Ben joined Watsi on May 10th, 2014. 60 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ben's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Princess, a 1st grader from Tanzania, to fund knee surgery on her right leg.
Ben has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.
Ben has funded healthcare for 10 patients in 5 countries.
Princess is an 8-year-old student and the third born in a family of four children. Princess is currently in class one and enjoys learning how to read and write. Despite her condition, she likes running around with other children. She wishes to become a great cook when she grows up. Her parents are both small-scale farmers, growing maize and beans for both food and selling. Their earnings are not enough to cover the cost of treatment needed for their daughter Princess, they need help. Princess was diagnosed with fluorosis. Her right leg is bowed. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, she has a difficult time walking and running with her friends. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Princess. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Princess's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Princess’ father says, “Please help my daughter get this treatment so she may be able to walk to and from school without much difficulty.”
Allan is a 4-month-old baby and the second born in a family of two children. Allan’s mother is a homemaker, while his father works as a boda-boda taxi driver. Their family lives in a 2-room rental house and shared that they do not currently have any insurance coverage and cannot cover the costs of the procedure that Allan needs. Allan is experiencing a left inguinal hernia, which requires surgery to address the risk of complications. Without treatment, there is a risk that the hernia can become stuck or block blood flow to the intestine. Fortunately, on November 24th, Allan will undergo repair surgery at the hospital of our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). AMH is requesting $585 to fund Allan’s surgery. Once completed, this procedure will allow him to live more comfortably. Allan’s mother shared, “Our baby is small and already having several hospital visits. If not treated, this will affect his life even in the future.”
Nancy is a single lady who currently lives with her sister after she losing her job as a cashier during COVID. She lost both her parents a few years ago and has been mostly raised by relatives. Nancy was involved in a road accident two weeks ago and sustained multiple injuries and fractures. She is feeling very grateful to have seen another day after the road accident left three people dead. She is in pain and is not able to use her hands or her legs. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 10th, Nancy will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. She be able to heal completely and use her limbs again after therapy. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. Nancy says, "I am grateful to be alive today. I almost lost my life but God is great. Although I fractured my leg and hands, I got another chance in life. Luckily, these surgeries will help me get back on my feet and use my hands.”
Azariyas is a curious and active toddler from Ethiopia who loves to play with his parents. He is an only child, and he loves running and playing football. His father is a day laborer, who also farms a small piece of land. His mother is a housewife, and was a student before she gave birth. Azariyas was born with hypospadias, a birth condition that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility and other complications. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Azariyas receive treatment. On November 4th, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery at AMH's care center. Now, AMH is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Azariyas's father shared with a hopeful smile, "After the treatment, I hope our boy will heal and start to stand and pee. One day I hope he will reach a place in life that I couldn’t."
Agrey is a 10-day old baby boy and the first child of his young parents. Agrey's parents have been happy to welcome their firstborn. His mother takes care of their home and Agrey's father works as a truck driver at a local sand quarry. His income is not much, but helps them make ends meet. Agrey was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Agrey 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, is requesting $1,015 to cover the cost of Agrey's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 14th. This procedure will hopefully spare Agrey from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Agrey’s mother says “The cost for my son’s surgery is too expensive for my husband to afford and our son needs this surgery, kindly help us.”
Myint is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her husband, son, and daughter in a village in Burma. Her son is in seventh grade, and her daughter is in third grade. Myint and her husband work as day laborers on a chili farm. Currently, however, Myint's health is preventing her from working. Myint first noticed symptoms when she was 16. She felt very tired and often had difficulty breathing. Myint could not afford to visit a clinic, so she relied on traditional medicines. By the time she was 20, Myint’s health condition had grown much worse. She visited a clinic, where a doctor examined her. She learned that she had a heart condition but did not receive any treatment. In October of 2017, Myint's abdomen swelled, and she felt very tired and had difficulty breathing. She traveled to Mandalay, where she underwent a blood test and an echocardiogram and was diagnosed with atrial septal defect. She learned she would need surgery, which was prohibitively expensive. Fortunately, Myint was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo a corrective heart surgery on January 22. She needs help raising $1,500 to pay for surgery. After treatment, Myint hopes to return to work to support her children.
Meet 66-year-old Mahamud, a father of eight from Kenya. “In 2008, Mahamud’s neighbors were attacked by robbers while in their home,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Hearing their screams, people from the neighborhood rushed to their aid. Among them was Mahamud.” “As they drove out the thieves, Mahamud sustained severe cuts and an injury to his right arm. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was informed that his right hand was in need of surgery,” continues AMHF. “Mahamud didn’t have the money required to get surgery. He has been in and out of different hospitals, one in which he was mismanaged.” Mahamud’s injuries have resulted in severe pain and an inability to use his right hand, harming Mahamud’s ability to provide for his family. “He has a camel named George that he uses to give tourists rides on the beach for a fee. Before Mahamud got hurt, he had 15 camels,” explains AMHF. “His trips to the hospital have left him with only one camel. His sons help him with business because he cannot use his hand to work.” For $1410, Mahamud will receive an open reduction and internal fixation surgery that will realign his severe fracture, and place an internal fixation device on the bone. This cost covers the procedure, hospital stay, medication, follow-up lab work, imaging, and physiotherapy. “This treatment will enable him to get back to work to support his family,” says AMHF. Mahamud hopes to return to his daily life as soon as possible. “I can work! I love my business and I love my camel George,” he tells us. “Once my hand is healed, I shall go back to being active in my business. Maybe I shall be able to get more camels.”
Salome is a 39-year-old woman living in Kenya with her children. She works selling porridge by the local market. All of Salome's children are school-aged and she supports them independently. Last year Salome began to experience pain and swelling in her lower abdomen and back. The swelling eventually developed an appearance akin to a pregnant belly. Her work has become difficult due to the growing discomfort. Doctors identified an accumulation of fluid in Salome's fallopian tubes as the cause. A salpingo-oophorectomy will remove the ovaries and fallopian tubes and provide relief for Salome. Salome says, "I can only hope that somehow, I will get surgery so that I can get back to feeding my children." Let's raise $700 and make sure Salome receives this treatment so she can return to working and caring for all her children.
Meet Naw Mu! Naw Mu is a 40-year-old woman living with her husband and five children in a refugee camp along the Thai-Burma border. Naw Mu and her husband occasionally earn $5 a day for providing day labor. However, they rely on food rations provided by the camp. Camp rations have recently decreased and Naw Mu has taken care of the household so that her husband can work away from the camp. After the birth of her fifth child ten years ago, Naw Mu began experiencing the early symptoms of kidney stones. These symptoms include back pain, pain along the right side of her body, hot flashes, full body fatigue, and recurring urinary track infections. Her symptoms have worsened and she currently has difficulty doing day-to-day chores. We're raising $1330 to treat Naw Mu’s kidney stones. With this treatment, Naw Mu will be relieved of her painful symptoms and will be able to work and relieve some of the financial stress her family is under.
Lucy is a 19 year-old student from Kenya who is expecting her first child. Lucy is an orphan who lives with her grandmother and two siblings. She misses school sometimes to help with her family's small farm and business. Despite their hard work, Lucy and her grandmother are unable to afford the prenatal and maternal healthcare that would guide Lucy through her pregnancy and ensure a safe environment for her birth. Lucy enjoys spending time with her grandmother and siblings. She hopes to complete her education one day and get a good job to help support her growing family. For just $215, we can help Lucy pursue her goals and celebrate her first Mother's Day with the care she needs to ensure a safe delivery for her baby.