Twoodie joined Watsi on January 22nd, 2014. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Twoodie's most recent donation traveled 7,200 miles to support Steven, a newborn from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot repair.
Twoodie has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 12 countries.
Twoodie has funded healthcare for 51 patients in 12 countries.
Steven is a three-week-old infant from Tanzania. His parents are small-scale farmers of maize, beans, vegetables, potatoes and carrots. Steven has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Steven traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Steven's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Steven’s mother says, “We would like to see our son grow up and walk normally like his siblings please help our son.”
Ali is a baby from Ethiopia. He was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Ali is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on August 1. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ali's procedure and care. After his recovery, Ali will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future.
Chanthen is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has two older sisters, and he enjoys watching television and going for walks in the village with his parents. In October 2018, Chanthen accidentally came into contact with an open flame, burning three of the fingers on his left hand. The burn has since healed but the skin has tightened, restricting the movement of his fingers. When Chanthen learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for eight and a half hours seeking treatment. On August 8, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to help his fingers move and flex properly. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. "I hope that my son's fingers will heal and he will be able to move them and carry something in the future."
Y Sas is a five-year-old girl from Cambodia. She enjoys playing with friends and watching television, and her favorite subject in school is Khmer literature and English. When she was three years old, Y Sas had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Y Sas experiences ear discharge, headache, and itchiness. She finds it difficult to concentrate and her ear causes her a lot of discomfort. Y Sas traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 6, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother says, "I hope that after surgery, my daughter will be able to hear clearly again and return to school without any ear problems."
Kyaw Myat is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Sagaing Division. Kyaw Myat’s father is a subsistence farmer and sometimes he also works as a day laborer on other villagers’ farms. His mother is a homemaker and takes care of Kyaw Myat’s brother at home. When he was two, Kyaw Myat started to walk. But the following year, his limbs became weak and he could no longer walk properly. Kyaw Myat’s head had also gradually increased in size and he could not control his urine. He was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and received treatment for it. However, he was also diagnosed with an abnormal growth in his head. The mass is putting pressure on an artery in his head, which makes affects his ability to walk properly. Currently, Kyaw Myat cannot walk properly and sometimes, he complains that he has a headache and watery eyes. Kyaw Myat sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 23rd. He is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Kyaw Myat's father said, "I almost give up on my son's treatment because he has a lot of medical problems. However, when I discussed his treatment with my wife, we know that we couldn't give up on him."
Atuhurra is a student from Uganda. He is the youngest of nine children. Both of his parents are farmers. Since birth, Atuhurra has had an inguinal hernia. The swelling causes him pain that forces him to miss school. Fortunately, on May 16, 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 Atuhurra's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "After surgery my son will no longer feel pain and he will grow with good health.’’
Neema is a child from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of four children. Neema’s parents are both subsistence farmers and are barely able to support the needs of their family. Neema 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, Neema traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Neema's clubfoot repair. This treatment will allow Neema to walk without pain or discomfort, and she will be able to go to school when she grows up. Neema’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get treatment so she may be able to walk. I wish I knew earlier about this program, I would have brought her sooner.”
Susan is a five-year-old girl living in Kenya with her parents and four siblings. When Susan was three years old, she started limping and was unable to walk well. She was diagnosed with rickets, which lead to her developing genu valgus, also known as being "knock-kneed." Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Susan is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her "knock-knees" on July 10. Her family is requesting $1,165 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Following her recovery, Susan will be able to walk comfortably, and she will be able to go to school and play with the other children. “I am kindly appealing to you to help my daughter have surgery," Susan's mother shares. "Currently we cannot afford the amount stated. I would like to see her going to school and playing with other kids at home. God bless you for your help."
Jayden is a 16-month-old baby boy from Kenya. He lives with his mother, who is a college student. Jayden has been diagnosed with hypospadias, a congenital disorder where the urethra is not on the tip of the penis. If left untreated, Jayden is at risk of urinary tract infections and fertility issues in the future. When he grows up, he will not be able to pass urine while standing like other boys. Jayden is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on July 6. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “I want my son to grow up knowing that we gave him the best we could, even in the absence of his father. We will be grateful for any help towards Jayden’s surgical care." says Jayden’s mother.
Rachel is a two-year-old girl from Guatemala who lives with her parents and younger sister. She is an active girl and adores playing with her younger sister and their dolls. Rachel also loves to eat her favorite foods, which are watermelon and chicken soup. Rachel has strabismus—a condition in which the eyes do not align in the same direction and appear crossed. Symptoms of strabismus include double vision, uncoordinated eye movements, headaches, and loss of vision or depth perception. If left untreated, Rachel’s vision could suffer irreparable damage. Throughout her short life, Rachel has already had to receive treatment for malnutrition, physical and speech therapy, leg-lengthening orthotic braces, and glasses. Because of the severity of her eye condition, our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,500 to fund Rachel’s eye surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 4 and will involve consultations with a trusted eye specialist before and after surgery. Following treatment, Rachel will have healthy eyes for the first time in her life. Rachel’s mother says, “I dream for my daughter to have more opportunities in her life. I hope that she can study in a university."
Evelyne is a five-year-old girl from Kenya. She's the second born in a family of three children. Evelyne suffers from congenital angular deformity, a condition in which the joints or bones themselves bend abnormally. Her bones are also very weak and keep breaking. Because of her condition, Evelyne cannot walk or stand on her own, making it difficult for her to play with other kids or attend school. Evelyne has been treated with casting, but her condition has not improved. On June 22, Evelyne will undergo corrective surgery to treat her condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,165 to cover the cost of the surgery, five nights of hospital stay, medication, and medical supplies. “My joy is to see my daughter rising up and walk after surgery. I would also want to see her going to school. Due to the struggles I am experiencing, I would request for your help,” says Evelyne's father.
Gladis is a two-month-old baby girl living with her family in the rural highlands of Guatemala. Gladis's mother has been unable to produce enough breast milk for her, and has resorted to feeding her warm sugar water to fill Gladis up. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Gladis's health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation, dehydration, and electrolyte imbalances that cause seizures. Brain development during this period is particularly sensitive and continued malnourishment could put Gladis at risk for long-term damage. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to fund Gladis's treatment, which will begin on June 22. Gladis will receive formula, micronutrients, and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. Hopefully Gladis's continued treatment will allow her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. Gladis´s mother says, “Thank you for the support we will get. Thank you to the donors for helping children in Guatemala, especially for helping Gladis. With the help of the program, I will see my child grow little by little.”