Pat joined Watsi on December 25th, 2014. 86 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Pat's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Yee (BB), a baby boy from Burma, to fund brain surgery.
Pat has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 13 countries.
Pat has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 13 countries.
Yee (BB) is a ten-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Karen State. His grandfather and father are subsistence farmers who grow rice. The family also raises chickens and pigs, which they usually sell when they need money. Yee (BB) was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Yee (BB), which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30, and, once completed, will greatly improve Yee (BB)'s quality of life. Yee (BB)'s mother says, "I am far from my home to take care of my son (Yee (BB) ) more than two months now. I miss home but I am worry for my son and sad to see he is suffering."
Meshack is a baby from Kenya. He is a very energetic child who likes playing. Meshack is the youngest in a family of two children. Meshack has clubfoot of both his feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Meshack traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 3. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Meshack's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I will greatly appreciate any help aimed at making my son walk well,” Meshack’s mother says.
Naw December is a mother of eight children from Burma. She lives with her husband and eight children. Naw December and her husband are farmers. In November 2017, Naw December noticed that she could not sit due to pain in her stomach and back. She went to the nearest clinic, where the doctor examined her and prescribed medication. The medication did not help, and the pain continued to worsen. The doctor then suggested that she visit Mae Tao Clinic (MTC), our medical partner's care center. Once there, she was referred to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) for an x-ray. She was diagnosed with gallstones. Naw December has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Naw December's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Naw December is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on August 28. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Naw December's procedure and care. Naw December says, "Now, I experience the abdominal pain and a dry throat, and am stressed because I do not have money to continue visiting hospitals. I hope to get better soon and help out on the farm."
Richard is a laborer from Kenya. He is married and a father of two children. One day in June, as Richard was going home from work, he was hit by a vehicle and sustained an open fracture of his right tibia bone. He is not able to walk and uses a wheelchair to move. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On July 12, Richard will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again and go back to work once he is fully recovered. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I have a lot of pain and am afraid to delay the surgery. My family is still very young and require my support. Kindly help me so that I can be well again to earn for my family," he says.
Kasimi is a man from Kenya. He works on a plantation and is a father of five children. His wife also works as a laborer. Recently, Kasimi sustained a spinal injury. Without treatment, it could result in total paralysis. Currently, he is wearing a brace for support. Fortunately, Kasimi is scheduled to undergo a spinal fusion surgery at our medical partner's care center on June 5. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund the treatment. Kasimi says, “I wish to be treated and resume my fatherly duties."
Catherina is a grandmother from Kenya. She lives with her daughter and her three grandchildren. Recently, Catherina lost her balance and fell, sustaining an injury in her right hand. Later, Catherina’s hand started swelling. She was diagnosed with a proximal spiral humerus fracture. Catherina is in a lot of pain, and she cannot lift or move her hand. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 24, Catherina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Catherina will no longer be in pain. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. “I am having sleepless nights, I hope I will receive my treatment soon," says Catherina.
Agape is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the last-born child in a family of four children. Agape loves watching television and coloring books. His father is a farmer, and his mother is a religion teacher in a local school. For two years, Agape has been experiencing regular fevers, difficulty swallowing, and sleep apnea. Frequent illness has caused his parents to spend a lot of their earnings on hospital visits. Agape 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 Agape, which is scheduled to take place on April 12. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Agape of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Agape’s father says, “Thank you for helping my son get this treatment, he suffers throughout the night with breathing heavily and wakes up crying. Please help him get well.”
David is a baby from Kenya. He is very active. His father is a street vendor, while his mother is housewife. David 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, David traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 26. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund David's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. David's father says, “I will be happy to receive help. God Bless you.”
Kilta is a baby from Ethiopia. He is the eighth child in his family. Kilta's parents are traditional farmers. Kilta was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Kilta is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on March 1. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Kilta's procedure and care. After his recovery, Kilta will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. His mother says, “My husband is a traditional farmer with low income and I am a house wife. We have eight children to support and for this reason we can’t cover our boy’s medical bill. It is our hope that we get your help so that our child can be as healthy as any other children.”
Kervens is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents, two older sisters, and two older brothers in Jacmel, a city on the southern coast of Haiti. He is in the ninth grade. Kervens has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole, making it more difficult for the heart to properly circulate blood through his body. Kervens will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On January 25, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will insert a catheter into his heart and use a device to close the hole. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $12,000 to pay for surgery. Kervens'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 Kervens's family overseas. He says, "I am looking forward to being able to play soccer after my surgery!"
Meet two-year-old Gustavo. He lives with his mother, grandmother, and aunts and uncles in rural Guatemala. Gustavo loves eating vegetables and porridge. Gustavo has been diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a medical condition in which the testes remained undescended. Without surgery, Gustavo is at risk of developing a hernia, infertility, or testicular cancer. On September 6, Gustavo will undergo an orchidopexy surgery to correct his condition. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,500 in donations to fund Gustavo's surgery and hospital stay. This amount will also cover travel and accommodation costs for his mother. "I have no doubt that Gustavo will feel better after his surgery. I thank you with my entire heart for all this help you have given us. May God bless you all," says Gustavo's mother.
Chan Seyha is a fifth grader from Cambodia. He is one of four boys. He likes playing with his brothers. Four years ago, Chan Seyha 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, Chan Seyha experiences hearing loss and ear discharge. He is missing school and feels uncomfortable. Chan Seyha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 8, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his 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. His mother says, "I hope my son can get better and go back to school."