Angus joined Watsi on December 19th, 2014. 52 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Angus' most recent donation traveled 9,500 miles to support Levi, a toddler from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Angus has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Angus has funded healthcare for 14 patients in 7 countries.
Levi is a 17-month-old boy from Guatemala. He has been diagnosed with acute malnutrition. This means he has little energy to grow, and his immune system is weak and vulnerable to illness. He is also at risk of chronic disease and delayed development. Fortunately, Levi began malnutrition treatment on November 14, 2016. Levi lives with his parents and brother in rural Guatemala. He likes to play cars with his brother. His father works hard as a day laborer in the fields, but his income is small and unsteady. While Levi's parents want the best for their son, their resources are already stretched thin. They cannot afford to pay for his $512 treatment. While malnutrition can have devastating effects, it is also very treatable. Growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation will help Levi recover. He will gain weight and grow taller to catch up with other children his age, and his immune system will grow stronger. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet from limited resources. Treatment will give Levi a chance to grow healthy and strong. "My son always gets sick, and it worries me because he stops eating," says Levi's mother. "He stops wanting to play with his brother and only cries. We––my husband and I––try to give him what he needs, but we do not always have the resources. I am thankful for the help you all will give my son. God bless you. When my son is bigger, I hope that he will be a doctor."
“I just want to have a healthy baby,” says the mother of Marvin, a two-month-old baby boy who lives with his parents and six siblings in Guatemala. “Marvin has no access to breast milk or formula. His mother says that after having six children over 17 years, she simply does not have enough breast milk left," says our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). "Marvin is always crying because he is hungry.” Because of this lactational failure, Marvin has limited access to nutritious food, which has impeded his development. "Marvin is very underweight for his age, and his height is far below the average as well," WK says. Marvin's father works as a day laborer, and doesn't earn enough to afford formula. Without intervention, Marvin is not only at risk for acute malnutrition, but also starvation. For $1,016, Marvin can receive treatment to avoid the adverse effects of lactation failure. “This treatment will supply Marvin with the formula he needs to grow and develop well, both mentally and physically,” WK explains. WK also has a program for his mother in order to ensure that this treatment will produce long term improvements. "His mother will receive education on how to prepare the formula, and our staff will help her prepare for when he starts to make the transition to solid food in a few months," WK adds. "All in all, this treatment will save Marvin’s life and help him get his health back on track.”
Phyu is a 37-year-old woman from Burma who is a mother to 15-year-old-son and 13-year-old daughter. Phyu's husband works as a carpenter to support their family. Phyu has a heart condition called mitral stenosis. She "suffers from fatigue and heart palpitations," explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "These symptoms made her stop working as a day laborer. Presently she works as a housewife because her medical condition precludes work outside of the house." Mitral stenosis is a disorder in which a valve of the heart does not open fully, restricting the flow of blood through the heart. This has lead to another condition, called mitral regurgitation, which causes the backward flow of blood in the heart. The complex cardiac surgery to treat Phyu's condition costs $1,500. BBP tells us, "After surgery, she should be able to work and could provide an income for her family." Phyu tells our medical partner, "I want to recover and work with the traditional medicine shop, selling medicine in my village. I want to make money to support my children and my parents."
Meet Hezron, a 19-month-old boy who lives with his mother and older sibling in Kenya. “Hezron was born with an abnormal urethral opening, forcing him to pee with a lot of difficulty,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “His mother sought treatment when he was six months old, but she could not raise the required funds for his treatment.” Hezron’s condition, known as hypospadias, is characterized by a urethral opening on the underside of the penis instead of at the tip and often contributes to other health issues. “If not treated,” AMHF explains, “Hezron is likely to suffer urinary tract infections. He will also not be able to pass urine normally.” To treat hypospadias, a 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. After surgery, “Hezron will be able to pass urine normally,” explains AMHF. “The risk of urinary tract infections will also be minimized.” Hezron’s mother, who sells second-hand clothes to support her family, has not been able to raise the total funds required to pay for the surgery that Hezron needs. $655 pays for Hezron to undergo surgery to repair the hypospadias as well as 10 days of hospital care after surgery. Family and friends have contributed $215 to cover additional costs associated with his care. “I try to give my children the best,” Herzon's mother says. “I have no one to look up to, and I’ll appreciate any support.”
Meet Moisa, a two-year-old toddler from Haiti. Moisa was born with a congenital heart disease called Tetralogy of Fallot, which causes a hole to form between two chambers of the heart and causes a muscular blockage in one of the heart valves. “As a result, blood cannot circulate normally through her body, and she is at constant risk of sudden death,” says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). Moisa was born with down syndrome, and she lives with her parents and three older brothers. “Although she has special needs, she is fully involved in the life of her family and has many friends in the neighborhood,” shares HCA. Moisa likes to wear pretty dresses and play, especially blowing bubbles. For $1,500, Moisa will receive the cardiac surgery she needs. Following the surgery, she will no longer have cardiac symptoms or be at risk of sudden death. "Moisa makes everyone smile when they are around her,” expresses her mother. “We are so happy she is getting the surgery she needs!"
Meet Melvin, a four-year-old boy from Kenya! According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), he lives alone with his father and hasn’t been able to attend school due to financial constraints. Melvin’s mother left the family a year ago, so his father is raising him alone. Unlike most baby boys, Melvin’s left testicle never descended into his scrotal sac after birth. If left untreated, it’s highly likely that he’ll develop testicular cancer and be infertile. For $540, we can cover orchidopexy surgery that will place his undescended testicle in the proper place, along with three days of hospital bedrest. After treatment, the risk of cancer and infertility will be greatly reduced. “Melvin's father is an orphan and does casual jobs while [enrolled as] a part time student at a local college. He studies through the help of a well-wisher who supports him by paying his fees,” explains AMHF. “It has been tough for Melvin’s father because he is forced to take his son to school with him at times [since] there is no one to look after him.” With immense sentiment, Melvin’s father says, “I am working hard to improve my life. I wish my son good health and quick recovery.” Let’s help this young family flourish again!
Meet Cho Than, a 53-year-old seamstress and mother from Burma who enjoys planting vegetables in her garden. Known within her community for her generosity, Cho Than often gives the vegetables that she grows to her neighbors and friends. Cho Than has a myoma, more commonly known as a uterine fibroid. Fibroids are benign tumors that grow within the muscle tissue of the uterus, or womb. They can be very small (invisible to the naked eye) or very large (melon-sized) and can present as a single mass or a cluster of several masses. An estimated 80 percent of women have uterine fibroids in their lifetime. While some women who have fibroids have no symptoms, others experience heavy periods, abdominal pain, or constipation. “Cho Than experiences severe pain in her back and lower abdomen,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “She has difficulty urinating and it is painful for her to do so. Her condition makes it impossible for her to work and requires her daughter to care for her and support her financially.” The recommended treatment for Cho Than is a total hysterectomy and oophorectomy (surgical removal of the uterus and ovaries). $1500 covers the cost of the surgery as well as a seven-day hospital stay and one outpatient appointment post-surgery. “With surgery, Cho Than will be able to live without pain,” reports BBP. Cho Than looks forward to being healthy again and hopes to be able to return to work as a seamstress. She dreams of owning a small house where she and her daughter can live peacefully.
“Jawadu is a charming boy,” says his grandmother. “He interacts with fellow kids although being blind and is very intelligent.” Four-year-old Jawadu lives in Malawi. He has hydrocephalus, a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, explains, “Jawadu is a healthy boy but due to the condition he is blind, cannot sit, walk and finds difficulties in speech coordination." Jawadu’s grandmother, who cares for him, farms rice and does not earn enough money to pay for the surgery that Jawadu needs. $992 covers the cost of surgery to drain the excess fluid from Jawadu’s brain as well as food, travel, and lodging for him and his grandmother pre- and post-surgery. Jawadu’s grandmother hopes that her grandson will regain his sight after treatment so that he can return to school. Let’s help make that happen!
“I work hard to support my sons and parents,” Ian’s mom shares. “I want to see Ian and his brother lead a better life that I do. I will ensure that they get the best education possible.” This is Ian, an eight-year-old boy from Kenya. Ian lives with his younger sibling, mother, and grandparents. Ian’s mother works in a bar along with one her brothers. “Ian was playing when he fell and fractured his leg,” his doctor at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) tells us. “He was plastered but the fracture did not heal well. Ian experiences pain in his leg especially when walking. This has affected him in school because he cannot participate in activities that will have him walking around, standing or running. If the surgery is not done soon, Ian could develop severe infection which would result in amputation.” Ian will need an ORIF (open reduction and internal fixation) procedure to repair his leg. Ian’s mother has not been able to raise the money for his treatment, but with $1,410 we can help. “We expect that after the surgery and recovery,” AMHF explains, “Ian will be able to focus on his studies and participate in all the school activates. The risk of infection will also reduce.”
Meet Arebu, a four-year-old boy from Ethiopia. Arebu has Hirschsprung disease -- a condition characterized by missing nerve cells in the large intestine. This essentially paralyzes part of the colon, which makes it very difficult to pass stool. “After suffering for several months at home, Arebu's family went to a hospital and a colostomy (a temporary stool passage hole in his tummy) was done for temporarily relieving the condition," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Arebu has been passing stool per colostomy but Arebu and his family are suffering from issues related to the colostomy. Arebu's family can not even send him to school while he is passing stool via a colostomy.” As a farmer, Arebu’s father does not make enough income to pay for his hospital bills. “The medical care that Arebu has received so far was free treatment at government hospitals and funded by different NGO’s,” notes AMHF. But we can help--for $1,500, we can fund a treatment that will remove the affected part of Arebu’s colon and help restore its functionality. “We expect after surgery, Arebu will be able to pass stool normally," shares AMHF. "Arebu will have a chance of attending school and getting a better life in future."
"Jennifer is a smart, 11-year-old girl," shares African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), our medical partner in Tanzania. She "likes science classes and enjoys skipping rope." "Jennifer is in class five," AMHF continues, "and has learned how to use her left hand for writing after her accident, which led to a severe contracture of her right arm. The accident happened in September last year, when Jennifer saw water spilling from a pressure cooker, which was not closed well. When she tried to open the lid, the high pressure pushed the lid open and vapor rushed on Jennifer’s arm, severely burning her. She was rushed to the hospital and got first aid and was admitted for some months at the hospital. Jennifer’s arm is now in L shape and she still has a wound." Jennifer’s mother, Gladness, supports the family on her own by selling secondhand clothing. Since the accident however, Gladness has been at the hospital with her daughter, creatively generating income by selling homemade ice-cream. Despite this new source of income, "Gladness badly needs financial support so that her daughter can use her arm again," shares AMHF. For $870, we can fund a treatment to release Jennifer’s burn contracture, allowing her to stretch her arm and perform activities more easily. "My dream is to become a pediatrician when I grow up," says Jennifer. Together, we can help both Jennifer and her family.
"Awar sells snacks for a living," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "On average, she makes around $2 per day. However, because she has two children to feed, she accepts half of her day's earnings in rice and the other half in money." Awar is a 37-year-old single mother from Burma. About three years ago, she was diagnosed with bladder stones and underwent surgery. Her condition has since returned. "Awar is experiencing urine obstruction, abdominal and back pain, nausea and diarrhea," says BBP. "She is very sad to be in the same situation again but is hopeful she can get the surgery she needs and be finished with urological problems for good." For $1,500, BBP can treat Awar and allow her relief from symptoms, as well as give her the chance to work and generate income again. Since seeking treatment in Thailand she has had to stop working and be apart from her two children. This trip to receive treatment has now put her into debt. Awar has big dreams for the future -- she hopes to move to Bangkok with her children, where there are more opportunities for work and education. "It hurts Awar to not be able to provide for her children the way she wants to with her present circumstance," says BBP. "She believes Bangkok will be the chance she and her children need to live a better and happy life." Let's help make it happen for her!