Dominick joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. Five years ago, Dominick became the 133rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,396 more people have become monthly donors! Dominick's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Rochel, a school principal from Haiti, to undergo prep for heart surgery.
Dominick has funded healthcare for 66 patients in 12 countries.
Rochel is a school principal from Haiti. He lives with his wife and six children on an island off the coast of Haiti; he is the principal of a local elementary school, and also a church pastor. Rochel has a cardiac condition called degenerative mitral valve disease. One of the four valves of his heart has gradually become weaker and less able to perform his function as he gets older; as a result, his heart cannot adequately pump blood through his body. Rochel will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On September 16th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will repair the valve so that it functions more normally. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $40000 to pay for surgery. Rochel's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Rochel's family overseas. Rochel says, "I am thankful to God and to everyone who is helping to make this surgery possible for me!"
On August 13th, after classes, Michale was playing with his friend at school. While fooling around, Michale’s friend poked him in the right eye. Right away, Michale’s eye began to hurt and his eye became watery. Eventually, he could no longer open his right eye. When he told a teacher about this, the teacher called his mother. His mother then took him back home before bringing him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand, on 15th August 2019. Unfortunately, that day was a full moon Buddhist holiday in Thailand. Therefor he had to wait till the next day to have his eye examined by a medic. After checking his eye the following day, the medic gave him an ointment for his eye and painkillers. On August 20th, he was referred to Mae So Hospital for further assessment. At the hospital, the ophthalmologist checked his eye, diagnosed him corneal perforation and informed him that he will likely have to remove his right eye and referred him to Chiang Mai Hospital (CMH) for further treatment. After he came back from the hospital, Michale told the MTC medic about what the doctor had said and how he could not afford to seek further treatment in Chiang Mai. Therefore, the MTC medic referred him to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) for assistance in accessing further treatment. Michale says, “I would like to become an engineer, so I would like to study engineering when I graduate from high school.”
Yun is a mother of three from Cambodia. She is 33 years old and has three daughters, and enjoys cooking food and watching romantic movies on television. When she was nine years old, Yun had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Yun experiences ear drainage, hearing loss, and itchiness. She is unable to hear clearly and struggles to find work. Yun traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 2nd, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. "I hope that my wife'ss surgery will go well so she can feel better and I won't have to worry about her condition anymore." - Yun's Husband
Chang is a 41-year-old market seller from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and enjoys cooking for her children and doing the housework in her spare time. Four years ago, Chang had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Chang experiences hearing loss, infection, discharge, and headaches. She is not able to hear properly and experiences daily discomfort. Chang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 5, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope that my surgery is successful and that my ear will heal and my hearing will improve."
Muhabe is a young student from Tanzania. He was diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he is not able to walk for long distances without pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Muhabe. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 16. Treatment will hopefully restore Muhabe's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Muhabe says, “I would like to become a doctor when I grow up so that I can help other people in need of medical care.”
Dennis is a young student from Kenya. He is the youngest in his family. Dennis has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Dennis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 2. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Dennis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I am seeking for support. I want to see my son walking uprightly. God bless you," says his father.
Mary is a farmer from Kenya. She is married and a mother of seven children. In 1998, Mary began to experience troubling symptoms, including neck swelling, difficulty swallowing, and breathing. She was diagnosed with a multinodular goiter. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mary receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on March 28 at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $641, and she and her family need help raising money.
Prickson is a father of six and a grandfatherfrom Malawi. He is a farmer who truly enjoys tending to his garden and spending time with his family. Since 2010, Prickson 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 Prickson's surgery. On January 29, 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. Prickson was very excited to find out he will be able to have surgery. He says, "I am very thankful for this project, please continue to help others."
Kobilo is a farmer from Kenya. She has five children. As a farmer, she plants millet and sorghum for her family’s consumption. This month, Kobilo was involved in a road traffic accident while she was crossing the road. She lost consciousness for hours, and she was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. Kobilo sustained a severe tibia fibula fracture. She is now unable to walk or stand using her right leg. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 23, Kobilo 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 $968 to fund this procedure. Kobilo says, “I want to be able to walk, sit, and even feed by myself like any other person.”
Koem is a vegetable seller from Cambodia. She has two sons and four daughters. She likes to read and spend time with her children. Three years ago, she developed knee pain due to arthritis. She must rely on others to help her walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, Koem learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total knee replacement to relieve Koem of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for October 18, and Koem needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "After surgery, I hope the pain will go away and I hope I can walk again soon."
Joyce is a farmer from Kenya. She is a mother of three children. Joyce has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Joyce. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3. After treatment, Joyce will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Joyce says, “My prayer is to be treated and fight off the cancer. I hope that soon it will be over.”
Santiago is a child from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. For one year, Santiago has been experiencing difficulty breathing, especially at night. This has caused him to have problems sleeping. Santiago was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Santiago, which is scheduled to take place on October 19. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Santiago of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Santiago’s mother says, “Santiago’s father abandoned us due to his condition. I am left to provide for them. Please help my son get the surgery. I can’t afford it.”