Alexandra joined Watsi on July 25th, 2016. Three years ago, Alexandra became the 2416th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 3,211 more people have become monthly donors! Alexandra's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Dan, a toddler from Kenya, to fund burn repair treatment.
Alexandra has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 10 countries.
Dan is a child from Kenya. Dan’s mother is still a student in college while his father left her before he was born. They depend on Dan’s maternal grandparents who are peasant farmers and three school-going children under their care. Dan dipped his hand in hot water in April last year. He was rushed to Naivasha District Hospital where he was admitted for treatment. He was discharged a few weeks later and went home for recovery. Days on, the wound was not recovering as expected properly; he had to be readmitted in the same hospital. The wound worsened as the days went by as the skin grafting was not successful. The hospital decided to refer them to a hospital where they believed Dan would receive better care, hence being referred to Watsi medical partner Kijabe Hospital. The wound is not healing and if not treated, Dan may suffer infection. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Dan receive treatment. On January 16th, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to heal the wound. Now, Dan needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. “It pains me to see my son confined in the house and he cannot play with his friends because of the wound. Please help us,” says Dan’s mother.
Lawi is a student from Kenya. He is the 5th born child in a family of six. He was born and raised in a small village called Mogil where most of the inhabitants work in farms or other unstable jobs. His parents are uneducated so they don’t speak Kiswahili. The family live in small mud hut with grass as a roof. His family gets its food from their small farm and consists mostly of millet, sorghum and seasonal fruits like mango. Lawi likes to spend his days climbing trees. Lawi was well until Sunday noon when he fell from a mango tree. Lawi sustained multiple severe injuries on his left leg and hand. He was rushed to our hospital accompanied by his father and on arrival an X-Ray was done where he was diagnosed with multiple fractures. He is in severe pain and is having a difficult time sleeping because of the fractures. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 7th, Lawi will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This treatment will help Lawi heal well with no malunion and he will no longer be in pain Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. His father says, “I just want my child not to be in pain anymore and be healthy and happy and have a good life.”
Daw Khin is a 68-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her daughter in Yangon Division. She is retired since 2014 and her daughter works for the Myanmar Carlsbery Family Limited (MCCL) Compangy in Yangon. Daw Khin 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, Daw Khin cannot sleep well at nights because she often cannot breath well. Daw Khin also cannot walk long distances because she feels very tired if she does so. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund a mitral valve replacement for Daw Khin. The treatment is scheduled to take place on November 19th and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably. Daw Khin said, "The doctors at different hospitals told me that I need surgery but I kept refusing because I do not have money."
Since birth, Sim has had a malformation of her spine, which she worries is slowly getting worse with time. Her scoliosis causes her pain in her legs, difficulty sleeping, and she is unable to sit for long periods of time. With surgery, Sim will be able to walk again with ease and will be able to sit and sleep comfortably. She will not have to worry that her condition will worsen, and she can return to her work. Sim enjoys watching television, listening to the news, and helping with the housework in her spare time.
Esther is an elderly lady from Kenya. Esther is a mother of 2 children whom she has struggled to raise for the past 23 years. She lost her husband in 1996 and since then has been struggling with poverty. She had to sell a small piece of land to educate her children. Esther does not have any income and relies mainly on friends and relatives. Two years ago, Esther has been experiencing persistent bleeding. She has been diagnosed with a large ovarian tumor that is suspected to be malignant. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $756 to fund Esther's surgery. On September 13th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at our medical partner's care center. Once recovered, Esther will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Esther says, “I am appealing for your kind support to help me access medical care. I hope that soon Il be free from the complications."
Brian is a student from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of four children. He joined kindergarten last year. For four years, Brian has been experiencing difficulty swallowing and regular fevers. Frequent illness causes him to miss school. Brian was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Brian, which is scheduled to take place on August 9. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Brian of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Brian’s mother says, “This problem has made my son suffer a lot and made him miss a lot of class please help my son we have no means means of affording the cost.”
Khouk is a five-year-old girl from Thailand. She goes to kindergarten at a local school. In early June, Khouk was playing on the slide at school with her friends. She fell off the slide and onto her right arm, breaking her right forearm. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Khouk will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for June 19 and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help her to have a pain-free forearm again. After Khouk has fully recovered, she will go back to school and continue her kindergarten class. Khouk's mother says, “If her broken arm heals, I will be very happy for her. Now I feel very sad when I look at her.”
Woobens is a toddler from Haiti. He lives with his parents, who are farmers, and three older siblings in the mountains of Northern Haiti. Woobens has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart. Woobens also has Down syndrome. On October 9, he will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, Surgeons will use a patch to close the hole near his heart. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Woobens's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. His mother says, "I am hopeful that after this surgery, my son will start growing and gaining weight."
Nyi is a 13-year-old student from Thailand. He lives with his family in Mae Tao Village, Mae Sot Township, Tak Province. In his spare time, Nyi plays with the football that his sister bought for him. This month, Nyi fell on the ground and broke his forearm while playing football with friends at school. He was initially brought by his teacher to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC). The medic at MTC investigated him and informed the teacher that both bones in Nyi’s forearm were broken and that he would need surgery to fix the broken bones. Currently, Nyi is in pain and his left hand is swelling. He cannot move around and cannot even lift his hand up. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Nyi will undergo surgery to reset his fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for September 13 and will cost $1,500. After Nyi's surgery, he will be able to lift his hand up, move around, and return to his school. Nyi’s mother says, “I am worry because I cannot afford to pay for my son’s treatment. I hope to see him get well soon and return to school.”
Kevin is a young man from Kenya. He is the oldest in his family, and his parents are farmers. When Kevin joined high school, he had high hopes of completing his studies and maybe joining university or college. Unfortunately, to help his family, he was forced to drop out and look for a job. Now, he works as a motorcycle taxi driver. In June 2017, Kevin was hit by another motorcycle, fracturing his femur. He has had three surgeries to correct the fracture and requires the forth surgery: a bone transport. Right now, he is walking on crutches. Kevin says, “I wish that soon I will be able to walk without the crutches and be able to fend for myself." This fourth surgery is scheduled for August 6. While the first three surgeries were paid for by the National Health Insurance Fund, he needs help raising $1,500 to fund this one.
Damaclin is an infant from Kenya. Her mother sells groceries, while her father is a security guard. Damaclin was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Damaclin is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Damaclin's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 11. This procedure will hopefully spare Damaclin from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory.
Ritha is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of five children. Ritha’s parents work as casual laborers. Ritha has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ritha traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ritha's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Ritha to be able to walk, play, run, and go to school when she grows up. Ritha’s mother says, “I knew I had to find treatment for my daughter because I do not want her to grow up feeling ashamed or embarrassed of how she looks. I want to raise a confident and happy child, and I know this treatment will make Ritha be confident and happy as she grows up she will not be subjected to stigma or society’s judgment and stares.”