Cherian joined Watsi on December 17th, 2015. 43 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Cherian's most recent donation supported Sinuon, a young girl from Cambodia, to fund a contracture release surgery on her neck.
Cherian has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.
Cherian has funded healthcare for 7 patients in 5 countries.
Sinuon is a bright 9-year-old girl. She has one younger brother, who is 6 years old and in grade one. Her mother works as a factory worker, while her father is a construction worker. In Sinuon's free time, she likes to read books, do homework from school, play with toys with her brother, watch TV and go outside with her parents. Sinuon has a condition called congenital torticollis, where she was born with a strained neck position due to a tight, short neck muscle. Doctors are not sure why children are born with this condition, but it is not an uncommon one. Sinuon's family was referred to Children's Surgical Centre by other non-governmental hospital staff who recognized that she needed specialty care. Currently, Sinuon is unable to move her neck significantly, and the appearance of her neck makes her feel more self-conscious. Fortunately, Sinuon is scheduled to undergo a contracture release surgery on her neck on February 2nd. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $454 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will be able to move her neck more freely and feel more comfortable with her appearance. Sinuon shared, "I hope that I will feel better and have more easy movement of my neck after surgery."
Sokea is a sweet six-year-old girl who enjoys playing with toys, telling jokes, and playing games. Her mother stays home to look after her, and her father is an engineer. She is the only child in the family. For the past 5 months, Sokea has had difficulty swallowing and loss of appetite, which often causes vomiting of her meal. She often has a sore throat and runny nose. Surgeons at Watsi's medical partner Children's Surgical Centre will preform a tonsillectomy to finally relieve her of these symptoms. Her family needs help raising $241 for her surgery. They are hopeful that she will be able to eat and drink normally after surgery and be feeling all better.
Jayden is a one-year-old boy from Kenya, the second of two children in his family. One month before Jayden was born, his mother was told to go on leave to prepare for the delivery and to report to work after one year. After she had a successful delivery and full recovery, when she reported back to work, she was told that there was no vacancy for her. Jayden’s parents separated a few days after he was born due to family issues, and his mother has moved back to her parent’s house with her children. Since birth, Jayden has had bilateral inguinal hernia. If not treated, the hernia may result in intestinal tissue obstruction or death. Fortunately, on February 11th, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund Jayden's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Jayden’s mother says, “I am very hopeful that Jayden will be treated.”
Dharam is a 32-year-old man from Nepal. Two years ago, he developed a hernia. Two months ago, the condition grew very painful, limiting his ability to walk and carry heavy loads. Despite the pain, he walked for five hours to reach our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. On December 16, he underwent a hernia repair procedure. Dharam lives with his wife and his children. The family depends on agriculture for their living. When the going gets tough, Dharam moves to India to work as a laborer. The family cannot afford this treatment, so our medical partner, Possible, is requesting $451 in funding.
Tariku is a ten-month-old little boy from Ethiopia. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), introduces Tariku: “Tariku is very active and loves to play and laugh with his parents. He is a beautiful baby. Unfortunately, Tariku was born with an anorectal malformation. An anorectal malformation is a congenital birth defect in which the rectum develops abnormally, making bowel movements difficult and often putting the patient at risk for spinal or heart complications as well. Depending on the severity of the malformation, emergency colostomies are sometimes necessary to avoid a bowel obstruction. This was the case with Tariku, who received his colostomy bag at just three days old. Since then he has been unable to independently pass stool, and is likely to undergo further colostomy complications such as leakages, infections, or obstruction if his condition is not addressed. Furthermore, Ethiopia, Tariku’s home, is located in a region whose weather patterns are significantly affected by El Niño; the country is currently experiencing its worst drought in 50 years. Tariku’s family is one of the many who are having difficulty harvesting crops during the drought. Subsequently, with already limited finances, they are unable to afford further treatment for Tariku. “His father and I don’t have the money to cover our son’s expenses,” Tariku’s mother shares. “I hope I will see my baby’s condition treated and see him be healthy.” Tariku needs a posterior sagittal anorectoplasty to surgically reposition his rectum and anus and allow for regular bowel movements. While Tariku recovers from the anorectoplasty, another colostomy opening will be created. Then, two to three months later a colostomy closure will be done to complete the process. With $1,500, this will be possible for Tariku. The funds will also include his antibiotics, imaging, and inpatient stay. After his recovery, Tariku is expected to be able to independently pass stool and live a normal and healthy childhood.
Two-year-old Otto lives with his parents in Uganda. His parents work as subsistence farmers and grow only enough food to meet the needs of the family. Recently, Otto was involved in a domestic accident that left him with severe burns, shares our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation. They explain, “Otto fell into a pot of soup his mother was cooking and has been burned severely on his left side from his head to his stomach.” Burns constitute the second most common cause of trauma-related deaths worldwide. For burn victims who do survive, the next question becomes whether they will be able to return to society as normal, productive people given the high chance of decreased mobility from burn scar contractures. In developing countries where there is a lack of access to surgical care, this question is even more prevalent. For $685, Otto will undergo the surgery and receive the post-surgical treatment he needs to make a full recovery. The treatment will result in reduced scarring to the burned area, and will prevent the possibility of an infection. “God bless you for the help,” shares Otto’s parents. “We could not afford to pay for treatment without this help.”
Meet Promise, a 14-year-old girl living in Uganda with her mother and siblings. “She currently works weaving mats and as a farm laborer,” shares our medical partner, the Kellermann Foundation, “but she hopes to someday be a business woman.” Promise is pregnant with her first child. “She has a small pelvis so she will need a Cesarean section to avoid obstructed delivery,” explains the Kellermann Foundation. Cesarean sections offer high-risk expectant mothers, like Promise, a safer option in delivering their babies. For $303, Promise can receive the Cesarean section in addition to the necessary antibiotics and antenatal and post-operative care. The Kellermann Foundation expects that after the procedure, both the mother and child with be healthy. “She is looking forward to raising her child and will be happy as long as it is healthy,” says the Kellermann Foundation, “a good education is what she wants for him or her.” “Blessings to all the people helping,” says Promise.