Thomas joined Watsi on September 20th, 2013. Five years ago, Thomas became the 433rd member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 5,155 more people have become monthly donors! Thomas' most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Chrisbridge, a young boy from Kenya, to fund hand surgery.
Thomas has funded healthcare for 76 patients in 14 countries.
Chris is a young boy from Kenya who fractured his right hand a few weeks ago while playing with friends. The playful boy was rushed to the nearest clinic and had plaster applied. A week later, he had no improvement. His mother was advised to visit Kijabe hospital. Upon X-ray imaging, Chris was diagnosed with supracondylar fracture and had ORIF recommended. Chris is not able to move his hand and without urgent surgery, he risks having complications on the fracture and is in constant pain. Chris is the only child in his family. He comes from a humble background. His mother takes up a sales job on a casual basis while his father is a construction site worker. Their income is too little to meet the cost of surgery. The family appeals for financial assistance. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. Chris will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The surgery will reduce chances of further complications on the hand. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. “I never thought this would happen. Please help my son get treated,” says his mother.
Dora is a child from Tanzania and the last born child in a family of eight children. She has not had the chance to join school due to her parents financial challenges. Her parents are livestock keepers and small scale farmers. Dora was involved in a fire accident early last year. She was playing with her older sister in the evening next to their fire place and her clothing caught fire. By the time her mother got to her, she had been burnt severely. After she completed treatment for her burns, her skin contracted. Her neck movement is limited due to the skin contracture behind her neck. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dora receive treatment. On October 18th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to She will be able to move hear head freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $608 procedure. Dora’s mother says, “My daughter can now use both of her hands with ease in her daily activities, she now needs another surgery to help correct her neck please help.”
Paulo is a market vendor from Tanzania. Paulo is a 32-year-old man who has a left mandible swell. The fourth born in his family makes a living from vending goods in their local market place. He was not able to further his studies beyond primary school due to financial constraints. In 2014, Paulo noted swelling on his left mandible whereupon hospital review, he had a mandible mass diagnosis. His friends and relatives supported his surgery in 2016 and the swell receded. In 2018, he had a recurrence which was painful and caused his discomfort especially when eating. He was given pain medication at a hospital near his home. He heard of visiting doctors in ALMC and decided to seek treatment with us. He was reviewed and surgery was recommended. Paulo says that he is often mocked as "the guy with a swollen cheek" and he is never comfortable with that. If not treated, Paulo will continue having pain and discomfort when eating. Paulo is not able to pay for his treatment and appeals for help. Paulo traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 24th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Paulo needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Paulo says, “I am being discriminated due to my condition, the visiting doctors have given me hope but am unable to get the treatment due to financial challenges. Please help support if it’s possible.”
Mary struggles with ambulation due to a spinal complication she is having. This has been the struggle for the past 12 months and continues to strain her daily life. Mary complained of fatigue and back pain in October of 2018 and sought treatment in a nearby hospital and was given no conclusive diagnosis. She was then referred to a more advanced facility and came to Kijabe. Mary had MRI and X-ray imaging done and was diagnosed with TB of the spine. Her surgeon recommended spinal decompression and fusion surgery to correct the condition. If not treated, Mary will continue experiencing much pain and ambulation struggles. Mary is a mother of 4 children and together, they live in her parent's house. Mary used to sell second-hand clothes but stopped in October when she could not bear the persistent fatigue and pain. Currently, her needs and those of her children are met by her relatives. She is not able to raise the full amount required for surgery.
Seid is a child from Ethiopia. Seid 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, Seid is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 6. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. "It is my hope my child will get the necessary treatment," Seid’s mother says.
Angel is a child from Kenya. Last year, she fell on boiling cooking oil. She suffered extensive burns on her face, neck and right hand, spending six weeks in the hospital. She healed, but with contractures. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Angel receive treatment. On July 2, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her stretch her hand and use it freely. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,176 procedure. Angel says, “I want to be a teacher."
Winslove is a student from Haiti. She lives in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince with her parents, grandparents, and two sisters. She is in the sixth grade and likes drawing and art. Winslove has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart; blood leaks through this hole, leaving her sick and short of breath. Winslove will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On August 9, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will sew a patch over the hole so blood no longer leaks through it. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $18,000 to pay for surgery. Winslove's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Winslove's family overseas. She says, "I am very happy to get my heart healed and have better health!"
Nyo is a 44-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her husband, daughter and son in Myawdddy Town, Karen State. Two years ago, Nyo experienced a sense of tightness in her back that would come and go. One night in the beginning of March 2019, she started to experience severe pain in her upper abdomen. The doctor diagnosed her with a bile duct stone after a CT scan. Nyo has been advised to undergo a cholecystectomy, the surgical removal of the gallbladder. If left untreated, Nyo's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. After seeking treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), Nyo is scheduled to undergo her cholecystectomy on May 2. BCMF is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Nyo's procedure and care. Nyo says, "I cannot wait to have surgery and get well. After that I can spend time with my children happily."
Kyaw Myat is a five-year-old boy from Burma. He lives with his family in Ma Gyi Pin Village, Tigyaing Township, Sagaing Division. Doctors believe that Kyaw Myat has a benign brain tumor. They want Kyaw Myat to undergo an MRI, an imaging procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of bodily organs. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $968 to cover the cost of Kyaw Myat's MRI and care, scheduled for April 17. His father says, “If possible, I want him to become a teacher.”
Luis is a teenager from Tanzania. He is the first child in a family of four children. Luis has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Luis has been experiencing weakness and loss of focus. Without treatment, Luis will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Luis that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 4 and will drain the excess fluid from Luis's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Luis will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. His mother says, “Please help my son.”
Aleaza is a toddler from Haiti. She lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince with her mother and grandparents, and likes listening to music and playing with blocks. Aleaza was born with a condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between two chambers of her heart. Blood flows through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. To correct this condition, she will undergo open-heart surgery and a patch will be sewn into place to close the hole. Aleaza will fly to Spain to receive treatment. On February 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Chain of Hope UK, is contributing $25,000 to pay for surgery. Aleaza's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Aleaza's family overseas. Her mother says, "My daughter has been very sick ever since she was born, and I am excited that her heart can finally be healed!"
Htun is a 35-year old man who has lived with his family in Mai village in Mandalay Township, Mandalay Division, Burma all his life. He is a factory worker who weaves bamboo. His wife makes cheroots, traditional Burmese cigarettes. His 12-year-old son goes to school and is in fifth grade. Htun first noticed symptoms related to his current health problem in early October 2017. He started to frequently experience severe chest pains and was not able to move or walk. He noticed experiencing heart palpitations while he was working. He also had some problems with sleeping. Fortunately, Htun is now scheduled to undergo heart surgery on January 31 to treat his condition. He needs help raising $1,500 to fund this procedure. Htun says, “I just want to be healthy again. I want to fulfill my responsibility as a father by financially supporting for my children’s schooling. I only hope the best for my children.”