Gary joined Watsi on March 17th, 2014. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Gary's most recent donation traveled 7,800 miles to support Victor, a father from Kenya, to fund a bone transport.
Gary has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 10 countries.
Gary has funded healthcare for 30 patients in 10 countries.
Victor is a 36-year-old man from Kenya who used to work as a fruit trader. Victor lives with his wife in a settlement in Nairobi, and together they have four children who, with the help of their grandparents, are all enrolled in school. Several years ago, Victor suffered a severe road accident. He was admitted to the hospital for three months and underwent two surgeries. Victor was left in crutches, unable to work. Last year, Victor underwent a first stage bone transport, a technique that allows for the regeneration of bony tissue. Surgeons have now recommended that Victor undergo a second stage bone transport in order to enhance his future mobility and prevent further infection. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the cost of Victor's operation. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, should allow Victor to walk with ease and live comfortably with his family again. “I would like to get well to continue providing for my family and educate my children," says Victor.
Bonabana is a 60-year-old woman from Uganda. A mother of four, she supports herself and her family through her work as a farmer and craftswoman. Her main trade is weaving, and she makes beautiful mats and baskets to sell. Bonabana experienced complications giving birth to her third child. The baby's head was particularly large and strained her body, causing a mass of tissue—part of her uterus—to protrude from the birth canal. Bonabana has remained in this condition ever since, even through the gestation and birth of her fourth child. The protrusion causes her great pain. Bonabana's son brought her to our medical partner's care center, Holy Family Virika Hospital, where the doctors diagnosed her with uterine prolapse. “I have a swelling that is causing me pain and discomfort," Bonabana says. "I am unable to do my duties at home in this condition.” Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $287 to cover the cost of Bonabana's uterine prolapse repair surgery. She is scheduled to receive treatment on April 25. After this operation, Bonabana looks forward to living free of pain and returning to her work.
17-month-old Aicie is the only daughter of hard-working parents in the Philippines. Her father drives a "habal-habal" (motorcycle taxi), while her mother takes care of her and the household. Aicie is malnourished. Although she is thin and underweight, she loves to play outside with the neighborhood kids. Aicie will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Aicie will begin ICM's program on February 20. Her family needs help raising $184 to pay for the program. "Someday, I hope my daughter will finish her studies," shares Aicie's mother. "I pray that she grows up strong and healthy."
Ah Kyaw is a 51-year-old farmer who lives in Thailand. Escaping violent conflict, he left his home nation of Burma and found shelter in a refugee camp in 1987. He now lives in Thailand with his wife and three sons. Ah Kyaw and his two oldest sons work as agricultural day laborers, farming rice, corn, and tapioca fields. His youngest son lives in a Buddhist temple as a "temple boy," where he assists the monks with their daily chores. On average, the family income is hardly enough to cover their monthly expenses. In December 2016, Ah Kyaw was driving a farm truck, transporting two co-workers. The trucked tipped, throwing Ah Kyaw and his passengers onto the road. The truck continued to roll and ran over Ah Kyaw's left hip. His co-workers, uninjured in the accident, took Ah Kyaw to the worker tent. According to Ah Kyaw, the pain was not severe on the day of the accident. However, when he woke up the next day, it had become unbearable. He did not seek treatment, relying instead on painkillers to get through the next 20 days. Then, he met a missionary, who took him to the hospital. Watsi and our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, are asking for $1,500 to help cover a hip replacement surgery, scheduled for January 31. This procedure will allow Ah Kyaw to walk and work again. Your donation will help fund nurses, blood tests, X-rays and ultrasounds, surgical equipment and staff, medication, and 30 days stay in the hospital. Ah Kyaw is eager to continue his work and provide for his family. When asked what he would like to do after his hip is fixed, he says, “I’ll just keep working with the boss.”
Rutchel is a 16-month-old girl from the Philippines. She lives in a rental house with her parents and four siblings. Rutchel's father is a hollow block maker, and her mother stays home to care for the children. Rutchel has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Rutchel began $184 malnutrition treatment on October 18, 2016. Rutchel is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under 5 in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. "My prayer is that Rutchel will become strong and healthy," says Rutchel's mother. "I really hope that she will be free from sickness."
Three-month-old Len is the only child in his family. He and his parents live in Cambodia. Len was born with a congenital cataract in each eye, which causes his lenses to be cloudy and he has poor vision. He traveled two hours with his parents to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), after a doctor at another hospital sent him here. Eye doctors at CSC will perform a lens aspiration surgery to remove the clouded lens from each eye and prevent him from going blind. The treatment and surgery costs $292 and covers all of Len's medical expenses. When he is a few years older, he will return to have an IOL implant in each eye.
“I want to be a car driver and see the country when I grow up," says 12-year-old Htet Aung. He is a third grade student from Burma, and likes to watch television, play sports, sing and play with toys. When Htet Aung was born at home in his village, his mother noticed a small bump on the bridge of his nose, directly between the eyes. About six months later, doctors diagnosed this bump as an encephalocele. This is a neural tube defect caused by the failure of the neural tube to close completely during fetal development. The growth of the mass has been slow but steady over the years and affects Htet Aung's vision. To read, he has to bring the book very close to his face. The mass is generally not painful but occasionally, he will feel sharp pangs. It also causes him tearing. Besides this encephalocele, Htet Aung has been in relatively good health. However, he is becoming increasingly sensitive about the mass on his face. Htet Aung's family tried to find him proper medical services at a larger hospital about ten years ago. However, they realized they could not afford the expensive surgery that he would need to remove the growth. Htet Aung's father works as a carpenter and his siblings work in a sewing factory-- their income is not enough to pay for major surgery in addition to supporting their family. After learning about Burma Border Projects (BBP) from a neighbor, Htet Aung travelled four hours with his mother to reach BBP for treatment. $1500 will cover the cost of his operation to surgically remove the growth, as well as any additional transportation and hospital costs before and after the procedure. Although Htet Aung's family is nervous about possible adverse affects of the surgery on his vision or cognition, they are eager for him to finally receive treatment. After the operation, Htet Aung will be able to return home and lead a normal childhood.
"I hope to become a doctor in the future," shares 15-year-old Everest, a student living in Tanzania. He is the ninth born in a family of ten, and enjoyed playing football and marathon before a recent accident. After he completed his primary education, Everest fell while playing football and incurred a fracture on his left femur, explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He was taken to the hospital but, due to a lack of funds for treatment, the fracture was not treated. Everest's left knee became very swollen since the accident, and caused him a lot of pain. He went back to the hospital when he was completely unable to walk and "was diagnosed with osteomyelitis, which was successfully treated," explains AMHF. "But, now, Everest cannot walk without crutches because of acquired deformity of the left femur due to the old fracture." "Everest needs corrective surgery so that he can walk again," says AMHF. Unfortunately, his parents' income as farmers is not enough to support their large family and fund Everest's medical expenses. $940 will cover the cost of Everest's treatment - surgery to realign the bones in his leg, as well as casting and post-operative care. After his operation, Everest will be able to walk again and his risk of developing osteoarthritis will be reduced. "I will be happy to go back to school," shares Everest.
Charles is a 24-year-old former student living with his mother and father in Kenya. Charles graduated from college with a degree in Information Technology in 2014. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us that in June 2014, Charles’s parents were burglarized by armed robbers. Charles attempted to intervene, and both he and his mother were fired upon and seriously injured. Charles’s mother took a bullet to her hand, and has lost the ability to use it. Charles sustained a fracture in his left lower leg that has developed into a nonunion. He currently walks with crutches, and has a significant amount of pain and numbness in his left leg. His father is employed as a driver, and his mother used to sell vegetables. His older sibling is unemployed, and does little support the family. Charles has found that his injury has been preventing him from securing a job that pays enough to afford treatment. He has been reduced to a dependent of his parents. His parents have been attempting to save for treatment as well, but their household income has seen a large deficit since his mother is injured as well. His family has decided that the priority treatment should be for Charles’s nonunion fracture so that he work a higher-paid job and support the family. “I would like to get well,” Charles shares, “and be able to walk on my so I can support my mum’s treatment, too.” A nonunion fracture is a serious complication that develops if a fracture moves too much to stall or halt normal healing. In most cases, if a fracture has not been treated after six months, then orthopedic surgical intervention is necessary. Charles needs an open reduction internal fixation procedure to repair his leg. The procedure includes the insertion of steel rods, screws, or plates to keep the fracture stable during healing. After his cast is removed, Charles will undergo physical therapy to regain his strength. Charles’s family is in need of financial assistance. $1,410 will cover the cost of treatment he needs, in addition to his family's contribution of $210. Without treatment, Charles is exposed to risks of infection that may result in amputation. His leg deteriorates further the longer he is untreated. After his treatment, Charles’s pain will eventually be resolved, and he will be able to walk and work again. Let's help make it happen!
Mamerta is a 45-year-old mother from the Philippines. With her husband, she runs a small business selling snacks. “In her spare time she is fond of making delicious snacks for her children,” our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), tells us. Mamerta has developed a goiter; an abnormally enlarged thyroid gland. This manifests as a bulge in her neck. Because of the goiter, “Mamerta experiences physical discomfort when she does many things, such as carrying heavy things, working house chores for long hours, and there is slight discomfort when eating solid food,” explains ICM. Mamerta needs a thyroidectomy, or surgical removal of her thyroid gland. This surgery would normally not be affordable for Mamerta, as she and her husband barely bring in enough income from selling snacks to support themselves and their children. However, for $1,500, we can fund the procedure she needs. Not only will funding cover Mamerta’s thyroidectomy, but it will also pay for her transportation to and from the hospital, and all post-operative care. “Thank you so much for paving the way to my healing,” Mamerta shares. “After the treatment, I am excited to feel better and take care of my family without any difficulty.”
“Pai is a 45-year-old woman who has lived in a Burmese village all her life,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), tells us. “She lives with her husband and three-year-old granddaughter. She has three children - two daughters and one son, who all have their own families now. She and her husband are agricultural day laborers and work on a farm, planting and harvesting rice.” Pai has a uterine prolapse, a condition that occurs when the uterus sags or slips from it normal position and into the vagina. “She has been very worried about her condition and is always scared when she is waking that the prolapse will slip,” BBP explains. “She cannot work in her condition and is embarrassed and very worried about having surgery.” Pai’s journey to seek medical attention includes the first time she traveled away from home and the first time she ever saw a foreigner. $1,500 will fund her treatment, which “will result in Pai being able to return to her home in the jungle,” BBP continues. “She will return to her family and her work.” “My favorite thing to do is cook noodles and duck, pork of chicken curry and then sell it at local celebrations,” Pai shares. “I hope that in the future, I can cook and sell the food.”
49-year-old Elda lives in Haiti with her two children -- a 16-year-old son and a 22-year-old daughter. Our medical partner, Project Medishare (PM), explains that in 2005, Elda’s husband died in a car accident. Since then, Elda has been the sole provider for her children, supporting her family by selling motor bikes and auto parts. In 2008, Elda noticed a growing lump in her breast and sought medical advice. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent surgery to remove the tumor. “Six years later Elda had another surgery to remove a growing mass in the same breast and receive chemotherapy,” PM continues. It’s been about one year since Elda’s surgery and PM tells us that Elda is doing well. However, in order to be completely cancer-free, Elda needs one final round of radiotherapy. $1,500 covers the cost of Elda’s radiation therapy as well as her travel arrangements to the Dominican Republic, where her treatment will take place. After years of battling cancer, this treatment will allow her to finally enjoy a healthy life. PM shares, “Elda is excited to finish with the treatment, build a small boutique, and live her life in peace by the sea.”