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 Happy, a toddler from Uganda, to fund hydrocele repair surgery.
Casey has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 9 countries.
Happy is a farmer from Uganda. He is an only child. Happy's mother is a nurse. His father just finished training to be a laboratory assistant, and he is currently working on a volunteer basis. Since birth, Happy has had a hydrocele, which is a swelling in a sensitive area. The hydrocele has grown big and is making it difficult for Happy to walk. Fortunately, on February 8, he will undergo hydrocele repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $185 to fund Happy's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "My son was born with this condition. He needs surgery. We cannot pay for his treatment. We are requesting for help from Watsi.’’
Paul is a six-week-old baby from Kenya. Paul's parents are subsistence farmers without an external source of income. The family of four children lives in a one-room house in the Nyanza region of Kenya. Paul has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Paul has been experiencing increased head circumference. Without treatment, Paul will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Paul that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 26 and will drain the excess fluid from Paul's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Paul will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I hope my son gets well,” shares Paul’s father.
Bwambale is a child from Uganda. He is the second born in a family of two boys. Both he and his brother are too young for school. Bwambale loves eating rice and drinking milk. His parents are both farmers. They cultivate food for both home consumption and for sale. Since he was born, Bwambale has had a right inguinal scrotal hernia. The hernia is increasing in size as time goes by. If not treated, it may cause pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on February 8, 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 Bwambale's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "The doctor told me that the only treatment for my son is surgery. I am unable to pay for it. I need help.’’
Chan Nita is a three-year-old from Cambodia. She has one older sister. She likes to play with her doll and draw at home. Chan Nita has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for her to see, and her mother worries about her vision as she gets older. Chan Nita traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 2, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Chan Nita's family needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter is less shy and can enjoy playing outside with her friends more after the surgery."
Brandon is a five-month-old baby from Kenya. He is a happy child and always smiles when playing with his mother. Brandon and his mother live with his grandparents. For three weeks, Brandon has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia may result in intestinal tissue twisting and blocking if not treated. Fortunately, on February 8, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Brandon's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “We had given up when the amount required was quoted. We really hope Brandon can get treated despite lack of funds,” says Brandon’s mother.
Ty is a six-year-old boy who likes ice cream, cookies, and Khmer food. His favorite subject is Khmer. He likes to play with toys and watch cartoon network. When he is older, he wants to be a teacher. For two months, he has had enlarged tonsils, causing snoring and difficulty in swallowing. He will need a tonsillectomy in order to improve his symptoms. Fortunately, Ty visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on January 9. His family needs help raising $221 to pay for surgery. He says, "I want to improve my swallowing."
Maureen is ten years old and lives in Kenya. She is a student and loves playing with her friends. She lives with her younger sibling and her mother. Her mother is a single parent and works as a farmhand. Maureen fell at school while playing with her friends, which caused her to dislocate her right arm. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where a cast was applied. But since then her condition has deteriorated. Maureen has been going to physiotherapy to help her condition. Finally, she was referred to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Once she arrived to receive care, it was determined that she would need corrective surgery to help her arm heal properly. The surgery is scheduled for February 8 and will cost $1,165. However, her mother cannot afford the care and is seeking financial assistance. Maureen's mother says, “I am appealing for help since I can’t afford to pay for the surgery and my daughter is in pain. Kindly help us. God bless you.”
Samnang is a three-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has five brothers and three sisters. She is the baby of the family. She likes to play with toys. One year ago, she was burned by a fire on her fingers. It is difficult for her to hold onto things and use the burned fingers. When Samnang's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for six hours seeking treatment. On February 2, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure to to help her use her hand again. Now, Samnang's family needs help to fund this $440 procedure. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter can use her fingers again and return home to her family."
Samuel is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents and older sister in a small city in central Haiti. His parents both work as vendors. Samuel has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between the two lower chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. These defects deprive his body of oxygen and leave him weak and short of breath. Samuel also has Down syndrome. Samuel will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 31, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and surgically remove the muscular blockage near his valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $24,000 to pay for surgery. Samuel's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Samuel's family overseas. His mother says, "My family is all praying for a successful outcome for this surgery!"
Ester is a six-month-old baby from Tanzania. She is quiet and gentle. Ester lives with her parents, who are small-scale pastoralists with 20 goats and five sheep. Ester has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ester traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ester's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Ester will be able to walk without difficulty and attend school when she grows up. Ester’s mother says, “I am positive that Ester will be treated and will grow up well and attend school."
Romany is a playful child from Cambodia. She has two sisters and loves playing with toys and dolls. When she was one year old, Romany had an injection in her leg that caused pain and stiffness. Romany now has a dislocated knee, and it's difficult for her to walk. Her mom wants to start her in school, but she's delaying it until Romany is feeling better. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On September 27, Romany will undergo a dislocation repair procedure, which will cost $430. Surgery will align the patella and allow her to walk without pain. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter can go to school and walk without pain."
“Rona’s four elder siblings are always asking where their little sister is,” shares the mother of Rona, a baby girl from Kenya. At only 19 days old, Rona was diagnosed with spina bifida. In this condition, the spine is not fully formed at birth, leaving the spinal cord vulnerable. Fortunately, her family was able to pull their savings together to pay for emergency surgery to remedy this problem in early October of this year. But Rona’s spina bifida also led her to develop hydrocephalus, an excessive build-up of fluid in the cranium. If this disorder is not treated, Rona is at a risk of brain damage, vision loss, and even death. Already struggling after Rona’s father recently lost his main job as a personal driver, her family was barely able to pay for Rona’s first surgery. Now, they need your help raising money for her hydrocephalus procedure on October 26. During this operation, doctors will insert a shunt to reroute fluid to away from her brain and towards another part of her body. When we reach our total fundraising goal of $685, we can pay for Rona’s operation, five-day hospital stay, and lab tests. “I am hoping to take her back home in good health,” says Rona’s mother.