Byron joined Watsi on September 2nd, 2015. Five years ago, Byron joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Byron's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Kelvin, a bright 13-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund a clubfoot repair surgery on his right foot.
Byron has funded healthcare for 80 patients in 12 countries.
Kelvin is a 13-year-old boy from from Nyeri County in Central Kenya. He is a humble and calm child, and the 4th born in a family of six children. His mother is a farmer, while his father passed on 6 years ago after a long illness. At school, Kelvin is in Class 3 at Karangi Primary School. His teacher says he is a bright boy and performs well in class. Kelvin is actually supposed to be in Class 8 but, because of the condition of his feet, he has not been able to advance in his education as quickly. Kelvin was born with bilateral clubfoot, which was neglected and not treated earlier on. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape, and causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Though he was taken to a hospital in the area to seek treatment, he could not initially undergo surgery due to lack of money. Now, Kelvin faces difficulty as he walks because his feet knock each other and causes him to fall every time. Unfortunately, this has affected his self-esteem when he sees other people playing and he cannot join. In March 2020, Kelvin underwent left triple arthrodesis surgery supported by Watsi donors and the procedure corrected his foot perfectly. Now, he is scheduled to undergo a right triple arthrodesis, a surgery to correct his right foot so he can walk well with both feet. Fortunately, Kelvin traveled back to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on him on January 11th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Kelvin's clubfoot repair. This surgery will be very impactful as he will be able to wear both shoes, walk well, and play with friends. Kelvin will also be able to continue with his studies without any hindrances. His mother asks for support for his second surgery. Kelvin's mother shared, “We are grateful to God for the support we received from Cure Hospital through the Watsi donors. I have seen great improvement with my son and am looking forward to seeing him walking like other children. God bless you and continue with the good work you do of helping needy families to have surgery. God bless you."
Haruna is a 10-year-old student from Tanzania. Haruna is the fourth born child in a family of five children. He is currently in Class Five, and his best subjects are mathematics and social studies. Haruna is a big lover of football, which his father says he picked at an early age. Unfortunately, a few months ago, his father has had to stop him from playing football due to the level of deformity in his legs and risk of getting a fracture. Haruna was diagnosed with genu varus. His legs bow outwards at the knee so that they do not touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he has difficulty walking for a distance and he is no longer able to play football, the sport he loves. The procedure Haruna needs is costly for his family. Haruna's parents are small-scale farmers of maize, beans and tobacco. They are able to get their food from the harvest of maize and vegetable and some little money from selling tobacco harvest. Now, they are appealing for financial support for Haruna's cost of care. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Haruna. The procedure is scheduled to take place on December 3rd. Treatment will hopefully restore Haruna's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Haruna shared, “I would like to be able to walk well and play like my friends. Please help me get this treatment."
Kao is a 60-year-old Khmer cake seller from Cambodia. She has one son, one daughter, and five grandchildren. Kao lives with her daughter, who is a farmer. When Kao is not selling cakes in her village, she enjoys visiting the pagoda to listen to monks pray. Five years ago, Kao developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, itching, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kao learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours with her niece seeking treatment. On November 17th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Kao shared, "My business depends on my vision, if I can see well then my business will also be well."
Elias is a 10-year-old boy from Kenya. He is the third born in a family of four children. Elias is a third grade student at St Mary’s Catholic School and his favorite subject is Swahili. He likes to play with toys and is very innovative! His family hails from Kaptibor village and Elias' father is a cook at a school, while his mother is a housewife. Their family lives in a two-roomed rental house together with their children. Elias was born healthy without complications. However, when he was three years old, his father noticed he had developed an unusual walking style where the right foot bent inside. At the time, their family did not seek further care for his condition. Later on, Elias' father heard about our medical partner's care center, CURE Hospital, through a friend and learned about what we do. Upon the doctor's review, Elias has been scheduled to undergo surgery on November 2nd to correct the deformity on his right foot. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,224 to fund his procedure. Currently, Elias drags his foot and is not able to walk well, so the surgery will be very impactful for him. Once recovered, he will be able to walk well and comfortably. Elias' father, Samson, shared, “Any kind of support to help our boy walk comfortably will be highly appreciated.”
Im is a 60-year-old woman who married with two sons, two daughters, and five grandchildren. She enjoys taking care of her grandchildren and watching TV. Im is diabetic and developed a wound on her right big toe a month ago. It has developed to a necrotic stage with exposed bone. Unfortunately, it is swollen and very painful for her to walk. On October 1st, Watsi's Medical Partner, Children's Surgical Centre, will perform an amputation of the toe so her wound will not spread further and she will be able to walk again without pain. Im shared, "I am so worried about my wound becoming even worse so I am thankful the surgeons can help me."
Grayson is a baby from Tanzania. Grayson is a six month old baby boy and the firstborn child to his young parents. Both parents finished their college studies last year. Grayson's mother studied business management while the father was a nursing students and he is currently volunteering at a local hospital in their village. Both parents do not current have jobs and are struggling to make ends meet to be able to support their baby. Grayson 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, Grayson has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Grayson will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Grayson that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 24 and will drain the excess fluid from Grayson's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Grayson will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Grayson’s mother says, “With no jobs, we are unable to afford our son’s treatment cost. His condition is worsening, please help us.”
Katusiime is a farmer from Uganda. She is married and has four children, all of whom are still in school. She is a small-scale farmer who mostly grows food crops while her husband is an elementary school teacher. Her family lives in a single-roomed rental house. Katusiime has had a posterior right lower back mass for 20 years. It has increased in size over the years causing her to have severe backaches. She traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On July 7th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Katusiime needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure. She shared, “I expect to get healed from this condition and have better health after surgery to continue with farming to support my family.”
Tin is a 20-year-old from Burma. He lives in a nunnery with his mother and aunt, who are nuns, in a village in Katha Township. Tin became a monk 13 years ago when his father passed away. His mother then became a nun. Tin left monkhood two months ago, when he became very ill. He is now unable to work, and he is looked after by his mother. However, sometimes when he feels better, he teaches Buddhist theology to boys from a nearby monastery. As his mother is a nun, she has no income except for whatever she is given during weekly alms collections. Usually she receives dried food staples such as rice in addition to money. Currently, Tin feels tried if he has to walk for a while and if he has to use stairs. Tin was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him sick and short of breath. Tin is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on March 15th to correct the condition and improve his quality of life. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Tin's procedure and care. Tin said, “Sometimes I have chest pain and when I have them, I have difficulty breathing.”
Htun is a 15-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his aunt, uncle, three cousins, and a cousin-in-law in a town in Tak Province. Htun is in eighth grade and goes to a Burmese migrant school. Htun has two older brothers who work in a factory in Bangkok. They support Htun occasionally by sending money to Htun's aunt. His aunt, his older pregnant cousin, and his cousin-in-law are homemakers. His two other cousins are students at a Thai school, while his uncle is a farmer who grows rice and corn. Htun's uncle earns a living as a farmer and delivery driver. In his free time, Htun likes to draw cartoons and play cane ball with his friends. On June 8th 2020, Htun was driving back home on his motorbike after visiting his friend. While driving home it began to rain and he fell, landing on his left wrist. Currently, Htun cannot move his wrist and it is swollen and painful. Although he took pain medication, it has not helped him. At night, he feels uncomfortable and cannot sleep well because of the pain. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Htun will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 3 and will cost $1,500. After surgery, Htun will be able to move his wrist and will no longer be in pain. Htun and his family need your help to fund the cost of this surgery. Htun shared, “I am very sad and worry that my hand will not be normal after surgery. In the future, I want to become a famous can ball player."
Mamush is a sweet 3-year-old boy and the only child in his family. He loves to play with balloons and balls and he loves to chew gum. His father is a daily laborer and his mom is a housewife. His dad earns a low income, which is insufficient to meet the needs for the daily food of the family. Mamush has an abnormally functioning segment of his bowel. He has suffered with partial bowel obstruction & severe constipation. His family has tried different medical care but for no avail in their home town. With the help of Watsi's Medical Partner Care Center BethanyKids, he had a colostomy for his stooling issue, which helped solve the problem temporarily. He now is waiting for a coloanal pull-through procedure to help complete his treatment. Because of his condition, his parents are highly affected psychologically. They've noticed that other kids don’t mingle with him in their village. They shared that they have suffered a lot with managing the colostomy and have noticed that people who see it, don’t want to be near them. The stigma and discrimination from the community are stressing for the family and they have requested financial support to help support their family through this treatment for Mamush. Mamush's father said: “We will educate our child after the surgery and we will keep him with good care. It is our hope that he will have a bright future.”
Belinda is a young lady from Kenya and the last born in a family of five children. She has lost her father and two siblings, leaving her mother with the task of caring for her and her nieces and nephews. Her mother notes that she cares for more than 12 grandchildren in her house, relying on her small piece of land to make ends meet. Belinda was born with spina bifida and received a shunt insertion surgery when she was young. Six years ago, Belinda developed a wound on her gluteal region. However, she did not go to the hospital since the wound was not painful. In late 2019, the wound became septic with pus discharge. Belinda stopped schooling in 2015 due to stigma from other students and she relies on a wheelchair for her movement. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Belinda receive the treatment she needs. On June 12th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to relieve Belinda of the gluteal ulcers she has. Following treatment, Belinda will lead a more comfortable life. Now, we need help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Belinda’s mother says, “My prayer is to have my child treated since the wound looks bad.”
Ali is a 1-month-old infant from Ethiopia and is a beautiful baby boy. He has six siblings. He loves to play with his mom and siblings and is exclusively fed breast milk. His father is a day laborer and earns limited income which is sufficient for their family's daily needs, but not more than that. His mom is a house wife and she raises her children full-time. Ali was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Ali is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on April 2nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Ali's procedure and care. After his recovery, Ali will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. His parents shared, “We hope the operation will bring him good health. We were very troubled because of our financial constraint.”