Karijn joined Watsi on December 13th, 2014. Three years ago, Karijn became the 737th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,481 more people have become monthly donors! Karijn's most recent donation traveled 3,200 miles to support Abibatu, a little girl from Sierra Leone, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Karijn has funded healthcare for 32 patients in 11 countries.
Abibatu is a three-year-old little girl from Sierra Leone. She lives with her parents and two older brothers. Abibatu likes to dress up and go to church with her family. Abibatu was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a heart condition involving several related defects including a hole between two chambers of her heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. On August 2, Abibatu will be traveling from her home in Sierra Leone to our medical partner's care center, Narayana Institute Of Cardiac Sciences, in Bangalore, India. Although Abibatu is not from Haiti, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with other partners to make her surgery possible, and so is asking for $1,500 to help cover the cost of Abibatu's surgery prep. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, has contributed $12,000 towards her treatment. We are also fundraising for her [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/468cd870f0a3-abibatu). "Our family is all very excited that there is hope for Abibatu to become healthy!" says Abibatu's mother.
Susan is a five-year-old girl living in Kenya with her parents and four siblings. When Susan was three years old, she started limping and was unable to walk well. She was diagnosed with rickets, which lead to her developing genu valgus, also known as being "knock-kneed." Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Susan is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her "knock-knees" on July 10. Her family is requesting $1,165 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Following her recovery, Susan will be able to walk comfortably, and she will be able to go to school and play with the other children. “I am kindly appealing to you to help my daughter have surgery," Susan's mother shares. "Currently we cannot afford the amount stated. I would like to see her going to school and playing with other kids at home. God bless you for your help."
Willy is a 22-year-old man from Kenya. He is the the second born in a family of eight children. Willy's parents are peasant farmers. Willy was hit by a vehicle and sustained bilateral hip injuries. Willy has not received any treatment since the accident occurred, due to his family's tight finances. Willy is in pain and cannot stand or walk without support. Willy's family is not able to raise the funds needed for his treatment. Willy's mother says, “Please help my son go for surgery. Even if we went back home, there is no way could raise the money. In fact the money we used to come to the hospital was raised by well-wishers.” Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $1,231 to fund Willy's surgery. He will undergo surgery to repair his hip injuries on July 10.
Ketchina is an eight-year-old girl who lives with her parents and two sisters in Haiti. She is in the third grade and enjoys drawing and playing with dolls. Ketchina was born with tricuspid atresia, a type of congenital heart disease in which her heart only has three valves instead of four. This prevents oxygen-rich blood from properly circulating throughout her body, leaving her sick and short of breath. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Ketchina's air transportation to her surgery, which is scheduled to take place on July 5. Once there, Ketchina will receive the treatment that she needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. "I will be glad for the surgery to be over so that we can let Ketchina go to school and play with her friends without worrying about her," says Ketchina's mother.
Benson is a 25-year-old man from central Kenya. Benson is the first born in a family of three siblings. He and his father are mechanics, however their work is often quite irregular. Benson was riding a motorbike when it was hit by a vehicle. The accident resulted in a fractured left tibia. He was brought to the hospital and advised to have surgery before his injury becomes infected or more difficult to heal. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is seeking $998 to fund an open reduction internal fixation surgery for Benson, which is scheduled to take place on June 19. This procedure will realign the fractured bone and stabilize it using hardware. Benson hopes that the surgery will help his leg heal and that he will be able to go on working and living a normal life. Benson says, "I am so worried because I am still young. I really hope my leg will be healed and I will be able to walk again and hope to have my own family to care for one day.”
Tak is a 57-year-old farmer from Cambodia. She is a loving wife and mother to her four daughters and three sons. In her free time, she enjoys planting potatoes, tending to her vegetable garden, and cooking for her family. Almost one year ago, Tak fell from a tractor and fractured her right wrist. Tak visited a traditional healer to relieve the pain and stiffness in her fingers. Unfortunately, the pain has not subsided, and she still has difficulty using her hand. Tak and her husband recently drove four hours to the care center of our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, at the recommendation of a relative. Surgeons advised an arthroplasty of the pinky and ring finger joints of her right hand. This surgery will allow for Tak to use her hand easily again and without pain, meaning a return to caring for her garden. Tak is scheduled to undergo the arthroplasty on May 4. Our medical partner is requesting $450 to fund this treatment. This will cover Tak's surgery and hospital stay so that her hand can return to healthy function.
Daniela is a four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mother and four siblings. Born with cerebral palsy, Daniela has a close bond with her sister, who has looked after her since she was born. Daniela loves to curl up and nap next to her. Daniela was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition in which she does not receive sufficient nutrients to grow healthily. Beginning on March 6, Daniela will receive treatment at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $492 to fund Daniela's nutritional supplements and physician's fees. Additionally, funds will go towards an educational program that will teach Daniela's mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet for her with limited resources. After treatment, Daniela will be able to grow up healthily!
Phan is a 59-year-old housewife with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She likes to watch comedy programs on TV in her free time. Phan developed a cataract in each eye about two months ago, causing her blurred vision, irritation, cloudy lenses, and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do her work around the home, and go places on her own. She heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor. She traveled for one hour with her husband to reach CSC for treatment. At CSC, she learned she will need implants in each eye to help her see clearly. Her surgery is scheduled for March 13. Phan and her family cannot afford this surgery. Therefore, CSC is requesting $292 to fund the surgery. After her surgery, Phan will be able to see clearly!
Reynatris is a four-year-old girl. She was diagnosed with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus at birth. A hole in her heart, which normally closes shortly after birth, remained open. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and weak. Reynatris lives in eastern Dominican Republic with her mother, grandmother, and one younger sister. She loves to play dolls with her sister. Although Reynatris is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. She will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. First, Reynatris will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 15. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Reynatris also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Reynatris's surgical care. Reynatris's mother says, "I never thought it would be possible for Reynatris to have surgery. This is like a dream come true for our family."
Kyi is a 45-year-old agricultural day laborer who raises pigs for sale. She lives with her 77-year-old mother in a small house in Burma. In January of 2016, Kyi started feeling pain in her lower abdomen. She was also experiencing uncomfortable gynecological symptoms. Kyi was diagnosed with cervical polyps. Her doctors recommended that she undergo surgery, but she could not afford treatment. Kyi lived with her condition for another year, until a friend told her about our medical partner's care center, Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). Kyi made the journey to MTC and connected with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). On January 16, Kyi will undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy at BCMF's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. BCMF is asking for $220 in funds to cover the cost of surgery to treat her cervical polyps. "When I am well, I look forward to going home to look after my mother," says Kyi.
Kasangaki is a 67-year-old father of seventeen children. Two of his children are in primary school, and the rest are adults. Kasangaki works as a tailor. He often sews school uniforms for children. In 2001, Kasangaki developed a painful swelling in a sensitive area. He was referred to our medical partner's hospital, where he was diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia and was advised to have surgery. Due to pain, Kasangaki was unable to lift heavy items. He could not use his manual sewing machine, so he could not earn money to support his family. Without treatment, he risked intestine damage and worsening pain. On November 2, Kasangaki underwent hernia repair surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund this procedure. After recovery, Kasangaki hopes to return to work. He also plans to support his two children as they finish school. “I have hope that I will be well, since there are people willing to help me," shares Kasangaki.
Puja is a five-year-old child living in Nepal with her parents, brother, and grandparents. Her parents and grandparents work on their farm, and sell the surplus from their harvest for an income. Depending upon the harvest, they may have to supplement their earnings with other means. Two months ago, Puja fell off the porch of her house and fractured her right hand. Her parents took her to a nearby clinic for treatment, and she was provided a cast to stabilize her hand. Days later, while she was wearing the cast, she fell a second time off the roof of her house and re-fractured her hand. Her right hand has been painful and swollen ever since, and she needs help with eating, bathing, and getting dressed. Puja's family has been unable to seek treatment for her hand since her second accident. They tried seeking further evaluation at the nearby clinic, but her fracture was too extensive to be resolved at that location. Puja's father brought her to a care center under the oversight of our medical partner, Possible, for further treatment. Puja's doctors at Possible have recommended a surgical intervention to reset her hand and set in a cast. They tell us that for $195 Puja can receive the advanced orthopedic surgical procedure she needs, including supplies, imaging, medication, and casting. After her cast is removed, Puja's hand will no longer have swelling, and she will be able to do daily life activities easily and painlessly. "I hope her hand heals with this treatment," shares her father, "because I cannot afford to take her to a private hospital."