Kristina joined Watsi on September 15th, 2013. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Kristina's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Hannah, a student from Kenya, to heal a broken leg.
Kristina has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 6 countries.
Kristina has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 6 countries.
“Hannah was the only hope for our family. Her dream was to become a doctor so that she could help people and our family,” shares Hannah’s father. “I really hope Watsi will help her to undergo this surgery so that she can achieve her dreams.” Hannah is a pretty 14-year-old girl from Kenya who recently finished primary school. Earlier this month, on their way to the secondary school, Hannah and her mom had a tragic accident. Hannah’s mother died instantly and Hannah sustained injuries, including a fractured femur. Hannah is experiencing pain and is unable to walk. The surgeon at the hospital to which Hannah was admitted has recommended that Hannah undergo an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) surgery. “If not treated, Hannah will be unable to walk. The bones may refuse to unite if treatment is delayed for too long,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Hannah's family is still in shock following the death of their mother. The family had to prepare for the funeral as well as pay for Hannah's hospital admission. They are therefore not in a position to pay for this important surgery," explains AMHF. Let’s fund this $1,125 surgery and support Hannah in attending secondary school and achieving her dream of becoming a doctor!
Meet Meng Kheang, a 14-year-old boy living in Cambodia with his two older sisters! He loves playing with his friends and going to school, but a recent accident has kept him from being able to do these things. “Last month, Meng Kheang was in a moto accident that left him with a tibia spine fracture… He cannot walk or run, cannot play with his friends as 14-year-old boys like to do, and he is constantly in pain,” our partners at Children’s Surgical Centre tell us. “Meng Kheang is in school, but recently has stopped going because he cannot focus on his studies while he is in such pain.” It will take $405 to fund the open reduction and internal fixation surgery Meng Kheang needs to recover from this leg injury. His doctors expect that this surgery will allow him to walk pain free. Lets come together to get Meng Kheang back in school and living his life pain free!
Meet Grace. She's seven-years-old and in the first grade. When Grace was three, she lost her mother when she passed away while giving birth to a second child. Today, Grace is cared for her by her loving father and grandmother. Recently Grace decided to make some tea and burned herself while trying to heat water in a fire. "After starting the fire, she turned around to pick up a pan. That was when her dress caught fire and Grace got severe burns on her legs," doctors at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) tell us. "Grace cannot sit because it is so painful to bend her knees, the AMHF team continues. She also cannot walk properly; she drags her feet." Grace's father is doing the best he can to provide care for his daughter but is unable to cover the cost of care that she needs. Clinicians have recommended a skin graft for Grace at this time to prevent any skin contractures and other long-term impacts. The cost of this procedure runs at $780. “I hope to go back to school and later on become a teacher like my father,” says Grace. Let's give her a chance at doing just that by raising money for her care.
Meet Gina, a 37-year-old mother from Haiti. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, tells us, “Gina is a hardworking woman living in the Haitian countryside; she has four kids and is the family caretaker.” Gina was recently diagnosed with breast cancer after noticing a painful lump on her breast. She began treatment, but after three months was forced to discontinue her care because of the cost. Normally, she earns money to support her family by reselling goods in the countryside. But due to her illness, she’s had to stop work, creating a very difficult situation for her family. Gina needs surgical intervention and further chemotherapy to treat her cancer; otherwise, she may lose her life. “I am excited to receive and finish the treatment and I wish to find a good job to help my children,” she says. For just $1,500, we can pay to help save Gina’s life and let her continue working hard to provide for her children. Let’s make it happen!
Margaret is a mother of two children, ages eleven and six. She does any type of job that is available to earn money to support them - from washing to cleaning to farming. Margaret's husband is a street salesman at their local bus stop. The couple spends almost all of their earnings on their youngest son, who has health problems of his own. Margaret recently experienced a disk prolapse, a condition in which one disc in a her spinal column bulges out and often makes contact with nerves on the spine. This gives her severe back pain and numbness her legs. "I am used to working hard," Margaret says, "but when the pain starts, I feel as though my back is breaking and I cannot do anything. I want to be well again and take care of my family." For $1500, we can give Margaret a hemilaminectomy. This surgery will help alleviate the symptoms of an impinged or irritated nerve root in the spine. The procedure will also create more space in the spinal canal and release Margaret's nerve tissue from pressure. Doctors at our medical partner expect that after the surgery, Margaret will no longer be in pain and will be able to take care of her family.
Florence is just six days old. She is the firstborn child to two loving parents. Her mother is a tailor and her father sells merchandise in a nearby trading center. The family owns a small piece of land, which they farm for home consumption. Florence has spina bifida, which causes an open mass on her back. Without surgery, Florence is likely to develop an infection, have a tethered spinal cord, and develop scoliosis. Florence's parents earn enough to cover the basic needs for their family but they have been unable to raise funds for Florence’s surgery. “I look forward to seeing my daughter’s back closed. It makes me feel so sad to see it open, and I pray we’ll get the support we need for her surgery,” her mother says. For $980, Florence will receive surgery to close the mass on her back. She will be at much less risk of developing an infection or other conditions caused by spina bifida.
When you hear "benign tumor," you usually breathe a sigh of relief. But Ma Htwe's tumor is pressing on her optic nerve. In addition to causing severe headaches, eye pain, and a stiff neck, the tumor has caused her to lose vision in her right eye and destroyed her peripheral vision. Ma Htwe's left eye will be the next to go. But by funding a $1,500 surgery to remove the tumor, there's a good chance we can prevent that from happening and improve the vision she's lost. Ma Htwe’s husband is an agricultural day laborer who earns about $2 a day. When they need extra money, they borrow from a local money-lender at 5% interest. That's not a viable option to cover the cost of the surgery Ma Htwe needs to live a normal life again. Ma Htwe says that when she thinks about her health situation, she feels panicked, anxious and scared. When she has to buy medicine, she and her husband do not always have enough money for food. Let's show them that the world won't make them decide between basic healthcare and eating a meal.
A few weeks ago, Sokhom was in a road accident in Cambodia that broke her left tibia (shinbone). The bone has been broken multiple times over the last 20 years and hasn’t ever properly healed, so her case is especially severe. As a result of the injury, Sokhom is in a lot of pain and unable to walk. Surgery is the only way to reshape her bone so it heals properly. Sokhom loves listening to traditional Cambodian music and eating mangoes. She says she “really wants to get better" so she can get back to living her life. Raising $300 will allow Sokhom to receive the care she needs to fix this problem once and for all. Help us fund Sokhom's medical treatment!
This smiley guy is Said. Said is an infant from Somalia whose parents hope he will “become a great leader in our country and change it for the better.” Said was born with an open bladder, which puts him at risk for infection and social isolation as he grows up. Said’s parents traveled across the Somali border into Ethiopia to seek treatment for him. Traveling through Somalia is not easy, and they needed donations from friends and family just to cover the transportation costs to get to our partner hospital. For $1,500, we can pay for Said's bladder exstrophy repair surgery and allow him to grow up healthy!
Oodan is a sweet five-year-old girl from Ethiopia. Like other kids, Oodan wishes to spend time with friends and go to school, but she was born with a condition called bladder exstrophy, where part of the bladder develops outside of the body. Oodan's condition causes leakage of urine from the bladder and makes it difficult for her to live a normal life. Without treatment, Oodan will likely experience social ostracization and be highly susceptible to infection and other complications. Oodan and her mother traveled a long way to seek treatment, but they cannot afford the cost. For $1,500, we can pay for Oodan to receive surgery which will enable her to attend school and enjoy a healthy childhood.