Dan's Story

Dan joined Watsi on November 5th, 2015. Four months ago, Dan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Dan's most recent donation supported Lakati, an active boy from Tanzania, to fund mobility-restoring corrective surgery.


Dan has funded healthcare for 16 patients in 8 countries.

All patients funded by Dan

Twelve-year-old Koket is a spirited boy from Ethiopia who loves to play football and watch movies. He wants to be a doctor in the future. His parents are civil servants who raise and teach six children, including Koket. Koket was born with hypospadias, a birth defect of the urethra in which the opening is not at the usual location at the head of the penis. In Koket's case, the urethral opening is in two different places, making him unable to urinate while standing. In the last 12 years, Koket's parents have taken him to several hospitals in Ethiopia, and they have spent a lot of money on transportation and on treatment, including six different surgeries for his condition. Koket is currently on a two-year waiting list for the hypospadias repair surgery that he needs. Without additional treatment, Koket may suffer urinary tract infections, and continued urine leaks may cause skin rashes. Koket's condition has affected him and his parents socially and psychologically. “I gave all I had for my son's treatment in the past twelve years," shares Koket's father. "And in 2014, we were included on a waiting list and waited for a call for about two years, and that made both his mother and me weary. We always worry about his condition.” For $1,155, Koket will undergo hypospadias repair, a procedure in which the surgeon takes tissue grafts from the foreskin or from the inside of the mouth to extend the length of the urethra so that it opens at the tip of the penis. Funding also covers the costs of a 10-day hospital stay, including blood tests and medicine. After surgery, Koket will be able to pass urine normally, and the risk of urinary tract infections will be reduced.

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Nancy is a 20-month-old baby girl who lives with her parents in a remote village in Kenya. Nancy’s mother is a housewife, and her father sells khat to sustain the needs of the young family. Nancy was born with a small anal opening. During the first six months of her life, while she was only feeding on breast milk, she did not have trouble passing stool. When she started eating solid foods, she began to have a difficult time passing stool, and her stomach started to swell. Nancy was taken to several hospitals by her parents, and eventually, she had a colostomy done to create an opening on her upper abdomen for passing stool. Her parents were able to pay for the surgery through financial contributions from friends and family, but as time passed, it became more and more expensive for them to cater to their child’s medical expenses. To prevent infections, Nancy's parents must keep the area around the colostomy clean. “This is really hard for us—very hard,” says Nancy’s father. Keeping the area clean has also been expensive, making it more difficult for the family to raise the funds required for the next phase of Nancy's medical care. Now, Nancy needs a pull-through surgery—an anorectoplasty—to create an anal opening through which she can pass stool normally. $1,260 pays for the surgery, and Nancy's parents are contributing $21 to cover additional costs associated with her care. “Please help my daughter get treated, as we have exhausted funds in trying to get her treated," shares Nancy's father. "My prayer is to have her treated. I really understand her condition, and I am desperate to make life easier for her."

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Angelica is a newborn baby girl from rural Guatemala. She was born one month prematurely. She was small and weak when she was born, and acquired an infection in her eyes and now her lungs. When she came to see us at the clinic, she was very sick, but now she is doing much better after receiving hospital care. Unfortunately, her mother had to receive antibiotics that are unsafe for breastfeeding. Since her mother had to stop breastfeeding while taking the medications, she lost her ability to make milk and now Angelica is acutely malnourished. Her mother says her heart breaks because she is unable to give her daughter enough milk to make her stop crying. Angelica lives with her parents and her older siblings in a humble one-room wood house with a tin roof. Her mother is worried because she can see her daughter losing weight, and she does not have enough milk to feed her. Since she spends so much time caring for Angelica and her father works as a day laborer in the coffee fields, barely making enough money to support basic living costs, they cannot afford the extremely expensive formula Angelica needs to survive. Although Angelica's life is in danger now, the treatment she needs to be a healthy and happy baby is simple. She will receive formula with the protein, calories, and nutrients she needs to grow and develop. Her immune system will grow stronger with the formula, and she will no longer cry from hunger. This treatment will not only save Angelica's life, but will mean she is no longer at risk for seizures, diarrhea, and long-term developmental delays due to her lack of milk. "My desire is that my daughter gets better and can grow healthily," her mother said. "I want to see her get big so that she can go to the school and study and be a person like you all that helps the people that need it."

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