Aisha joined Watsi on July 18th, 2015. 4 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Aisha's most recent donation supported Mamush, a 3-year-old boy from Ethiopia, to fund anorectal surgery.
Aisha has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Aisha has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 5 countries.
Mamush is a sweet 3-year-old boy and the only child in his family. He loves to play with balloons and balls and he loves to chew gum. His father is a daily laborer and his mom is a housewife. His dad earns a low income, which is insufficient to meet the needs for the daily food of the family. Mamush has an abnormally functioning segment of his bowel. He has suffered with partial bowel obstruction & severe constipation. His family has tried different medical care but for no avail in their home town. With the help of Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids, he had a colostomy for his stooling issue, which helped solve the problem temporarily. He now is waiting for a coloanal pull-through procedure to help complete his treatment. Because of his condition, his parents are highly affected psychologically. They've noticed that other kids don’t mingle with him in their village. They shared that they have suffered a lot with managing the colostomy and have noticed that people who see it, don’t want to be near them. The stigma and discrimination from the community are stressing for the family and they have requested financial support to help support their family through this treatment for Mamush. Mamush's father said: “We will educate our child after the surgery and we will keep him with good care. It is our hope that he will have a bright future.”
Thyda is a 13-year-old primary school student. She has three sisters and one brother, and she is the youngest of her siblings. She likes drawing and watching TV in her free time. For two years, Thyda has experienced ear discharge and buzzing in her right ear. She was treated with ear cleaning and a nose rinse, but her symptoms did not improve. Another organization, All Ears Cambodia, referred her to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Surgeons at CSC will perform a mastoidectomy to remove an abnormal growth, a cholesteatoma, from her ear. Her treatment is scheduled for February 13. However, Thyda's family cannot afford this treatment, so CSC is requesting $842. Thyda's grandmother hopes that she will feel better and hear easily.
Juan is a 15-month-old toddler from Guatemala. He lives with his grandmother, uncle, aunt, and cousins. Juan was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition which occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. On June 12, Juan will begin receiving micronutrients and food supplementation from Clinic Miller, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to cover the cost of his treatment. Funds will also go towards teaching his grandmother how to create a nutrient-rich diet for him using limited resources. "Thank you for this help he will receive," says Juan's grandmother. "May God bless you all."
Yan is a 75-year-old woman who lives with her husband in Cambodia. She likes to go to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray. Yan heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor in her village. She traveled for one hour with her niece to reach CSC for evaluation and treatment of cataracts. About one year ago, Yan developed a cataract in each eye. A cataract occurs when proteins build up in the lens of the eye. This causes the lens to become cloudy, disrupting the passage of light through the lens and impairing vision. Most cataracts are due to age-related changes in the eye and account for half of all cases of blindness worldwide. Because of the cataracts, Yan is experiencing blurred vision, burning, irritation, and extreme sensitivity to light. It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do any work, or go anywhere outside by herself. On October 27, Yan underwent small incision cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lenses from her eyes and replace them with intraocular lens implants. She needs help to fund this $292 treatment, which includes four nights in the hospital, food for her and a caregiver, eye drops, and medicine to reduce pain and prevent infection. After the operation, Yan will be able to see clearly again. "I hope my aunt can see everything clearly so that she can do work and go anywhere outside by herself," shares Yan's niece. "I won't have to worry about her vision loss anymore."
Meet Morokot, a two-year-old girl from Cambodia. "Morokot has congenital glaucoma in each eye," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us. Congenital glaucoma has caused Morokot to experience blurred vision and tearing. While childhood glaucoma is rare, it begins to occur during birth when the eye's drainage system develops incorrectly. This can lead to increased pressure, which in turn can damage the optic nerve. Morokot's mother first brought her to CSC for treatment in October of 2014. She is now back at CSC to receive a corrective eye surgery to prevent future blindness. The filtration surgery will alleviate the building pressure in Morokot's eyes. $300 covers the cost of the procedure along with a two day stay in the hospital. After surgery, Morokot is expected to have greatly improved vision. As an only child, Morokot spends her time playing with toys and dolls. Her mother hopes that she'll no longer be at risk of becoming blind after the surgery. "I hope she can see easily like the other kids that way she can go to school and easily play with her friends."
Three-year-old Neymarah lives in Haiti with her mother, who works as a tailor, and her grandmother. She likes to help her mother prepare the fabric for the school uniforms that she makes. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), tells us, “Neymarah was born with a condition called complete atrioventricular canal defect, in which blood mixes between all four chambers of the heart without fully obtaining oxygen. This leaves her weak and out of breath and would eventually be fatal.” Neymarah needs surgery to create two functioning valves between the upper and lower chambers on both sides of the heart and to place patches over the existing defects (holes). “Following surgery,” says HCA, “Neymarah should have normal circulation restored to her heart. She should not need further surgery in the future.” For $1500, HCA will provide the overseas preparation and transportation required for Neymarah’s surgery. MECENAT is donating $5000 to cover the remaining treatment costs. Neymarah is excited to start preschool after surgery. Her mother shares, "I want Neymarah to be able to walk to and from school like the other children."
Meet Brayan, a one-month-old boy from Kenya. "Brayan is the only child to his single mother. He lives with his mother and grandparents in a remote village," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "His mother dropped out of school after developing a mental disability. Both Brayan and his mother are under the care of his grandparents who practice small scale farming.” Brayan was born with spina bifida—a birth defect in which part of the spinal cord is exposed through a gap in the backbone. AMHF reports that “the open swelling on Brayan’s back exposes him to infection and risk of developing a tethered cord if not treated.” To live safely, Brayan needs surgery to close the opening over the spinal cord. This procedure costs $805, an amount that Brayan’s grandparents cannot afford. AMHF tells us, “after surgery the risk of infection and development of tethered cord will reduce.” Brayan’s uncle shares, “it is very disheartening to see my nephew sick, and I hope he gets treatment soon.”
Meet Alba, a bright-eyed, one-year-old girl from Guatemala. She is the youngest of four children and is raised by her single mother. According to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), a total of nine people live in Alba’s grandparents’ two-room house, where Alba “loves to play dolls with her two older sisters.” Alba is suffering from acute malnutrition. “Her weight and height are far below the average for her age, and she is at for the risk for long-term negative effects of malnutrition,” WK explains. “If left untreated, Alba will start to miss developmental milestones. She currently has low energy, and her body is struggling to grow and develop normally. Her immune system is weak, and she is at risk for infections, such as pneumonia. Later in life she will be at higher risk for chronic illness such as diabetes and hypertension.” Fortunately, we can give Alba the care she needs, as $535 in funding will cover the supplemental nutrition, medication and health education that will allow Alba to recoup her weight and weight. “The nutrition education will have long lasting effects, giving Alba’s mother the tools she needs to continue providing nutrition to Alba and her other siblings even after treatment is complete,” WK reports. In addition, Alba’s “immune system will strengthen, allowing her to better combat infections and illness throughout her life.” Alba's mother shares, “I want my daughter to grow up and become a lawyer. That’s my dream for her. She should help treat the injustice that exists in this society…fight for her children, and make a better life for them than we have now.”