painful when touched, so Atuheire sought treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, where it was diagnosed a noncancerous cyst. If left untreated, the cyst could become infected and cause further medical complications later on. Atuheire is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on June 29, and is requesting $187 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, she will be able to live free of pain.
Two-year-old Hor enjoys playing with her dolls and watching cartoons on television in her home in Cambodia. “After a poorly administered injection at three months old, Hor experienced a tightening of her left quadriceps,” our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. “It is difficult for her to flex her knee because the fibrosis has dragged her patella out of place as she has grown.” Hor’s mother has made finding care for her daughter a top priority. "I can't go to work and am spending money and time to find treatment for her," she says. For $378, Hor will undergo a quadriceplasty, a surgical technique in which doctors release adhesions and contractures in the quadriceps muscles to make it easier for her to bend her knee. Funding also covers the costs of two weeks of hospital care, five days of post-operative care, and four follow-up appointments during the first year after surgery. “After a quadriceplasty surgery, Hor's left leg will regain mobility,” says CSC. “She will have regular physical therapy at CSC after surgery to help her learn to walk." Hor’s mother looks forward to the positive impact of a successful surgery for Hor. "I hope my daughter will be able to walk like other kids,” she says. “And when she grows up, I want her to go to school and become a teacher."
Meet Dinkmekar, a two-year-old girl and only child to her parents. Dinkmekar was born without an anal opening and cannot pass stool normally. As a result, she experiences pain and difficulty since she must pass stool through the vagina. Dinkmekar will continue to experience pain if this condition is left untreated. In order to treat Dinkmekar, our medical partner can perform an anoplasy, in which the anus will be moved to an appropriate place within the muscles. “We expect after surgery, Dinkmekar will be able to pass stool normally. She will grow up healthy and normally,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Dinkemar’s father works as a farmer with very little income, and, to support her daughter’s condition, Dinkmekar’s mother stays at home. They are unable to raise the funds for the surgery. Dinkmekar's mother dreams of “seeing my baby stay happy all day without being in pain.” For $1500, we can provide Dinkmekar with this life-saving surgery and help both her and her parents lead healthy and happy lives!