Frances joined Watsi on June 17th, 2013. Seven years ago, Frances joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Frances' most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Thomas, a toddler from Tanzania, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Frances has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 11 countries.
Frances has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 11 countries.
Thomas is a toddler from Tanzania. He has two siblings. Thomas was diagnosed with genu varus, which means his legs bow outward at the knee. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. This has affected his mobility. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Thomas. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 5. Treatment will hopefully restore Thomas's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Thomas’s mother says, "I will be so happy to see him walk well please help us."
Kha is a corn farmer from Cambodia. He has two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Four months ago, Kha was a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his left forearm. It is difficult for him to use his arm and lift things. He is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 27, Kha will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him regain function of his arm again. He says, "I hope after the operation I can bend and move my arm without pain."
Panha is a second grader from Cambodia. She has four sisters and one brother. She likes to draw, watch TV, and play with her friends outside. When she was three months old, Panha had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Panha experiences left ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. She cannot hear clearly and has difficulty listening and focusing at school. Panha traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 5, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter's hearing can improve and she can return to school soon."
Mu is a 27-year-old farmer from Burma. She rents a patch of land with her husband and farms. She has two children. Mu experienced abdominal pain and visited Mae Tao Clinic, our medical partner's care center. She received medication, which temporarily alleviated the pain but did not eliminate her symptoms. She has been diagnosed with gallstone pancreatitis. Mu says, “It is a sharp pain and it comes on without warning. Sometimes I can feel it all the way in my back.” Mu has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Mu'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), Mu is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on February 14. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Mu's procedure and care.
Brian is a very sharp and confident young boy. He lives with his parents and siblings in Nairobi. Brian’s father is a construction worker, while his mother is a stay-at-home mom. Around April of last year, Brian began suffering seizures. Over time, they have increased in frequency. He has been diagnosed with a brain tumor. Brian visited our medical partner's care center, where surgery was recommended. If not treated, he is at risk of brain damage or loss of vision. Fortunately, he will undergo brain surgery on February 5. Now, his family needs help raising $1,500 to fund surgery. “I want to be a policeman when I grow up,” says Brian.
Aron is a student from Tanzania. He likes studying science and mathematics. He lives in a family of four people. Aron’s parents are small scale farmers, renting land and cultivating maize and beans. The family lives in a rented house in eastern zone of Tanzania. Since 2016, Aron has been experiencing swollen tonsils and high fever. His tonsils cause swallowing problems, pain, and recurrent fevers, resulting in poor school attendance and an inability to help out with home chores. Aron 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 Aron, which is scheduled to take place on January 4. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Aron of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Aron says, “When I get treated, I will be able to attend school properly and fulfill my dream of becoming a doctor.”
Shay is a six-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. His parents are farmers. Shay 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 Shay, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 20, and, once completed, will greatly improve Shay's quality of life. Shay's mother says, “I am unable to sleep because I have to take care of him and carry him day and night. I worry if he will get well.”
Lyse is an eight-year-old girl from Haiti. She lives with her mother, father and two younger sisters in Port-au-Prince. Her mother works as a pediatric nurse, and her father works as an office administrator to support their family. Lyse is in the fourth grade and is an extremely intelligent and focused student. Lyse was born with patent ductus arteriosus, a cardiac condition in which a hole in the heart that normally closes shortly after birth remains open. As a result, blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving Lyse feeling weak and short of breath. Lyse will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On August 24, she will undergo cardiac surgery. This $5,000 surgery is subsidized by International Children's Heart Foundation. Lyse'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 Lyse's family. "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping me to have a normal heart!" says Lyse.
Moe is a 21-year old man from Burma. He has eight siblings, but his parents passed away when he was 15. Moe worked in a restaurant kitchen until a medical condition prevented him from continuing with his work. Moe was born with a dark birthmark on his face. When he was 17, the birthmark began to grow, eventually creating pressure on his forehead and eyelid. Moe also experienced a growth on his thigh. When he was 15, he was playing soccer with his friends, and was kicked in the leg by another player. He felt a shooting pain in his leg, and has experienced ongoing pain since. He visited a local hospital, where he received an x-ray, and was informed that he would need surgery to address the cyst on his leg. Moe decided to use traditional medicine to treat the pain, which did not work. Having heard of Watsi’s program with our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), he decided to seek help. Doctors suggested the cyst be surgically removed On October 4, Moe will undergo a cyst excision procedure. He needs help to fund this $1,500 surgery. Moe said, "I love cooking, and am eager to return to work to the restaurant industry. With time, I dream of becoming a chef".
Mu is 68 years old and lives with her family in a village in Burma. She does not work anymore and relies on her two children to provide for her. About a month ago, Mu’s finger started to itch, and she developed bullae, a fluid-filled sac. That turned into an ulcer, and the bones of her ring finger were exposed more and more. On July 25, half her ring finger was amputated, but the ulcer continued causing her finger to deteriorate. On August 3, Mu will undergo treatment to amputate the rest of her ring finger and possibly its nearest finger. For the treatment, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, requests $1,500 to help cover some of the costs. Mu says, "I hope to get well soon again so that I can continue a life of devotion and rest."
Anderson is a three-month-old baby boy who lives with his mother, grandmother, and siblings in rural Guatemala. Anderson was born a healthy baby, but because his mother cannot produce breast milk, he has become severely malnourished, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Anderson has little energy to grow, and that his immune system is weak, leaving him vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise his growth. If left untreated, he may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for his well-being, his mother took Anderson to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning May 13, Anderson will receive formula to replace his mother's breast milk, micronutrients, and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach his mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $1,162 requested will cover all expenses of his continued treatment, allowing him to gain weight, strengthen his immune system, and catch up with other children his age. Anderson’s mother says, “I'm looking forward to my son getting the formula and gaining weight. I am very worried about him.”
Ziporah is an active 12-year-old girl from the Democratic Republic of Congo. For the past two years, Ziporah has helped support her family by working as a maid in Uganda. Ziporah's employer has helped fund her education, and she is currently in her fifth year of primary school. Her favorite subject is science, and she hopes to one day become a nurse. When she is not studying or working, Ziporah likes to skip rope and play netball and dodge ball with her classmates. Recently, Ziporah developed a high fever and was tested for malaria, but the test results came back negative. When she was tested for a second time, her results came back positive for a strain of malaria called Plasmodium vivax, which is uncommon in southwestern Uganda. If left untreated, this strain of malaria can rapidly worsen and may cause painful spleen enlargement. Ziporah needs treatment to stop the progression of the disease. Our medical partner, the Kellerman Foundation, is requesting $120 to fund Ziporah's treatment, which will begin on May 10. Ziporah's family has paid seven dollars to help cover the costs of her treatment. Ziporah looks forward to getting well so that she can return to school with her classmates when the new term begins.