Julia joined Watsi on September 15th, 2016. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Julia's most recent donation supported Than, a fruit seller from Burma, to fund treatment for a heart defect.
Julia has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 7 countries.
Julia has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 7 countries.
Than is a 49-year-old woman who lives with her father in Burma. She works as a fruit vendor and takes care of her father. Than’s health problems started over ten years ago, when she noticed that she had breathing problems. She tried to use traditional medicine to treat herself. At first, Than felt better, but in 2017 her health worsened. She cannot breathe well, and gets tired in hot weather. She underwent a heart examination and was told that she requires heart surgery, which is scheduled for November 20. Than said that in the future, "I want to work as a fruit vendor again and continue caring for my father." Watsi is requesting $1,500 to help fund Than's treatment.
Martha is a 17-year-old girl living with her aunt and two siblings in Kenya. Martha enjoys school, but had to stop attending so she could work alongside her aunt, selling vegetables, to help support the family. In December of last year, Martha was severely burned on her right hand and torso. Unable to get adequate healthcare, her burns did not heal properly, making it difficult for her to work and take care of the household. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,176 to fund Martha's burn treatment procedure, which will be performed on July 17. After her recovery, Martha will be able to use her hand more freely and live more comfortably. Martha is excited for her operation and says, “I would want to be treated and trust God that a well-wisher will come and educate me."
Mercy is a two-year-old little girl from Kenya. She is her mother's only child. Mercy lives with her mother and extended family. Her mother is currently in nursing school. In 2014, Mercy sustained burn injuries on her body from a hot water accident. She was taken to a hospital and treated for her injuries on her toes. However, now she is having mobility difficulty, and so has been recommended for contracture release surgery. On October 10, Mercy will undergo surgery at our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $1,176 in funds to cover the cost of her procedure and accompanying lab, hospital, and medicine fees. "Our only wish is to have Mercy treated so she may begin living a normal life again," says Mercy's aunt.
Zululand is a 70-year-old man from Malawi. He is a farmer and lives with his wife and extended family. Zululand still tends to his land and also supplements the family income by fishing. In his free time, he enjoys attending church and worshipping with his family. Since May of 2017, Zululand has been been experiencing the symptoms of prostatic hyperplasia, or the condition of an enlarged prostate. It was determined that he needs prostate surgery in order to prevent future, severe medical complications, however surgery is out of the family's financial reach. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund a prostate resection for Zululand, which is scheduled to take place on July 18. Part of his enlarged prostate gland will be removed, and, once the procedure is complete, Zululand will hopefully be able to live more comfortably and confidently. "Thank you for the support," shares Zululand.
Meet Khin Wint, an 18-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives in a village with her mother, siblings, and extended family. Her father has been living and working in Thailand for the past two years, sending money back to his family twice a year. While this income covers the daily needs of the family, it is not enough to cover any extra unforeseen costs—including healthcare. This has become a problem for the family because Khin Wint recently underwent surgery for a rare birth defect known as encephalocele. This means that part of Khin Wint’s skull failed to close completely while she was in utero, and so a portion of her brain and its membranes protruded from between her eyes. Prior to surgery, Khin Wint’s encephalocele had been growing steadily in size and was painful to the touch. Fortunately, through the aid of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Khin Wint was able to receive an operation to remedy her encephalocele on April 3 of this year. She received Watsi funding for that [surgery](https://watsi.org/profile/b1f990acf80c-khin-wint). Now, however, Khin Wint has a fever. She needs to undergo a CT scan in order to determine whether the fever is due to excess fluid building up in the aftermath of the procedure. If this is the case, the doctor will insert a shunt to drain liquid away from the head and towards other parts of Khin Wint’s body, where the fluid can be safely absorbed. With your help, we can cover the cost of this vital test, set to take place on April 4. $693 will pay for Khin Wint’s CT scan, in addition to her three-day hospital stay and roundtrip travel to the medical center. "I am happy that my daughter has received surgery,” Khin Wint’s mother shares, “but I am still worried about her recovery.” Let’s help put those worries to rest by ensuring that Khin Wint’s doctor has all of the information necessary to oversee her safe recuperation.
Paw is 38 years old and lives with her family in a small village in Burma. A few months ago, Paw started experiencing bloating, dizziness, headaches, and pain in her waist area. The symptoms soon intensified. At first, she tried to get help from a local medic who gave her an injection and painkillers, but they did not help. She was then referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), where doctors wanted to conduct a CT scan to see what is causing Paw's discomfort. Her CT scan is scheduled for May 30, and BCMF is requesting $414 to fund Paw's scan and hospital expenses. After receiving the CT scan, Paw's doctors will be able to understand what is causing her pain and be able to determine a proper treatment plan. Paw says, "I hope to get well soon again to continue working on the farm and support my family."
Brandon is a ten-month-old boy from Kenya. He has one sibling and lives with his parents. To support their family, his mother knits woolen sweaters, and his father is employed as a caretaker. When Brandon was one month old, his parents noticed swelling in a sensitive area. They took him to a doctor, who assured them the swelling would reduce and repair on its own. However, months passed and Brandon has still been experiencing pain. His parents took him to see a specialist at our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). At BKKH, Brandon was diagnosed with an inguinal hernia, a condition in which abdominal tissue protrudes into the groin area, causing swelling. On March 3, Brandon will undergo surgery to repair his condition. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $423 to cover the cost of his surgery and accompanying labs and medication. Brandon's family is contributing $72 toward his treatment.
Lyson is a 71-year-old farmer from Malawi who lives with his wife near their children and grandchildren. In his free time, he likes to do carpentry work and listen to the radio. For the past four months, Lyson has been experiencing pain and difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate, a relatively common condition often found in older men. Though the enlargement is benign and easily treated with surgery, Lyson has not been able to access proper medical resources. If left untreated, he could be at risk of urinary tract infections and even bladder or kidney damage. $733 will pay for the costs of Lyson's operation, during which doctors will surgically remove part of the enlarged prostate gland. After the procedure, Lyson will be free of his pain and urinary symptoms. Lyson is excited to have the surgery and is looking forward to returning to farming maize and groundnuts. "I appreciate this very much," Lyson says.
Meet Ahleya, a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a small bamboo house in the Philippines. She loves to dance, sing, and play. Ahleya's mother washes clothes and linens at her job, and her father is a laborer at a fruit plantation. Ahleya has recently been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. This is a life-threatening condition that requires urgent treatment. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), has put Ahleya into a home-based treatment program which begins February 22. The $268 treatment program will provide Ahleya with nutrient-rich food packs and other micronutrient supplements. ICM health workers will monitor Ahleya's progress and also teach her parents how to create nutritious meals for their daughter. Her mother wishes for Ahleya to recover so that she can "finish her studies."
Salith is a five-year-old boy. He likes to ride his bike and play with toy cars. He traveled with his mother to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Salith was born with glaucoma in his right eye. Glaucoma means there is increased pressure within the eye, which eventually leads to loss of sight. It has caused Salith extreme sensitivity to light and made it difficult for him to look straight ahead. His mother is worried that Salith won't be able to go to school or play with other children. On January 25, eye surgeons at CSC will perform a surgery to relieve pressure on the eyeball to help improve Salith's vision. CSC is requesting $198 for this procedure. Salith's mother says, "I hope my son has a successful operation, so that I won't have to worry about his eye becoming blind in the future. I want to let him go to school and play like other kids."
Samin is a 64-year-old rice farmer who is married and has two sons, four daughters, and eleven grandchildren. She likes to join ceremonies at the pagoda and listen to monks pray on the radio. Four years ago, Samin developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, itchiness, and tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere outside. When Samin learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four hours seeking treatment. On December 21, doctors performed a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Samin will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope I can see everything more clearly," says Samin, "so that I can do my work as a farmer easily, and I can go to the pagoda by myself."
Mosses is a seven-year-old boy from Tanzania. He is the sixth born of seven children, and his parents are farmers. Mosses's legs have been progressively bending since he was three years old. He has been unable to attend school due to the pain he experiences when he walks. Mosses's parents were referred to our medical partner's care center, The Plaster House, by a neighbor whose child was born with the same condition. Mosses was diagnosed with genu valgus, a condition in which the legs bend inward and the knees touch. On November 30, he began a treatment plan that includes surgery, casting, and physiotherapy. Now, his family needs help to pay his $940 medical bill. After recovery, Mosses should be able to walk. His parents hope that he attends school.