Vitor joined Watsi on December 26th, 2017. One year ago, Vitor joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Vitor's most recent donation traveled 6,200 miles to support Shem, a future artist and designer from Kenya, to fund hernia repair so that he can regain his confidence.
Vitor has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 9 countries.
Vitor has funded healthcare for 25 patients in 9 countries.
Shem is a high school graduate from Kenya who hopes to pursue arts and design in college. He currently lives with his mother in Nairobi. He is the older sibling, and his younger sibling is still in high school. Shem's father left the family when Shem was young, and Shem is not working currently, so their mother supports the whole family through washing clothes and working other temporary jobs. About a year ago, Shem started experiencing pain and swelling and was diagnosed with a left inguinal hernia. Fortunately, he will finally undergo hernia repair surgery on July 2nd at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $425 to fund Shem's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live with more comfort and confidence. Shem shared his current challenges and hopes for the future, "I want to pursue arts and design but I am facing several challenges including this constant stomach pains. I am forced to be on my own most of the time, which is affecting how I interact with other people. My hopes are up since the doctors recommended surgery as a remedy for my pains.”
Caren is a 17-year-old student and the oldest in a family of four children. She is a social girl who enjoys singing and reading books. In school, her best subjects are biology, chemistry and physics, and she hopes to be a doctor one day. Caren's father used to own a fish shop, but unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his business closed. Caren was diagnosed with genu valgus, which means that her legs bow inwards and her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result of this condition, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Caren. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 8th and treatment will hopefully restore Caren's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Caren shared, "my legs hurt when I walk and the pain is usually too much during the evening and the morning hours. Each day they keep bending please help correct my legs."
Brandon is a one-week-old baby and has one older sibling. Brandon's parents are small scale farmers of maize and vegetables, and his father also has a motorbike that he uses to carry passengers to make a living to be able to support his family. Brandon 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, Brandon 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 Brandon's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 10th. This procedure will hopefully spare Brandon from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Brandon’s mother says, "Please help treat our baby, we don’t have anywhere to ask for help and we cannot afford the cost."
Belhat is a 6-year-old boy from Ethiopia who loves to watch kids programs on TV. Belhat has one older sister. His mom works as a nurse, while his dad is a labourer. Both parents make a very humble income to pay for rent and for basic needs. Belhat was born 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. Fortunately, Belhat is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 3rd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,293 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mom shared, “I hope he will heal and become a doctor himself and treat others in need of medical care.”
Tibasiimwa is a 63-year-old farmer and a married father to six children. He has one son and five daughters, who are all married and are small scale farmers. He used to earn a living from farming, but his condition doesn’t allow him to do cultivation work anymore. His wife operates the banana and coffee farm together with his son and daughter-in-law, which is how their family earns a living. For five years, Tibasiimwa has had a left reducible inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him weakness and pain and prevents him from working. Fortunately, on April 1st, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $230 to fund Tibasiimwa's surgery. Once complete, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Tibasiimwa shared, “my only hope of being relieved from this condition is by undergoing surgery. With your support, I really hope that it will be possible and then I will get back to my farming.”
Teresiah is a teenage girl from Kenya who has special needs. She was born into a family of 3 girls and hails from a very humble background. Her studies Limuru Cheshire Home were partially sponsored by a compassionate organization. Since she left school last year, the organization has helped her family settle in a small two-roomed iron-built house, which is a real milestone. Her dad has a health condition that requires surgery but it has been postponed several times due to funds. Her dad cannot do heavy manual jobs and so he mostly remains at home with Teresiah while her mother goes to search for casual work. Teresiah has clubfoot that has rendered her walking difficult. She was reviewed by specialists at Cure International Hospital and surgery is recommended. The surgery will be of great impact as she will finally be able to walk comfortably and help her parents at more home. She will be able to be more independent as she grows. Fortunately, Teresiah traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Teresiah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “Any assistance accorded to our daughter will be highly appreciated. God bless you," Teresiah’s mom told us.
Nak is a 38-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He and his wife have four boys together who all attend elementary school. He takes his children to school in the mornings, and plays soccer with them in his free time. He also likes to build furniture for his house. When he was about thirteen years old, Nak had a severe ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in his left ear to perforate. For this reason, Nak experiences pus discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus. Due to his hearing loss he has a hard time communicating with his family and friends. He has recently started to feel persistent headaches as well. Nak traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On August 4th, he will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in his left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Nak said, "I am so happy that the doctors can fix my ear. I hope the surgery is done well and that there is no more discharge or ringing in my ear."
Phannaroth is a two-year-old boy from Cambodia. He is an only child and, when he is at home, he enjoys playing with his toys, watching cartoons on television, and going for walks with his family in the evening time. Phannaroth was born with syndactyly of both hands. This means that his thumb on his left hand and his four fingers (excluding his thumb) on his right hand are fused together. He is unable to pick things up, and it is difficult for him to move on the ground. Fortunately, on February 24th, surgeons will perform a syndactyly repair procedure to separate and release the fused digits. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund this procedure. After surgery, he will feel more comfortable after treatment and he will be able to use both of his hands normally again. "I will feel so much happier once my son can receive treatment for his condition and I am so thankful that the doctors are able to treat him." -Phannaroth's Mother
Kyoheirwe is a 60-year-old married mother to seven children, but with only three living. One child is a tailor and the rest are married and small scale farmers. She also earns a living through small scale farming however the money she earns from her farm can’t enable her to undergo her surgery. Kyoheirwe arrived at the hospital with a history of postmenopausal bleeding. Her condition is associated with lower abdominal pain, backache and uterine prolapse. This has made her have a poor quality of life and if not treated, there may be a persistence of symptoms and complications like anaemia. At Nyakibale hospital, she was advised to have an obstetric scan whereby a diagnosis of uterine prolapse was confirmed and a trans vaginal hysterectomy treatment was recommended as a treatment for the betterment of her health. She decided to come for help because she couldn’t afford the cost of her surgery.
Brosmeas is a first-grader from Cambodia who enjoys studying Khmer Literature and English. He also loves to drink orange juice and eat chicken soup. When he is not studying, Brosmeas likes to play games, such as soccer, and watch television with his two siblings. When Brosmeas was four years old, he started experiencing difficulty breathing and swallowing, and often has a sore throat and snores when he sleeps. Surgery will remove Brosmeas' inflamed tonsils and relieve him of his symptoms. He will be able to sleep and breathe without any difficulty, and return to eating normally again. He hopes to become a police officer when he gets older. "I hope that my son will recover from his surgery and he will no longer suffer from his condition." -Brosmeas' Father
Roodolph is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents in a small city in northwestern Haiti. He is their first child. He likes playing with cars and going to church. Roodolph has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. Roodolph will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On April 17, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in his heart, and remove the muscular blockage. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $18,000 to pay for surgery. Roodolph's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Roodolph's family overseas. His mother says, "We are very excited for Roodolph to have this surgery so that he can be healthy and active!"
Ant Htoo is a seven-year-old boy from Thailand. He is a first grade student. When he was six, his mother noticed a mass on his thigh. It is not currently painful, but his mother worries that the mass will get bigger as he grows. Ant Htoo's family sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. He is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on March 8. His family is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ant Htoo says, “I want to be a policeman."