Jaclynn joined Watsi on February 20th, 2014. Seven years ago, Jaclynn joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jaclynn's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Ye, a teenager from Burma, to fund heart surgery.
Jaclynn has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 9 countries.
Jaclynn has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 9 countries.
Ye is a 15-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his younger sister, brother, and mother in Yangon Division. Ye was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, he experiences chest pain and fatigue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ye. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 17 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I will go back to school to continue my education. I want to become an educated man one day," says Ye.
Peter is a boy from Tanzania. He loves playing football and going to school. He lives in a family of five childrn. Peter has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Peter traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 19. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Peter's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and without pain. Peter’s father says, “Please help my son get treatment, it breaks my heart seeing him struggle walking.”
Eric is a nine-year-old student from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and three siblings. When he's not in school, Eric helps his mother with household chores and likes to play with his friends in the neighborhood. Also, as the eldest of four, he is often put in charge of his younger siblings when his parents are not around. Eric has difficulty walking because he was born with bilateral clubfoot. Clubfoot refers to the internal rotation of the feet and can only be corrected surgically. In order to help Eric receive the treatment he needs, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eric's surgery, hospital stay, and medication. He is scheduled to undergo clubfeet correction on August 8 at our medical partner's care center, Tebow Cure Hospital. Surgeons will re-align the ligaments and tendons that are affected by his condition. "We are looking for a very good result after the operation," says Rowena, Eric's mother. "Hopefully his both feet will be corrected after the operation and he will live a normal life."
Six-month-old Mitchelle is the youngest of three children. She lives with her family in a village in Uganda. Mitchelle has been diagnosed with congenital clubfoot. This is a medical condition in which her foot is twisted out of shape or position. Past attempts using the Ponseti method (most common treatment for clubfoot) to correct her clubfoot have been unsuccessful. To be able to walk properly and without any pain or discomfort, Mitchelle now requires surgical intervention. On September 7, Mitchelle will undergo a $1,224 surgery to realign her foot into the correct position. "I am looking forward to seeing my daughter walking and standing without any difficulty," says Mitchelle's mother, Florence.
Nai is a 43-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Karen State, Burma. In February, Nai cut two of her toes while walking around her village. After she tried to clean the cuts, they got worse, and the tissue in and around them started to darken. A week later, Nai’s foot was in a lot of pain and her toes were swelling. She visited a medical clinic, and her left leg was amputated in March. Now, her left leg is fully recovered. However, she recently began noticing pain and itching in her right leg. The pain worsened and was replaced by numbness over the course of the summer, so she returned to the hospital for further treatment. On September 1, surgeons will operate on Nai's painful right leg. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for a below-knee amputation. Nai says, "My leg is very painful and I can't walk or sleep at all. I feel sad because I cannot work and have to spend time in the hospital. I just want to recover."
Lens Clifford is a ten-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives with his mother, grandparents, and younger sister. He is in the 4th grade and is an excellent student. Lens Clifford was born with coarctation of the aorta, a cardiac condition in which the aorta is abnormally narrow making it difficult for blood to pass through it. He has been recommended for heart surgery, and will receive treatment at our medical partner's care center, Health City Cayman Islands. Although Have a Heart Cayman is contributing $17,000 to the cost of Lens Clifford's surgery, he is still in need of $1,500 to cover the cost of his transportation and heart surgery prep. On June 26, Lens Clifford will be transported to the Cayman Islands where he will be prepared for surgery. "I am excited for my surgery so that I can run and play as much as I want," says Lens Clifford.
Marjorie is a 44-year-old woman from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She lives with her husband, son, and two daughters. Marjorie is a stay at home mother and dedicated church member. She enjoys participating in church events and taking care of her children. In May 2015, Marjorie noticed a small mass in her breast. She went to the doctor and had a mammogram and sonogram. After a biopsy, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Marjorie initially hid her diagnosis from her family hoping to protect them from pain and worry. However, as her condition progressed she could no longer hide her illness. With the support of her church, she sought treatment and began chemotherapy in February 2017. Marjorie continues to try and take care of her children and household but has trouble with daily functioning and relies heavily on her family and friends. Doctors have recommended that Marjorie have a mastectomy. Our medical partner, Innovating Health International, is requesting $1,085 to fund Marjorie's operation, which will be performed on May 31. Marjorie hopes that this surgery will allow her to regain her health and be there for her children. She says, “A child needs their mother to take care of them and give them advice about life. I want to be able to do that for my own.”
Muhumuza is a 29-year-old farmer from Uganda. He is married and has four children, who are all in school. Muhumuza developed a swelling in his groin when he was 14 years old, and by the time he was 20, the swelling had extended into his scrotum and he started feeling considerable pain. Due to the pain he is unable to lift heavy objects and has lost his appetite. Muhumuza was advised to visit our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, for treatment. If not treated, Muhumuza may suffer intestinal tissue damage or even death. On May 17, Muhumuza will undergo hernia repair surgery. He is requesting $249 to cover the total cost of his procedure. Muhumuza says, “I have a hernia. After surgery I hope to continue farming in order to earn money for my children’s education.”
Emmanuel is a 12-year-old boy from Kenya who lives with his parents and two siblings. Emmanuel’s mother runs a charcoal-selling business from their home, and his father drives a motorcycle taxi to supplement the family's income. Emmanuel has a malformation in a sensitive area. Fortunately, on March 17, Emmanuel will undergo a single orchidopexy at our medical partner's care center, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). This surgical procedure will help relieve his pain and resolve the malformation. Unfortunately, Emmanuel's family is currently unable to raise the funds needed for his surgical care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $535 for Emmanuel's treatment. This will pay for his surgery, pain medications, and three nights in the hospital. “Please help us,” says Emmanuel’s mother.
Teresiah is a 71-year-old grandmother from Kenya. She is mother to five children. She loves listening to Kamba music, a type of music sung in her native language. Teresa worked as a farmer until about three years ago, when she started experiencing difficulty seeing. Over the years, she has visited various hospitals in search of treatment for her condition but has been unsuccessful. Finally, through a friend's referral, she learned of our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. On March 17, Teresa will undergo surgery to correct a cataract in her right eye. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $220 to cover the cost of her treatment. After surgery, Teresa is looking forward to playing with her grandchildren!
Elija is a 62-year-old man from the Central Region of Malawi. Elija lives with his wife, and together they have ten children and 23 grandchildren. Elija's family owns a small farm. He likes to spend time with his many grandchildren. For the past six months, Elija has experienced painful and difficult urinary symptoms. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or an enlarged prostate gland. On February 15, Elija will undergo prostate surgery. When introduced to Watsi, Elija and his family were overjoyed. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund this life-changing operation. Elija says, "I give thanks to Watsi, and I have hope that now my problem will come to an end."
Jack is a 74-year-old farmer. He lives in Uganda with his wife, Esther, and their children. He enjoys listening to the news on the radio and socializing. For five years, Jack has had an enlarged prostate. This condition is painful and makes doing daily chores difficult. He has managed his pain with painkillers. Jack visited our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital, where doctors advised him to have his prostate removed. He is scheduled to undergo a prostatectomy surgery on January 9. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $314 to fund this surgery. After surgery, Jack will return to his family, free of pain, and continue cultivating coffee, maize, beans, and potatoes. “I would like to encourage Watsi to keeping welcoming people with hospitality and thank them for their help with my surgery," says Jack.