Jackie joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jackie's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Htet, a two-year-old girl from Burma, to fund hydrocephalus repair.
Jackie has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 10 countries.
Jackie has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 10 countries.
Htet is a two-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents in the south of the country. Her father works as a driver, and her mother had to give up her job in order to care for Htet. When Htet was born, her head was abnormally shaped and larger than most. As she got older, her head continued to grow larger and larger. Currently, she is unable to hold her head up or turn it from side to side. She is developing slowly in other areas as a result of this condition and, at two years old, remains unable to walk, talk, or even crawl. Doctors have attempted to install a shunt for Htet three times since she was born, all without success. Her family is now in considerable debt from the cost of these procedures. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Htet's operation. She is scheduled for surgery on October 13 at our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. "Even throughout all of the hardships, we refuse to give up hope. We believe that our daughter will have a happy and healthy future where she can learn and go on to pursue whatever dreams she may have," Htet's father says.
Berthony is a 24-year-old young man from Haiti. He lives with his mother in Port-au-Prince. Berthony is currently a university student studying engineering. When not studying, he enjoys making art. Berthony has a cardiac condition called severe mitral and aortic regurgitation, a result of rheumatic fever he had in adolescence. Due to his condition, blood backs up into his heart and does not properly circulate throughout his body. On August 18, Berthony will be flown to the Dominican Republic, where he will be treated at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Pediatrico Robert Reid Cabral. Mitral Foundation has contributed $10,000 towards Berthony's care. His 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 his family. "I would like to thank all of my supporters for working so hard to make my surgery possible, I know it has not been easy!" says Berthony.
“I need your help to support my child's medical needs,” says Mekliet's mother, a woman from Ethiopia. She lost her husband in a car accident when she was six months pregnant with Mekliet. The two now live with Mekliet’s grandmother, and have no income source of their own. Mekliet, who is now five months old, was born with anorectal malformation. As a result, she experiences bowel dysfunction. For $1,500, we can sponsor a procedure on September 21 to repair her condition. This will cover the costs of her lab tests, medications, and one-day hospital stay.
Thu is an 18-year-old teenager from Burma. He lives with his family and works as a migrant day laborer. In fifth grade, Thu was diagnosed with a heart defect, which causes him heart palpitations and joint pain. Recently, while Thu was working, he fell ill as a result of his heart condition. He was taken to a local hospital and from there referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). On July 18, Thu will undergo a mitral valve replacement surgery at BCMF's care center, Lampang Hospital. BCMF is asking for $1,500 to cover the cost of Thu's surgery. Thu is looking forward to his treatment and recovery!
Karim is a 46-year-old baker from Cambodia who is married with one son, one daughter, and two grandchildren. Karim enjoys watching the news during his free time. He is also an avid soccer fan. One year ago, Karim developed a cataract in each eye. A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque and cloudy. Karim is experiencing blurred vision and extreme sensitivity to light due to this condition. He also has trouble seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere by himself. Karim traveled three hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Surgeons at CSC recommended replacing the lenses with artificial ones. On May 17, Karim will receive this procedure, and CSC is requesting $292 to help fund it. Post-surgery, Karim will be able to see clearly again.
Then is a 70-year-old married woman who has four daughters and three sons. She likes to watch TV and look after her grandchildren in her free time. Diabetes has caused necrosis, or tissue death, in Then's left foot. She went to a hospital in Vietnam, but her symptoms did not improve. It is difficult for Then to walk, and she is in pain. The hospital referred Then to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). She traveled four hours with her daughter to reach CSC for treatment. Surgeons at CSC will perform an amputation surgery on her left leg. Her treatment is scheduled for February 24. CSC is requesting $446 to help fund this treatment, as Then cannot afford it on her own. This procedure will help ease her pain and allow her to walk easily again.
Since her birth two months ago, Melany has been growing too slowly. Her mother has been unable to produce sufficient breast milk to nourish Melany. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration, as well as provoke electrolyte imbalances that can cause seizures. Brain development occurring during this delicate time can also be compromised, putting Melany at risk of long-term damage. To stabilize her condition, Melany was given a preliminary supply of formula. This will last until the nutritionist at our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, can create a nutritional plan and formally begin treatment. Melany lives with her parents and three siblings in rural Guatemala. Her father works driving cars and trucks, and her mother takes care of the home. Her parents do not have the financial resources to pay for the baby formula that Melany needs. Her family’s limited resources put treatment for Melany outside of economic reach. Watsi is asking for $1,107 to fund Melany's treatment, which will begin on January 30. Your donation will help supply Melany's mother with baby formula and health education, which will ensure Melany receives the calories she needs to grow and thrive. One-on-one education with Melany’s mother will teach her the signs of malnutrition and other illnesses, as well as how to create a nutritious, inexpensive diet for Melany. Melany’s immune system will strengthen, and she will grow to be a healthy, energetic baby. "We want Melany to become a nurse," say Melany's parents, "so that she can help others just as she is being helped."
Flora is a 46-year-old woman from Malawi. She lives with her husband, with whom she has five children and six grandchildren. Flora works as a farmer to support her family, and she enjoys spending time with her friends and family in her down time. Since July 2016, Flora has been experiencing abdominal pain that has interfered with her ability to work and care for her family. She was diagnosed with abnormal growths in her uterus, known as fibroids. On March 22, Flora will undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure to remove her uterus. She will receive treatment at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is asking for $650 to fund her surgery and accompanying lab, medication, and hospital fees. Flora is looking forward to being healthy again!
Athumani is a newborn from Tanzania. He is the second-born of twins. Soon after his birth, Athumani's mother noticed that her son had an abnormal back. After visiting a government hospital, she was referred to a Watsi medical partner hospital, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). There, she learned that Athumani has myelomeningocele and hydrocephalus. Essentially, part of Athumani's back did not develop properly, and his spinal cord was exposed. He was at risk of infections or spinal cord damage. He needed surgery to repair his back. ALMC doctors began treating Athumani on October 17, 2016. His treatment plan includes a myelomeningocele and hydrocephalus repair to restore spine function and prevent further infection. Unfortunately, Athumani's parents have no means to pay for this treatment. They are farmers who plant maize and beans. They need help to cover his $1,200 treatment, which includes Athumani's surgery, hospital stay, and medications.
Sothea is an eight-year-old first grader from Cambodia. She has two younger sisters and enjoys playing games. Sothea and her mother traveled one hour to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Sothea has been diagnosed with rhinopharyngitis, an inflammation of the areas behind the nose and mouth. She developed hypertrophy of the tonsils, which caused her tonsils to enlarge. Sothea was treated at a hospital in Phnom Penh, but she still experiences throat pain and difficulty swallowing. Surgeons at CSC will remove Sothea's tonsils and adenoids on January 12. This procedure will relieve her of pain and allow her to feel comfortable again. CSC is requesting $221 in funding. "I hope that after the operation my daughter can eat well, sleep and be in good health," says Sothea's mother.
Rahab is a 48-year-old woman from Kenya. She is the single mother of two children and a leader in her village. Rahab farms to earn a living, and she acts as the secretary in her community's women's group. She lives in her parents' home with her ten siblings. Rahab was diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, she would be at risk of cancer metastasis. On November 7, 2016, she underwent a mastectomy surgery. Rahab has spent much of her savings receiving diagnostic scans and mammograms. She needs help to fund this $816 procedure. “I want to be well to continue serving my children and the village," says Rahab.
Yeferson was born just a few weeks ago. Since then, however, his mother has been unable to produce enough breastmilk. As a result, Yeferson is losing weight and not growing. When he is hungry, his mother gives him warm water in a bottle. This limited diet is insufficient and has dangerous implications for Yeferson's health. Lactation failure can lead to starvation and dehydration. Brain development is compromised, and Yeferson is at risk of long-term damage. Fortunately, he began treatment on November 22. Yeferson lives with his parents, two sisters, and brother in rural Guatemala. The family owns their own home, but their resources are limited. Yeferson’s father works in agriculture, which means his income is inconsistent. He needs help to fund this $1,107 treatment. Yeferson's treatment will be simple and effective. He will receive formula, which will give him the protein, calories, and nutrients he needs to grow and develop. His mother will receive in-home nutrition education, so she will learn low-cost ways to prevent future cases of malnutrition. Yeferson's immune system will strengthen, and he will grow up to be a healthy, energetic baby. "I don't want him to get sick," says Yeferson's mother. "I want to see him grow healthy and happy. I appreciate the help you will give my son, and when he is grown, I would like him to be a professor to give classes in the school."