Zack joined Watsi on October 7th, 2018. Three months ago, Zack became the 4495th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 496 more people have become monthly donors! Zack's most recent donation supported Simon, a man from Kenya, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Zack has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Simon is a man from Kenya. He is a father of two children. He operates a small business. In September 2018, Simon was in a road accident. Since then, he has undergone four surgeries to treat injuries to his tibia bone. Now, he needs to undergo a bone transport to treat a bone infection. If not treated, Simon will be at risk of further complications, including a total bone infection that might result into amputation. Fortunately, his surgery is scheduled for March 6. Now, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Simon says, “I hope that soon I will continue providing for my family."
Pov is a 27-year-old factory worker from Cambodia. He has two brothers and a sister and enjoys doing work around the house in his free time. When he was fifteen years old, Pov had an ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Pov experiences ear discharge, pain, and hearing loss. Pain and ear discharge makes it difficult for Pov to work and do daily activities. Pov traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On February 6, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $842 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. His sister says, "I hope that the surgery will improve my brother's hearing and stop any ear discharge and pain."
Sophal is a rice farmer from Cambodia. She has three brothers and four sisters. She likes to plant vegetables in her small garden at home. When she was fifteen, Sophal had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. For this reason, Sophal experiences ear discharge and pain. She cannot communicate easily with others. Sophal traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On January 7, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. She says, "I hope my ear pain goes away and I can return home soon after surgery."
Mbwana is a child from Tanzania. He has been diagnosed with acquired bilateral genu varus. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, Mbwana has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Mbwana. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 6. Treatment will hopefully restore Mbwana's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Mbwana’s mother says, “Please help us.”
Shama is a toddler from Haiti. She lives with her mother and father in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, and is their first child. She is getting ready to start preschool once her surgery is behind her. Shama has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart. Blood leaks through this hole, leaving her short of breath and causing heart failure. On October 7, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will tie off the hole so that blood can no longer flow through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Shama's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. Her mother says, "I am very excited that my daughter can have this surgery and become normal!"
Stephen is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. His parents are farmers. Stephen was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Stephen is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Stephen's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 10. This procedure will hopefully spare Stephen from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Stephen’s mother says, “I wish to see my son grow up as a healthy child."