Mauricio joined Watsi on March 13th, 2015. 19 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Mauricio's most recent donation traveled 7,800 miles to support Thomas, a sweet newborn from Kenya, to fund spinal surgery to prevent future health complications.
Mauricio has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 10 countries.
Mauricio has funded healthcare for 44 patients in 10 countries.
Thomas is a sweet three-week-old baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of four children. His father works as a luggage carrier, and his mother does laundry and other house chores for people to help provide for their family. Thomas was born at a hospital near their home. At birth, he was diagnosed with spina bifida, as well as clubfoot. Spina bifida is a type of neural tube condition in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Thomas 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 $1,151 to cover the cost of Thomas's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 31st. This procedure will hopefully spare Thomas from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Thomas’s father says, “Currently, we are very stressed because of our child’s condition. We are requesting for any help to see him become well.”
Chaw is 20-year-old who lives with his parents and three younger sister in a refugee camp. Chaw's sisters go to school, his mother is a homemaker and his father and brother work as agricultural day labourers. Chaw's brother lives on his employer's land and sends the family what money he can every month. After his accident, Chaw stopped working on the same farm as his brother. In his free time, before his accident, Chaw liked to play football with his friends and visit with them. In 2020, Chaw was carrying corn to the peeling machine where he worked and he slipped and hit his left lower leg against the fan of the machine. Chaw was in a great deal of pain and was brought to the hospital. Chaw was told that his left lower leg was broken, and underwent surgery to insert a steel rod into his leg. This past January, Chaw noticed a mass on his left lower leg, where he had received surgery. The mass was very painful and felt hot to the touch. Over time, the mass increased in size until his whole lower left leg became swollen. Although he received surgery to remove the mass, Chaw's leg never fully healed. Eventually he was diagnosed with osteomyelitis and was told the steel rod in his leg would need to be replaced. Chaw is in a lot of pain and his lower left leg continues to be swollen and red. He cannot sleep well and needs crutches and assistance to move around. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Chaw will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 6th and BCMF is raising $1,500 to cover the cost of this life-changing procedure that will help Chaw walk free of pain. Chaw shared, “I am happy that I will receive surgery with the help of the organisation [Burma Children Medical Fund] and I am thankful to all of the donors. In the future I want to get better quickly. I will find a new job and support my family.”
Samuel is a 38 year old casual laborer and single father of one son, who is six years old. As Samuel's income is modest, both he and his son live with Samuel's parents in Malawi. Samuel enjoyed good health until April 2022. He was visiting relatives at a distance from his home, when he developed a cough and lost his voice. He was treated for his cough, but in June, he noticed a small, painful swelling on the right side of his neck. Although he went to a local hospital, nothing was done, and the swelling continued to grow, causing Samuel more pain, difficulty swallowing, and occasional breathlessness. After visiting numerous hospitals, Samuel finally went to Partners in Hope Medical Center, where tests revealed the existence of a goiter on his thyroid gland. As the goiter was fast growing, the surgeons informed Samuel that he would need to have a thyroidectomy, to remove all or part of the thyroid gland. Thanks to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Samuel is scheduled to have surgery on October 4th, at Partners in Hope Medical Center. After the procedure, Samuel will be able to return to his work, and to caring for his child, which he has been unable to do since falling ill. Samuel and his family are seeking $1,015 to help fund Samuel's care. “I wish to get better and look after my child,” said Samuel while looking worried.
Saing is a 74-year-old rice farmer. She is a widow and has one daughter, two sons, and six grandchildren. Her husband passed away during the Khmer Rouge regime, so she lives with her oldest daughter, who works in a garment factory. Saing used to be a rice farmer but shared that she can no longer work in the fields due to her declining vision. At home, Saing likes to listen to the monks pray on the radio and go to the pagoda. Four years ago, Saing developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage, and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. As a result of this condition, Saing has difficulty seeing things clearly and a hard time with day-to-day tasks. She used to cook for her daughter's family but finds it too difficult now. When Saing learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), she traveled for three and half hours seeking treatment. On April 22nd, she will undergo surgery to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent a recurrence. CSC is requesting $225 to cover the total cost of her procedure, which includes medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. Saing shared, "I hope my eyes stop burning after surgery, and I can go outside and be more independent."
Yaing Dong is a 32-year-old motor mechanic. He is married and his wife works in a garment factory. The couple have a five-year-old son and a ten-year-old daughter. In his free time, Yaing Dong likes to play volleyball. Last October, Yaing Dong was in a motor vehicle accident where he injured his right hand. He has a large scar contracture on his hand that makes it difficult for him to flex his hand, carry things, and even work. When Yaing Dong learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On March 2nd, surgeons at CSC will perform a skin graft procedure so that he can regain full use of his hand. Now, Yaing Dong needs help to fund this $474 procedure. Yaing Dong shared, "I am thankful that this surgery can help me get well. I would like to return to work as soon as I can."
Jenipher is a 37-year-old woman. She is married, and she and her husband work as farmers to provide income for her family. She proudly shared that all of their children are in school. Lately, it has been difficult for Jenipher to work due to the condition she is experiencing. For eight months, Jenipher has had an incisional hernia. Earlier this year, she underwent a curative laparotomy surgery on her abdomen, but the incision site began to swell and cause pain, especially when she worked. Jenipher tried managing the condition with pain medication, but the pain became too severe. She visited the care center at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Upon review, doctors recommended a hernia repair surgery. On November 4th, Jenipher will undergo hernia repair surgery at AMH's care center. Upon recovery, she will be able to live more comfortably and confidently. AMH is requesting $230 to fund Jenipher's surgery. Jenipher shared, "In the last surgery, I sold off my land to offset hospital bill. I was worried when I was told I needed to be operated on again. I appeal for your help. My children are still young and need my support, but I can't with poor health."
Eugene is a 5-year-old student and the second born in a family of two siblings. His older brother is in grade three. His mother shared that she did not manage to further her own studies due to financial problems. Eugene's father passed away last year after a long illness and his mother is the only breadwinner for their family. She farms maize and beans on a rented piece of land. During the harvest, she sells some in order to support her children and their family uses the rest at home. She lives at her late husband’s ancestral home, in a timber-roomed house. She also keeps some hens which provide them with eggs and meat. Since two months ago, Eugene has had bilateral hydrocele. The hydrocele causes him pain and discomfort. Fortunately, on November 11th, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $733 to fund Eugene's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Eugene’s mother says, "I am the only breadwinner. Kindly, assist me to raise the hospital bill for my son.’’
Meshack is a young baby and the third born in a family of three children. His mother sells groceries in a local market and his father is a mechanic. His parents work hard to earn a humble income, just enough to provide for the family. Meshack was born a healthy and happy baby. However, a few days later, his mother noticed that he was not passing urine properly. His parents took him to a nearby hospital for examination where he was diagnosed with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. The doctor referred Meshack to visit BethanyKids Hospital once he turned 7 months old. Once they visited the hospital, he was scheduled to undergo a hypospadias repair surgery. Fortunately, Meshack is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 19th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $847 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Meshack’s mother shared, “It is hard for us to even think of raising any money as we cannot afford it, please help us. Thank you for your support.”
Saroeun is a 56-year-old fisherman with two daughters, three sons, and three grandchildren. He and his wife go to a local market each day to sell their catch. In his free time he loves to listen to the radio or play with his grandchildren. He also loves to ride his motorbike, however, recent changes in his vision have made this difficult. Two years ago, Saroeun developed a cataract in his left eye causing him blurry vision and sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Saroeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On August 30th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Saroeun shared, "I hope I can return to work after my vision improves, and work more than before. I want to be able to make more money for my family."
Than is 21-year-old woman from Burma. She is a soldier in Karen State, Burma and lives with the other soldiers in the barracks. On July 21, Than was participating in a drill on top of a mountain. Equipped with a heavy backpack and load, they had to descend the mountain quickly in the rain. While descending, Than’s left foot slipped. While falling, she banged her equipment against her left thigh and heard a cracking noise, before falling. Than's left leg is in a lot of pain and she cannot put any weight on her left leg. If she moves even a little bit, she shared that her pain increases. She can move her left ankle and toes, but she cannot bend her left leg. Her friend has to help her go to the bathroom and to take a shower. She cannot sleep well, her appetite has decreased, and she has noticed that she has already lost weight since the accident. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Than will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 1st and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help Than walk again and allow her leg to heal properly. “I am worried about how my leg will recover, and I am worried about the surgery,” said Than.
Amumpaire is a 4-year-old girl from Uganda. She is the youngest of two children to her parents. She has started school and Amumpaire prefers playing to anything else. Her father is a mechanic and repairs vehicles to earn a living. Her mother practices small-scale farming to provide food to the family. Amumpaire was brought by her mother with anterior and progressive swelling on her neck since birth. This has disfigured her neck and it is protruding which causes discomfort. Amumpaire traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 19th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Amumpaire needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Amumpaire's mom says, “I can't wait to see my child without this condition on her neck. I will surely be happy and can continue with farming as I care for our family.”
Samich is a sixteen-year-old student. He has two brothers and one sister. His father is a construction worker and his mother farms rice. He is in grade nine at school and shared that his favorite courses are mathematics and literature. He told us he would like to become a doctor when he grows up. Samich has recently developed nasal polyps in his sinuses. These obstructions make it difficult to breath, and put him at higher risk of chronic infections that cause high fever. Left untreated, Samich would experience persistent pain and irritation. He would miss school more often and his family would have to spend their limited income for medicine and treatment. Fortunately, surgeons at Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) can perform a nasal polypectomy procedure, and remove the polyps. After the procedure, Samich will able to breath normally and will no longer be at risk of any infection in his nose. Samich's mother shared, "I hope that he can have this nose problem stopped quickly, so that he can breath easily, have no pain, and continue his studying for his dream of being a doctor."