Amelia joined Watsi on January 1st, 2015. 29 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Amelia's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Baby Agata, a baby from Tanzania, to fund treatment to help her walk.
Amelia has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 9 countries.
Amelia has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 9 countries.
Baby Agata is a seven-day-old girl and the second child to her mother and father. She lives in Tanzania. When Baby Agata was born, her parents noticed that her feet were turning inwards. Baby Agata was diagnosed with bilateral clubfoot, which means her feet are twisted. Without treatment, she may never be able to walk or wear shoes. Fortunately, she will undergo surgery on January 19. The surgery, which will fix her feet and enable her to walk normally, costs $1,160. Baby Agata's mother is not formally employed, and her father earns a small income working as a motorbike driver. They cannot afford this treatment. "We hope," expressed Baby Agata's father, "that our child will be able to walk well and go to school after treatment."
Lazaro is a one-month-old boy. He is the second child in his family. The family lives in Tanzania, where his parents raise livestock. When he was born, his mother noticed that his feet were turned inwards. His family took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed him with congenital talipes equinovarus, more commonly known as bilateral clubfoot. Clubfoot is a musculoskeletal malformation present from birth, in which one or both feet bend inward due to shortened tendons. If left untreated, this condition will make walking quite difficult for Lazaro throughout his life. Fortunately, Lazaro will undergo corrective surgery on January 17. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1160 to fund Lazaro's care. "I hope that my child will be treated and then be able to straighten his legs," says Lazaro's mother.
Thorn is a 40-year-old steel construction worker who is married and has three daughters and one son. He likes to relax at home in Cambodia, help his wife cook, and watch TV in his free time. In December of 2016, Thorn first came to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), complaining of hip pain. He heard about CSC from a friend and traveled with his wife for three hours to get to the clinic. Thorn's initial pain was on his right side and then spread to both sides, making it difficult for him to walk. Surgeons at CSC successfully performed a total hip replacement surgery on his right side. Thorn feels better and experiences less pain on his right side. His wound has healed nicely. However, he still experiences hip pain on his left side. On January 9, surgeons at CSC will perform a total hip replacement on Thorn's left side to relieve him of pain. The requested $781 will cover all associated medical expenses, including Thorn's two-week stay at the hospital.
Eunice is a 66-year-old woman from Kenya. In January, she fell from a moving motorcycle taxi and fractured her left shoulder. She received first aid from a nearby hospital. Later, Eunice was referred to our medical partner's hospital, AIC Kijabe Hospital, for further treatment. She underwent a closed reduction procedure on her dislocated shoulder. Unfortunately, the procedure was unsuccessful, and Eunice returned complaining of pain. X-ray results revealed that her shoulder was still dislocated. Eunice has been unable to tend to her farm or complete any household chores. Without treatment, she risked continuing pain, a fracture malunion, or disability. Fortunately, on December 16, she underwent an open reduction internal fixation procedure to heal her fracture. Eunice and her husband are farmers. Eunice takes care of four of her grandchildren. The family lives in a three-roomed house. They cannot afford healthcare, so our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 in funding. "I want to get well and resume my duties of providing for my grandchildren," says Eunice.
Chhun is 17 years old and in the 11th grade. He has one sister and two brothers. Chhun likes to read school books, do homework, and watch TV. When he was a baby, Chhun received poorly administered injections in his right hip. This cause his hip muscles to contract and stiffen. He experiences pain and has difficulty walking. After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Chhun traveled for four hours with his father to reach CSC for treatment. On October 21, surgeons performed a quadricepsplasty in his hip. This treatment should allow him to walk normally. Now, he needs help to fund this $425 procedure. Chhun says, "I hope that I can walk better."
Witson is a 77-year-old farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, with whom he has have seven children and many grandchildren. When Witson isn't farming maize and sweet potatoes, he spends time building fences and participating in other home-based work. He likes to read the bible in his spare time. For the past five months, Witson has been failing to urinate properly and has been in a tremendous amount of pain due to an enlarged prostate. Although Witson didn't know much about the surgery before coming to Nkhoma District Hospital, a Watsi care center, he is feeling hopeful that he will soon be pain free. He is looking forward to returning home so he can continue farming and spending time with his wife, who he loves to laugh with. $726 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Witson needs. The surgery will remove part of his enlarged prostate, easing his symptoms. Witson said, "I have accepted this with my whole heart and am ready to go for the surgery."
Colleter is a farmer from a village in Malawi's Central Region. She lives with her husband, nearby their five children and seven grandchildren. Besides farming, Colleter supports her family in many ways, including fetching firewood, cooking, and washing clothes. When she is not busy, she enjoys spending time chatting with her kids. Unfortunately, Colleter learned three months ago that she has cervical cancer. Malawi has one of the tops rates of cervical cancer in the world for various reasons, but many communities do not have access to screening. Luckily for her, Nkhoma Hospital and their surrounding clinics provide exceptional cervical cancer screening services, and Colleter was diagnosed. In cases like hers, a hysterectomy is the best form of treatment. For Colleter, this will be a life saving procedure. She and her family have accepted her need for surgery, and she is looking forward to returning home to her farm and her family.
Chande is a 72-year-old father and grandfather from Malawi's Central Region. To support his family, he works as a farmer and fisherman. When he is not working, Chande enjoys chatting with his friends and playing Bawo, a traditional game played on a wooden board. For the past three months, Chande has been experiencing symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate, including painful urination. Due to the pain, he has stopped working and participating in other activities. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) occurs when the prostate squeezes or partly blocks the urethra, causing problems with urination. Chande will receive surgery that will remove part of the prostate to alleviate the symptoms associated with BPH and restore normal urination. The surgery will cost $742. Chande has been unable to receive medical treatment until now. He and his family are looking forward to his operation and for him to resume his life, symptom-free.
Meet Seng, a 78-year-old man from Cambodia. “Seng is married with two sons, one daughter, and two grandchildren. He enjoys visiting the pagoda and listening to monks pray," shares our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). One year ago, Seng developed mature cataracts in each eye. A cataract occurs when a thin, cloudy layer forms over the eye’s lens. "This causes him blurred vision, discharge, tearing, and fear of bright lights. It is hard for him to see clearly, do work, or go anywhere outside," CSC explains. After learning about CSC, Seng and his daughter travelled three hours to visit their clinic. They learned that a simple surgical procedure may restore Seng's sight. With $225, Seng will undergo cataract surgery, during which his old lenses will be removed and replaced with sheer artificial implants, allowing him to see again immediately after his operation.
Four-year-old Zelalem lives with his parents in Ethiopia. He loves soccer and spends all of his free time playing. Zelalem was born with hypospadias, a condition in which the urethra opens on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip. As a result, he cannot pass urine while standing like other boys. Zelalem is eager to start school, but he has been unable to do so because of his condition. Treatment for Zelalem is hypospadias repair, a procedure in which the surgeon takes tissue grafts from the foreskin or from the inside of the mouth to extend the length of the urethra so that it opens at the tip of the penis. If left untreated, Zelalem is likely to suffer urinary tract infections and may also be infertile in future. Zelalem's parents tried their best to get their child a treatment in public hospital, but they have waited for more than a year for a call so that their son can be included in the waiting list. Zelalem's father is a traditional fabric weaver, but he does not earn much money from his work and cannot afford to pay for his son's medical care. $1,155 covers the costs of surgery for Zelalem as well as a 14-day hospital stay, including blood tests, imaging, and medicine. Zelalem's parents look forward to a successful procedure and hope their son becomes as healthy as any other boy his age.
Thy is a 42-year-old woman living in Cambodia. Our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC), tells us she is works as a rice farmer to help her husband care for their three children. “Thy developed a cataract in each eye five months ago," CSC shares. A cataract is a clouding of the ocular lends and "causes her blurred vision and she is afraid of sunshine. She can't see everything clearly, do work well, or go outside without help." Thy once enjoyed watching Khmer dramas on TV and going to listen to monks pray, but she can no longer do these activities as well as before. To prevent her condition from worsening and help her get back to her hobbies, Thy requires proper treatment. $225 will cover the cost of a treatment that involves small incision cataract surgery (SICS) to remove her cloudy lenses and an intraocular lens (IOL) implant to replace them. CSC expects that “after a SICS and IOL implant in each eye, Thy will be able to see clearly again.”
"We would like to ask for help for the treatment of our son. We are greatly concerned for his future," share the parents of 14-month-old Archiel. Archiel lives with his family in the Philippines, and has been diagnosed with unilateral clubfoot. "Archiel cannot walk, he is only capable of rolling from left to right," shares our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). "His mother observed that he has poor locomotive and speech development. This makes it hard for them to address his needs and keep him safe. One parent has to stay in the house and watch him all the time and that prevents his parents to work and sustain their family's needs." "Archiel gives his parents so much joy," ICM continues. "Though he cannot speak or walk, he manages to give happiness to his family by smiling and giggling when he is happy. Those simple moments are greatly cherished by the family. His parents are working together to supply for the needs of the family, but still, their income is not even enough for the needs of the children. That is why it is very hard for them to provide for his treatment." For $1,500, Archiel will receive treatment and surgery to correct his clubfoot. After surgery, "Archiel will be more comfortable in facing challenges in learning and development. As part of him is being treated, this can pave the way that other conditions can also be addressed. This surgery will also increase the quality of life of their family as it address the emotional needs, physical needs, and economic needs that is attached to his condition. With the surgery, he can now also start learning and developing his locomotive skills which will also hasten all other learning stages he has to face in his age," ICM adds. "We have been praying that our time to work for our family will be more than what we can do now," Archiel's parents add, "So the future of our children will be brighter. We also would like our life to become a testimony that God truly touches lives and hearts to help the poor like us. We would like to see Archiel grow, walk, go to school and fulfill whatever dream he has."