Talea joined Watsi on September 18th, 2015. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Talea's most recent donation supported Renee, a six-month-old baby girl from Kenya, to fund hydrocephalus surgery.
Talea has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Renee is a six-month-old baby girl from Kenya. She was born prematurely at 30 weeks, she spent her first three weeks in the nursery gaining strength. Renee's mother noticed that her head was growing abnormally when compared with her body. Two months ago, Renee was diagnosed with hydrocephalus—a condition that causes an excess of fluid to build up in the brain, causing the skull to swell. If Renee does not receive treatment, she will be at risk of delayed development, impaired vision, and permanent brain damage. Renee's family lives in a one room rental house on the coast of Kenya. Her mother quit her job to stay at home to look after Renee, while her father is a public service vehicle driver. Renee's family is unable to pay for her medical needs. Renee’s mother says, “It is hard to raise the required funds for my daughter’s surgical care. I will appreciate any help we can get." On May 25, Renee will undergo a hydrocephalus surgery. Renee’s family is contributing $52 towards the cost of surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund this procedure. The requested $685 pays for surgical materials, medication, and five nights of hospital stay.
Avila, a two-year-old girl from Tanzania, loves to walk and play with other children. Beloved by her family and older sibling, she is a happy and friendly girl. Last year, Avila had heart surgery. She is doing well, but some excess nose tissue has grown on the bridge of her nose and changed her appearance. Avila’s parents are concerned about the swelling and hope that the nose tissue can be removed, so their daughter can live a comfortable and normal life with confidence. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), shares, “If untreated, the abnormal appearance will reduce Avila’s self-confidence as she continues to grow due to criticism from her peers.” Avila’s mother works as a tailor, and her father works as a motorcycle driver. Her parents work hard to take care of both of their children. Last year, Avila’s parents spent a large portion of their income on treatment for Avila’s heart condition and cannot afford the $920 it will cost to have Avila’s excess nose tissue removed. AMHF explains, “Avila will have better facial aesthetics and better quality of life.” “My daughter has come a long way and I will be happy to see her without the excess tissue on her nose," Avila's mother shares. "Normal facial appearance will boost her self-confidence as a teenager and an adult as well."
Meet Anibal, a 13-month-old boy from Guatemala who has acute malnutrition. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), introduces him as, “the youngest of five children. The children live together with their parents in a small adobe mud house.” Unfortunately, WK reports, the family does not “have the resources to feed Anibal properly.” As a result, Anibal’s growth has been stunted and he must face other negative consequences. WK explains, “Anibal is suffering from malnutrition and resulting throat and respiratory infections. When Anibal was born he was small and has struggled to grow well ever since. He cries often and used to suffer from bowel spasms.” Furthermore, WK says, “Without intervention, Anibal will continue to lose height and weight, his immune system will become extremely fragile, his physical and brain development will be stunted, and he will be at increased risk of problems such as chronic disease and infections and decreased economic productivity later in life.” With $535 in funding, not only Anibal’s, but also his entire family’s health and quality of life will improve. WK explains, “This treatment will provide Anibal with micronutrient and food supplementation and he will start to recoup the height and weight he has lost. His risk of chronic disease will decrease and his mother will receive the education she needs to supply the best nutrition possible. She will feel confident in her abilities, and perhaps be able to apply what she learns to the health of her next child, thus preventing malnutrition all together.” Treatment will allow Anibal to grow up and pursue the things that he enjoys. WK tells us, “Anibal loves to play with plastic balls and watch his brothers play soccer, which is his family’s favorite sport. His sisters love to play with Anibal too, and they often carry him around on their backs and dance with him in their arms. Anibal’s favorite food is peaches (it’s peach season here!) and his sisters often climb into the trees to pick fruit, so they can all share it.” Anibal’s mother shares, “I am so happy! I want to do all that I can to improve what I can afford and what I can give him.”