Marie joined Watsi on December 16th, 2015. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Marie's most recent donation supported Vanna, a woman from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery.
Marie has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 10 countries.
Marie has funded healthcare for 31 patients in 10 countries.
Vanna is a factory worker from Cambodia. She has three brothers. She is married and has one son and one daughter. She likes to tend to her vegetable garden. Vanna has strabismus in her right eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. She has blurred vision and photophobia. Vanna traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 1, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Vanna needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. She says, "I hope my surgery is successful and I can return to work soon."
Ngwe is a 61-year-old from Burma. She lives with her husband, grandson, and niece. Both Ngwe and her husband used to be farmers, but now her son supports the family. He is a farmer as well, but he does not live in the same village. Last month, Ngwe began to experience pain and troubling gynecological 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, Ngwe's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Ngwe is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on April 17. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Ngwe will be feel more comfortable and she will no longer experience pain and bleeding anymore. “I want to pray more at the Buddhist temple and give more offerings. I also want to be able to cook again, clean, and take care of my home. I do not want to go back to work; I feel that my body is too old to put up with physical work from now on," says Ngwe.
Abdala is a boy from Tanzania. He is an eight-year-old who loves school and enjoys teaching his friends how to read. His father earns a living by fixing machines, and his mother sells mandazi (Tanzanian donuts) on the side of the road. In August 2016, Abdala was burned in an accident with a cooking fire. He is not able to use his right hand at all. This means he cannot wash, write, or flex his fingers. For this reason, he is unable to keep up with his classmates at school. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Abdala receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to allow Abdallah to have full flexion of his arm. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Abdallah says, “I hope I will be able to write again with my right hand once my surgery is done. I love school and I cannot wait to go back. Thank you for helping me get this treatment.”
Ann is a bar attendant from Kenya. She is a mother of four children. In early February, Ann was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle when they were hit from behind by a hit-and-run vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with femur fracture and cervical spine fracture. She is not able to sit, stand, or walk and is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 16, Ann will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Ann says, “I wish to be treated and leave the hospital when am much better. I still need to provide for my children."
Nailoisi is a baby from Tanzania. She is the fourth born in a family of four children. Nailoisi’s mother sells sugar in her village, and her father is a motorcycle taxi driver. Nailoisi 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, Nailoisi traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on January 11. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Nailoisi's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily and without pain. Nailoisi’s mother says, “I am grateful to find treatment for my daughter this soon. I could not stand the idea that my daughter will not be able to walk normally or not walk at all. I am very grateful for the help my daughter is receiving. Thank you.”
Nerlo is a student from Haiti. He lives in a rural area in southwest Haiti with his grandmother. He is in the first grade in school. Nerlo has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Without treatment, this would be fatal. Nerlo will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On December 14, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will close the hole in his heart with a patch, and remove the muscular blackage in the valve. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $19,000 to pay for surgery. Nerlo'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 Nerlo's family overseas. His grandmother says, "I would like to ask God to bless everyone who is helping my grandson have his surgery!"
Rawda is a six-month-old baby living in Ethiopia with her mother. She loves to drink juice and play with her mother. Rawda's mother is a housewife, and her father is a daily laborer. Her father has a small income, which can only support their daily needs. Rawda was born with an abnormal bowel condition. Soon after birth, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency procedure. She needs to continue treatment to fully correct the condition. “I can’t afford for my child's medical bill because I don’t have my own income and my husband’s income is too little to cover our daily costs in the house," Rawda's mother explains. "I am here though the help of another organization. All I have is hope to see my baby healthy.” Rawda's doctors have scheduled a procedure to correct her sensitive condition. The total cost of the procedure is $1,500, and covers supplies, medications, imaging, and one day of inpatient care. Her procedure is scheduled for July 27.
Estherline is a 14-year-old girl who lives with her parents and four siblings in Haiti. Before she became sick, Estherline enjoyed going to school and church, and playing with her brothers and sisters. Several years ago, Estherline contracted rheumatic fever, which caused damage to her heart. She developed a condition called mitral and aortic regurgitation, where blood backs up into her heart and does not properly circulate through her body. This condition causes Estherline to experience shortness of breath, painful breathing, fatigue, and swelling of the legs. If left untreated, her condition could become fatal. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, Estherline is scheduled to undergo heart surgery to correct her condition on July 6. Although Estherline's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/b6c83c8bebe1-estherline) to our medical partner's care center has already been funded by Watsi, she is still in need of $1,500 to cover the cost of her heart surgery prep. The organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is also subsidizing Estherline's surgery, donating $27,000 to cover the rest of her medical bills. "I will pray that God blesses everyone that is helping our family through our daughter's illness," her mother says.
Ponleu is an 18-year-old taxi driver who lives in Cambodia. He has three sisters and three brothers. In his free time, he likes to watch action movies on TV, listen to music, and drink coffee. Two years ago, Ponleu was involved in a car accident in which his left thigh was lacerated. He went to a provincial hospital for treatment, and he recovered and walked normally again after one year. On March 4, Ponleu fractured his left leg. He went to a private clinic, where surgeons performed an ORIF—open reduction and internal fixation—procedure and attached hardware to heal the fracture. On April 3, his parents took him to Vietnam to remove the hardware and perform an external fixation procedure. Pathology results from that procedure showed that he has osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones. Ponleu knew about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), because his uncle had eye surgery there before. Ponleu returned from Vietnam on May 4 and traveled for eight hours with his father to reach Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre (CSC's care center) for evaluation and treatment by doctors. Ponleu's left knee is painful and swollen, and it is difficult for him to walk. On May 9, surgeons at CSC will perform an above-the-knee amputation to keep the cancer from spreading and to relieve Ponleu's pain. CSC requests $446 to pay for the operation, four nights in the hospital, food, and post-operative care. Let's help fund surgery for Ponleu!
Dany is six months old, and he is underweight and small for his age. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Dany will begin malnutrition treatment on June 8, 2016. Dany lives with his family in Guatemala’s rural highlands. He loves playing with his toy plastic horse and eating his favorite foods, which are rice and soup. He is a friendly, happy baby, and he makes everyone around him smile. Dany’s father works every day in the local countryside, cultivating blackberries and corn, which he later sells in the local market. Dany’s mother stays at home and takes care of the family and their household needs. Dany’s parents worry about their son’s growth, but they do not have the resources to pay for Dany’s $492 malnutrition treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Dany recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Dany a chance to grow healthy and strong. Dany’s mother says, “Thank you so much for this support my son will receive. I am very happy to be a part of the nutrition program and hope that with time my son gets better.”
Yeth is a 65-year-old woman from Cambodia. She is married and has four sons, three daughters, and over ten grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray and join ceremonies. About one year ago, Yeth developed a cataract in each eye, causing blurred vision and tearing. Since then, it has been difficult for her to see things clearly and work. Fortunately, she learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Yeth and her son traveled for three hours to reach CSC for treatment. Now, CSC is requesting $292 to fund a small-incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each eye. She is scheduled to receive the surgery on February 14. Successful completion of this procedure will restore clear vision in both of Yeth's eyes.
Fortunate is a 17-year-old young woman from Uganda. She is the first born in a family of seven. Her parents work as small farmers to support their family. Fortunate is in school and is expecting her first child. Due to her young age, Fortunate's pregnancy is considered high risk. As a result, she needs to be monitored closely in case she needs a Caesarean section. Beginning on June 22, Fortunate will be monitored at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $241 to cover the cost of her treatment and ensure she has a safe delivery. “I pray for the donors' blessing because they are so generous," says Fortunate's mother, Catherine."Thank you so much for helping with my daughter’s treatment.”