Olivia Wheeler
Olivia's Story

Olivia joined Watsi on June 26th, 2017. 8 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Olivia's most recent donation supported Liam, a young boy from Kenya, to fund an orchidopexy procedure.

Impact

Olivia has funded healthcare for 33 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Olivia

Liam is a 5-year-old boy from Kenya. He was born spina bifida and clubfoot. A few days after his birth, the doctor also noticed that his testicles had yet to descend. At the time, this was not a major concern because it sometimes takes a while for this to occur. Liam's mom was told to bring him back in five years if this did not happen. In the meantime, Liam underwent treatment for his other birth defects. Four years down the line, only one of Liam's testicles had descended, so Liam's mom brought him to Watsi's Partner Care Center BethanyKids Hospital for examination in 2019. Upon review, Liam was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Liam has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Doctors recommended he undergo surgery, to be covered by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF). The NHIF request was approved, but not approved at a level to cover all of Liam's treatment. Liam's mom decided to wait until she could raise more funds, but unfortunately the NHIF approval expired three months later without her knowledge. One year later, one of BethanyKids' social workers reviewed a list of patients and saw that Liam still had yet to receive treatment. Liam’s mother has not been able to raise the required amount for her son’s surgery through their friends and family. Liam’s father passed away when he was three weeks old. Having lost the breadwinner of the family, Liam's mother had to work hard to support them. Before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, Liam’s mother had found a job as a nursery school teacher. However, the job only lasted for three months until the school closed down due to the pandemic. When the schools reopened, she was not able to go to work because Liam was not accepted again in the school he used to attend. She is appealing for financial help. Liam will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 8th. AMHF is requesting $561 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Liam’s mother shared, “Through the years since Liam was born, I have never given up on him. He has undergone several surgeries and God has always provided. Even in the upcoming surgery, I am very hopeful that Liam will be treated.”

$561raised
Fully funded

Moses is a quiet two-year-old boy. In early 2018, Moses was an orphan rescued by New Life Home in Kisumu. When a new child is rescued, they have a full health examination for birth defects and any other medical condition that might require medical intervention. During Moses’ examination, the physicians diagnosed him with Hirschsprung’s disease, which affects his large intestine and digestive system as a whole. Since then, he has been under a close eye of the medical practitioners in the facility. After some time, Moses was moved to the organization's Nairobi branch so that they could bring him to Watsi's Medical Partner BethanyKids Hospital for review. After some examinations, he was scheduled for surgery, which was to be supported by a national health insurance system. During admission to the hospital awaiting his surgery, Moses became sick and was diagnosed with pneumonia. His surgery had to be postponed so that he could recover from the illness. Once he felt better, Moses was scheduled for surgery again. This important procedure will help him to pass stool properly without any complications. The orphanage home that rescued Moses has National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) coverage that would have helped pay for Moses' surgery initially. However, due to his pneumonia, the funds were depleted while he was in the hospital during his illness. NHIF will not approve support for the surgery, so we are raising funds to cover his cost of care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Moses receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo an anorectoplasty on January 11th at our medical partner's care center. This procedure will cost $743, and he needs help raising money. Moses’ guardian shared, “As a children rescue home, it is our joy when the rescued children are in good health and independent in many ways. For Moses, it will great joy to us for him to be treated.”

$743raised
Fully funded