Mark joined Watsi on September 5th, 2013. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mark's most recent donation supported Vanly, a boy from Cambodia, to fund spinal surgery.
Mark has funded healthcare for 180 patients in 14 countries.
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."
Ar Kar is a 14-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, two brothers and sister in Htee Poe T’ Ray Village, Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. In his free times, Ar Kar loves to play football with his friends. Currently, Ar Kar’s eyes are sensitive to light, and bright lights hurt his eyes. He cannot see far, and he sometimes has a headache. Doctors want Ar Kar to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Ar Kar's CT scan and care, scheduled for April 24. Ar Kar’s mother said, “I cannot work because I have to accompany him to the hospital and the clinic. I worry that he will not see like others if his condition does not improve. I want his eyes to be normal like other children.”
Breana is a baby from Tanzania. In November, she was burned in a fire. Unfortunately, her wound is not healing well, and this leaves her at risk of infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Breana receive treatment. On June 4, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to heal her wound. Now, Breana needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Breana’s mother says, “My daughter’s open wound is not getting better please help her get this surgery.”
Nenglanget is a baby from Tanzania. She is the first born child in a family of two children. Nenglanget was injured in a fire accident early last year. Her left leg didn't healed correctly, so she underwent an amputation and received a prosthetic leg. Now, she needs a skin graft to cover up the post-surgical wound. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Nenglanget receive treatment. On April 16, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure. Now, Nenglanget needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Nenglanget’s grandmother says, “My granddaughter needs another surgery please help her.”
Aziza is a student from Tanzania. She is the oldest child in a family of three children. She has a swelling on her left thigh that keeps growing each day, and she has been complaining of pain. Aziza traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 7, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Aziza needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Aziza’s father says, “Please help my daughter get her treatment we are not able to afford her treatment cost.”
Charles is a farmer from Tanzania. He is the third born child in a family of seven children. He is a hardworking young man. Charles was involved in a fire accident when he was ten years old. He was treated, but after his wounds healed, the skin started contracting. The contractures were released but the wound is not healing well. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Charles receive treatment. On April 16, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help him use his hand more freely. Now, Charles needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Charles says, “Please help me get this surgery to help close up my wound.”
Kimleng is a five-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is the oldest of two siblings, and likes to play with his toy cars and drink cola-cola. Kimleng has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for him to see straight or see anything clearly. Kimleng traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On March 13, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Kimleng needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. His mother says, "I hope that the surgery will help my son to see straight and more clearly, and also look better than before."
Nenglanget is a young girl from Tanzania. She is being raised by her mother and grandmother, who work as farmers. Nenglanget's lower leg was accidentally burned by a cooking fire. She was rushed to the hospital and had her wounds treated. Unfortunately, her wounds developed repeated infections. Now, she can no longer walk. Nenglanget needs to undergo an amputation surgery so that she will be able to use a prosthetic leg and have a chance to walk again. Surgery is scheduled for March 5 and will cost $1,035. Nenglanget’s grandmother says, “Please help my granddaughter she can no longer walk due her leg being deformed from the fire.”
Kelvin is a child from Tanzania. He is the eldest in a family of two children. In February last year, Kelvin's clothing caught on fire. He has gone through months of wound dressing. His doctors performed a skin graft surgery in order to cover up his chest wound and help it heal. Now he needs another surgery to release the skin contracture on his right shoulder. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kelvin receive treatment. On March 4, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he will be able to move his right shoulder and hand freely again. Now, he needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Kelvin’s father says, "We are pleased that his wound has now healed please help release the skin contracture.”
Parani is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born child in a family of three children. Last year, Parani fell into a fire and got burned around his chest and neck. The burn contractures limit his ability to move because of the tightening of the skin. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Parani receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help him move his head easily again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Parani’s mother says, “Thank you very much for coming in and helping our son we had no means of affording his daily dressing he now needs a surgery which we can’t afford to please help.”
Malacky is a student from Tanzania. He is the seventh in a family of nine children. When he was five years old, Malacky was accidentally burned with hot boiling porridge. He sustained extensive burns to his neck and chest. He is not able to move his head freely. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Malacky receive treatment. On March 4, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so he will be able to move his head freely again. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Malacky says, “I want to be able to eat without food coming out of my mouth as I chew, I will be very happy to look normal like my friends. Please help me get this treatment.”
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.”