John joined Watsi on June 21st, 2014. Seven years ago, John joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. John's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Biruk, a future pilot from Ethiopia, to fund surgery for a birth condition.
John has funded healthcare for 49 patients in 12 countries.
John has funded healthcare for 49 patients in 12 countries.
Biruk is a young boy from Ethiopia who loves to eat spaghetti and macaroni. He also enjoys doing arts and crafts, and loves to play hide and seek with his friends in his neighborhood. Biruk is the second child in his family, and he has one older sister. His dad is a teacher in primary school and his mom is a housewife. Biruk lives together with his parents and sister in a rented house. Biruk was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment and surgery, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility as he grows older. Fortunately, Biruk is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Biruk shared with us, “I want to heal well and go to school and become a pilot.”
Eskel is a baby from Kenya. He has two older siblings. The family lives in a one-room house in the Rift Valley region. Eskel’s father is a subsistence farmer, while his mother operates a grocery kiosk. Eskel has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Eskel has been experiencing an increasing head circumference and prominent scalp veins. Without treatment, Eskel will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Eskel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 16 and will drain the excess fluid from Eskel's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Eskel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “We are praying that God gives health to our son especially after the operation. I am grateful that we could get financial help,” says Eskel’s father.
Meet John, a young boy and the oldest in his family. He is eight years old and lives in Kenya. Both of his parents work as laborers. John was diagnosed with hearing loss when he was about three years old. Unfortunately, his mother could not afford treatment for him. Finally, they were referred to our medical partner's care center, where hearing aids were recommended. John will receive the hearing aids on May 2. Now, his family needs help raising $712. John’s mother says, “It is my prayer that my brilliant boy will soon be able to hear and lead a normal life."
Kaltum is a baby from Somaliland. She was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Kaltum is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on April 24. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kaltum's procedure and care. After her recovery, Kaltum will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her mother says, “We are from a poor community. My husband is a daily laborer and I am a house wife. We raise six children at home and I came here in order to get my child the right treatment. I can’t afford the medical bill and we raised fund to transportation to come to Ethiopia and to this hospital. Once we travel all this way and get to this hospital it is my hope to get the surgery and to see my child in a healthy and good position.”
Ezekiel is a baby from Kenya. He lives with his parents and siblings in a one-room house Nairobi. Ezekiel’s mother stays at home to tend to her children, while his father is employed at a construction site. Ezekiel has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Ezekiel has been experiencing an increasing head circumference and irritability. Without treatment, Ezekiel will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Ezekiel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 8 and will drain the excess fluid from Ezekiel's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Ezekiel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I had lost hope but through BethanyKids and Watsi I feel a ray of hope veering. I look forward to have Ezekiel treated now that we do not have to worry about his treatment cost,” shares Ezekiel’s mother.
Christian is a five-year-old girl from Kenya. She is very playful and is the only child in her family. Her mother works at a beauty salon, while her father works at a maize packaging company. With limited income, the family is only able to afford basic needs. Christian was born with a hearing problem and still does not speak. Her family brought her to our medical partner's care center, where she will be fitted with hearing aids on February 20. Now, her family needs help raising $712 to pay for the hearing aids. Christian’s father says, “I hope that soon my only child will be able to talk and hear.”
Ye is a 15-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his younger sister, brother, and mother in Yangon Division. Ye was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, he experiences chest pain and fatigue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Ye. The treatment is scheduled to take place on January 17 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “If I feel better after surgery, I will go back to school to continue my education. I want to become an educated man one day," says Ye.
Nyunt is a 67-years-old woman from Burma. She lives with her children and used to work as a subsistence farmer. She also raises some chickens and pigs. In her free time, she enjoys going to the temple and listening to the monks’ sermons. Nyunt started to feel unwell in 2015, when she experienced pain in her lower abdomen. She stopped working because of her symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a uterine prolapse. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Nyunt's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Nyunt is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on December 14. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Nyunt will no longer experience abdominal pain. She says, "“After I recover, I would like to look after my chickens and pig, and go to the temple to meditate.”
Samuel is a 20-month-old little boy from Haiti. He is his parents' first child. His father works as a vendor to support their family, and his mother stays at home to look after him. Samuel was born with a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot with pulmonary atresia. This means that Samuel has a hole between two chambers of his heart and is missing one of the four valves of his heart. On July 25, Samuel will be traveling from his home in Haiti to our medical partner's care center, Health City Cayman Islands, in the Cayman Islands. There he will undergo heart surgery. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Samuel's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $27,000 towards his treatment. We are also fundraising for his [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/842333e978ee-samuel). "We are so glad to know that there are people who are willing to help Samuel!" says his mother.
Myo is a two-month-old boy from Burma. His father works as a tenant farmer and a day laborer on neighboring farms. He lives with his parents in the western part of the country. Soon after he was born, Myo's abdomen began to swell. They took him to a midwife, who recommended that they increase his fluid intake. Myo was unable to drink more, however, and his abdomen grew larger and larger. The midwife provided them with medication to help release gas, but it did not help. His parents took him to the hospital and were sent home after a few days when his swelling went down. Soon enough, the swelling returned and his parents took him back to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hernia. This means that there is a gap in the abdominal wall where the intestine protrudes through. Surgery is required to correct the issue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Myo's surgery. He is scheduled for treatment on October 20 at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. After his operation, Myo will be able to grow and develop normally. “I want my son to be a doctor when he grows up,” Myo's mother says. “I want my son to get a chance to study in Thailand," his father adds.
Nai is a 43-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Karen State, Burma. In February, Nai cut two of her toes while walking around her village. After she tried to clean the cuts, they got worse, and the tissue in and around them started to darken. A week later, Nai’s foot was in a lot of pain and her toes were swelling. She visited a medical clinic, and her left leg was amputated in March. Now, her left leg is fully recovered. However, she recently began noticing pain and itching in her right leg. The pain worsened and was replaced by numbness over the course of the summer, so she returned to the hospital for further treatment. On September 1, surgeons will operate on Nai's painful right leg. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 for a below-knee amputation. Nai says, "My leg is very painful and I can't walk or sleep at all. I feel sad because I cannot work and have to spend time in the hospital. I just want to recover."
Lucas is a one-year-old baby boy who lives with his mother and grandparents in Haiti. He is a playful and happy baby who has recently started walking and likes exploring the house. Lucas was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of his heart. Instead of oxygen-rich blood being circulated to the rest of the body, blood leaks through this hole into the right ventricle and the lungs. Extra blood being pumped into the lungs causes the heart and lungs to work harder, leaving Lucas sick, short of breath, and at risk of other complications. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund Lucas’s travel to the Cayman Islands for the cardiac repair surgery, which Have a Heart Cayman has significantly subsidized. "I was very scared when I found out about my son's heart problem. I am praying that everything will go well with his surgery" says Lucas’s mother. With this treatment, Lucas will hopefully be able to grow up to be a healthy and energetic young boy.