Casey joined Watsi on November 7th, 2015. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Casey's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Veasna, a boy from Cambodia, to fund ear surgery.
Casey has funded healthcare for 36 patients in 8 countries.
Veasna is a young boy from Cambodia. He loves playing with toys and his two sisters and two brothers. One year ago, Veasna 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, Veasna experiences hearing loss and ear discharge. Veasna's mom is not sure if he can start school next year, and she's worried about his health. Veasna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 10, 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. His mother says, "I hope my son can be healthy."
Julinah is an eight-year-old girl from Uganda. She lives with her grandmother, Vaster. In her free time, Julinah enjoys skipping rope, studying English and mathematics, and singing and dancing in church. Vaster is a farmer who grows potatoes, millet, maize, and beans and sells the surplus for income to support the family. In her free time, Vaster enjoys visiting friends and relatives. Julinah was born with an umbilical hernia that has not yet been treated because her family cannot afford surgery. Vaster took her to the doctor, who recommended that Julinah undergo an operation to relieve her pain and discomfort. On September 5, Julinah will undergo a pediatric hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $179 to fund her procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a five-night hospital stay, medication, labs, supplies, and physician time. After treatment, Vaster hopes to start a business to support Julinah’s school fees. .
Ahurira is a five-year-old child from Kenya. Ahurira's father is a brick maker who works hard. For the past eight months, Ahurira has been experiencing umbilical swelling and abdominal discomfort. When Ahurira's mother heard about Watsi, she decided to come to our medical partner's care center. If not treated, the swelling will continue and may result in hernia strangulation. On September 5, Ahurira will undergo hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Ahurira's procedure. This will cover the full cost of treatment, including a two-night hospital stay, labs, medication, supplies, and physician time. After the surgery, Ahurira's mother hopes to "regain peace of mind and continue caring for [her] children."
Stephen is a five-year-old boy from Kenya. He lives with his parents, both of whom are subsistence farmers. Ever since he was born, Stephen has had an undescended left testicle. Doctors assured his parents that it would descend by the time he turned five, but this has proven to not be the case. His parents are eager to find treatment so that Stephen can avoid the potential complications of his condition, which include testicular cancer, hernias, and infertility. His parents also fear that Stephen will be teased by his peers at school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $535 to cover the cost of Stephen's operation. His treatment is scheduled to take place on June 29 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Stephen to live a life free from the medical risks associated with his current condition. “I want to be a driver when I grow up," shares Stephen.
Sok Chan is a second grader from Cambodia. She loves cartoons. Sok Chan was born with syndactyly of both hands. This means that three fingers on each hand are fused together. This condition makes it difficult to hold things, write, and have good hand function. Fortunately, on September 4, surgeons will perform a syndactyly repair procedure to separate and release the fused digits. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $365 to fund this procedure. After surgery, Sok Chan's mom wants her to go back to school and feel good playing with the other children. Her mother says, "I want my daughter to do well in school."
Angela is a two-year-old little girl from Kenya. She is the youngest child in her family. She lives with her mother and grandparents. Her grandfather works as a barber, and her grandmother works as a farmer to support their family. In early 2017, Angela sustained burn injuries on her hand from a fire accident. She was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries. However, now she is having difficulty using her hand, and so has been recommended for contracture release surgery. On March 7, Angela will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,176 in funds to cover the cost of her procedure and accompanying lab, hospital, and medicine fees. "After treatment, I want my child to be able to utilize her fingers as she grows up," says Angela's mother.
Dorcas is a seven-year-old girl and bright student from Kenya. She dreams of being a politician or doctor when she grows up. Dorcas has clubfoot, a condition in which the bottom of her foot curves inward and upward, making it difficult and painful to walk. She has been using orthotics and doing physical therapy, but her condition is not improving. She sometimes falls as she walks and plays with other kids. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund surgery to correct her clubfoot, which is scheduled for July 10. Dorcas and her mother hope the treatment will allow her to walk comfortably. "I would love to see my daughter walking well and progressing with her studies. She is a very bright girl and an achiever. I ask for support because I really cannot afford the bill," her mother says.
May is a two-year-old girl who lives with her family in Karen State, Burma. Her father works in Bangkok, Thailand as a factory worker. In the beginning of 2017, May’s mother noticed that May’s urine had a red color. She saw bloody tissue in the urine and noticed a mass on the right side of May’s abdomen. May's family took her to a hospital, where she was diagnosed with a kidney problem and a possible kidney tumor. May's family then took May to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), where the doctors recommended a CT scan to confirm May's diagnosis. May's mother is very worried about May's health and the fact that they do not have money to finance her treatment. BCMF is requesting $414 to fund a CT scan for May in order to properly diagnose her condition. The scan is scheduled for July 4 and, once completed, will hopefully provide May and her mother with clarity regarding May's current symptoms. "In the future I hope that my daughter will be able to attend school and later work with whatever she wanted. I wish that my daughter have a more fortunate future than we have had," expresses May's mother.
Dorcas is a newborn baby girl from Kenya. Dorcas was born with spina bifida, a condition in which the spine does not completely form. Her spinal cord and its surrounding membranes protrude through an opening in her backbone, in turn exposing her spinal cord and making Dorcas vulnerable to infection, loss of lower-limb muscular function, and early trauma. As subsistence farmers, Dorcas's parents are unable to cover the cost of the surgery that their daughter needs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is therefore requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Dorcas's operation. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 28 and, once completed, will hopefully allow Dorcas to live free from the medical complications that could result from her condition. “It’s my prayer that she gets well and lives a healthy life," says Dorcas's mother.
Reynatris is a four-year-old girl. She was diagnosed with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus at birth. A hole in her heart, which normally closes shortly after birth, remained open. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and weak. Reynatris lives in eastern Dominican Republic with her mother, grandmother, and one younger sister. She loves to play dolls with her sister. Although Reynatris is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. She will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Reynatris will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 15. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Reynatris also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Reynatris's surgical care. Reynatris's mother says, "I never thought it would be possible for Reynatris to have surgery. This is like a dream come true for our family."
Zablon is a two-year-old boy from Tanzania. He lives with his mother, grandmother, and two siblings. His mother is unmarried and stays at home to look after the children, while his grandmother works to support the family. Zablon was born with bilateral clubfeet, a condition in which both his feet are turned inward, making him unable to walk. On February 17, Zablon will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC), to correct his feet. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,160 in funds to cover the cost of his surgery, labs, and casts. “I wish to see my child walking normally, in order for him to attend school and be successful," says Zablon's mother. After recovery, Zablon will be able to walk and will become independently mobile!
Flavio is a nine-year-old boy who needs a wheelchair. He has Down Syndrome and cannot walk without support. Currently, Flavio's parents carry him, but this is becoming increasingly difficult as Flavio grows and gains weight. Flavio lives with his parents, little brother, and older sister in rural Guatemala. His father is a farmer, and his mother takes care of their home. She carries Flavio to physical and language therapy, which was [funded](https://watsi.org/profile/4136f70e9432-flavio) by Watsi. Unfortunately, Flavio is becoming increasing confined to his home. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,034 to fund a wheelchair for Flavio. Flavio will continue going to therapy and will once again be able to participate in community life outside the home.