John joined Watsi on June 16th, 2018. One year ago, John became the 4496th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 1,092 more people have become monthly donors! John's most recent donation traveled 4,800 miles to support Christian, a newborn from Tanzania, to fund clubfoot correction.
John has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 7 countries.
Christian is a one week old boy from Tanzania. He is the last born child in a family of two children. His parents depend on small scale farming for their living with no other source of income. Christian has clubfoot of his right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Christian traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 14th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Christian's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Christian’s mother says, “We would love our son to have normal feet and grow into a normal child not having to go through discrimination. The cost is too high for us to afford please help.”
Khin is a 58-year-old Chin woman from Burma. She moved to Yangon one year ago when her health deteriorated. She lives with her sister, daughter and two grandnephews. In her free time she likes to read the Bible and pray to God. Sometimes she helps with household chores such as ironing her daughter and grandnephews cloths. Khin was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Khin feels tired, experiences heart palpitations and cannot walk long distances. However, she feels slightly better when she takes her medication. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Khin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on September 10 and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Khin said, “I don’t want to feel stressed and I stay happy even though I don’t have enough money to treat myself. I am happy that my family encourages me to be strong even though they can’t help me. When I recover fully I want to help and look after orphaned children from Chin."
Susan is a housewife from Kenya. She is a mother of six children who are grown up with their own families. But since she could not give them a good education they are also struggling to sustain their families. Susan does not work she is a house wife and the husband is a small scale farmer. Susan has been alright until 26th July 2019 when she slipped and fell. She was taken to hospital and an x-ray done showed she had closed fracture right radius/ulna bones. It is difficult for her to use her hand and she is in chronic pain Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 03, Susan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her work again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I love my wife and she has been very helpful to me and the family. I hate to see how she is suffering and kindly ask for help” said Susan’s husband.
Nurudini is a child from Tanzania. He has been diagnosed with windswept deformity. His lower legs are curved. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he cannot walk well. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Nurudini. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 16. Treatment will hopefully restore Nurudini's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Nurudini’s mother says, “Despite using calcium medication, my son’s legs are worsening. We were advised on surgery but we couldn’t afford the cost please help my son.”
Mary struggles with ambulation due to a spinal complication she is having. This has been the struggle for the past 12 months and continues to strain her daily life. Mary complained of fatigue and back pain in October of 2018 and sought treatment in a nearby hospital and was given no conclusive diagnosis. She was then referred to a more advanced facility and came to Kijabe. Mary had MRI and X-ray imaging done and was diagnosed with TB of the spine. Her surgeon recommended spinal decompression and fusion surgery to correct the condition. If not treated, Mary will continue experiencing much pain and ambulation struggles. Mary is a mother of 4 children and together, they live in her parent's house. Mary used to sell second-hand clothes but stopped in October when she could not bear the persistent fatigue and pain. Currently, her needs and those of her children are met by her relatives. She is not able to raise the full amount required for surgery.
Chan Leap is a 20-month-old girl from Cambodia. She is an only child, and loves playing with her toys and watching television. In October of 2018, Kry Chan accidentally came into contact with an open flame. Since the skin has scarred over the burn site, she finds it difficult to extend her fingers and move her hand properly. When Chan Leap learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On August 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her to flex her fingers easily and regain normal movement in her hand. Now, she needs help to fund this $448 procedure. Her mother says, "I hope that after my daughter's operation, she will be able to move her fingers without any difficulty."
Thaw is a 44-year-old woman from Burma. She lives in Hpa-An, Karen State with her friends. She is a Christian missionary. Thaw has a mass in her uterus. She has been diagnosed with a myoma. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Thaw's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Thaw is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on July 1. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After surgery, Thaw will be able to return home and continue her work as a missionary.
Yoeun is a teenager from Cambodia. Three years ago, Yoeun was in a motorcycle accident that fractured his left femur. He was treated for an open fracture at the Children's Hospital in Phnom Penh, but now his leg is stiff and deformed. Surgery will help to release the tight muscles and realign the bones in Yoeun's leg so he will be able to move and walk without difficulty. Surgery is scheduled for May 10 and will cost $390. Yoeun is the youngest of six siblings, and he hopes to one day become a police officer.
Srey Ka is a sixth grade student from Cambodia. She likes to read books and watch TV, and hopes to become an accountant when she grows up. When she was a child, Srey Ka 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, Srey Ka experiences discharge, headaches, hearing loss, and tinnitus. It is difficult for her focus in school and she often has ear discharge and cannot hear. Srey Ka traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 8, she will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in her left 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. Her mother says, "I hope that after my daughter's surgery, I will no longer have to worry about her and she will be able to hear clearly."
Vanly is a boy from Cambodia. Nearly one month ago, Vanly suffered from a severe bicycle accident; one week later, he was unable to walk and was in a lot of pain. He struggles with daily lower back pain, and has lost all control of his legs. He spent two weeks at the Kantha Bopha Children's Hospital where he was diagnosed with Pott's disease; however, Vanly was unable to receive treatment because the hospital lacked the necessary medical supplies needed for his procedure. Vanly was then referred to the Children's Surgical Centre, our medical partner, for spinal treatment. The doctors will perform a decompression surgery on his lower spine, ensuring that he will regain movement in his legs and no longer suffer any pain or loss of movement. Vanly looks forward to returning to school as soon as possible, as he hopes to become a police officer when he grows up. Surgery is scheduled for April 9 and will cost $930. His mother says, "I hope that my son's surgery is a success so that he will no longer suffer from pain and can walk on his own again. He can then return to school and I won't have to worry about him as much."
Damaris is a toddler from Kenya. She is an active three-year-old girl. She lives with her parents and three elder siblings. Damaris was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Damaris is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on March 7. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to cover the total cost of Damaris's procedure and care. After her recovery, Damaris will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. “I am glad I could get help from you,” says Damaris’s mother.
Bona is a tuk tuk driver from Cambodia. He has one son and one daughter. He likes to listen to music, play sports, and spend time with his kids. One year ago, Bona was in a motor vehicle accident that caused paralysis of his left arm. He has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury on his left side. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that transmits signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. He is unable to lift his arm and he cannot work. Bona traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 9, he will undergo a brachial plexus repair surgery. After recovery, he will be able to use his arm again. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $637 to fund this procedure. He says, "After the surgery I hope I can return to work soon and support my family."