ying joined Watsi on June 21st, 2015. Nine months ago, ying became the 5538th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 453 more people have become monthly donors! ying's most recent donation supported Kennedy, a kindergarten student from Kenya, to fund clubfoot surgery.
ying has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.
Kennedy is a kindergarten student from Kenya. He is five years old and likes to play and look after his family's cattle. He is the first-born in a family of two and his mother notes that he is very active and observant both at home and at school. However, his clubfoot has greatly affected his mobility as he falls often. Kennedy was born with club foot which is severely hindering his mobility, he is also experiencing pain when he walks. Fortunately our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, can help. But his mother, a church secretary, and father, a farmer, are unable to raise the estimated bill and so are asking for your help to fund this $1,286 surgery. This surgery will enable Kennedy to wear shoes and walk with ease. “We are appealing for support so that our son can walk well like other children, continue with his education, and play with other children. Currently he is feeling pain when he walks and so surgery will be of great help to him,” shared Kennedy’s mother.
Adrian is a 6-year-old from Kenya. Adrian’s mother performs manual labor. Due to the financial instability she is experiencing, Adrian's grandparents are also helping take care of him. His grandparents make a living by performing manual labor and by farming. Adrian was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Adrian is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 16. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “When Adrian receives the required treatment, it will be a great relief and bring us joy,” shared Adrian's grandmother.
Htay is a 45-year-old woman who lives with her husband and three daughters in Thae Phyu Village in Burma. Htay and her husband run a small shop selling betel nut and general groceries beside their home, however she has been unable to work due to her heart condition for the past year. Htay’s oldest daughter used to work at a factory in Yangon, but moved back home last year when Htay became too ill to wok. She now helps out at Htay’s shop while also helping with household chores. Htay’s other two daughters are students; one is in grade 10 and the other is in grade four. After she gave birth to her last daughter, Htay began to experience frequent pain in her chest and headaches. Whenever she would lay down, she also felt like she could not breathe well. She then went to Htantabin General Hospital in Yangon where she received an electrocardiogram (ecg). Later, the doctor told her that she has arthritis and Ischemic heart disease, a condition where an organ does not receive enough blood and oxygen. She was given medication and returned home. Htay said, “This medication seemed to help my condition and I continued to buy it from the pharmacy.” In February 2020, Htay’s condition deteriorated again; she felt like she could not breathe and that she was exhausted all the time. Htay and her husband went to Thiri Sandar Hospital in Yangon where she received x-rays and an echo. After checking her results, the doctor told her that she has a large hole in her heart and that she would need to have it closed surgically. Currently, Htay has difficulty breathing, mostly at night, and she feels tired especially when she uses the upstairs. She also has a rapid heartbeat. Htay told us, “I am worried about my condition and I am very sad whenever I think about it. But now I am happy to have found someone to help support my treatment. Once I have fully recovered, I will build a new shop [made of bamboo] because my old shop is starting to fall apart. I will also go back to working with my husband and I will support my children so that they can become educated people.”
Chantha is a 42-year-old market seller from Cambodia. He has two children, and enjoys watching television and reading about the news. Four years ago, Chantha developed a pterygium in his right eye, causing him irritation, blurry vision, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going anywhere outside. When Chantha learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. Chantha needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of his procedure is $201. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for October 08. Chantha said, "I hope my eyes will be able to see clearly after surgery and I can return to my work at the market."
Chos is a 49-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has two daughters, and enjoys listening to Khmer songs on the radio and looking after his two grandchildren. Seven months ago, Chos developed a cataract in his left eye, causing him blurry vision and photophobia. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chos learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On October 08, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $211 procedure. Chos said, "I hope I am able to see clearly again so I can return to work and help provide for my family."
Joseph is a bodaboda taxi operator from Kenya. Joseph relies on his motorcycle to make a living. To supplement their limited income, his wife sells charcoal in a small makeshift kiosk. As a father of one, he is worried of not being able to meet his family’s needs. Joseph was involved in a road accident on 31st January 2020 in his hometown, few kilometers from Watsi Medical Partner Kijabe Hospital. The accident left him with multiple fractures on his face and lacerations. He cannot eat and is in constant pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 6th, Joseph will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. He will be able to chew his food again and no longer suffer pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Joseph says, “My hope is to recover quickly and resume my fatherly duties of provision.”
Dan is a child from Kenya. Dan’s mother is still a student in college while his father left her before he was born. They depend on Dan’s maternal grandparents who are peasant farmers and three school-going children under their care. Dan dipped his hand in hot water in April last year. He was rushed to Naivasha District Hospital where he was admitted for treatment. He was discharged a few weeks later and went home for recovery. Days on, the wound was not recovering as expected properly; he had to be readmitted in the same hospital. The wound worsened as the days went by as the skin grafting was not successful. The hospital decided to refer them to a hospital where they believed Dan would receive better care, hence being referred to Watsi medical partner Kijabe Hospital. The wound is not healing and if not treated, Dan may suffer infection. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dan receive treatment. On January 16th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal the wound. Now, Dan needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. “It pains me to see my son confined in the house and he cannot play with his friends because of the wound. Please help us,” says Dan’s mother.
Joe is a 12-year-old student from Thailand. He moved to Mae Sot in early 2019, in search for better education. He now lives at a boarding house while studying at a migrant learning center. Joe noticed his blurred vision since he was five years old. Although he told his parents about it, his parents thought it was not that serious; they just told him that his eye sight will get better with time. As Joe did not experience any pain, aside from blurry vision, Joe stopped complaining about his problem to his parents. Joe continue to have a blurred vision, especially in his left eye. After he moved to Mae Sot, he told his uncle about his eye sight. His uncle made arrangements for him to meet with a medic, who later found that Joe has a cataract on his left eye and that it needs to be fixed in order for Joe to regain a clear vision in his left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Joe. On December 10th, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Joe's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Joe said, “I don’t know yet of what I want to be in the future, but all I’m looking forward to is to ride a bicycle and play with my friends without any difficulty seeing.”
Sarafina is a girl from Tanzania. She loves science and hopes to become a doctor when she grows up. When she was twelve, Sarafina was burned by a kerosene lamp. Her burns healed, but she developed a contracture on her right armpit, which is making it difficult for her to move her arm. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Sarafina receive treatment. On November 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her arm. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Sarafina says, “Please help me get this treatment so that I can be able to help my mother with the house chores.”
Meet Teresia, a 36-year-old woman from Kenya. "Teresia is married and a mother of four. Her eldest son has just finished high school and is hoping to join a college or university, while the rest are still in school," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Teresia lives in her matrimonial rural home and works on their one acre of land (she has planted maize) while her husband lives in the city and works at a gas station." Two weeks ago, Teresia had a mastectomy to prevent the spread of breast cancer. To fund this treatment, Teresia and her husband raised over $1,000. However, she developed post-surgical complications, and needs a second surgery to treat a post-surgical wound. Teresia needs to undergo debridement, the removal of infected tissue, and a skin graft, the transplantation of skin, to treat her open wound. She does not have the funds for this additional surgery, which will cost $940. "If the surgery is not done soon, Teresia could develop an infection which would further complicate her recovery," explains AMHF. “I thank God for sending you our way,” says Teresia. “My husband has been worrying about how we will be able to pay for this treatment. I want to get well soon so that I can go back to working on our farm."
“Blessings is really a blessing to me. I love him so much that I would be a more blessed mother if I ever see him responding to treatment and growing just like any normal child,” shares Blessings' mother. Meet Blessings, a newborn baby boy from Malawi. He has a condition known as hydrocephalus, which is caused by a buildup of cerebral spinal fluid in the brain. Blessings has difficulty feeding as a result of the pressure in his head. “He is malnourished, cannot sit, and is experiencing sight problems,” explains our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM). $992 will fund Blessings’ procedure and post-operative medication, including antibiotics. After surgery to insert a shunt in his head and drain the fluid, "the pressure in the head will normalize and his head will return to normal size,” adds WAM. With your help, this treatment will allow Blessings to develop into a healthy young boy who can play and interact with other children his age.