Chryssa joined Watsi on December 28th, 2016. 34 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Chryssa's most recent donation supported Damaclin, a newborn from Kenya, to fund spinal surgery.
Chryssa has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Damaclin is an infant from Kenya. Her mother sells groceries, while her father is a security guard. Damaclin 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, Damaclin 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 Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Damaclin's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11. This procedure will hopefully spare Damaclin from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
Sanctus is a beautiful five-month-old baby boy who lives in a rural village in Uganda. His parents, Caroline and Alex, are farmers and grow beans, cassava, maize, millet, and bananas for food. They also work as laborers in the community to provide extra income to support their family. Caroline enjoys weaving mats and visiting with friends and relatives in her spare time. She hopes to one day start a business to support her family and save for Sanctus's school fees. Sanctus was a happy and thriving baby boy until one day when his parents were out working and his siblings found a tin containing acid. They played with it, and Sanctus accidentally was injured and badly burned. Caroline took Sanctus to the nearby clinic but was unable to afford his care. Caroline's close friend had heard about Bwindi Community Hospital, a Watsi care center, and advised her to take Sanctus there to receive treatment. He will need burn treatment relieve his pain and restore his body's ability to heal properly. His family is seeking $530 to fund his medical expenses. He is scheduled to receive treatment on September 10.
Lin is a five-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has three brothers and one sister. She likes to play games around her home. Lin was diagnosed with meningoencephalocele, a condition in which an abnormal sac of fluid and tissue extends through the skull. She has undergone two successful surgeries with our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). Recently, Lin returned to CSC because she was experiencing pain and headaches. On November 30, CSC surgeons performed a graft procedure to correct Lin's nose and alleviate her pain. Now, her family needs help to fund this $450 procedure. "I hope that my daughter will look better and will have no pain," says Lin's mother.