Sina joined Watsi on February 21st, 2015. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Sina's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Delinor, a four-year-old boy from Haiti, for life-saving heart surgery.
Sina has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Meet Delinor! At four years old, Delinor is the oldest child in his family. He and his parents live in Haiti, where his father earns a wage as a road-side vendor. His mother is currently looking for work to help support the family. “Delinor was born with a condition called severe subaortic stenosis, in which part of the heart new the aortic valve is unusually narrow, causing blood to back up and leaving him sickly and weak,” explains our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “If not stretched to a normal size, this condition could eventually become fatal.” The vast majority of Haitian people cannot access the care they need. The existing healthcare system was mostly destroyed by the major earthquake in 2010, and the services that are available are unaffordable to the average Haitian citizen. To correct his heart condition, Delinor needs care that is only available in the Cayman Islands. Pre-operative care, transport to the treatment centre, passports and visas, and the cost of the stay at the centre total $1500, a cost that is out of reach for Delinor’s family. Once there, the treatment centre will subsidize his operation that will restore normal blood flow to his heart. After the surgery, he should experience no more symptoms from his condition. “We have known that Delinor had a heart problem ever since he was a baby but we were very sad because we thought there was no way to fix it,” shares his mother. “We are glad that God is answering our prayers.”
“I hope for a safe delivery and to deliver a healthy baby in a germ-free zone,” shares Salome. Salome is a 26-year-old hardworking mother of five from Kenya. Salome goes to church with her family and enjoys playing, watching television, and listening to educational radio programs. Salome is pregnant with her sixth child but is having a difficult pregnancy. For the past two weeks, she has been experiencing lower abdominal pains and back pains and nausea after every meal, especially in the morning hours. She is unable to complete her daily chores, including farming, which is a source of livelihood for her family. Salome’s husband is a small-scale farmer but his income is not enough to take care of the family and pay for medical bills. We can fund a safe delivery for $290. In addition to the delivery, Salome will receive pre and postnatal care. “The patient will be free from pregnancy complications and will resume her normal life duties,” explains our medical partner, Lwala Community Alliance. “She is looking forward to starting family planning as soon as she delivers her baby, and later, starting a small business to sustain her family.” Let’s give Salome the support she needs to welcome a new baby and return to her daily activities!
Say hi to Davenly, a two-year-old boy from Haiti! According to our medical partner, Project Medishare, “Davenly’s mother has four kids and is living with her husband, who is a small farmer living in the countryside. Davenly’s mother is a seller and she works hard with her husband to subsist the needs of her kids.” Unfortunately, Davenly deals with cleft palate; “due to the cleft palate, he is unable to eat well and when he eats, some of the food is stuck in the hole of the cleft palate,” explains Project Medishare. Without treatment, Davenly will continue to deal with poor nutrition. For $960, Davenly will receive surgery to repair his palate. After his surgery, Davenly will be able to eat and drink without discomfort, and receive the nutrition he needs. Let’s help Davenly live a healthy childhood!
Meet baby Marisa from Guatemala. She's two-months-old, the youngest of three children, and a welcome addition to her loving family. Marisa was a premature baby, weighing only three pounds at birth. Her mother has not been able to produce milk for her and formula is prohibitively expensive for the family. The family was referred to Watsi's medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq' (WK), which has worked with a number of other Watsi patients in Guatemala to tackle malnutrition. "I was really happy when I learned about your program, and I hope you can help my baby," Marisa's mother told the WK team. Marisa is in good hands, and with our help, well on her way to good health, too. "With close nutritional followup and counseling, as well as the all important provision of the necessary milk formula, Marisa will gain weight, grow normally, and develop normally," the WK team tells us. $1220 will cover the cost of comprehensive and personalized care the WK team will provide Marisa. Let's fund this little one's care and get her on track for a healthy and productive life.