Alex joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Alex's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Than Nwet, a mother from Burma, for life-changing gynecological surgery.
Alex has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 6 countries.
Alex has funded healthcare for 17 patients in 6 countries.
“48-year-old Than Nwet has lived in Burma for the last three years and works with her family as fishermen,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP) tells us. She has five daughters and two sons. “After Than Nwet’s third pregnancy, her uterus began to protrude from her vagina, but she did not seek medical help at that time,” BBP tells us. “After working very hard doing some heavy lifting, her uterus came completely out." Than Nwet's village clinic wasn't able to provide proper gynecological care for her. Her condition causes her to have constant pain, bleeding, and discomfort. "She is only able to perform household chores and cannot contribute to the household income." She finally decided to seek proper care once her condition began impeding on her ability to walk. Surgery and treatment for Than Nwet costs $1,500. “After surgery, Than Nwet should not have any more discomfort,” says BBP. “She should be able to go back and work and generate income for her family.” “I am desperately hoping for a successful surgery so that I can return to work and experience relief,” shares Than Nwet.
Meet Jean Willio, a 17-month-old boy who lives in Haiti with his parents and seven older siblings. Jean Willio's two favorite pastimes are playing with his older siblings and enjoying music. His parents are both farmers. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) shares, "Jean Willio was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole in the heart which normally closes shortly after birth, remains open." As a result of his heart condition, "blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen." Without treatment, Jean Willio will remain sickly and weak. Jean Willio's family cannot afford the $1,500 surgery he needs to restore blood flow to his heart. Fortunately, we can help. After the surgery, "he should not have any further cardiac symptoms," says HCA. "We have made many trips to the hospital with our son," Jean Willio's father shares. "We are very happy his heart can be fixed so we don't have to do that anymore."
“I have been very nervous about this surgery ever since I learned I would have it,” shares 12-year-old Cedric. “I am glad it will be done soon so I can stop worrying!” Cedric was born with a heart condition called atrial septal defect. He has a hole between the upper two chambers of his heart. “Blood passes through this hole and back to the body without first obtaining oxygen," explains our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). "This leaves him constantly short of breath and unable to exert himself. If untreated, this condition could become fatal.” "Cedric lives in Port-au-Prince with his mother and twin five-year-old brothers," continues HCA. "He is a survivor of the 2010 earthquake, and was in a building that partially collapsed but he exited safely. He likes playing video games, and enjoys soccer when he has the energy to play." For $1,500, we can help Cedric travel overseas to a hospital with cardiac specialists who can perform surgery to repair the hole in his heart. Following the closure of the hole between his atria, Cedric’s heart should engage in normal blood flow. He will have full relief from his symptoms.
"As Angelina kept growing, so did the mass," says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Despite her condition, Angelina is an active and happy baby." Seven-month-old Angelina is from Tanzania, and was born with a closed myelomeningocele -- a mass on her lower back which can rupture anytime. If it were to rupture, AMHF tells us, the loss of cerebral spinal fluid would be life-threatening for her. For $1100, AMHF can operate on Angelina and remove the mass. She will no longer have the condition and her family will not need worry about a potential rupture. Her parents work hard selling maize and millet to support the family, but cannot come up with the funds for her surgery. “It is our great hope that our daughter will get the right treatment to remove the swelling on her lower back as it keeps growing bigger and bigger," says Angelina's mother. "We want her to be able to crawl, walk and continue with normal growth like the rest of our children so that later on she can also go to school."
“It is our prayer that our daughter’s health will be restored allowing her to have normal growth. She is our only child and we will be happy to have her alive and healthy,” says Jennifer’s father. Say hello to four-month-old Jennifer from Tanzania. "Jennifer cries a lot and has a fever. Her head circumference has been increasing fast and it's getting more difficult to feed her,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Jennifer is at high risk of losing her eyesight, convulsing, and eventually death if not treated,” they add. She has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition that does not allow fluid to drain from her brain properly. Her parents make very little money by making and selling clothing items and keeping some livestock. For only $690, Jennifer will receive the treatment necessary to drain the excess fluid from around her brain and decrease the chance of further health complications. Let’s help put Jennifer on the right path to growing up healthy!
"I just want to have the surgery and get this whole thing behind me so that I can not be worried all the time," Maria tells her doctors at our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). Maria is mother to one child and usually helps her husband selling items in the market to support their family. She has a growing mass on one breast which is both painful and a cause for great concern right now, especially since she has had family members who have had breast cancer. "She needs a biopsy of the mass to rule out the possiblity of breast cancer," WK tells us. With $310 the WK team can make this happen for Maria. "The mass will be removed," they tell us. "This should greatly relieve the discomfort that Maria feels. Also we will do pathology studies on the mass to make sure it is benign. This will help rule out cancer and allow Maria to get back to her life without worrying about this possibility." Maria is in great hands with the WK team. Let's make comprehensive care for her a certainty by funding her care completely.
“I hope that my daughter will be able to walk properly and without feeling pain,” shares the father of this beautiful young lady, Nuru. “I want her to be able to walk to school, study hard and later on have a good career and live a better life than ours.” Nuru is a three-year-old who lives in Tanzania with her parents and siblings. Nuru’s mother takes care of her and her siblings while her father supports the family as a self-employed auto mechanic. Due to the fluctuations in demand for her father’s services, Nuru’s family has not been able to afford corrective surgery for Nuru’s legs. “Nuru’s gait has been affected due to bilateral genu valgus, or ‘knock knee,’” explain our medical partners at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. “She walks with difficulties and she sometimes complains of pain on her legs while walking. If not treated, Nuru will be at risk of developing early osteoarthritis. For $940 we can fund treatment for Nurui that will alleviate her pain, improve her gait, increase her mobility and decrease her risk of osteoarthritis. Let’s help Nuru live without pain in her legs as she takes the literal and figurative first steps in her education by walking to school!
"Lensley was born with a heart condition called tetralogy of fallot, which involves several related defects and holes in the heart that together prevent blood from adequately flowing to his lungs and throughout his body," our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), writes about this baby boy from Haiti. "Lensley has been very sick since birth, and although he is 12 months old he only weighs nine pounds." Clinicians will be able to perform surgery to address Lensley's heart defects thanks to the generosity of the International Children's Heart Foundation. $5000 will cover a majority of the cost of the procedure, but things like the cost for Lensley's overseas transport remain unfunded. With $1500 we can fund the rest of Lensley's care and get him back on track. "We have been so worried because Lensley won't grow no matter what we try to do," says Lensley's mother. "We are excited to see him start to get bigger after surgery!"
Meet six-year-old Lensley from Haiti. He is known to be quiet and shy but is very close to his mother and two sisters. "Lensley was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole within the heart that normally closes once a baby is born remains open," the Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) tells us. "As a result, blood bypasses the lungs and travels back to the body without oxygen, leaving him weak and out of breath." A surgical procedure can rectify this, but it will need to be done in the United States. "Following surgery, Lensley's heart should be completely normal, and he should not experience any ongoing cardiac symptoms or have any need for further surgery," HCA writes. Open Hearts Haiti has provided $5000 to fund this treatment, but $1500 is still needed to cover the cost of Lensley's transport overseas. Let's come together and cover the remaining expense of getting Lensley the help he needs.
“Ally is a responsible 14-year-old boy,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation tells us. Meet Ally, the second born in his family of four from Tanzania! He has already finished his primary education and science is his favorite subject. For fun, he loved to play soccer and volleyball during school hours before his medical condition worsened. When Ally was beginning his secondary education, his knees "gradually started to bend inwards causing the knees to knock each other when walking." His doctors have diagnosed him with bilateral genu valgus. Because of his condition, Ally explains that he “had to quit school because he could no longer walk the long distance to school.” Ally “cannot walk or run fast and sometimes he complains of pain in the knees." If his medical condition is not treated, it is likely that Ally will develop early osteoarthritis. Ally says, "My wish is to one day become a pilot." For $940, we can give Ally access to the care he needs so he can return to secondary school and follow his dreams!
“I love my son very much and I am so happy that I have him. My hope is for his foot to be straightened so that he can walk like other children and later on have no limitations when walking to school or doing other activities,” says Elia’s mother. This is Elia. He’s one year old and lives in Tanzania with his mother, where he’s unable to walk without support. Elia was born with a club foot, which will cause him to walk incorrectly when he’s older. If his foot is left untreated, Elia eventually won’t be able to walk without pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, reports, “Six months ago, Elia’s father separated with his wife because he did not want to be responsible in looking for proper treatment for his son. Elia’s mother is struggling on her own with a little help from her sister.” For $1160, Elia will receive treatment to correct his club foot, allowing him to walk normally and without pain as he grows older. Let’s help Elia pay for the medical care he needs to climb, run, and play!
Htay, a wife, mother, and grandmother from Burma, began to experience dizziness, pain in her back, and numbness in early 2013. Htay hoped her symptoms would go away, but the pain became too intense to avoid. Our medical partner, Burma Border Projects, writes, “Later in 2013 Htay was diagnosed with myoma, which is characterized by tumors in the uterus, which requires a hysterectomy. Htay worries how she will afford the surgery with her children’s university fees and living expenses.” Htay and her husband, a driver, need help raising $1,500 to pay for her treatment. Burma Border Projects reports, “With the help of your donations, Htay can receive her hysterectomy. She will then be able to continue caring for her growing children and grandchild for years to come.”