Cori joined Watsi on May 25th, 2016. 37 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Cori's most recent donation supported Keila, a baby girl from Guatemala, to fund brain surgery.
Cori has funded healthcare for 3 patients in 3 countries.
Keila is a fifteen-month old girl from Guatemala. She is the youngest in a family of four children. Keila likes playing with toys and watching television. Her favorite food is pasta. Keila was born with several birth defects. She has already received funding from Watsi for [malnutrition](https://watsi.org/profile/5c42dda9c889-keila). Now, she needs treatment for hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. On January 17, Keila will undergo a shunt insertion surgery at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Roosevelt. The procedure will drain the fluid from Keila's brain. Keila’s family wants her to get well but can’t afford her treatment. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,445 in funds to cover the cost of Keila's surgery, labs, medication, family lodging, and followup treatments. Keila's mother says, "My hope is for Keila to have a normal life, and for all the people who supported her to see that she was a success." Keila's mother is looking forward to seeing her daughter get back to eating pasta, watching television, and playing with her brother!
Brightness is a joyful nine-year-old girl from Tanzania. She is one of five children in her family. Brightness enjoys learning in school. Recently, however, she has been unable to attend. Her condition, genu varus, makes it difficult for her to walk to school. Genu varus is a medical condition that causes an inward angulation of the bones in the leg. Brightness has undergone one corrective surgery already. Her doctors have suggested a second corrective surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $940 to fund her x-rays, corrective surgery, medication, casting, physiotherapy, and hospital stay. Her surgery is scheduled for January 12. Brightness's mother says, "Currently, my child cannot go to school, so I hope that after surgery she will be able to return to school."
Ladule is seven years old, and attends school for special needs children in Uganda. He was raised by his paternal grandmother, as he was neglected by his parents at a young age. His parents suffer from alcohol addiction. Ladule is still in pre-school, and his favorite food is rice. About nine months ago, Ladule’s grandmother noticed a swelling in his scrotum as she was bathing him. She shared with his teacher at school about his condition. The teacher told her it could be a hernia, and advised her to take him to the hospital. Since that time, his grandmother has been unable to take him to the hospital because of lack of money. Recently she learnt about the Watsi program at Virika hospital, and brought him for treatment. Ladule is currently in pain. If not treated, Ladule may develop intestinal incarceration, obstruction and strangulation. Treatment for his hernia will cost $220, and afterwards, he is expected to make a full recovery. After surgery, Ladule's grandmother hopes he will have good health despite his other challenging conditions.