Meredith joined Watsi on October 24th, 2016. 15 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Meredith's most recent donation supported Owen, a child from Kenya, to fund clubfoot correction.
Meredith has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Owen is a child from Kenya. Owen is the first born in a family of 2. His father is a businessman while the mother is a housewife. The family live in a two roomed rental house in Machakos. Owen has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Owen traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 29. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Owen's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I am appealing for help, for my son to undergo surgery and walk like other children. Thank you so much and continue with the same spirit.” Owen’s father expressed.
Josue is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and brothers. His father works in a grocery store, and his mother works at home taking care of Josue and his siblings. Josue's mother is pregnant, so he loves to talk to his mother's belly, he says he gets kicks in return. Josue is suffering from severe strabismus (misalignment of the eyes), which requires surgery to repair. Since he cannot control the direction of both of his eyes, he has double vision and a hard time with depth perception. His mother is worried that he will not be able to attend school if he does not have his strabismus repaired, and is fearful that he will never be able to read or play sports with the other kids. Although his parents work hard to give Josue the best they can, they cannot afford an expensive surgery like Josue's. $1,500 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Josue needs to correct his strabismus. This will give Josue improved vision, allowing him to be more independent. His mother will no longer have to worry if he will be able to attend school, read, or play with the other children once his strabismus is corrected. Josue's parents said, "We feel a great satisfaction to be able to get our son into surgery. We are very appreciative for the support, since it will help our little one grow up with good self-esteem."
Ategeka is a 12-year-old boy from Uganda who is in Primary Four at his school. His best subjects are math, English, and science. He hopes to become a medical doctor in the future. Ategeka's favorite game is football. His father passed away and his mother is a casual laborer at a tea plantation. She and her children live in the tea plantation quarters. About one year ago Ategeka developed a painful swelling in his left scrotum, which has kept increasing in size. Due to pain he is unable to walk long distances and is therefore unable to fetch water because the well is far from home. Ategeka's mother took him to a hospital where he was diagnosed with hydrocele, which is a collection of clear fluid in a thin walled sac present in the scrotum. Surgery was recommended, but she couldn’t afford to pay for it. She decided to give Ategeka herbs, which did not relieve his pain. One of the nurses at that hospital advised her to take Ategeka to Holy Family Virika Hospital, a Watsi care center, for assistance from Watsi. If not treated, Ategeka will continue experiencing pain and discomfort. $185 will cover the costs of the surgery and care Ategeka needs. After his surgery, Ategeka hopes to continue with his studies and get good grades in class.