Janne joined Watsi on July 28th, 2013. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Janne's most recent donation traveled 4,700 miles to support Edward, a studious and responsible boy from Tanzania, so he can walk without knocking knees.
Janne has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Janne has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
“I hope to become a surgeon when I grow up,” Edward says. Edward is a 12-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania with his family. He is the oldest of four children, likes math the most in school, and is really responsible; he actually enjoys helping his parents with daily chores! Edward also likes to play soccer, but his knee condition prevents him from being able to play or even walk long distances. Edward has severe bilateral genu valgus, a condition which causes his knees to bend inward, knocking them together as he walks. "If not treated, Edward will develop early osteoarthritis," Watsi's medical partner writes. Edward will need to have bilateral distal femoral osteotomic surgery to correct his condition. As much as his parents would like to see their son walk well with ease, the surgery cost is just too high for them to afford. But with $555, we can pay for his healthcare and help him out.
Chilo wants to pursue a degree in medicine. But in 2003, Chilo was involved in a road accident that left him with a left ankle deformity that's limiting his education. “The damage to his ankle has caused severe pain, limping, and limitations on where he can go and how far he can manage. Since it was the result of an accident, there aren't social stigmas attached to it, but plenty of curious looks and it's limited his schooling significantly,” says our medical partner, CURE international. Chilo’s family has not been able to afford treatment for him and they tell us, “We are happy that we got contacts to come to CURE International through a group that Chilo joined back at home. It was a long journey to get here but we are happy that we are here.” For $1000 we can fund a left ankle infusion that will give Chilo the ability to walk without pain and limitation.
Meet one-year-old Therrick! Therrick lives with his mother in Haiti. Therrick has a cleft-lip, a condition in which his mouth and lips formed abnormally while he was developing. His condition causes fever and flu-like symptoms, and also affects his ability to eat normally. Without surgery to correct his lips, Therrick will continue to have difficulty eating, flu-like symptoms, and probably face social stigma as he grows older. Therrick’s mom is hopeful that our hospital partner can fix Therrick’s cleft lip. Meeting other families who have been affected by this condition has given her strength. She works hard, but as Therrick’s sole supporter, she does not have enough income to support the cost of surgery for her son. For $960, doctors can perform a corrective surgery on Therrick. This surgery will allow him to eat normally again and move on with his young life. Let's help Therrick get the surgery he needs!
Say hello to Aung Kyaw, a 16-year-old from Burma. He is a quiet and kind boy who mostly keeps to himself and likes to listen to music. His father works at a furniture store and his mother is a housewife. Two years ago, Aung Kyaw noticed that the vision in his right eye was getting blurry. He sought treatment and was prescribed eye drops. After two months of using the drops, he completely lost his vision in that eye. Seven months later, he started experiencing the same symptoms in his left eye. Aung Kyaw has now completely lost his vision in his right eye and can now only see the top half of objects out of his left eye. Doctors say Aung Kyaw needs retinal corrective surgery. Aung Kyaw's mother is very worried about his condition. She says she feels helpless. Their family went through their life savings in order to pay for the numerous expensive appointments that ended up causing more harm than good. Aung Kyaw says he would like to get well so he can go back to school. He says he ultimately hopes to work abroad and see the world. For $1,500, Aung Kyaw will receive retinal corrective surgery that will restore the vision in both his eyes. Let's help him go back to school again and work towards his dream of seeing the world!
Meet Min, a 10-year-old from Nepal! Min lives with his parents, grandparents, four brothers and sister. He loves school and right now his favorite subject is Nepali. Min also loves to play volleyball. Min was sitting on a bench at school when it broke. His tibia also broke in the process and now his thigh is twisted at a very odd angle due to an incomplete union of the pieces of the bone. Min has a limited range of motion and is experiencing pain and swelling. For $1,240, a surgery can be performed that will repair the joint and give Min full range of motion again. Let's help Min get back on the volleyball court!
Say hello to Rachael from Kenya! Rachael is eight years old and wants to become a doctor when she grows up. Her mother works on a farm to support Rachael and her eight siblings. Rachael lives with chronic osyteomylitis, a condition that causes bone loss in her right leg. As a result, she experiences severe pain and is unable to walk without aid. She is in school but hasn't been able to concentrate on her studies since the pain started a few years ago. For $1,500, doctors can perform a bone transport surgery that will allow her to use the leg again after a few months of healing. Let's help Rachael get this surgery so that she can walk again and concentrate on her studies!
Meet San Htwe. She has been living with abdominal pain, dizziness, and fatigue for two years, and was recently diagnosed with a uterine myoma. She cannot afford treatment to have the mass removed and relieve her symptoms. San Htwe works hard as day laborer selling vegetables in the market, but sometimes has trouble making ends meet, despite her husband's additional work making wooden utensils. The couple's two concerned sons even dropped out of school to help earn extra money. But the price tag on the treatment she needs is out of the family's reach. For $1,165, we can help San Htwe receive the surgery needed to remove her uterus and the attached myoma. San Htwe says she is looking forward to being healthy so she can enjoy life with her family again. Let's make it happen for her!
Topiwo is a 17-year-old boy who lives with his mother, father, and siblings in Tanzania. Topiwo is hardworking and energetic but has difficulty walking due to a condition called bilateral genu valgus, commonly known as "knock knees." This condition increases Topiwo's risk of early osteoarthritis and can only be corrected by surgery. Topiwo loves animals and enjoys looking after his father's cattle. Although Topiwo has only completed primary school, he dreams of continuing his education so that he can become a veterinarian. Topiwo's parents are subsistence farmers and must spend their earnings on supporting their family. For $500, we can fund Topiwo's operation and enable him to walk normally and live a healthy life.
Roberto is a man from Guatemala with a renewed lease on life! Though he has had diabetes for many years, he has only recently been able to afford treatment. He has been doing great. However, in addition to diabetes, Roberto also has an enlarged prostate, which has been causing him to have severe problems with urination. People with diabetes have fragile kidneys, and Roberto is at risk for kidney infections and damage due to the combination of diabetes and an enlarged prostate. He is currently receiving a stop-gap treatment for his problem, but this treatment has its own risks and stigmas. Roberto is looking forward to receiving lasting treatment for his problems with urination. For $1,500, we can fund lab work, medication, transportation, and surgery. Roberto has worked really hard to get his diabetes in better control. Let's help him move past this last hurdle and onto excellent health.