Annette joined Watsi on November 26th, 2013. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Annette's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Sron, a 77-year-old man from Cambodia, to realign his fractured hip.
Annette has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
Annette has funded healthcare for 13 patients in 5 countries.
77-year-old Sron of Cambodia has ten grandchildren and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Recently Sron had an accident and sustained an injury to his hip. "Three months ago, Sron fractured his hip when he fell off a chair," our partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. "Since then he has been unable to walk and is in a lot of pain. Sron is completely dependent on his son to care for him and is unhappy that he is a burden on the family." Sron is in need of surgery to realign his fractured hip so it can heal properly, but he cannot afford this surgery on his own. $405 is the cost of treatment, which is expected to allow Sron to walk around and do things on his own without pain and difficulty. Let's help Sron feel better and regain his independence!
Meet Edwin, a one-year-old baby boy living with his twin sister and family in Guatemala. Edwin's mother is a single mom who also takes care of her elderly parents. "Edwin has a basically normal weight but he is a full head shorter than other children his age," our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, writes. "Therefore he is 'stunted' - and this affects more than just his height! He is also chronically ill (constantly sick with diarrhea or cough), has minimal appetite and appears lethargic to his mom, especially when compared to her other children." Learn more about stunting in [this blog post](http://blog.watsi.org/post/97743485666/fighting-stunting-in-guatemala). "Mom came to us hopeful that we can help her children and that 'they can be normal like other children,'" Dr. Peter Rohloff, Wuqu' Kawoq's medical director, tells us. With $535 we can help cover the cost of treatment for Edwin get through this slump in growth by providing him with adequate nourishment and care. What are we waiting for?
"Over the last few years as food prices have risen Ana's family has had to tighten their belts and ration foods," writes our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). Ana is malnourished. She was born healthy but at 18 months she is very short and underweight for her age. "She started developing normally in the first year of life but after about 12 months of age has not developed any more," the WK teams tells us. "In particular her language is very delayed." "The main issue appears to be lack of access to regular medical care, given the family's poverty, and inability to grow food," the WK team says. "Food is just so expensive," Ana's parents say. But they are motivated to help their child get past this developmental slump. This is why they sought help from WK. With $535, Ana can pay for the care she needs to ensure that she is developing properly, improve her energy, and set her up for success. Let's get her funded!
Maria's had a rough start to life. "She was born very tiny, weighing just four pounds at birth," our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK), writes. "She's been behind ever since, struggling to catch up." Right now, Maria is having chronic diarrhea and is developmentally delayed. She's also got a pretty low height and weight for her age right now. Maria is a one-year-old twin girl who lives in Guatemala with her caring parents and 6 other siblings (including her twin). Maria's parents do the best they can to make ends meet, but they have a hard time providing food for their seven children. And they aren't able to pay for her medicines when she falls ill. "Maria's mom acknowledges that 'Maria isn't growing like other children her age' but she is hopeful and excited to be working with the WK and Watsi teams," the WK team tells us. Maria needs $535 to cover the costs associated with treating her malnutrition. Let's help this girl catch up and live life to her fullest potential.
This smiling face belongs to Mot, a lovely 78-year-old woman. She lives in northern Cambodia with her family. In her spare time, Mot enjoys staying up to date with current events by listening to the radio. About a year ago Mot began to lose her vision, and now she is partially blind. After traveling eight long hours to seek an evaluation, Mot was diagnosed with a hyper-mature cataract in both eyes. This condition occurs when the lens of the eye becomes either flattened and dry, or liquid and soft. Mot dislikes that she cannot take care of herself or her family, and sometime experiences pain. For $100, Watsi donors can help Mot regain her vision and health. Donations will cover cataract surgery which will restore Mot’s eyesight and reduce her pain.
Meet Geoffrey, a 27-year-old father from Kenya. Two years ago he broke his ankle in a motorbike accident while working as a taxi operator. The ankle was treated at that time but it has yet to heal. As a result, Geoffrey is in severe pain and unable to work. His wife and two children left him because he can no longer provide for them. "I want to be able to work again. I know that once I can support my wife and children again, they will come back,” Geoffrey says. He is not only hopeful, he is determined. Geoffrey sold his bike and cows, raised funds from his community, and rented out his farm to help fund his treatment. Geoffrey’s broken ankle will need to be treated through ankle fusion surgery. After the procedure, he is expected to have full mobility and no pain. With $900 we can give Geoffrey the support he needs to get care and bring his family back together. Note: Our team photographed Geoffrey's initial exam during our visit to Kenya. You can find him in the third photo set of [this blog post](http://exposure.watsi.org/a-dose-of-perspective). We're excited to help him get the care he needs!
Mon is a 53-year-old mother of five living in Cambodia. She works on a rice farm and loves nothing more than spending time with her children. Mon was in a motorbike accident earlier this year. She broke her arm and was treated by a healer in her village, but the fractured bone has not joined together fully. She is in a lot of pain and has difficulty keeping up around the house and working on the rice farm. Mon’s oldest son was concerned about her arm and brought her to our medical partner to see if anything could be done. Turns out, it will only cost $300 for Mon to get a Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) surgery which will improve her mobility and allow her to return to her normal life. Let's make it happen for her!
This little guy is Gustavo. He's a two-month-old baby from Guatemala who needs immediate nutritional rehabilitation to make it past his first few months of life and grow up healthy. Gustavo's mother is unable to produce breast milk, and despite his hard-working family’s efforts to put all their available income towards infant formula, they cannot afford all the formula Gustavo needs to start his life healthy. As a result, Gustavo is extremely underweight and malnourished. Gustavo’s family needs $525 to pay for the nutritional treatment, which will provide critical nutrients and allow him to gain and maintain a healthy weight.
Meet Poe. He is a seven-year-old boy from Burma who loves to play with his friends and wants to be a doctor when he grows up. About a year ago, Poe's arm was badly burned in an accident. His parents told our medical partner that Poe was very brave after his accident and tried not to cry, even though he was in immense pain. Now, Poe has a hard time sleeping because of discomfort caused by residual scar tissue. The damaged skin on his arm has hardened and tightened, rendering it mostly immobile. He is shy about going outside, and has a hard time doing active things like playing with his friends and participating in festivals. With our support, Poe can receive the surgery he needs to regain mobility in his arm and reduce his discomfort. $1,500 will enable our partner, Burma Border Projects, to provide Poe with the care he needs to have the future he deserves!
Julian is a 17-year-old girl living in Kenya. Julian's father passed away when she was a child and has been raised by her mother. Her mother is a small-scale farmer who grows maize, beans, potatoes, and cassavas to support her family. Julian is pregnant and though she is young, is excited to be a mother. Julian says: "I am thrilled for the opportunity to know simple things about my pregnancy, such as the position of the baby, warning signs to be on the lookout for, and easy ways to prepare for the baby’s arrival. I pray that my baby is delivered in the hospital safely." Unfortunately, Julian has been having very bad backaches that are making it hard to walk, and needs to deliver under the supervision of a doctor to ensure her and her baby's safety. For $215, we can help Julian have the opportunity to have her baby delivered safely at a health facility and will receive rapid access to advanced care in case of complications. Let's help Julian and her baby have a safe pregnancy and delivery!
Rechel is a hardworking woman from Kenya who is doing her best to take care of her three children after being widowed recently. She used to sell second hand clothing to make a living, but has had to stop due to cervical cancer. Rechel's condition gives her terrible lower abdominal pain, bleeding, and weight loss. If she is not treated immediately, the cancer will spread, eventually causing organ failure. For $885, we can help Rechel receive a total abdominal hysterectomy, which her doctors expect will prevent the cancer from spreading and let her live a normal life. Rechel "hopes to regain her strength and resume her business." Let's help Rechel recover so that she can continue to support her family!
Tadesse has had scoliosis for most of his life. His condition has worsened over the past few years, and it's now so severe that it's reducing his lung capacity and making it difficult for him to breathe. Tadesse is a college student. He's studying biology in the hopes of becoming a teacher. He loves school, but isn't able to fully participate because of his scoliosis. He lives in Ethiopia, and traveled all the way to Ghana to seek treatment from our medical partner, which specializes in the kind of surgery he needs. For $1300, Tadesse will undergo surgery to correct his spine and restore his full lung capacity. This will significantly improve his quality of life so that he can once again enjoy the activities he loves. "My family would be glad for any help you can give me," Tadesse says. Let's make it happen for him!