Scott joined Watsi on December 16th, 2014. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Scott's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Yabsira, a boy from Ethiopia, to fund corrective surgery.
Scott has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 12 countries.
Scott has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 12 countries.
Yabsira is a child from Ethiopia. He and his parents are from Sodo. His father supports the family as a farmer. Yabsira 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, Yabsira is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 17. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care.
Say is an 18-month-old baby girl from Burma. She lives with her parents, her paternal grandparents, and her uncle. Say likes to play with any toys she can get. When she was seven months old, Say's parents noticed that she was experiencing troubling symptoms. After bringing her to multiple clinics, Say was diagnosed with a vaginal tumor. Due to her condition, Say experiences discharge and difficulty passing urine. She also suffers from intermittent fevers. Say sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund. She is now scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on April 20. She is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. "I wish that my daughter will grow up well," says Say's mother. "I would be very happy if she could become doctor."
Blee is 45 years old and lives with her husband, three sons, and one daughter in Karen State, Burma. The whole family, except the youngest daughter, works on their farm, planting rice and raising chickens, pigs, and goats. About a year ago, Blee visited the hospital, where she was diagnosed with a goiter. She was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for a assistance in receiving treatment. Since she learned she has a goiter, Blee has been very worried that her family might have to spend a lot of time caring for her instead of working. Fortunately, she is now scheduled for thyroid surgery on March 19. Her family needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure. She says, "I enjoy collecting vegetables in the forest and beside plantations. I hope to get healthy soon again in order to help on my family’s farm again."
Shine is a three-month-old baby boy from Thailand. He lives with his family in Mae Sot, Tak province. Since he was one month old, Shine has had a right inguinal hernia. The hernia is at risk of becoming strangulated, or cut off from circulation of the blood supply, which can damage or kill the tissue. Fortunately, on February 14, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Shine's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 14 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably.
Davis is a farmer from Malawi. Davis lives with his wife, and they have seven grown children. Davis spends his day caring for his chickens. When he has free time, he likes to listen to the radio. Since November of 2017, Davis has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Davis's surgery. On January 16, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Davis and his family were thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded, as the cost of the procedure was more than the family could afford. He says, "Thank you for this support."
Pawt Sue is a bright and active four-year-old boy from Burma. He lives in a village with his mother and seven-year-old brother and two-year-old sister. His father works in a restaurant in Thailand and sends money to the family every two or three months. Since he was a week old, Pawt Sue has had an inguinal hernia. Whenever he cries, his scrotum became swollen. As the time went by, his condition seemed to worsen. The more active he became, the more pain he experienced. Fortunately, on December 18, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Pawt Sue's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 18 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. His mother says, "My son says he wants to be a surgeon when he grows up. He wants to help other children who are in pain."
Bedasa is a baby from Ethiopia. He is a smiley toddler who loves to play and laugh with people. His parents are traditional farmers. He is the fourth child in their family. Bedasa was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Bedasa is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on November 17. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Bedasa's procedure and care. After his recovery, Bedasa will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Bedasa’s mother says, “It is our hope to get the surgery and to see our child in a healthy and good position by your support.”
Htet is a two-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her parents in the south of the country. Her father works as a driver, and her mother had to give up her job in order to care for Htet. When Htet was born, her head was abnormally shaped and larger than most. As she got older, her head continued to grow larger and larger. Currently, she is unable to hold her head up or turn it from side to side. She is developing slowly in other areas as a result of this condition and, at two years old, remains unable to walk, talk, or even crawl. Doctors have attempted to install a shunt for Htet three times since she was born, all without success. Her family is now in considerable debt from the cost of these procedures. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Htet's operation. She is scheduled for surgery on October 13 at our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. "Even throughout all of the hardships, we refuse to give up hope. We believe that our daughter will have a happy and healthy future where she can learn and go on to pursue whatever dreams she may have," Htet's father says.
Bar Be is a 42-year-old woman who was diagnosed with molar pregnancy—a condition that happens when tissue that normally becomes a fetus instead becomes an abnormal growth in the uterus. Four months ago, Bar Be started experiencing painful menstruation cycles and had lower back and abdominal pain. She then visited a clinic, where her pregnancy test came back positive but her ultrasound results showed differently. Doctors suggested that she undergo a hysterectomy. She was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, for financial support. Currently, Bar Be is experiencing back pain, chest pain, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, and trouble sleeping. Fortunately, she will undergo surgery on August 9. She is now seeking financial assistance to cover the $1,500 treatment cost. "I feel guilty that I am not able to care for my family," shares Bar Be. "I look forward to returning home after my treatment is complete."
Beatriz is a six-year-old student from the Dominican Republic. Beatriz lives with her mother, who currently stays at home with her. She visits her father regularly, who lives separately and works in hotel maintenance. She is in the first grade and loves princesses and the movie "Frozen." Beatriz was born with a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart. Blood flows through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. Although Beatriz is not from Haiti, her surgery is taking place in partnership with our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). Beatriz's surgery is being subsidized by Gift of Life International for an amount of $4,500. Beatriz's mother says, "I am excited that I will see my little girl be able to play and dance without having problems." On May 24, Beatriz will undergo cardiac surgery. Her family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery preparation. Our medical partner, HCA, is requesting $1,500 to fund medication, exams, and one night of hospital stay.
Saw Ku is an 18-year-old student. Four years ago, he developed a tiny growth on his cheek that was not painful or sore. However, the growth grew more serious with time. After investigative testing, he was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Currently, the mass on his cheek is itchy and uncomfortable. It prevents him from washing his face and sleeping on his side. Furthermore, it also causes him to feel social anxiety. Fortunately, Saw Ku will undergo a mass removal procedure on February 14. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to fund this treatment. Saw Ku says, "I want to finish my Bible school and become a pastor."
Nhe is 75 years old. She is married with one son, two daughters, and seven grandchildren. She like to go to the pagoda to listen to monks pray in her free time. Nhe developed droopy eyelids about two years ago, causing her blurred vision and tearing. It is difficult for her to see things clearly and go anywhere outside by herself. Nhe worries about going blind one day. Nhe heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from her son. She traveled for three hours with her son to reach CSC for treatment. Eye surgeons at CSC will remove excess skin from both of Nhe's upper eyelids to help her see clearly again. Her surgery is now scheduled for June 1. CSC is requesting $266 to help fund Nhe's treatment. After surgery, she will be able to see much better and get back to her normal life.