Casey joined Watsi on November 7th, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Casey's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Mebruka, a baby from Ethiopia, to fund surgery on her digestive track.
Casey has funded healthcare for 84 patients in 10 countries.
Mebruka is a cute baby girl from Ethiopia who loves people and to play with others. She loves eating spaghetti. She has one older sister and she loves to play with her. Her mom is a house wife and her dad is a daily laborer. They live in a rented house and the dad’s income is very much limited for the expenses of the family. Mebruka was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Mebruka is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on November 5th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mebruka's procedure and care. After her recovery, Mebruka will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mother said, “It is my hope that my baby will heal and that makes me happy even now.”
Mai is a 23-year-old woman from Burma. Lway lives with her parents and two sisters in Northern Shan State. Since she was three years old, Mai has suffered from an enlarged thyroid but her parents were able afford to take her to a clinic only when Mai was in grade seven. By then, the lump on Mai's throat has become noticeable. At the clinic, the doctor examined her neck and prescribed her medication. After a month, although Mai felt like her neck was still in the same size as before, the doctor told her that her goiter had been cured. Three years later, Mai's neck started to grow bigger. Having no money in hand, her parents did not take her any clinics although there was a tightness in her throat and it was uncomfortable for Mai to move her neck to the side. In 2018, Mai was selected to attend a training in Mae Sot. After her training, she was put in for an internship at Mae Tao Clinc (MTC). Through an advice from one of her trainers, Mai went to Mae Sot Hospital, where the doctor examined her and prescribe her medications. After three months of taking the medications, the doctor finally told her that she needed a surgery. Mai looks forward to receiving surgery soon. She plans to go back to her native town and work as an assistant health worker, after she has completed her treatment. Mai said, “When I told my parents that BCMF would provide support for my surgery, they’re very happy. They have been worried for me for a long time already. I would like to say a big thank you to BCMF for supporting my surgery. I’m very excited to be freed from this condition. I have suffered from this goiter for a long time!”
Baraka is a two-year-old boy and the last born child in a family of five children. He is a friendly and playful boy. He has, for the past five months, been having pain in his right pelvis area. At first, his mother noticed he would cry a lot and she didn’t know what was wrong with him. They decided to take him to the nearest dispensary for a check-up but were only given medication without the diagnosis. His parents are small scale farmers and livestock keepers whose income is little and so they were not able to seek further healthcare then. After some time, as Baraka’s mother was giving him a bath he noticed as he cried a swelling would appear around the right side of his pelvis. He showed his father and they started inquiring from friends and relatives of anyone who knew what problem their son was having. It happened one of their neighbour’s child had the same problem and had been treated at our hospital. They advised them to try seeking help here. Baraka has been diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia that needs to be corrected surgically but due to the high cost of the treatment, they are unable to raise the money. They are asking for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Baraka's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Baraka’s mother says, “Please help my son this problem keeps getting complicated as time goes by.”
Brightness is a baby from Tanzania. Her parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables for their own consumption. able to support her children. Brightness was diagnosed with genu valgus. Her legs are bowed inward so that her knees touch. 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 cannot walk without pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Brightness. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 1st. Treatment will hopefully restore Brightness's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Brightness’s mother says, “I am scared of how bad my daughter’s legs are being deformed, please help treat her I have no means of raising the money.”
Ellieliam is a young boy from Kenya. Ellieliam was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Ellieliam's mother is struggling to make ends meet, hawking second-hand clothes in Nairobi. Ellieliam’s grandmother barely earns enough to feed them both and his father is not in the picture. Ellieliam's grandmother is unable to raise enough funds for her grandson’s surgical care and his mother’s studies. From her little savings, she can only raise Kes.10,000 with the hopes that he will be able to be treated. Fortunately, Ellieliam is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on November 5th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “Please help my son get treated,” says Ellieliam’s mother.
Sopheaktra is a 2-year-old boy from Cambodia. He enjoys watching cartoons on television, and playing with his toys. When he was eight months old, Sopheakra burned his left hand on hot water. He cannot use any of his fingers or carry anything in his left hand. When Sopheaktra learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, his family traveled for one and a half hours seeking treatment. On December 23rd, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him use his fingers and hand again. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. "I hope that my son's surgery will go well and I will no longer have to worry about his condition," Sopheaktra's family shared.
Joy is 5 years old shy girl. Joy was well until Tuesday evening 10th September when she fell from a loquat tree and sustained an injury on her right upper limb. Joy was brought to our hospital presented with complains of pain on her right hand. On arrival, an X-ray was done which showed that Joy had broken her right radius ulna. Joy has swollen hand, she cannot lift her hand and she has discomfort accompanied by severe pain. Joy’s father is married to two wives and now has seven children. Because her mother is not able to have a good job, she does maize farming and life is difficult for her family due to low yields that have led to insufficient food in the family. Joy’s mother gets help and support from his brothers but wants to be able to be a strong woman for her and kids and provide well for them.
Chantha is a 4th grade student from Cambodia. She is the youngest of four siblings, and enjoys playing with her toys, watching television, and going for walks around the village with the family. When she was two years old, Chantha accidentally came into contact with an open flame and burned three of her fingers on her left hand. The burn has since healed, but the skin has tightened around the fingers, making it difficult for her to flex her hand. When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On September 11th, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to release the skin around her fingers and allow her to move her fingers and hand without difficulty. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure. "I hope that my daughter will be able to move her hand normally and her hand will look better than before." -Chantha's Mother
Brianna is a young girl from Tanzania. Brianna is a beautiful, friendly and cheerful girl, the only child to her parents. When Brianna was a year old, in her playful mode, she accidentally dipped her left hand in the boiling cooking oil where her mother was cooking from. She was rushed to the hospital where the burns were attended to. However, the burns healed with contractures that have affected her ability to fully utilize her left hand. Her mother sells food at a local Swahili restaurant in order to support the family. The family was not able to fully raise the money for contracture release for Brianna. Her grandmother provided them with some funding and her fingers were partly released. She, however, needed further contracture release. She was brought to our plastic clinical camp whereupon review, she had surgery recommended. The family is not able to meet the cost of treatment and so appeal for financial assistance. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Brianna receive treatment. On September 24th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to release the two fingers allowing Brianna ability to fully utilize her left fingers. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Brianna’s grandmother says, “Please help treat my granddaughter her parents have not been able to afford her treatment cost.”
Monday is a farmer from Uganda. He is a father of eight children. For three years, Monday has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on February 20, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Monday's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. He says, "After surgery I will resume working in my fields."
Maxwell is a baby from Kenya. Since he was six months old, Maxwell has had an inguinal hernia. The hernia causes him discomfort. Fortunately, on March 26, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $384 to fund Maxwell's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Maxwell’s mother says, “I will be very happy once my child gets the treatment he needs so that I will be able to work and provide for my family.”
Lekishon is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of two children. Lekishon has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. Without treatment, Lekishon will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Lekishon that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 11 and will drain the excess fluid from Lekishon's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Lekishon will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “Please help my son get better. I wish to see him normal just like other children,” says Lekishon’s mother.