Christian, engineer, husband, dog(s) owner in Cambridge, MA
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Ernest joined Watsi on December 9th, 2014. 405 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ernest's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Yohana, a boy from Tanzania, to fund burn repair surgery.
Ernest has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 11 countries.
Ernest has funded healthcare for 39 patients in 11 countries.
Yohana is a student from Tanzania. He is nine years old and is in second grade. Yohana lives with his parents, who are both maize farmers. Several years ago, Yohana was burned while sitting near the fireplace in their kitchen. His clothes caught fire, burning the left side of his body. His parents took him to the hospital, where he was hospitalized for several months and was finally discharged. However, he has remained with burn contractures. Yohana cannot stretch his left hand or carry things. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Yohana receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. After recovery, Yohana will be able to attend school again, carry things, and play happily. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Yohana says, "I will be happy return to school after getting treated. I miss my friends very much and can't wait to rejoin them."
Chheng Lim is a mother of five children from Cambodia. She is a rice farmer. She likes to spend time planting vegetables in her garden. For the last two years, she has been experiencing pain in her left hip. She has not been able to work and isn't able to help around the house. Fortunately, Chheng Lim learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Chheng Lim of her pain and allow her to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 8, and Chheng Lim needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. She says, "I want to work so I can help my husband and children support our family."
"Since my condition began to worsen, I've had to stop working,” shares Khin, a 52-year-old woman from Burma. “This has been emotionally hard for me, as I want to help support my family.” Khin’s entire family lives and works on their rice farm. They are able to harvest about 100 tons of rice each year. They use their harvest to feed themselves, and sometimes are able to use the surplus to trade for other items they need. About 20 years ago, Khin noticed a small lump on her neck. At the time, she did not think anything of it. However, a couple months ago she began to experience serious pain in her neck and upper back. She also noticed that the lump on her neck was getting larger. Khin was eventually diagnosed with thyroiditis, and told she would need surgery to remove part of her thyroid. Without this procedure, she will continue to live in pain. However, her family is barely able to get by on their rice harvest from day to day, and does not have the money necessary to pay for this operation. That’s where you come in. By contributing to our $1,500 fundraising goal, you can help sponsor Khin’s thyroid removal on December 11, as well as the necessary lab tests and week-long hospital stay. “My family are all extremely stressed and worried about my health and future,” says Khin. Let’s put their worries to rest.
Talusha is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents, brothers, and sisters in a coastal town in northern Haiti. She is in the fourth grade and enjoys going to school, especially studying math and science. Talusha has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through the hole, leaving her weak and short of breath. Talusha will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 4, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a catheter to close the hole in her heart with a device. Another organization, Health City Cayman Islands, is contributing $12,000 to pay for surgery. Talusha'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 Talusha's family overseas. We are also fundraising for her [transportation costs](https://watsi.org/profile/a2d3bef5c7ed-talusha). She says, "I am excited to get to ride in a plane and see a new country!"
Titus is a 37-year-old father from Kenya who lives with his wife and four-year-old child. Titus used to provide for his family as a bus driver, however he has been unable to work since a bus accident caused a fracture in Titus's left tibia. His wife now works on farms whenever she can. Because Titus's fractured leg has rendered him unable to walk, doctors have advised that he receive a bone transport. For his first bone transport, Titus organized a fundraiser with friends and family, however he unfortunately could not generate enough money to foot his hospital bill. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund a second bone transport for Titus, which is scheduled to take place on June 23. Without treatment, Titus will be at risk of malunion of his tibia, meaning that the fracture may heal improperly and permanently impede his mobility. “I want to be treated and be a providing father to my child," says Titus.
Eric is a nine-year-old student from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and three siblings. When he's not in school, Eric helps his mother with household chores and likes to play with his friends in the neighborhood. Also, as the eldest of four, he is often put in charge of his younger siblings when his parents are not around. Eric has difficulty walking because he was born with bilateral clubfoot. Clubfoot refers to the internal rotation of the feet and can only be corrected surgically. In order to help Eric receive the treatment he needs, our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is requesting $1,500 to fund Eric's surgery, hospital stay, and medication. He is scheduled to undergo clubfeet correction on August 8 at our medical partner's care center, Tebow Cure Hospital. Surgeons will re-align the ligaments and tendons that are affected by his condition. "We are looking for a very good result after the operation," says Rowena, Eric's mother. "Hopefully his both feet will be corrected after the operation and he will live a normal life."
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!
Prince is a two-year-old boy from Kenya. He is an only child and lives with his parents. As he does not yet attend school, he spends most of his time at home with his mother. His favorite food is mandazi, a Swahili pastry best described as a coconut doughnut. In December, Prince was playing near a pot of boiling water. The water spilled and covered much of his skin, resulting in large and painful burns. He spent all of January in the hospital, where he received a skin graft. The burns on his hand, however, did not heal. Surgeons recommended further surgery, but Prince's family could not afford the operation. “We want our son to be well and able to utilize his hand with ease like a normal child," says Prince's father. Prince and his family were referred to our medical partner's care center, AIC Kijabe Hospital. Prince is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,129 to cover the cost of the skin graft.
Nancy is a newborn baby from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and brother in the country's rural highlands. Her father works as a laborer in the local countryside, and her mother weaves traditional Mayan textiles to help support the family. Nancy was born with a cleft lip, making it very difficult for her to breastfeed. Her limited diet does not provide her with sufficient nutrients, and she may soon begin to experience dehydration as well. Nutrition is incredibly important in the early stages of life, and Nancy has been given a preliminary supply of formula to boost her intake. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is requesting $1,162 to cover the cost of nutritional counseling, food, and formula for Nancy and her mother. She is scheduled to begin treatment on May 15 at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Tecpán. With proper nutrition, Nancy will be able to grow healthy and strong.
Iyona is a young herder from Tanzania who has been diagnosed with genu valgus, a condition in which the knees angle inward. This causes pain and difficulty when walking. Iyona began experiencing pain two years ago. His condition makes it difficult for him to carry out day-to-day activities, especially tending to his mother’s cattle. With treatment, however, Iyona should be able to walk without pain and continue herding his mother's livestock. Iyona is the fourth out of six children. He did not attend school for formal education, and instead spent most of his childhood herding. His mother is a widow who is currently putting two of Iyona's siblings through school. She needs help to pay for Iyona's $838 orthopedic surgery, which is scheduled for April 11. Iyona says, “I would really like to keep helping my mother raise my siblings, but I cannot do much. I mostly sit or sleep these days because it is painful when I walk. I request your assistance.”
Charles is an 83-year-old man from Uganda who lives in a rural village. He and his wife, Molly, raised thirteen children. Charles currently lives with three grandchildren and works as a small farmer, growing bananas, potatoes, and cassava to feed his family. In his free time, Charles enjoys going to church and watching the news at his neighbor’s home in the evening. He also enjoys listening to the radio for announcements and other informative talks. Charles has a painful hernia, which has impaired his normal functioning and which needs surgical repair. Fortunately, on March 17, surgeons at our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, will perform an unobstructed hernia repair for Charles. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $229 for Charles's treatment. This will pay for his surgery, medications, and five nights in the hospital. After his operation, Charles looks forward to continuing to work on his farm. His son, Godfrey, says, “We thank the donors for their support towards our father’s care. We do not have enough savings to help him get this surgery.”
Huoch is a 19-year-old farmer who lives in Cambodia. He has five brothers. In his free time, he likes to play football, watch TV, and go to the farm. When he was five years old, Huoch developed infections in both ears, which perforated both the left and right tympanic membranes. For treatment he took drugstore medication, but his symptoms did not improve. Huoch currently experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing or buzzing in the ear). It is difficult for Huoch to communicate with others. Huoch heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a relative. He traveled two hours with his mother to CSC for treatment. On February 22, surgeons at CSC will perform a bilateral myringoplasty surgery to repair the perforated tympanic membranes and stop the discharge and pain. After the surgery, Huoch's hearing will improve. Watsi is asking for $831 to pay for the procedure. Your donation will help fund the surgeons, assistants, nurses, anesthesiologists, surgical supplies, medication, and four nights stay in the hospital.