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Tencent's Story

Tencent joined Watsi on January 16th, 2014. 13 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tencent's most recent donation supported Josphine, an elderly mother from Kenya, to fund hearing aids.


Tencent has funded healthcare for 871 patients in 18 countries.

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Isaias is a three-month-old baby born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. This means hole in his heart, which normally closes naturally in an infant’s first days of life, instead remained open. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving Isaias sickly and unable to gain weight. Isaias lives with his parents in the Dominican Republic, and he is their first child. His father is a motorcycle messenger, and his mother stays at home to look after him. Although Isaias is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. He will undergo cardiac surgery at our medical partner's care center. During surgery, the hole will be closed by inserting a catheter into his heart, which will then patch it with a small device. First, Isaias will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 16. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Isaias also covers the cost of medications and social support for him and him family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Isaias's surgical care. His mother says,"I have been very worried about Isaias ever since he was a newborn and I could see that he was not healthy. I am praying for a good result from this surgery."

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Raihana’s mother says, “I am grateful, hopeful and thankful, for I believe my child will receive the surgery she needs to be well. Thank you all so much.” This is Raihana, a three-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of four kids. She has started kindergarten, and is so excited to go to school every day—except for the days when her legs cause her pain. When Raihana turned one year old, her parents noticed that her legs were not straight. They took her to different local hospitals, where they were given vitamins. As Raihana grew up she began to experience pain and difficulty walking. When walking even a short distance, she would have to sit down frequently. Raihana was eventually diagnosed with windswept deformity, meaning her right leg is bent outward and her left leg is bent inward. If Raihan is not treated, walking will be an ordeal for her for the rest of her life. She might even have to drop out of school permanently. Raihana’s parents—a stay-at-home mother and a small businessman—cannot afford to pay for the corrective surgery that she needs. But for $838, we can help. Reaching this fundraising goal will allow us to sponsor Raihana's operation on September 8, as well as her hospital stay, lab tests, and three months at a physical rehabilitation center after the procedure. Let’s help Raihana stay excited about kindergarten—and all of the education that the future holds for her—by making sure she can walk to and from school comfortably.

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