Christina joined Watsi on April 25th, 2015. Five years ago, Christina became the 1165th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 4,789 more people have become monthly donors! Christina's most recent donation traveled 8,100 miles to support Esther, a mother of six from Kenya, to fund surgery for her acute appendicitis.
Christina has funded healthcare for 49 patients in 10 countries.
Esther is a small-scale farmer who has two children and also takes care of her sister's four children because her sister unfortunately passed away. She is now the sole provider of six children and pays for their school fees all by herself. They live together in a 2 bedroom house. Esther started to experience abdominal pain 3 years ago. Due to the severity of the pain, she recently visited our medical partner's care facility. She will undergo surgery for her acute appendicitis. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $646 to cover the cost of Esther's curative laparatomy. This surgery will hopefully relieve her pain and enable her to live life more comfortably and confidently. "I would really appreciate treatment because I am the sole breadwinner for my family," shared Esther.
Leah is a street vendor from Kenya. She is a mother of six grown-up children, but one has passed away and left Leah with 3 grandchildren to care for. Leah separated from her husband when her children were young and she worked hard to raise them well despite limited income. Leah earns a living by selling clothes around her neighborhood. On Wednesday May 13th, 2020 Leah was on a motorbike going to take clothes to a customer when she had an accident and sustained a closed fracture tibia on her right leg. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is now in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 19th, Leah will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,099 to fund this procedure. “Only God can know what I am going through and the pain I am in. I have no one to turn to for help yet there are children depending on me. I plead for help so that this leg can get well and I can resume my job to support my family especially my grandchildren,” said Leah.
Abigail is a young toddler from Tanzania who was born a healthy child and had no health-related problems. Abigail’s father is a pastoralist who keeps cows, goat and sheep, her mother is a stay-home mother. About six weeks ago she started having what her parents described as fits and her parents rushed her to a nearby hospital where they tried to manage the fits and referred her to another hospital for further management. At the referral hospital, it was determined that Abigail had a brain abscess and needed surgery immediately. Due to lack of a neurosurgeon at that hospital, Abigail was referred to Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center ALMC Hospital for treatment. Abigail’s parents could not afford the surgery and so ALMC-The Plaster House paid for her brain abscess drainage surgery, which was done on 9th April. Since then, she has been recovering on antibiotics. Abigail has developed hydrocephalus due to ventriculitis which is an inflammation of the ventricles in the brain and she needs surgery to relieve the building of pressure in her brain. As a result of her condition, Abigail has been experiencing increased head size faster than a normal child due to fluid accumulation. Without treatment, Abigail 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 Abigail that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 23rd and will drain the excess fluid from Abigail's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Abigail will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Abigail’s mother says, “My daughter was talking and eating and had started to walk on her own, everything has happened so fast. Please help her get this treatment, please.”
Oliva is a baby from Tanzania and is the first born child in her small family. Since Olivia’s mother is a stay-at-home mother and her father is a subsistence farmer, they are not able to afford Oliva’s needed treatment. Oliva has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Oliva has been experiencing vomiting and irritability. Without treatment, Oliva 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 Oliva that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 11th and will drain the excess fluid from Oliva's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Oliva will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Oliva’s mother says, “After my daughter had her VPS shunt placed earlier she got better but due to her shunt having failed her head is increasing and she is having fevers and vomiting a lot. Please help my daughter."
Sandar is is a 48-year-old pastor from Burma. She lives with her husband, daughter, and seven children who she is sheltering. In her free time, Sandar likes to prepare for her sermons, read the Bible, and pray for others in need. Since 2017, Sandar has been experiencing high blood pressure and heavy abnormal vaginal bleeding. She has been diagnosed with pelvic mass and has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Sandar's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Sandar is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on February 24th. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, she will no longer experience abnormal bleeding or discomfort. "I worry about the children I shelter," said Sandar. "Currently, I have to buy a lot of sanitary pads and my daughter borrowed 500,000 kyat (approx. 500 USD) from her boss to support me, which she will pay back in installments.”
Myat is a two-month-old boy who lives with his family in Hpa-An Town, Karen State, Burma. His father passed away when his mother was two months pregnant with him. Myat’s mother is a homemaker and she takes care of him at home. All of his sister and brothers are students. Myat’s grandfather drives a tricycle taxi. On 6 June 2019, Myat was born without any complications at HGH. Since he was born, his mother noticed that he has been passing white coloured stools, but she did not do anything about it because she thought it was normal. When he was just over a month old, his mother noticed that Myat’s navel was bigger than normal. His mother then took him to HGH. The doctor examined his navel and told his mother not to worry too much and he also told her come back if it becomes bigger. A few days later, Myat’s mother noticed that his navel has become bigger and his mother took him to the hospital again. The doctor again took a look at Myat’s navel and advised his mother to take him to a hospital in Yangon for treatment. However, Myat’s mother did not have money to go to Yangon. On 6 September 2019 Myat received an X-ray at Mae Sot Hospital (MSH) and was given a diagnosis of a bulging navel and biliary atresia, a childhood disease of the liver in which one or more bile ducts are abnormally narrow, blocked, or absent. Currently, Myat still passes white coloured stools. He also has a bulging navel which never goes away. His mother is very much worried for him, especially that she just learned about his liver disease. Myat’s mother said, “I would like him to be like other children. I feel bad for him but at the same time happy that an organization Burma Children Medical Fund will help him for his treatment.”
Chakriya is a fifth-grade student from Cambodia. She has four siblings and enjoys watching television, reading books, and playing with her siblings. Chakriya was born with bilateral clubfoot and over the last few years, has since undergone several surgeries to correct both of her feet. It is difficult for her to walk and she often has pain in her feet and legs. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On October 09, Chakriya will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. She will be able to walk normally without difficulty and pain. Chakriya's mother said, "I hope that my daughter's operation will go well and that she can walk again thought any difficulty."
John is a peasant farmer from central Kenya. Seven years ago, he was riding a motorcycle as a passenger when they were involved in a road accident. The other rider died while John was fortunate to survive. However, he suffered a severe right tibia fracture that was managed with an implant weeks later. His condition improved until 2017 when he fell and the same fractured area was impacted. The treatment he received developed infections last October and John was recommended to have bone transport surgery to correct the condition. He now requires second stage bone transport as part of the treatment and John is not able to provide the funds for the planned surgery. John is not able to ambulate easily and without prompt intervention, he might suffer fracture infections. John relies on his ancestral piece of land to make ends meet. Currently, his wife is the sole bread winner of the family. The father of three children lives in his ancestral land. His eldest child is educated by his brother since he is not able to fund all their needs. John says, “I am hopeful that soon I will be able to care for my children and walk with ease.”
Bo is a 42-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his two daughters and his wife in Sagaing Division. Bo and his wife are teachers and his two daughters are students. In his free time, he likes to study and read literature related to the subject he teaches at the private school. But this has also been affected by his poor health, as he can no longer study as much as he did in the past. Bo was diagnosed with a heart condition that involves a malformation of the mitral valve, the valve between the left atrium and left ventricle. This valve controls the flow of blood, but certain conditions may cause blood to flow backward or the valve to narrow. Currently, Bo is anxious and worried about his cardiac condition. He stopped running tuition classes from his home, and he has had to reduce the number of hours he teaches at the school. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Bo. The treatment is scheduled to take place on August 26th and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “After I recover from surgery, I will continue to teach, and I will increase the number of tuition classes I run. I will attend some training to increase my teaching skills. I would also like to play cane ball with my friends again,” said Bo.
Wine is a 23-year-old man from Burma. Wine’s family are subsistence farmers and they mainly grow rice and sunflowers. Since Wine’s health deteriorated, he can no longer work on the farm and now looks after two cows. In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends. In 2016, Wine started to experience a rapid heartbeat and fatigue. As his heart rate continued to be fast, he went to see a medic in his village. The medic told him to go to the hospital instead so he visited a general hospital near his hometown. At the hospital, he received an echocardiogram and the result revealed that Wine's heart valves are not good. The doctor told him that he needs to have surgery and that it would cost six million kyat (approx. 6,000 USD). The doctor then asked his family to come back after they have enough money for the surgery and prescribed him monthly oral medication. Since then, Wine also tried to treat himself with traditional medicine. When that did not work, he relied on oral medication to stabilize his condition. However, his symptoms frequently return. At the moment, Wine cannot do strenuous work such as lift heavy things, and he has back pain. Wine said, “I am very upset that I had to stop working on the farm and that I cannot support my family anymore. I want to be healthy and recover as soon as possible. When I recover fully, I will find a good job to pay back my debt and I will help my community as much as I can.”
Khin is a 39-year-old woman who lives with her family in Hpa-An Township, Karen State, Burma. Both her children are in preschool. She and her husband are subsistence farmers, growing rice during the rainy season on rented land. The rest of the year, her husband collects leaves used to make roofs, works as a daily labourer or collects branches to sell. Khin was born with a scar the size of an ant bite on her upper lip. Her parents thought that it would disappear or heal on its own but the scar developed into a growth and increased in size. Her parents passed away when she was young and after that she went to live with her brother’s family. By the time she was around 20 years old, the growth had become large and soft, covering the area between her upper lips and her nose. When the pain became unbearable in 2005, her uncle dropped her off at Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Thailand, a free clinic close to where her uncle used to work. At this point, the growth had become so large that dragged her upper lip down and extended into her nostrils. At MTC, she was seen by doctors and medics, before she was diagnosed with a hemangioma. At this point, the growth had worsened, and she was bleeding from her lips. In April 2006, Khin went to Chiang Mai Hospital and had the hemangioma removed surgically. The growth later has returned. Overtime, the hemangioma has increased in size and become hard. It has now expanded into Khin’s nostrils, especially her left nostril, which causes her to have difficulty breathing at times. She feels uncomfortable but is not in pain. Sometimes she also feels like she has a blood clot in her nostrils during her nosebleeds. Because the nosebleed can start at any time and can last anywhere from 10 to 20 minutes, her life revolves around managing her nosebleeds. She is unable to work or sleep properly, and if she is about to have a nosebleed, she is unable to eat. The nosebleeds have also affected her ability to earn an income for her children and continues to impact her social life. “When I socialise, I do not feel comfortable and some people think I have a disease that I can infect them with,” said Khin. “So, I hope to get better after surgery, and I hope I will no longer have nosebleeds. I don’t want to bleed, and I want to socialise with my friends and family happily. [Right now] my friends won’t even touch me.”
Francisco is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the second born child to a family of four children.Francisco and his siblings are being raised by their widowed mother after their father fell sick for a long time and passed away two years ago. Francisco was in class four last year but unfortunately he had to stop school due to the mass that has appeared on his neck giving him pain and sleepless night. Francisco’s mother sells charcoal to be able to support her family. The problem started last year in April, Francisco’s mother says he came back from school that evening complaining that his neck was very itchy. His mother tried to check what was wrong but she only saw a small rash and nothing to cause concern. She thought it would go away with time but as time went by the rush turn into a big swelling that’s when she decided to take him to hospital. The mass causes him pain and it is difficult for him to turn his neck. He has a difficult time eating and sleeping as well. Francisco traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On October 16th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Francisco needs help to raise $689 to fund this procedure. Francisco’s mother says, “My son can’t eat well, can’t sleep and he is sad most of the time because of the pain and suffering he is going through please help my son.”