Steven joined Watsi on December 26th, 2015. 40 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Steven's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Glory, a girl from Tanzania, to fund tonsil surgery.
Steven has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 9 countries.
Steven has funded healthcare for 23 patients in 9 countries.
Glory is a child from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of two children. She loves to play with other kids. Since early last year, Glory has been experiencing difficulty breathing and eating. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Glory, which is scheduled to take place on December 13. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Glory of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Glory’s mother says, “She has been suffering since last year but I couldn’t afford the surgery cost to help her. Please help my daughter get the needed surgery.”
Su is a 12-year-old student from Burma. She lives with her parents and six-year-old sister in San Ywar Gyi Village, Myanaung Township, Ayeyarwady Division. In her free time, Su likes to listen to music and dance. One year ago, Su began to experience itchiness, pain, and blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for her to see clearly. Su was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, she could lose vision completely. Su is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach her retina on November 22. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After his surgery, Su's vision will hopefully be restored, and she will resume her daily activities comfortably. Su says, "I want to become a teacher in the future."
Sokkoeun is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has two brothers and four sisters. She likes to watch TV and listen to classical music. Nine months ago, she was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in her left hip. She went to a hospital and doctors fixated hardware to heal her fracture. Now, the hardware is infected. It is causing her pain and she is unable to walk. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On December 11, Sokkoeun will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $214. This procedure will help her walk easily again. She says, "After surgery I hope I can walk and won't have any more pain."
Naomi is a child from Tanzania. She is in nursery school. Naomi was diagnosed with genu varus. Her lower legs are angled inward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has been having trouble walking and going to school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Naomi. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 7. Treatment will hopefully restore Naomi's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Naomi’s mother says, “This problem is making my daughter not walk well. Please help her get treatment."
Megan is a baby from Kenya. Her mother named her after Meghan Markle. Megan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Megan will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Megan that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Megan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Megan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.
Ethan is a baby from Kenya. He is an only child to his single mother. Ethan has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Ethan will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Ethan that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 19 and will drain the excess fluid from Ethan's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Ethan will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Ethan’s mother says, “I hope Ethan gets better so that I can focus more on my studies."
Aung is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his mother and younger brother in Mae Sot, Tak Province. His mother works as a greengrocer at her own stall in the market, and his younger brother studies at the same school with Aung. In his free time, he likes to play football and cane ball with his friends. In 2017, Aung started to experience blurry vision. He had his eyes checked and received a new pair of glasses. However, in 2018, his left eye became cloudy. He now has a headache and cannot see clearly with his left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Aung. On December 19, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Aung's natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Aung’s teacher says, “His mother is worried that Aung’s condition will worsen, and she is also afraid that he will go blind.”
Srey Neang is a four-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has two brothers and four sisters. She is the youngest in the family. She likes to play with friends. Three years ago, she received a poorly administered injection, causing a flexion contracture in her left quadricep. She is unable to fully bend her left knee and move her leg. When Srey Neang's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 5, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of her left leg to help her walk again. Now, Srey Neang's family needs help to fund this $413 procedure. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter can walk easily again."
Tepy is a baby from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings and the only girl. She loves all toys. Tepy has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. Her father is worried about her vision and development. Tepy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 9, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Tepy's family needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Her father says, "I want my daughter to have good health."
Pendo is a curious 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She enjoys learning and going to school, and does so well in her studies that she often ranks at the top of her class. Pendo was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which her feet and lower legs bend inwards so that the bottoms of her feet cannot rest flat on the ground. Due to her condition, Pendo experiences a lot of pain while walking and standing, making her commute to school painful and difficult. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Pendo is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her clubfoot on July 11. Her family is requesting $890 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. “I will be so grateful when I will be able to walk well and participate fully in school for I really enjoy learning," Pendo shares.
Sok Meng is a senior in high school from Cambodia. He likes playing soccer. Fifteen years ago, Sok Meng 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, Sok Meng experiences hearing loss, tinnitus, and ear discharge. He is missing school and is losing money on buying medication constantly. Sok Meng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 23, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his 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. He says, "I want to return to school with my friends."
Cristian is a 15-month-old from Guatemala. He loves to play with his favorite toy car and eat his favorite foods, which are beans and bananas. Cristian is currently underweight and small for his age. He has malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Cristian has little energy to grow and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to illness. However, malnutrition is very treatable. On June 22, Cristian will begin treatment that includes growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $492 to help fund the treatment so that Cristian will gain weight, his immune system will grow stronger, and community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. The treatment will give Cristian’s family tools to maintain nutritious diets, and it will give Cristian a chance to grow healthily. Treatment will give him an opportunity to play, grow, and participate in his family’s lives supported by a healthy brain and body. Cristian’s mother says, “I am very grateful to enter into the program because I know it will benefit my son greatly. I hope for my son to recover.”