Daniel joined Watsi on September 10th, 2014. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Daniel's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Chhong, a two-year-old boy from Cambodia, to fund chalazion eye treatment helping him to see clearly.
Daniel has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 6 countries.
Daniel has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 6 countries.
Chhong is a smart two-year-old boy with one brother. Chhong enjoys playing with his toy car, and his father works as a security guard. Two months ago, Chhong developed a chalazion, or an inflamed cyst in his tear gland, in both eyes causing him irritation, swelling, and tearing. It is difficult for him to see clearly. Chhong traveled across the country for five hours with his mother to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On June 7th, surgeons will remove the cyst through a chalazion excision procedure. After recovery, Chhong's symptoms should improve. Now, his family needs help raising $187 to fund this procedure. Chhong's mother shared, "I hope my son can get well soon so he can play with his brother and I don't need to worry so much about his eyes anymore."
"I would like to be like other children." says Grace, a nine-year-old Kenyan student who lives with her mother and two siblings in the outskirts of Nairobi. Grace has a brain tumor that has been causing persistent seizures, severe headaches, and affecting her walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, reports, "Grace suffers from increased intracranial pressure, which may lead to brain damage and loss of sight if surgery is not done. The surgery will save Grace's life and she will be able to continue with her education." Grace adds, "I hope I'll get well soon, so that I can study without interruption." Watsi community, let's work together to raise the $1260 needed for a craniotomy to remove the seizure and headache-inducing tumor, and help Grace get back to school!
“I wish the outcome of the treatment to be very good for the baby. May God watch over him. I am looking forward to going back home with David with good news for the mother,” David’s family member says. David is a sweet one-year-old form Haiti who was born with hydrocephalus, causing enlarged head size, intra cranial pressure, and sun setting eyes. If left untreated, this condition can lead to brain damage, a loss of mental and physical abilities, and even death. David is the first born of a young mother who still lives with and is supported her family. The family does not have the means to afford the treatment David needs. We can fund a successful treatment for $1,260. “David has very high chances to be healed from the hydrocephalus. The doctors will operate on him to drain the excess fluid in his head and prevent his head from getting larger,” report our medical partner, Project Medishare. Let’s support David and his family!
"Moise is a smart little boy, he was okay when suddenly he became unable to walk," Moise mother says. A few months ago she noticed that her three-year-old son was having trouble supporting his head and moving on his own; she took him to our partners, Project Medishare in Haiti, and a CT scan revealed that Moise has hydrocephalus. Moise is the third born in his family and used to go to school and play with his siblings. His parents are poor farmers and they cannot afford the cost of the surgery Moise needs to recover. For $1260, Moise will receive a surgery that "will positively change his health condition," and remove the excessive fluids that are putting pressure on his brain. After the operation, Moise will resume healthy development and regain all of his faculties. His grandmother shares, "I am very happy because my little son is going to have the surgery to fix his condition, we don’t have the money and you provides care to him, thank you very much."
Rina, a 14-year-old girl from Cambodia, fractured her spine, and broke her tibia and fibula about a week ago, when she fell from a tree she was playing in "that was about twenty feet high,” describes our medical partner. “Her left leg and left side of her bottom took the brunt of the fall, leaving her with a broken tibia and fibula, and a compression fracture of the first vertebrae of her lumbar spine." As a result, Rina "can't do anything but lie in bed without having horrible pain and is experiencing numbness in her left foot.” "Rina is in the eighth grade at school and has two younger sisters," her doctors continue. "She loves to read and her favorite class is Biology." For $405 we can provide Rina with treatment which will significantly reduce her pain and will soon allow her to walk again. Let's help Rina get back on her feet and back to school!
"Theara is in the 4th grade," Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). "He is the oldest child in his family. He likes to eat ginger and pork, playing soccer, and his favorite subject is math." "Theara was born with a crossed eye," CSC continues. "This makes his vision blurred and he is shy because of the way he looks. Because of his poor eyesight it is hard for him to read and study in school." With $290 clinicians at CSC will be able to care for Theara and improve his eyesight. Let's fund his care and help him out!
Meet Kham, an eight-year-old boy from Thailand who loves to paint and enjoys learning English. Currently, Kham has very blurry vision out of his right eye and has been diagnosed with a detached retina, meaning that the retina has separated from the back of the eye. Burma Border Projects, our medical partner, writes that “without surgery, blindness may result. He has already lost vision in his left eye due to retinal detachment so it's imperative for his future wellbeing he have the surgery.” "Kham grew up in Burma but moved to Thailand a year and a half ago when his family made the decision to leave in search of better work opportunities. His parents are day laborers and earn a very low income of $20 a day between them. They have spent all their savings and have gone into debt trying to raise money for his medical treatment for his left eye in vain.” Kham has stopped schooling in order to get treatment, and though his parents are worried, “they are very hopeful that the surgery to fix his right eye will be a success and will secure him a brighter future." "With treatment, Kham's vision in his right eye will be fully or partially restored. Kham is looking forward to seeing clearly out of his right eye and returning to school. He understands that he has already missed out on a lot of school and will be behind. However, he is very determined to catch up with the class!" For $1500, Kham can get retinal reattachment surgery that will help him see clearly again.
Meet Fostina! She is a sweet, ten-year-old girl from Zambia who “was nothing but healthy and brought only joy to her family” for the first six of years of her life, according to our medical partner CURE International. Then, at age six, her family began to notice a slight bow in her legs, but doctors had high hopes she would outgrow the condition. The opposite happened. Now at ten years of age, her legs are severely bowed out and far beyond the ability of her local doctor to correct. "Fostina has trouble walking," her doctors say, "which is extremely painful, awkward, and embarrassing. This also causes stress on other joints in her ankles and hips and she has experienced social difficulties due to her very noticeable disability, because her culture largely believes in curses.” Thankfully, Fostina was referred to our partner, CURE International. Fostina has already had one successful surgery, thanks to Watsi donors. She needs our help to fund her final operation. For $1000, Fostima will receive a proximal tibial osteotomy, which will correctly realign her legs. She is expected to recover fully; she will walk out pain-free and with a new source of confidence.
Meet eight-year-old Mi Soe! Mi Soe lives with her parents and younger brother in Thailand. Her parents work as agricultural day laborers in their village, planting beans and corn to make money. Due to the seasonal nature of their work, they sometimes aren’t able to make ends meet and have to ask around for small loans. Despite their circumstances, Mi Soe’s mother dreams of sending Mi Soe and her brother to school. “When Mi Soe was just two years old," our medical partner writes, "she began showing signs of Thalassemia,” a genetic disorder which causes the body to produce abnormal hemoglobin resulting in symptoms like anemia, fatigue and stunted growth. "She had a fever and couldn't eat or sleep, she became very weak and wasn't able to walk. Since then she has had to come regularly to a clinic along the border for blood transfusions and medicine.” Mi Soe can’t attend school because she is too weak to walk. Without treatment, Mi Soe will continue to experience fatigue, jaundice, abdominal swelling, shortness of breath and overall weakness. For $1,000, Mi Soe will receive a splenectomy, or a spleen removal, with professional medical care before, during and after her surgery. This treatment will increase Mi Soe’s energy levels and overall appetite while reducing abdominal swelling. Eventually, she will have enough energy to walk again so she can go to school.
This guy is two-month-old Kaung from Burma. His father works as a driving assistant, earning just enough to meet the family's basic needs. Kaung was born with hydrocephalus as well as a cleft lip. “The pressure of the liquid in his brain pushes Kaung’s eyes downwards," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "Because of his cleft lip his mother isn't able to breastfeed him...so he has to use a little slit in the teat of the babies milk bottle to help him feed.” In addition to the potential for longer term cognitive developmental challenges, Kaung is experiencing heart palpitations and difficulty breathing. While Kaung's parents are worried about their child and being unable to cover the cost of his care, they are doing the best they can to give their son everything he needs in life. "Once Kaung gets better, his mother hopes that he will be educated in the future," the BBP team writes. "His father hopes that Kaung will be able to go to international school, and he says that he will try his best to provide a good life for his son." $1200 will cover the cost of the ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery which Kaung needs to drain the fluid accumulating in Kaung’s head due to hydrocephalus. "After treatment, the size of Kaung's head will reduce to normal size," BBP tells us. "Once the fluid is drained he will be able to support his head unassisted. His eye condition will improve and he will have more energy. When he has healed from the shunt operation, he will be able to receive treatment for his cleft lip.”