James joined Watsi on August 8th, 2013. 201 other people also joined Watsi on that day! James' most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Blessing, a six-year-old girl from Kenya, so she can pass stool normally.
James has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 9 countries.
James has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 9 countries.
Say hi to Blessing! She is a sweet six-year-old from Kenya who lives with her grandmother, a peasant farmer. Since Blessing was born, she has experienced constipation and problems passing stool - symptoms of Hirschsprung's disease. She received a colostomy which as caused stool leakage and could lead to infections. Blessing has become very withdrawn and self-conscious because of this uncomfortable and painful condition. Her parents left her because of her medical problem, and the meager income Blessing's grandmother earns from her farm is not enough for her granddaughter’s treatment. For $1,500, Blessing will receive a reconstructing abdominoperineal pull through and colostomy closure so she can finally pass stool normally. Blessing's grandmother says, “I feel a lot of pain when I see my granddaughter suffering, and I pray that she may get treatment soon so that she can live a healthy life.” Let's answer her prayers while giving Blessing the ability to live a healthy and normal life!
Hayat is a 13-year-old girl living in Ethiopia. She lives with a condition called genu valgum that causes her legs to fold inwards and impairing her ability to walk. It's so painful for Hayat to walk, that she had to stop attending school. Hayat enjoys reading fiction, playing with her friends, and studying chemistry. She dreams one day of becoming a doctor. Hayat says, “I am eager to heal from my operation and help others who suffer from the same thing.” She lives with her parents who work as merchants. They cannot afford to pay for her surgery while supporting their two other children. Hayat says that her brothers have taught her to be strong. $1,000 can pay for a surgery to realign Hayat's leg bone so that it no longer folds inwards. This procedure will allow Hayat to walk pain-free. Let's help Hayat return to school and continue to fulfill her dreams of becoming a doctor!
This smiley kid is Jeff, a one-year-old from Haiti. Jeff has hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid accumulates in his skull and puts pressure on his brain. This condition is potentially fatal. Jeff's mother used to run a food-selling business, but business has been slow lately. As a result, she cannot afford Jeff's treatment. When Jeff is healthy, she says she intends to go to school to learn a new skill so that she can better provide for Jeff. For $1,260 a surgical procedure can be performed that will drain the excess fluids from Jeff's skull and save his life. His head will return a normal size and he has a good chance of a healthy, productive childhood. Let's help Jeff and his family out!
Margaret is a 53-year-old woman from Kenya who came to Kijabe Hospital, a Watsi partner in Kenya, to seek treatment for abdominal bleeding. Margaret used to own a small clothing shop until it was destroyed in Kenya’s post-election violence. She is a mother of four, but two of her children passed away in an accident. Margaret has had abdominal bleeding for over three months now, and is at risk of becoming severely anemic. Her condition requires a total abdominal hysterectomy. When Margaret and her husband first learned of her condition, they sold their livestock to raise funds for care, but they cannot afford the total cost of the procedure. For $885, Margaret will receive surgery that will stop the bleeding. Margaret says, "After I am well, I want to open my clothing business again." Let’s help get her well so she can pursue her wish!
Ilsa is a 46-year-old woman from remote western Guatemala. Recently, Ilsa visited our partner clinic after experiencing heavy abdominal bleeding. There, she was diagnosed with stage two cervical cancer. Ilsa was diagnosed early, so her cancer is treatable. But she does not have the money or local resources to access the radiation and chemotherapy she needs. For $1,500, Ilsa will undergo radiation and chemotherapy for cervical cancer. This includes the cost of transportation to a nearby city so that she has ongoing access to care. Let's help cure Ilsa of cervical cancer!
Meet Ezala, a 10-year-old living in Malawi. Ezala enjoys school, playing soccer with his friends, and helping his parents farm. He says he does his best to help out with household tasks, too. Ezala has an umbilical hernia. His abdominal muscles bulge out through his belly button. This causes Ezala pain and makes it difficult for him to do everyday things. Ezala's parents are farmers and can’t afford an umbilical hernia repair, but with only $275 we can help. Let's help Ezala receive surgery and live with less pain!
"Prince is a charismatic young boy who has high hopes for his future," a doctor at Ortho FOCUS, a Watsi medical partner, described. Prince hails from Ghana, where he lives with his parents and two siblings. He enjoys playing football and loves to read. He is currently a student in the sixth grade, and hopes to one day become a doctor. Prince has dealt with scoliosis since birth, causing him difficulty while walking and performing daily tasks. The doctor reports: "His condition has worsened quite a bit, and it is progressively making life more difficult for him. We are hopeful that successful surgery will return him to an active and long-lasting life." Surgical intervention will reduce side effects from the deformity, alleviate pain, and prevent further bending of the spine. The doctors predict a positive outcome that will allow Prince to return to a healthy, active lifestyle. Let's raise the $1500 needed to give Prince a better quality of life!
Sharmila is an adorable six-year-old girl living in Nepal who loves skipping and playing games! Her favorite game is “chungi,” a Nepalese version of hackey sack played with a ball of rubber bands. Sharmila lives with her grandparents, two brothers, and her parents, who farm and own a small roadside tea shop. One day, Sharmila fell on her hand while playing outside. She experienced severe pain and has been unable to move her hand ever since. If Sharmila does not receive treatment for her fracture, she could lose complete use of her hand. Doctors say that Sharmila “is really sad that now she will not be able to play chungi for some time.” For $805, we can fund Sharmila’s surgery for her hand fracture so she can get back to playing with her friends!
Meet Lesta, a woman who is "cheerful, hard-working, jovial, and often has a big smile on her face." Lesta is from Malawi, where she has worked at a district hospital as an attendant for over 30 years. She loves her job, which consists of transporting and caring for patients. Lesta is a proud mother of one daughter and four sons. Lesta has had been living with a ventral hernia for 19 years. The pain from her hernia limits her ability to do her job, which includes tasks like lifting equipment and assisting patients in the hospital. For $200, we can dramatically improve Lesta's quality of life. The surgery will allow Lesta to return to her usual hospital duties and continue taking care of people in her community. Let's get together to support someone who has dedicated her life to helping others!
Meet Jhupa! She is a lovely 60-year-old married woman who lives with her husband, her son, and her daughter. Recently, Jhupa injured her foot after she stepped on a thorn. Her wound became infected and she and her husband had to travel to Bayalpata hospital, leaving their two children at home by themselves. At the hospital, Jhupa's infection was deemed serious enough that her foot needed to be amputated. To complete the procedure, doctors need to perform a skin graft, which can only be performed at Nepalgunj Medical Teaching Hospital. For $1,465, we can fund Jhupa’s skin graft so she can walk again and get back to caring for her children!
Meet Durga, a caring 45-year-old woman in need of medical care. She lives with her 15-year-old granddaughter in Nepal, while her husband and three sons live in India. She and her granddaughter look after a small field, which only yields enough for six months of the year. Recently, Durga stumbled on a stone while carrying water from the well to her home. Unfortunately, she fractured her right knee, making it extremely difficult to move. Despite her own physical injury, Durga told our medical partner that her main concerns are about her granddaughter's annual exams coming up in school. Durga doesn't want her granddaughter worrying about her health while she is busy studying. For $1040 we can cover the cost of surgery to correct Durga's knee. Let's come together and help this selfless woman be mobile again!
Debendra is a hardworking and caring 11-year-old boy from Nepal. He takes on a lot of responsibility in his household as his father is usually gone, working in India, and he is the eldest of his five siblings. He works in the family's field and sells their cow's milk. Debendra told our medical partners at Nyaya Health that "he really loves his mother" and "he wants to complete his studies and get a good job, so that his mother may not have to toil so hard for a living." Recently, Debendra fell down from a tree and fractured his leg. If left untreated, the fracture will affect his daily activities like walking and also impair growth of his leg. Let's help fund his $1040 corrective treatment so this well-deserving boy can continue helping his mother.