Leli joined Watsi on September 29th, 2014. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Leli's most recent donation supported Lydia, a 12-year-old girl from Kenya, to remove a brain tumor.
Leli has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Leli has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
This is Lydia, a 12-year-old girl from Kenya. She lives with her half-brother and parents, who work hard as casual laborers. Lydia’s journey to Watsi began when she started experiencing severe, recurrent headaches and convulsions. She has not been able to go to school this semester because her symptoms worsened during the August school holidays. In addition to the headaches and convulsions, her limbs have weakened and she can no longer sit or stand without support. Lydia was admitted and later discharged from a local hospital, however her mother noticed that there was no improvement in her health. Eventually doctors diagnosed Lydia with a brain tumor and determined that she would need surgery. “If the surgery is not done,” our medical partners share, “Lydia could suffer permanent brain damage or even premature death.” Lydia’s loving mother says, “my daughter is very intelligent, however this sickness has really affected her schooling. My prayer and hope is that she gets well soon, so that she can go back to school. We hope that we will get support for her treatment.” $1,260 will pay for the craniotomy, a surgical procedure that will allow doctors to remove the tumor. After surgery Lydia will be able to resume school and she will no longer suffer from headaches or convulsions. Let’s help Lydia get well!
"Jennifer is another twin! We've recently had a run of twins in our malnutrition program," our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, writes. "This may seem like an accident, but it also really highlights the kinds of factors that lead to malnutrition. All children and families where we work in Guatemala are vulnerable to malnutrition and illness, and usually it just takes one small thing to push a child over the edge. In this case, the 'one small thing' is the family, with limited food resources, having to provide for two babies simultaneously." "The results, as in the case of Jennifer," her doctor continues, "are low weight and height, developmental delay (not sitting, standing, walking, talking on time), chronic low energy, and frequent illnesses (intestinal infections, colds, coughs, pneumonias)." "Jennifer is a 'very serious child' by her mom's admission - and also based on the photos you will see! However, she is very pleasant and does enjoy playing with her brothers and sisters. However, recently, as the child has gotten more ill, mom notices less energy for play. The family is very cash-strapped and food insecure, and they are struggling to make ends meet." For $535, Jennifer will receive a rehabilitative nutritional program to provide her with the nutrients and hydration she needs to return to full health and hit her developmental milestones. With this treatment, not only will Jennifer gain weight and grow, she will have improved speech and social interaction, and once again have the energy to play with her siblings!
Natacha is a lively, outgoing girl, known for making people laugh with practical jokes. She is eight-years-old and lives in Haiti, where she loves dancing and playing with her friends. Natacha was born with a heart condition in which the walls between her heart chambers did not form correctly. This led to circulation problems, and eventual heart failure. “When she was four-years-old, Natacha went to Miami for donated surgery to correct the condition. The surgery was successful, but she experienced a complication called complete heart block, which required them to implant a pacemaker that she will need for the rest of her life," our medical partner explains. Now that she’s older, Natacha’s pacemaker needs to be refitted, and have new batteries implanted so it will continue to work well for her. It is expected that this procedure will keep her safe into her teenage years. By then, hopefully, medical technology in Haiti will have advanced enough that she will no longer need to travel for surgery. "I want to say thank you to everyone who is helping us, and I am so glad they have not forgotten about my Natacha!" says her mother. Caromont Health Center in North Carolina has contributed $6,000 towards Natacha’s procedure, but she’s counting on Watsi donors for $1,500 to fund her prep work and transportation. Let’s help Natacha get the care she needs!
Silienne is a mother of six, who lives in the Haitian countryside where her husband is a small-scale farmer. "Silienne started noticing that her breast was changing shape and was getting smaller than the normal size, like her breast tissue was getting dehydrated. Then she decided to go see a physician very soon in her locality. When she went there, she was transferred to Port-Au-Prince very fast and she came to our hospital, as she heard that we have cancer treatment programs," shares our partner Project Medishare. "Silienne explains that her breast is very painful and itches much. She cannot sleep enough at night and she is always thinking about what can happen if she doesn't receive appropriate treatments." The doctors have diagnosed Silienne with breast cancer. They say, "Silienne needs surgical intervention to remove the affected breast that can cause the invasion of the cancer to to rest of her body. After the surgery, she will have to come back to the hospital after 30 days in order to complete the treatment; she will receive several chemotherapy sessions.The treatment will save her life and she will be able to go back her activities, but with some restrictions." Surgery is planned in September, and chemotherapy in October. The total cost of the life-saving treatment is $1500.