Nathan joined Watsi on February 8th, 2015. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nathan's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Naomi, a girl from Kenya, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Nathan has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 12 countries.
Nathan has funded healthcare for 41 patients in 12 countries.
Naomi is a young student from Kenya. She is the sixth born child in a family of eight children. Her mother sells vegetables in a small grocery shop, while her father is a construction worker. Naomi injured her left femur in early April 2018. She had a cast applied, recuperated well, and was ready to resume school. Unfortunately, she fell on the school stairs and broke her femur in the same location around mid-June. It is difficult for her to walk, and she has not been able to attend school. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 3, Naomi will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Naomi says, “My prayer is to get well and resume my studies. I want to excel and join a national high school."
Phan is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has one son and six grandchildren. She lives with her niece and enjoys listening to radio programs. Four months ago, Phan developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Phan learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On June 5, doctors will perform an extra-capsular cataract extraction and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I look forward to visiting the local pagoda and spending time with loved ones after my surgery."
Namelock is a baby from Tanzania. Her mother is a stay-at-home mother. Namelock was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Namelock is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Namelock's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 13. This procedure will hopefully spare Namelock from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Namelock’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get well, she does not eat well she is constantly crying and vomiting. I don’t know what to do since cannot afford the surgery she needs.”
Blet is a retired woman from Burma. She used to work on the farm. Now only her son works as a subsistence farmer and provides for the family. Since June 2017, Blet has been experiencing pain whenever she passes urine. Sometimes she even feels dizzy, especially when she tries to walk, and lately she has suffered from pain in her lower back as well. She has been diagnosed with a prolapsed uterus. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Blet's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Blet is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on March 20. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Blet will no longer suffer from discomfort due to her condition, and she will be able to help with household chores again. “I would like to stay at home and just rest for a while after the surgery," says Blet.
John is a child from Tanzania. He is almost four years old. He lives with his grandmother. One year ago, John was playing with matches while his grandmother was at the hospital. He sustained burns on the right side of his body. Now, he cannot move his right hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping John receive treatment. On March 6, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to allow him to lift his hand and carry things easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. “I pray to God that John gets treated, recovers well, and joins school," John’s grandmother says.
Pakizani is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have eight children. Pakizani spends his days tending his land and raising chickens. In his free time, he likes to play with his grandchildren Since 2016, Pakizani has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Pakizani's surgery. On February 8, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Pakizani was thrilled to find out his procedure would be funded. He is looking forward to living free of the pain associated with his condition. He says, "Thank you Watsi."
Kim Horng is a 22-year-old student from Cambodia. She enjoys watching Thai drama movies and doing her homework. For the last ten years, she has had a noticeable curve in her spine, and has been diagnosed with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine. The curve in her back has worsened and causes Kim Horng discomfort. Seeking treatment, Kim Horng visited our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, where she was told she would undergo a spinal fusion to treat her condition on September 5. The surgery with help correct the position of the bones, and prevent further curving of the spine. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Kim Horng's surgery. Kim Horng's sister says,"I hope my sister gets help so she can continue her studies."
Mao is a 49-year-old pig farmer from Cambodia. Last year, she fell at her home, which resulted in an injury to her spine. Mao has been taking painkillers to reduce the pain in her back. Mao reports that she experiences pain when she walks or carries out simple tasks around the house. Mao travelled for two hours to visit our medical partner’s care center, Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, where she was diagnosed with spondylolisthesis. Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slides forward over the bone below it, causing pain and sometimes weakness in the legs. On September 5, doctors will perform a spinal surgery to restore her ability to walk without pain. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Mao’s surgery.
Khin is a 41-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Burma. She works as a day laborer making jaggery, a kind of sugar, from palm trees. Her eldest son works in a city, while the other children are still in school. Khin became aware of her heart disease several years ago, when a doctor diagnosed her at a private clinic. Khin currently experiences exhaustion, palpitation, and insomnia. This prevents her from working. Four months ago, she was informed that she needed to have surgery. Khin visited our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, and learned about Watsi. She is now scheduled to have surgery on November 3rd. Watsi is requesting $1,500 to help fund her procedure. Khin said, “After I recover from heart surgery, I want to own a small grocery shop."
Ofelio is a 54-year-old man from Guatemala. He lives with his family in Guatemala's rural highlands. Six years ago, while working as a construction worker, Ofelio lost his leg after an accident with a woodcutter. As a result, he's had trouble finding a stable source of income to support his family. On July 19, Ofelio will be fitted for a custom prosthetic leg at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Regional de Zacapa. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,166 to cover the cost of Ofelio's prosthetic. With his prosthetic leg, Ofelio will be able to walk comfortably and search for a new job. "I am happy to be able to walk again," says Ofelio. "Thank you for the support!"
Gritlie is a four-year-old girl who lives with her parents and three siblings in Haiti. Her father is a teacher and her mother works at home. Gritlie goes to preschool and enjoys playing with her friends and watching cartoons. Gritlie was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. Have a Heart Cayman is contributing $17,000 to the cost of Gritlie's heart surgery. And although Watsi has already funded Gritlie's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/08e136f72108-gritlie) to the hospital, she is still in need of $1,500 to cover medications, labs, exams, and surgery preparation. "We are all praying that Gritlie's surgery goes well and that she will become healthy afterward," says Gritlie's mother.
Prince is a two-year-old boy from the Philippines who lives with his grandparents. He loves to play with this cousins. Prince was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too few calories, proteins, and nutrients. Beginning on June 28, Prince will receive at-home malnutrition treatment through our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM will provide Prince with nutrient enriched food packs to help him gain weight and achieve optimal physical and mental development. The program will also teach his family about proper nutrition, sanitation, and organic gardening to better care for their son. ICM is requesting $173 to cover the cost of Prince's ongoing care. "I hope that Prince returns to his normal weight so he can be strong and healthy in order to finish his studies someday and fulfill his dream of becoming a policeman," his grandmother says.