Jackie Olivier
Jackie's Story

Jackie joined Watsi on May 15th, 2014. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jackie's most recent donation supported Crecious, a three-year-old boy from Tanzania, to fund corrective surgery.


Jackie has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 5 countries.

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"Kishumwi is a happy and friendly six-year-old boy," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). His parents are livestock keepers who herd cattle in Tanzania, and Kishumwi is the youngest of four siblings. Two years ago when Kishumwi's father was looking for a school for his son to attend, Kishumwi got very sick. "He kept getting weaker and his left leg started to bend inwards," AMHF tells us. Doctors diagnosed him with a condition called genu valgus, also known as knocked knees. Kishumwi is now unable to walk properly and sometimes complains of pain in his left leg that goes all the way up to his hip. This is caused by abnormal bone development, and in Tanzania a major cause is due to an excess of flouride in the water. When Kishumwi first developed symptoms, "his parents gave him some herbs, which didn't help his leg, but after some time he was able to walk with a funny gait," explains AMHF. "With three children going to school and other extended family members looking up to Kishumwi's parents for support, coming up with enough cash to cover the cost of Kishumwi's operation has been difficult." "Despite his inability to walk properly, Kishumwi likes to socialize with other children, playing football and other outdoor games when he does not feel pain," says AMHF. He even will help his parents with their livestock work. $940 will pay for Kishumwi's treatment, which is a combination of surgery and casting to cut and realign his bones and joint. This will allow him to walk properly and pain free without knocking his knees, and will reduce his risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age. Despite Kishumwi's condition, his family does not lose sight of the importance of education. "Kishumwi is my only son and I will be happy to see him able to walk properly. I still plan to take him to school," says Kishumwi's father.

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This guy is two-month-old Kaung from Burma. His father works as a driving assistant, earning just enough to meet the family's basic needs. Kaung was born with hydrocephalus as well as a cleft lip. “The pressure of the liquid in his brain pushes Kaung’s eyes downwards," says our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "Because of his cleft lip his mother isn't able to breastfeed him...so he has to use a little slit in the teat of the babies milk bottle to help him feed.” In addition to the potential for longer term cognitive developmental challenges, Kaung is experiencing heart palpitations and difficulty breathing. While Kaung's parents are worried about their child and being unable to cover the cost of his care, they are doing the best they can to give their son everything he needs in life. "Once Kaung gets better, his mother hopes that he will be educated in the future," the BBP team writes. "His father hopes that Kaung will be able to go to international school, and he says that he will try his best to provide a good life for his son." $1200 will cover the cost of the ventriculoperitoneal shunt surgery which Kaung needs to drain the fluid accumulating in Kaung’s head due to hydrocephalus. "After treatment, the size of Kaung's head will reduce to normal size," BBP tells us. "Once the fluid is drained he will be able to support his head unassisted. His eye condition will improve and he will have more energy. When he has healed from the shunt operation, he will be able to receive treatment for his cleft lip.”

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