Farzaneh joined Watsi on September 10th, 2013. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Farzaneh's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Christina, a baby from Tanzania, to fund treatment for hydrocephalus.
Farzaneh has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 10 countries.
Farzaneh has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 10 countries.
Christina is a playful, happy child from Tanzania. She has hydrocephalus, a condition where there is excess fluid around the brain. This condition causes regular fever, irritation, and vomiting. If the hydrocephalus is not addressed now, Christina’s head will continue to grow, causing increased pressure on her brain. Christina's mother noticed her head was growing abnormally at three months of age and began to seek treatment. A surgeon diagnosed hydrocephalus and said the pressure needs to be relieved as soon as possible in order to ensure Christina has a chance at a normal life. Christina's treatment date is August 7. Christina’s parents are small-scale farmers, who mainly grow crops for home consumption. The family of six all lives together in one home in Tanzania. They need help raising $1,238 to pay for treatment. “I just want for my child to be healthy again," says Christina’s mother.
Meet Saly, a 47-year-old married man from Cambodia. He is a retired soldier and farmer, and he likes to spend his time watching TV and doing housework. Two years ago, Saly was diagnosed with skin cancer. Saly has now developed a swollen lymph node in a sensitive area, causing him pain and discomfort. He requires surgery to remove the lymph node and a biopsy to determine if the cancer has spread. Saly traveled for four hours with his brother to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, for treatment. He will undergo surgery on April 27. With $224, we can help Saly to feel comfortable again.
Chhorm is a 28-year-old man from Cambodia. He works as a credit officer and likes to watch TV and movies in his free time. Over a year ago, Chhorm had a severe accident causing open fractures in his left tibia, ulna, femur, and patella. He went to a hospital for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. It is still difficult and painful for Chhorm to walk. After hearing about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Chhorm traveled for five hours with his brother to reach treatment. On February 22, surgeons at CSC will perform a procedure to realign the bones in Chhorm's left hand, leg, and foot. CSC has requested $411 for the treatment. The surgery will allow Chhorm to walk and move easily again.
Bunna is a 14-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has three brothers and one sister. In his free time, he enjoys playing football, going on Facebook, and reading books. When he was four years old, Bunna developed an ear infection in his left ear. This infection perforated his tympanic membrane (eardrum), resulting in constant ringing and buzzing, hearing loss, and some discharge. Because of this, it is hard for young Bunna to hear at school. He traveled for three hours with his father to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. ENT surgeons at CSC will perform a myringoplasty procedure on Bunna's left ear to close the perforation in his eardrum. Once this is completed, his hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $423 to fund Bunna's treatment, scheduled for April 25.
Miguel is a quiet four-year-old boy from the mountainous regions of the Philippines. He lives with his family in a small bamboo house. His home does not have electricity, and his family goes to a local spring to retrieve water. Miguel has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens his growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, he will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 24. Miguel will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Miguel's mother says, "I want him to recover from malnutrition and finish his studies."
Five-year-old Malia lives with her parents and older siblings in Haiti. She is especially attached to her father, who works in construction. Malia was born with a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. As a result, blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her feeling weak. To close the hole in her heart, Malia will need surgery. First, Malia will undergo a full cardiac assessment on January 18. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Malia also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $3,500 to cover additional costs associated with Malia's surgical care. "I want to thank everyone for being so kind and caring to my daughter and to our family," shares Malia's father.
Seyha is a 13-year-old boy in the eighth grade. He lives in Cambodia and has two older brothers. He likes to play soccer, read books, and watch TV in his free time. Seyha developed an ear infection in his left ear when he was three months old. He was treated with antibiotics from a pharmacy, but his symptoms did not improve. Seyha experiences discomfort and and hearing loss. On January 25, doctors at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a myringoplasty procedure in Seyha's left ear. After the surgery, his hearing will improve. CSC is requesting $399 for this procedure. Seyha says, "I hope that I can have good hearing."
Yaneli is an eight-year-old girl from Guatemala. She often feels too tired to play or go to school. She also experiences frequent headaches. Yaneli has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. She is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, she began malnutrition treatment on December 23, 2016. Yaneli lives with her mother and two brothers in rural Guatemala. She is a sweet girl who loves to play with her little brother. She just finished second grade at her local elementary school. Yaneli's mother is a single parent who works hard to provide for her children. Unfortunately, she cannot afford healthcare. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $512 to fund Yaneli's treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Yaneli recover. She will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children her age, and her immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach her mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Yaneli a chance to grow healthy and strong. "I looked for your help because I don't have the resources that my daughter needs in order to be treated," says Yaneli's mother. "My wish is that she can get better and grow so that she can become a professional."
Naine is a 55-year-old man from Nepal. About three months ago, he began to experience pain on the left side of his abdomen. He had difficulty walking or lifting heavy weight. He traveled for three hours to seek treatment at our medical partner's hospital, Bayalpata Hospital. On November 18, Naine underwent hernia repair surgery. Doctors removed the bulging tissue in his abdomen to relieve the pressure that was causing him pain. Naine lives with his wife and five children. He works in India to support his family, while his wife tends to their cattle and farm. They need help to fund this $451 procedure. Naine says he is "grateful" to be receiving care.
Ronil is a three-year old-boy from the Philippines. He loves to play with his friends. Ronil's parents are street vendors who have difficulty providing enough food for him. He lives in congested city where cleanliness is a major problem, so eating what they have can be hazardous. As a result, Ronil is currently living with acute malnutrition. He began treatment on October 17, 2016. Ronil is being treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under 5 in ICM communities is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM's professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening.
Zakeyu is a 74-year-old farmer from a village in Malawi's Central Region. He has six children and nine grandchildren, and supports his family through farming and various household tasks. In his free time, Zakeyu enjoys chatting with his wife. Three months ago, Zakeyu started experiencing pain as a result of an enlarged prostate. Since he began experiencing symptoms, Zakeyu has been unable to work. This condition is benign and easily treated through surgery, and luckily he is now able to access such treatment. $726 will fund the prostate resection surgery Zakeyu needs to get healthy. After his operation, Zakeyu is looking forward to returning home to his farm and family.
Phal is a 48-year-old farmer from Cambodia with three sons and a daughter. He enjoys cooking food and looking after his children. Two years ago, Phal was in a motor vehicle accident. He fractured his right ankle and received some treatment at private clinics. However, his pain remains. Phal traveled three hours with his daughter to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Center (CSC), to receive treatment. He continues to complain of right ankle pain and limited range of motion. Doctors at CSC have diagnosed Phal's condition as ankle arthritis and will perform a joint arthrodesis procedure on his right ankle. $392 in funding will cover the costs of this procedure. Surgeons will mend Phal's ankle joint with metal plates or screws, and eventually a bone graft will fuse the bones together. He will be able to walk again with ease after he heals completely. With our support, Phal can return to his family in good health.