Ellen joined Watsi on November 23rd, 2015. Six years ago, Ellen joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Ellen's most recent donation supported Duncan, an outgoing mechanic from Kenya, to fund surgery on his leg so he can walk and work again.
Ellen has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Ellen has funded healthcare for 26 patients in 9 countries.
Duncan is a 23-year-old mechanic. He's a lively man who likes cracking jokes with friends to cheer everyone up. Duncan is the second born in a family of six and he is married with two children. He lives in a rented house at his local center with his family. He completed his high school studies but did not proceed to college because of a lack of school fees. He has always had to do a lot to take care of his siblings and provide for their needs, like school fees. Duncan learned mechanical skills from his local center by watching what the mechanics there were doing. He now hopes to study mechanical engineering to improve his skills but he is unable because of the financial burden he has of taking care of his siblings and young family. Despite this, he is still hopeful that he will manage to do so in the future. Two days ago, Duncan was involved in a severe accident and sustained a fracture on his right leg. He was riding a motorcycle in the evening from his place of work when it lost control and fell into a ditch. He was rushed to a nearby health facility for immediate care from where he was referred to our hospital. An X-Ray confirmed a right femur fracture. He also has chest pains hence needing hospital admission for management and to plan for his surgery. He is unable to walk, has pain, and feels all he can do is lie in bed and wait for help. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On October 8th, Duncan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This surgery will relieve him of the pain and help him walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1145 to fund this procedure. Duncan says, “We are facing a difficult moment as a family, my parents cannot find money to buy food for the family without my assistance. There’s nothing else that matters other than seeing my family happy. I want to get healed and go back home to support their needs.”
Nehemia is a nine-year-old child from Tanzania and the fourth born in a family of five children. She is currently in kindergarten and she loves singing the vowels. Nehemia's parents keep livestock for a living and sell the milk. Once in a while, they also sell a goat to make additional money. Nehemia has clubfoot of her left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Nehemia traveled to visit our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), to receive treatment. On September 14th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform clubfoot repair surgery. Now, AMH is requesting $935 to fund Nehemia's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. Nehemia’s father shared, "every day when she gets home from school she complains of pain and you can easily see she is trying not to put pressure on the foot due to fear of pain. Please help my daughter."
Mouslim is a 27-year-old public high school teacher. He got married earlier this year, and he and his wife live with his elderly parents and care for them. When he is not working, he loves to read, fish, exercise and play music. In May 2021, Mouslim fell during a soccer game and injured his right elbow. He visited a traditional healer for treatment, but unfortunately his injury worsened. Now, he cannot move his elbow and experiences a constant and dull pain. He traveled for two hours to visit our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), after a relative told him about them. Doctors at CSC will perform an open reduction surgery to repair his elbow. Once he has fully recovered, he will be able to move it normally and he will no longer experience any pain. Now, CSC is requesting $412 to fund his procedure and care. Mouslim shared, "I hope that I can recover quickly, and I am thankful I can return to taking care of my parents and preparing for classes with my students."
Susan is a seven-year-old girl in the first grade and the second child in her family. Unfortunately, Susan was involved in a grisly road traffic accident when a vehicle lost control on March 8th, 2021. Five children and the teachers were hit, and one child unfortunately passed away. Susan survived despite sustaining fractures on her right hand and leg. She was brought to our medical partner's care center, Nazareth Hospital, and had a fracture repair surgery on her hand and leg. One week ago the plates were removed. Susan's hand has healed well but she has started having severe pain on her leg. When Susan's parents brought her back to the hospital, a X-Ray showed the fracture has reoccurred, and the surgeon recommended a repeat surgery. Without treatment, Susan will continue experiencing the pain, she may never be able to use her leg again, or her leg may eventually heal with a deformity. Fortunately, the surgeons at Nazareth can help. On July 1st, Susan is scheduled to undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Afterward, Susan will freed from pain and will be able to use her leg to walk to school and play again. Susan’s father works temporarily as a welder and her mother is a housewife. Their income is limited and their health insurance can no longer cover for another surgery after supporting the previous one. Therefore, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH), is requesting $1,049 to fund this procedure for Susan. “We thank God that our child is alive as one child died during the accident. We are hoping her surgery can be successful so that we can see her happy again and not in pain. We plead for her surgery sponsorship, ” Susan’s father wishes for her daughter's full recovery.
John is a playful 2-year-old boy and the only child in his family. John's parents separated before he was born and his mom is raising him on her own. His mother does various jobs to make ends meet, and recently went to live with her elder brother in Nairobi in the hopes that she may find a better job to support John. John is staying with his grandparents for now. His grandfather is a pastor in a local church in the rural areas, and his grandmother used to do farming but has developed issues with her back. Since birth, John has had a bilateral hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain in the lower part of his abdomen. Fortunately, on June 8th, he will undergo a hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $554 to fund John's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and return to normal play and movement. John’s grandmother shared, “We are very happy that we have heard that John’s condition is going to be treated but we do not have any funds to facilitate that. We are requesting for financial help.”
Nheat is a 76-year-old rice farmer with one son, four daughters, and many grandchildren. Her husband passed away 30 years ago. Currently, Nheat lives with her youngest son, who is also a farmer. Due to her age, she no longer goes to the field to farm. Instead, she enjoys spending her time taking care of her many grandchildren and listening to monks preaching on the radio. Five years ago, Nheat developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurred vision, photo phobia, and sometime tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Nheat learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for one hour with her son seeking treatment. On March 22nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Nheat shared, "I hope after surgery that I can see well again, help my daughter-in-law take care of the grandchildren, take care of myself, and go back to the pagoda on my own."
Sabato is a 3-year-old boy and the only child of his father who is unwell and raising him alone. As a result, Sabato was left in the care of his grandparents. His grandparents are elderly and depend entirely on small-scale farming. They shared that at their age, raising Sabato was not easy, but through the help of their other children, they are able to make ends meet. Sabato was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus, or knock knees. When Sabato reached two years of age, his grandparents noticed his legs were curving outwards, but they thought it was normal rickets that he would outgrow with time. The condition Sabato has is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Due to his condition, Sabato struggles to walk, to play with his fellow children, and use the bathroom comfortably. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Sabato. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 20th. Treatment will hopefully restore Sabato's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Sabato’s aunt shared, "I really wanted to help my nephew after seeing how much he was suffering, but didn’t expect that the treatment cost would be this expensive. I have no source of income, and his father is dependent on our parents who are also old. Please help to correct my nephew's legs."
Vannary is a 15-year-old 9th grade student. Vannary's father is a driver, her mother is a cleaner, and she has two twin younger sisters. At home, Vannary enjoys playing with her sisters, reading books, and helping out her mother. Three months ago, Vannary developed an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, which led Vannary to experience hearing loss, tinnitus, and discharge. In order for her condition to improve, Vannary needs a mastoidectomy procedure in her ear to remove the cholesteatoma and help her hear clearly again. Vannary shared, "I hope my hearing can improve and the ear discharge finally will stop."
Daw Mya is a 59-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter, granddaughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grandson in Yangon, Burma. Daw Mya is currently too ill to work, but her daughter works as a seamstress in a factory. Her granddaughter goes to school, her son is a taxi driver, her daughter-in-law looks after their son at home. Her daughter and her son both help look after Daw Mya and try to support her as best they can. Daw Mya was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Daw Mya feels tired and experiences heart palpitations with chest pain. She has no appetite and cannot sleep well at night, and both of her legs are swollen. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Mya. The treatment is scheduled to take place on February 21st and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Mya said, “I want to get better soon so that I can help my family. I want to help them because my daughter-in-law is always looking after me and her child [my grandson], so she cannot work. If I can look after the household chores and take care of the family, they can go to work and earn more income for our family. I cannot go anywhere because of my condition. They always take care of me and they spend too much of their money on me.”
Jue is a 25-year-old woman who lives with her family in a village in Hmawbi Township, Yangon Division, Burma. Her parents are housekeepers, and her youngest brother is a first-year university student who has been seeking work. Jue used to run a beauty salon, but had to stop working four months ago when her health deteriorated. In her free time, Jue likes to watch the news and videos relating to her work at the beauty salon. She also likes to read books and wants to write a book of her own someday. In August 2020, Jue felt pains in her stomach and chest. She would also experience difficulty breathing sometimes, and she would feel tired when she walked for a longer period of time. Jue went to the clinic in her village, where she received oral medication, but she did not feel better after taking it. She returned to the clinic several times over the course of two months, but her condition continued to worsen – the chest pain, difficulty breathing and feeling of fatigue happened more often. Jue decided to go to another clinic in North Okkala Township in Yangon in November 2020. At the clinic, the doctor listened to her heart with a stethoscope, and informed her that she has a congenital heart condition. The doctor recommended she receive a blood test, an echocardiogram (echo) and an electrocardiogram (ecg) at a hospital. After visiting a hospital to receive those tests, the doctor there told her that she was born with a hole in her heart and that she might need to receive surgery at the general hospital. However, the cost of surgery was too high. Luckily, Jue crossed paths with another former patient and was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) to seek assistance with accessing treatment. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 24th, U Win will undergo an atrial septal defect closure procedure. Once recovered, her quality of life will significantly improve and she will be able to return to working at her beauty salon. Now, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Jue shared, “I want to get better as quickly as possible and go back to work. I’m worried about my younger brother. He doesn’t have a job, and he needs to graduate from university. I’m also worried about Covid-19 because nobody has a job right now.”
Edson is a six-month-old baby who lives in Guatemala. His best friend is his twin brother. For the first two months of their lives, their mother was able to breastfeed them. However, when she was diagnosed with a virus, she could no longer safely breastfeed her sons. Edson's mother bought the twins an initial supply of formula, but it is too expensive for her to continue buying it. Edson's limited diet has led to malnutrition. To stabilize his condition, Edson was given a preliminary supply of formula at our medical partner's care center, Clinic Miller. Now, the clinic's nutritionist is creating a formal nutritional treatment plan for Edson. Edson will begin malnutrition treatment on January 17. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,107 in funds to provide Edson with nutritious formula. The funds will also cover the cost of health education for Edson's mother. One-on-one motivational education will teach her how to identify signs of malnutrition and how to create a nutritious, inexpensive diet for Edson. “I hope my son recuperates and attains a normal height and weight,” says Edson's mother. With the formula, Edson’s immune system will strengthen, and he will grow to be a healthy, energetic baby!
El-el is a three-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a small house made of scrap materials. His father does not have a stable job and cannot provide for his family's basic needs. El-el, who cannot walk or swallow properly, is severely malnourished. He weighs much less than other children his age. One out of five children under five years of age in communities served by our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM), is either severely or moderately acutely malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments increase the risk of potentially fatal childhood diseases. Fortunately, El-el began ICM's malnutrition treatment program on October 17, 2016. ICM’s Home-Based Feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get the additional food to gain weight and achieve optimal physical and mental development. After identifying a malnourished child, ICM staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor the child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, professional staff members educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. $289 pays for El-el to participate in the Home-Based Feeding program and receive the nutritional supplementation that he needs to grow up healthy and strong. "We really hope that El-el will be able to see the world someday, somehow," his parents say.