Jaime joined Watsi on July 8th, 2015. 12 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jaime's most recent donation supported Vannarapich, a toddler from Cambodia, to fund burn repair surgery.
Jaime has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Vannarapich is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He has one brother and two sisters. He likes to play with toys at home. Four months ago, Vannarapich was burned by boiling water, burning his left elbow. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around his burn. It is difficult for him to bend his elbow. When Vannarapich's family learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one and a half hour seeking treatment. On July 9, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to release his elbow stiffness. Now, his family needs help to fund this $448 procedure. His mother says, "I hope my son's elbow regains mobility and he can move it again after the surgery."
Meet Petna, a quiet, four-year-old girl from Tanzania. “Petna is the second born in a family of three children. She used to be very active and enjoyed playing hide and seek,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). However, due to a lumbar spine tumor on her lower back, Petna has not been able to play or sleep on her back for some time. According to AMHF, last year Petna's mother "noticed a small swelling on her daughter’s lower back.” This swelling continued to grow until this September, when Petna was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Unfortunately, the tumor was not completely removed "and the swelling is back to a big size and it is also infected,” reports AMHF. If not properly treated, Petna will continue to be in pain and face the risk of the swelling bursting, which can cause even more serious complications. Petna’s parents are young and rely on livestock keeping for income. It is difficult for them to come up with $920 for Petna’s operation. With help from Watsi’s donors, however, Petna can receive another operation to properly remove her tumor. She will no longer experience pain or face or other complications down the line. “I feel sorry for my granddaughter because she is in pain all the time,” says Petna’s grandmother. “I long to see her happy again, actively playing with other children.”
At 16 months old, Eliseo is the youngest of ten children. He lives with his parents and siblings in a small adobe house in Guatemala. Eliseo loves to play with his brothers, especially with toy cars and balls. However, due to acute malnutrition, he often has low energy and stamina, and is frequently sick with fevers and diarrhea. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), tells us that Eliseo's mother first brought him to a local health clinic where a nurse told her that Eliseo was not getting the calories he needed. Without a healthy diet, "Eliseo is far below the average height for age and weight for age and if intervention does not occur, he will be physically and mentally stunted," his doctor says. Eliseo's immune system is also weakened--increasing his risk of chronic disease. Eliseo’s mother does household chores and collects firewood to sell. However, the family is primarily dependent on Eliseo’s father’s modest income earned as fieldworker. WK tells us “Eliseo’s family does not have enough money to afford the amount of food and the quality of calories that Eliseo needs.” For $535, Eliseo will undergo intensive nutrition therapy. He will receive micronutrient food supplementation as well as medication to prevent infections during his treatment. Combined, this intervention will improve Eliseo's immunity and overall nutrition--allowing Eliseo to regain the height and weight he has lost. He will also have improved long-term health, including reduced risk of chronic disease. Eliseo’s mother will also receive the education she needs to support her children. She adds, "with the help of God and the institution, kids like our son will begin to get the food and care they need to grow. This is such a blessing.”
“Hassan has been experiencing on and off scrotal swelling,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “He has recently started to cry when urinating.” Four-month-old Hassan lives with his mother and grandmother in Tanzania. He has a hernia, a condition in which pressure pushes part of his intestines through an opening, or weak spot, between his abdomen and scrotum. “If not treated,” says AMHF, “it may cause intestinal obstruction and endanger Hassan’s life.” Hassan’s mother works on a farm to earn money to take of her son, but she does not earn enough to pay for the surgery that Hassan needs. $610 will pay for surgery in which doctors suture the herniated tissue back in place. Funding for Hassan’s treatment also includes three days of post-operative hospital care and a one-week stay at The Plaster House, a home where children from all over Tanzania can recover after surgery. “I hope my son will get better. I wish to see him grow up like other children, go to school and live an independent life when he grows up,” says Hassan’s mother.