Michael joined Watsi on July 7th, 2014. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Michael's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Widline, a student from Haiti, to undergo prep for heart surgery.
Michael has funded healthcare for 62 patients in 11 countries.
Michael has funded healthcare for 62 patients in 11 countries.
Widline is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents and three sisters on a small farm in central Haiti. She enjoys going to school and church. Widline has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart was severely damaged by a rheumatic fever she suffered in childhood, and can no longer adequately pump blood through her body. Widline will fly to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On October 29th, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will attempt to repair her valve; if they are unable to do so, they will implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, The Mitral Foundation, is contributing $7500.0 to pay for surgery. Widline'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 Widline's family overseas. Widline's mother said, "Our family is praying for everyone who is helping our daughter get better!"
Rithea is a 39-year-old craftswoman from Cambodia. She enjoys spending time with her three children and doing the housework in her free time. One year ago, Rithea had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Rithea experiences ear discharge, pain, itchiness, and headaches. She is unable to hear clearly and suffers from chronic ear infections. Rithea traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 09, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Rithea said, "I hope that after surgery, my ear will be able to heal and I will be able to hear clearly again."
Sok is a 63-year-old mother of five from Cambodia. She has three daughters and two sons, and enjoys watching the news on television in her spare time. One year ago, Sok developed a cataract in her right eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Sok learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On July 10, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her right eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $211 procedure. She says, "I hope that I will be able to see clearly and recognize others, as well as go anywhere outside all on my own."
David is a farmer from Kenya. Two weeks ago, David was involved in a road accident and sustained severe injuries on his left leg and left hand. He is not able to use his hand and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On August 2, David will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him work easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. David says, “Help me stabilize my family economically."
Srey Ka is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. She likes to read books and watch TV, and hopes to become an accountant when she grows up. When she was a child, Srey Ka 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, Srey Ka experiences discharge, headaches, hearing loss, and tinnitus. It is difficult for her focus in school and she often has ear discharge and cannot hear. Srey Ka traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother says, "I hope that after my daughter's surgery, I will no longer have to worry about her and she will be able to hear clearly."
Ricky is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of three children. Ricky 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, Ricky 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 $1,097 to cover the cost of Ricky's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 6. This procedure will hopefully spare Ricky from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I hope we get help so that Ricky is treated,” says Ricky’s mother.
Liz is a toddler from Kenya. She 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, Liz has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Liz will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Liz that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 22 and will drain the excess fluid from Liz's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Liz will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I hope my daughter will achieve the normal milestones once she gets treated," says Liz’s mother.
Thanny is a teenager from Cambodia. He comes from Pursat province and traveled four hours for his surgery. He has a recurrent dislocation in his elbow. He will undergo a procedure which will re-position his elbow, allowing him to improve his movement and relieve pain. Thanny's favorite subject in school is Khmer literature and in the future, he wishes to grow up and be a businessman. After his surgery, he is excited to go back to playing soccer and going for walks with his family. He says, "I hope that after surgery, I will be able to continue playing soccer with no problems, and play with my friends."
Nue Nue is a nine-year-old boy who lives in Kyaw Kay Koh Village, Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State, Burma. He lives with his parents and two younger brothers. He wants to be a soccer player when he grows up. Nue Nue is in kindergarten but stopped going to school in 2018 due to his health problems. When he was six years old, Nue Nue began to suffer from severe lower abdominal and back pain and frequent urination. In August, a medic performed an ultrasound and found a large stone in his bladder. Fortunately, Nue Nue is now scheduled to undergo surgery to remove the stone on February 12. His family needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Nue Nue's mother said “I wish for him to grow up healthy and get a job where he does not have to work as hard as me. I want him to get a good education and have a job helping people.”
Sam is a secretary from Cambodia. She has two brothers and three sisters. She is the eldest. She likes to watch the news on TV. Three years ago, Sam 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 Sam learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On December 5, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification 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 hope I can read books and write letters again. I look forward to going on walks outside."
Nancy is a child from Tanzania. She lives with her foster mother. Nancy has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Nancy traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 5. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Nancy's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk. “Please help her," Nancy's mother says.
Samwel is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. He has been experiencing difficulty breathing, sleeping, and eating. Samwel was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Samwel, which is scheduled to take place on November 2. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Samwel of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Samwel’s father says, “My son needs surgery of which I cannot afford. Please help my son."