Kristen joined Watsi on September 7th, 2013. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kristen's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Jenifer, a toddler from Guatemala, to improve her physical strength.
Kristen has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 8 countries.
Kristen has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 8 countries.
Say hello to Jenifer, a two year old girl from Guatemala! Jenifer is developmentally delayed, an effect of a difficult birth during which she got stuck in the birth canal. She cannot walk and can barely support her own weight when held up. For $625 we can provide Jenifer with treatment that can greatly impact her physical strength. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, explains to us, "we'll perform a diagnostic workup to rule out any treatable medical conditions like thyroid disease. Then, assuming that those studies are negative, we'll enroll Jenifer in intensive physical therapy. This will allow her muscles to gain strength and to help her improve her coordination. The goal of this is to help her walk independently and position her to have as normal a childhood as possible." Let’s chip in to help Jenifer grow stronger!
Meet Ronaldo, a young student from Guatemala who could use your support. "Ronaldo is a really cool 12-year-old boy who was referred to us a few months ago" says Peter Rohloff, the medical director at our partner Wuqu’ Kawoq. "He was born without a left wrist and hand. He's still managed to do well in school, and he can actually get a lot done with just one hand! But he really needs a prosthetic device to make him more functional, more independent, and to improve his self esteem." "Ronaldo's anatomy is pretty difficult, and he'll need a specially molded prosthetic device in order to make sure he has a good fit. He's never been able to access a prosthetic before, because of his family's extreme poverty together with the extreme cost of prosthetic devices." For $1255, we can cover the cost of Ronaldo's prosthetic and help Peter and the other doctors at Wuqu’ Kawoq ensure a functional fit. Together, we can help this young boy move toward a brighter future.
Phak is a 43-year-old man from Cambodia who was in a serious motorbike accident this past April that left his foot injured. Phak is from a very rural area. His village’s health center does not have the capacity to perform the surgery he needs, so Phak took a 15 hour bus ride to seek treatment in the city. Phak has a chronic heel wound that causes him a lot of pain. It is difficult for him to walk and take care of his seven children. If untreated, his wound could likely become infected and require amputation. A $300 surgery can prevent Phak’s condition from getting worse. Doctors will remove dead tissue in his foot through a procedure called debridement and replace healthy skin over the affected area. Let’s help Phak recover from his accident and live a healthy life!
Meet one-year-old Suzan from Tanzania! The youngest of five children, she is the daughter of two loving parents. Her father owns a small secondhand clothing shop, and her mother recently began work as a shopkeeper. Together, they earn enough to cover basic needs and tuition fees for two of the five children. However, it will be a big challenge for them to afford treatment for Suzan's facial tumor. A happy baby, Suzan is very friendly and loves to be carried around. However, because of her large facial tumor and its position near her nose, she has trouble seeing and difficulty breathing. Her mother tells us, “Suzan is loved by everyone in the family. We all hope that she can be treated. I long to see her beautiful face and wish for her to live a normal life without people staring at her face, wondering what is wrong with her." Let's work together to raise $900 for a tumor excision and facial reconstruction. With this surgical treatment, Suzan will not only be able to see and breathe better, she will also develop a more normal appearance.
Sékou is one of the highest performing students in his school in Mali. He is dedicated to his education and achieving his dream of becoming a veterinarian. Since birth, Sékou has had a testicle that has not descended into his scrotum, a medical condition called cryptorchidism. If not treated, Sékou risks becoming sterile, getting testicular cancer in the future, or developing other complications such as testicular torsion. Sékou's father is extremely worried about his son, but does not have the means to pay for the treatment. For $405, Sékou will receive surgery to correct his testes and eliminate his risks of infertility, testicular torsion, and testicular cancer. Sékou always manages to have a smile on his face, let's get him this surgery so he has something new to smile about!
John is 19 years old and lives in Tanzania with his mother, father, and three siblings. John's mother is a shopkeeper and his father is a mechanic. John enjoys helping his father in the shop when he can and says, “I wish to be able to repair motorcycles the way my dad does.” John has a congenital deformity on his left foot, commonly known as club foot, which often prevents him from helping his father. The condition makes it difficult for John to walk and he experiences pain when standing. Fortunately, a triple arthrodesis procedure will relieve the pain and allow John to walk normally! For $715, we can make sure John receives this life-changing care, making it possible for him to continue learning from his father and one day repair motorcycles on his own.
Esther is a seven-month-old from Haiti who lives with hydrocephalus, a life-threatening condition where fluid accumulates in her skull. She needs surgery to drain the fluid, get her out of harm's way, and allow her family to resume its normal routine. Esther's mother loves her, but she is worried about her ability to care for her. "I face a lot of problems with my child because she cries a lot and often," she says. "I cannot leave her, even for a moment, to do my daily tasks - to cook, do the washing or go out to do other activities." For only $1,260, we can fund a surgery to drain the fluid from Esther's brain and potentially save her life. Let's help get her healthy!
Many years ago, 61-year-old Abel lost his right arm below the elbow in an explosion. Abel received a prosthetic device to replace his arm, but due to changes in his body, the device does not work anymore, causing significant chafing and discomfort. Abel hopes that with a new fitting of a prosthetic, he will be able to use his arm again. Because of its partnership with Watsi, our medical partner in Guatemala has been able to reach patients in remote areas like the one Abel comes from and provide the specialty care that patients like him need. Wuqu’ Kawoq thanks Watsi supporters for “expanding their services” which they say "would not happen without Watsi.” For $940, we can continue expanding access to healthcare by funding a replacement prosthetic arm for Abel and allowing him to use his arm again!
Meet Fanny, a 10-year-old girl from Kenya! The second born in a family of three children, Fanny lives with her siblings and hardworking parents. Her father is a small businessman, her mother is a housewife, and her family keeps a small-scale farm, which they inherited from Fanny’s grandparents. Fanny has hydrocephalus, which is an excessive accumulation of fluid in the brain. This condition causes massive head size and severe headaches. Without surgery, Fanny is likely to suffer brain damage due to the increased intra cranial pressure. For $980, we can fund a shunt incision for Fanny! This surgery will relieve some of the pressure on Fanny’s brain and she will be able to live a normal and healthy life. “My daughter is in a lot of pain because of her condition and I feel it for her. My hope and prayer is for her to get treatment so that she can go home. I trust that we’ll get help for her surgical care,” says Fanny’s mother. Let’s help Fanny!
Aung is a 31-year-old father of two from Burma. In June of this year, Aung began coughing, experiencing numbness, and having sharp pains in his back. He sought treatment at a nearby hospital, but none of the interventions seemed helpful. Aung's symptoms persisted and he was unable to go to work for two days. As a result of his absence he was fired. Aung was persistent in seeking treatment and decided to go to another hospital. At the new hospital, an ultrasound test revealed there was water in his lungs, indicating potential heart problems. Unable to afford the suggested treatment, Aung left the hospital and came to Watsi's partner clinic, where an echocardiogram test revealed that he had severe mitral damage. Aung would need heart surgery to replace the damaged valve. Unfortunately, Aung is unable to support the cost of the surgery and his family at the same time. In the future, Aung hopes to lead a healthy life so he can work to support his young family. For $2,000, we can fund Aung’s surgery and help him get back to work!
Erick is a six-year-old from Zambia who wants to be a doctor when he grows up. He was diagnosed with a brain tumor after intense headaches and vomiting kept him out of school for almost a year. Whereas most kids would love a year off school, Erick misses his favorite subjects; geography, science, and math. CURE International is requesting $2,000 to fund surgery to remove Erick's tumor. The surgical team is "confident that they'll be able to treat the tumor, get Erick back in school, and back on his path to medical mastery!" They're even trying to recruit Erick to consider coming to work at CURE Zambia once he gets his degree. Let's help get Erick back in school and on the path to becoming CURE's next heroic doctor!