Kirk joined Watsi on October 21st, 2013. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kirk's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Hul, a young mechanic from Cambodia, to fund brachial plexus repair surgery so he can use his arm again.
Kirk has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.
Kirk has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.
Hul is a 21-year-old motorcycle mechanic. He has two brothers and one sister. Hul's parents work as farmers. In March, Hul fell hard and damaged his left shoulder. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He has no shoulder abduction or elbow flexion, and can not move his fingers. He is unable to work. Hul traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 14th, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his left arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Hul said, "I hope I can regain use of my left arm and hand so I can work again to support myself."
Ah has a hole in her heart called an atrial septal defect. A 27-year-old migrant worker in Thailand, she and her husband work seasonally for $5 a day. Their combined income is enough to meet their basic needs, but leaves nothing to spare. "Ah’s husband tells us that he is worried for his wife," our medical partner writes. "He says her children are very young and he worries for their future if their mother cannot get treatment." $1500 is the difference between Ah receiving healthcare and not. When asked how she feels about her future, Ah tells her doctors, "what will be will be in this life," and starts to cry when she's told there are people who will help support her treatment. Let's show her our support by funding her care today.
This smiley man is U Aung. He's a 62-year-old man who has endured more than his cheery face indicates. He comes from an area of Burma that has experienced heavy fighting during the country's brutal civil conflict, and has been forced many times by the military to work as a porter, transporting equipment and supplies, along with other men from his village. In order to avoid this position, one must find a replacement and pay up to $800, a luxury that U Aung cannot afford. As a result, many phases of his life have not been his own. The struggle to take back his life was complicated when, in 2011, U Aung began to feel pain in his lower abdomen. He sought medical care from a local clinic, but they could only give him medication to ease his symptoms, not treat his condition. It wasn’t until 2013 that U Aung was finally diagnosed with benign prostate hypertrophy, or an enlarged prostate. U Aung has many dreams for his future. He would like to see peace in Burma in his lifetime. He hopes to live long enough to see all his children get married and to one day have grandchildren. U Aung needs a $1,330 surgery to restore his quality of life and make his hopes a reality. Let's make it happen!
Three-year-old Diana from Kenya has been diagnosed with occipital encephalocele, a lesion on her brain which is causing dangerous physical pressure on her brain. Diana's sole caretaker is her mother. She works as a casual laborer on others' farms and often struggles to make ends meet financially. Our medical partner tells us that her greatest wish is to see her daughter recover so that she can attend school and enjoy a successful life, but the cost of treatment is outside of her reach. For $1,500, Diana will receive surgery to stop the growth of the lesion and save her life. Let's make it happen for her!
Jashuda is 32 and lives in Nepal with her husband, six children, and grandmother. She runs a small tea and snack shop, and also helps her family with farming. Three years ago, Jashuda had an accident that left a painful keloid scar on her hand. Although the keloid is benign, it causes Jashuda great discomfort and needs to be removed. Surgery for the excision costs $1,415. Following recovery, Jashuda’s pain will decrease, making it easier for her to run her shop and live a normal life!
Meet Pauline, a 42-year-old Kenyan woman who is battling hypertension, increased pulse rate and weight loss as a result of a toxic goiter. If left untreated, Pauline’s doctors say her symptoms will worsen to the point that she will not be able to eat, leading to malnutrition and eventually, a premature death. Pauline at one time was healthy enough to work, and supported her mother and sister. When her conditioned worsened, she was forced to stop working. She moved in with her mother who now supports Pauline and her sister by selling vegetables. Pauline shares, “My age does not allow me to still live with my mother when I should be the one supporting her. It pains me to see her struggle this way. I long to get back to work and support my mother and sister like I used to." We are raising $750 so that Pauline may receive the thyroid surgery she needs to recover. Donating now will ensure that she will regain her independence and can continue to support her family!
Hawanatu is five years old. She lives with her family in Sierra Leone, but came to our medical partner in Ghana to seek treatment for a condition called kyphosis, which causes an abnormal curve in her spine. This curvature constricts the space Hawanatu's lungs have to expand, making it difficult for her to breathe deeply. Hawanatu's limited lung capacity impacts her ability to walk, or even sit up, for short amounts of time. Her condition made it so difficult for her to keep up with her classmates in school, that she was bullied to the point where she could no longer attend. Hawanatu's parents are hopeful that their daughter will get better soon, but neither can afford her treatment. Her father works as a school teacher in Sierra Leone but is rarely paid. For $1,500 we can pay for an operation to correct Hawanatu's spine. This surgery will alleviate the pressure on her lungs, make it possible for her to stand and walk on her own, and allow her to move about like the other children in her class. Let's give this sweet girl a shot at a normal and healthy life!
Lakshmi lives up to her name, which means Goddess. She tirelessly takes care of her son, four daughters, and small farm while her husband works in India to support the family. In August, Lakshmi cut her little finger on a thorn. The wound is now seriously infected, making it nearly impossible for her to work. Her finger needs to be amputated to prevent an even more severe infection from spreading. The farm Lakshmi lives on only keeps her family afloat for three months at a time. Despite the supplemental income her husband earns in India, she can't pay for the treatment she needs. Your help raising $1,465 will guarantee that Lakshmi gets proper treatment. The cost covers her diagnostics, travel, treatment and a community health worker to help with recovery. Let's make sure this simple accident doesn't turn into a serious medical problem for this hardworking mom!
When Neema was just ten years old, she developed a swelling mass on her neck which continued to grow in size until she had to seek medical attention. Although doctors identified the mass as a benign tumor, she underwent surgery to remove the tumor because it was causing her pain and difficulty swallowing. Since then, Neema has had several small surgeries to slow the growth of the mass, but it has continued to grow in size. Neema still lives with her family and her health issues have put a great strain on their wellbeing. Her father earns money as a day laborer while her mother cares for Neema's siblings. Neema can no longer attend school, or speak and eat easily because of the painful tumor but she cannot afford any more treatments. For $1500, Neema will receive an operation to remove the entire tumor. This surgery will allow Neema to eat and speak without pain and finally return to school. She says that once she is better, she wants to become a teacher and give back to her family for supporting her so much.
Saidimo is a charming, soft spoken eight-year-old boy who lives with his family in northern Kenya. Saidimo was born with a deformed hip and was recently diagnosed with osteomyelitis, a bone infection that makes it extremely painful for him to walk. Saidimo and his cousin Jonah, another patient featured on Watsi, were brought to the hospital by generous community members. Although Saidimo received a diagnosis at the hospital, his family cannot afford the surgery he needs. For $1500, Saidimo will receive hip surgery to remove the infected bone tissue and rejoin his hip. This operation will prevent Saidimo's condition from worsening, will eliminate his severe pain, and will allow him to walk correctly.