Mike joined Watsi on May 27th, 2016. 9 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mike's most recent donation supported Matteo, a boy from Haiti, to fund interventional heart catheterization.
Mike has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 9 countries.
Mike has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 9 countries.
Matteo is a boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger brother. He is a fifth grade student, and likes watching soccer games and listening to music. Matteo suffers from a condition called severe pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too small. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leading to heart failure. This will eventually be fatal. Fortunately, Matteo will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Matteo's valve open to a more normal size. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Matteo's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. He says, "I am excited to be able to play soccer after my heart is fixed."
Jospina is a farmer from Kenya. She is 66 years old and resides in a small village in a very hilly region of the Rift Valley. About a week ago, Jospina was fetching wood to use while cooking. She tripped on a rock and sustained a fracture in her left hand. Although she has received first aid care, Jospina is currently experiencing pain and cannot concentrate on her responsibilities. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On April 19, Jospina will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. We hope this treatment will relieve Jospina of pain so she can return home to take care of her family. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $771 to fund this procedure. “I am in need of treatment because this pain is so severe," says Jospina.
Eh is a one-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his mother, father, and grandmother. His parents work as farmers on a villager’s farm, and receive a share of the crop as payment. When he was one month old, Eh’s mother noticed his left eye was tearing up more than usual. At ten months old, both his pupils became white. Eh suffers from severe discomfort from bright lights and when the wind blows into his eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Eh. On March 23, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Eh's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. "I want him to become a medic as there are many patients in my village and I want him to return home to help them when he is grow up," says his mother.
Simon is a child from Tanzania. He is the first born in a family of two children. Simon’s parents are farmers, and they keep a few animals. They live together with their extended family in a homestead. Simon 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, Simon traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 22. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Simon's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily and without pain. Simon’s father says, “I cannot wait to see my son walking properly so that he will be able to go to school.”
Joseph is a two-month-old baby from Kenya. His mother is a high school student. She has no source of income and lives with a relative. Joseph has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Joseph has been experiencing an increased head circumference. Without treatment, Joseph will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Joseph that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 26 and will drain the excess fluid from Joseph's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Joseph will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. "I would like to go back to school in 2020 when Joseph is a bit older and healthy," shares Joseph’s mother.
Myo is a two-month-old boy from Burma. His father works as a tenant farmer and a day laborer on neighboring farms. He lives with his parents in the western part of the country. Soon after he was born, Myo's abdomen began to swell. They took him to a midwife, who recommended that they increase his fluid intake. Myo was unable to drink more, however, and his abdomen grew larger and larger. The midwife provided them with medication to help release gas, but it did not help. His parents took him to the hospital and were sent home after a few days when his swelling went down. Soon enough, the swelling returned and his parents took him back to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a hernia. This means that there is a gap in the abdominal wall where the intestine protrudes through. Surgery is required to correct the issue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Myo's surgery. He is scheduled for treatment on October 20 at our medical partner's care center, Mae Sot General Hospital. After his operation, Myo will be able to grow and develop normally. “I want my son to be a doctor when he grows up,” Myo's mother says. “I want my son to get a chance to study in Thailand," his father adds.
Mbwana is a 65-year-old farmer from Malawi who lives with his wife and extended family. Mbwana spends his days helping with the farm and doing some light chores around his home. When he has quiet time, he just likes to spend it with his wife of many years. About two months ago, Mbwana began experiencing difficulty urinating and great discomfort. He was recently diagnosed with prostatic hyperplasia, the condition of an enlarged prostate. Prostate resection, which will remove part of Mbwana's enlarged prostate gland, is needed in order to relieve him of his pain. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund prostate surgery for Mbwana, which is scheduled to take place on June 29. The procedure, once completed, will hopefully allow Mbwana to return to his family and former lifestyle without his current pain and discomfort. "Thank you," says Mbwana.
Pwint is a 22-year-old seamstress living with her family in Burma. She loves her work and in her free time enjoys sewing and embroidery. When Pwint was three years old, she began to experience difficulty breathing. Her mother took her to a local clinic, where they prescribed an oral medication to help alleviate her symptoms. In 2017, her condition worsened so her mother brought her to the local hospital. She was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and doctors recommended that she undergo surgery. Without treatment, Pwint will continue to experience chest pain and severe fatigue. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Pwint's surgery, which will be performed on August 8. Pwint is hopeful that the surgery will go well so that she can pursue her dream of becoming a professional seamstress.
Ten years ago, Rose was born in Kenya. However, at about two or three years of age, her parents noticed an abnormal growth bulging from Rose’s back. They initially thought the condition would normalize, but as years went by, the condition continued to progress. They sought help from different hospitals but could not get treatment for her due to high costs. Rose has been diagnosed with thoracic scoliosis—a spinal curvature in the upper/middle backbone. The condition has caused Rose hardships in attending school due to pains in her neck, back, knees, and legs. On September 6, Rose will undergo spine fusion surgery to increase movement and eliminate pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), requests $1,500 to help fund Rose's treatment. AMHF expects that after full surgery and recovery, pain and further curvature of the back will cease, and Rose's height will also improve. The surgery will also help raise her self-esteem and will enhance her education. Rose says, "I am eagerly waiting when this condition will leave me so I can concentrate on my studies. I am very determined to study and would like to be a doctor in the future."
Meet Zoe, a four-year-old girl who lives in the Philippines with her mother and father. Zoe is in preschool and loves to play dress up—she likes to pretend she is a princess. Her father is a handyman, and her mother works in retail. When Zoe was born, she was diagnosed with a congenital heart defect called Tetralogy of Fallot. This rare condition involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage in one of the heart's valves. As a result, not enough oxygen is delivered to Zoe's body, leaving her sickly and weak. Although Zoe is not from Haiti, Watsi's medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, helped to coordinate an open heart surgery for her in the Cayman Islands on March 24. This $20,000 surgery is being subsidized by Health City Cayman Islands. $1,500 will cover her lab tests, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. These funds will also support passport obtainment and the social workers who will accompany Zoe's family overseas. Zoe is the only child in her family, and her parents are very excited for her medical treatment. "I am so grateful to everyone who is helping us travel around the world to be able to have this surgery!" shares Zoe's mother.
Erwin is a four-year-old boy who lives with his grandmother in the Philippines. Erwin was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too few calories, proteins, and nutrients. Beginning on June 30, Erwin will receive at-home malnutrition treatment through our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM will provide Erwin with nutrient enriched food packs to help him gain weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. The program will also teach his grandmother about proper nutrition, sanitation, and organic gardening to better care for her grandson. ICM is requesting $173 to cover the cost of Erwin's ongoing care. "I hope that he will grow up well and someday become a teacher," his grandmother says.
Wilanka is eight years old and lives in Gonaives, a city on the west coast of Haiti. She lives with her mother, father, and three siblings. Her parents both find daily work occasionally, but they have not recently been able to work full-time. Wilanka is in the third grade and especially likes her math and science classes. Wilanka was born with two heart conditions: infundibular stenosis, in which one of the four valves of her heart is too narrow, and ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. These defects combine to prevent enough blood from reaching her lungs, leaving her sickly and weak. Her parents brought Wilanka to our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. Wilanka will be receiving cardaic surgery on May 3. Her surgery has been subsidized in the amount of $5,000 by another organization, Gift of Life International. However, Wilanka still needs $1,500 to fund prep for this surgery. "We would like to ask God to bless everyone who is helping Wilanka get her surgery," says her mother.