Mark joined Watsi on September 5th, 2013. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mark's most recent donation supported Mary, a toddler from Kenya, to fund burn repair surgery.
Mark has funded healthcare for 169 patients in 14 countries.
Mary is a girl from Kenya. She is the only child in the family. In 2017, Mary sustained severe burns on her right hand and stomach. She developed a burn contracture on her hand, which limits her range of motion and use of her hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mary receive treatment. On February 21, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her hand easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. Her father says, “We are humbly requesting support. Any help will be highly appreciated.”
Thearo is a young man from Cambodia. Ten years ago, Thearo's spine started to curve, which is progressing with age, making it difficult to sit in school for long periods, and causing a lot of discomfort. Surgery can help correct the position of his spine, and prevent further worsening of the condition. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for March 14. Our medical partner needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Thearo hopes to go back to school and become a teacher one day. He says, "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have any pain and will be able to go back to school without any discomfort."
Nicholas is a boy from Kenya. He is an only child. Nicholas was born with a perfect hearing. Unfortunately, when he was four, he had meningitis and lost his hearing. This has interrupted his social and academic life. Upon audiogram testing, he had hearing aids recommended. Now, he is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 5. His family needs help raising $929. Nicholas’s father says, “My prayer is to have my son treated and resume his hearing ability. I am hopeful that it will be possible for him to talk with ease again."
Michael is a teenager from Kenya. He has five siblings. He hopes to become a teacher in the future. Michael was born with the hearing loss and has not been able to access medical care. He was brought by a neighbor to our medical partner's facility after learning about thei audiology services. Upon testing, he had hearing aids recommended. Now, he is scheduled to receive hearing aids on March 5. His family needs help raising $929. Michael says, “My prayer is to complete school and become a teacher. I am hopeful that the hearing aids will help me improve on my studies."
Raymond is a young boy from Kenya. His mother is a hairdresser, and his father is a construction site worker. Since he was born, Raymond has had difficulty hearing. He has been diagnosed with severe hearing loss. Without treatment, Raymond may not develop the ability to speak. Fortunately, Raymond is scheduled to receive hearing aids on February 5. His family needs help raising $929 to pay for the devices. Raymond’s mother says, “I hope to have my son fitted with the aids to at least be able to lead a normal life like any other child."
Evalyne is a young student from Kenya. She is the last born in a family of six children. Her father practices subsistence farming to support his family. Evalyne 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. Evalyne is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on February 4. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to cover the total cost of Evalyne's procedure and care. After her recovery, Evalyne will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. “I want to be a doctor when I grow up, to help children not to feel bad like me,” says Evalyne.
Geoffrey is a young man from Kenya. He is a father of three and is employed to pick tea leaves on tea farms. A few days ago, Geoffrey was hit by a speeding vehicle. He suffered a mandibular fracture. It is painful and difficult for him to move his jaw, and he cannot eat or speak. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On March 1, Geoffrey will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The treatment will help his jaw heal and he will be able to talk and eat again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $640 to fund this procedure. “I know my wife and children will struggle for some time because no one is looking after them. I hope and believe God will make a way,” says Geoffrey.
Veronica is a student from Tanzania. She is the third child in a family of six children. Veronica has clubfoot of both her feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Veronica traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on December 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Veronica's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily to school and when helping her. Veronica’s mother says, “Please help my daughter, I feel as if my family has been cursed with this condition. We had lost hope of any kind of treatment but now you have rekindled our hope.”
Muth is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has a sister and two brothers. He likes to listen to classical music and do chores around the house. Two months ago, he was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his right leg. He cannot walk and is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On November 2, Muth will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him walk again. He says, "After the operation I hope I can walk and return to work so I can support my family."
Allan is a child from Kenya. He has one sister. His father earns a living selling flowers. In early December, Allan fell off of his bicycle. He sustained a closed fracture of the radius and ulna of his left hand. He is currently in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On December 11, Allan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “Kindly assist him to get treatment,” Allan’s father says.
Michael is a young student from Kenya. He has three siblings. In 2009, Michael and his sister were preparing food when he accidentally was burned by cooking oil on his hand and neck. His burns healed but turned into contractures, which limit his movement. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Michael receive treatment. On November 26, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move his head more freely. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Michael says, “When I grow up, I want to be a driver."
Nancy is a girl from Kenya. She is an only child. Three months ago, Nancy began complaining of persistent headaches and weakness in her left limbs. At school, her teachers noticed a decline in her performance. Her vision became blurry, and her left ear developed an ache. She could no longer walk without support and even lost her appetite. Her young mother was very worried and took her to a referral hospital, where a CT scan was performed. Nancy was diagnosed with a brain tumor. If not treated, Nancy at risk of paralysis, persistent headaches, or brain damage. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo a craniotomy to treat the tumor on November 21. Her family needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. “I really look forward to seeing my daughter functioning well once more,” says Nancy’s mother.