Alexandra joined Watsi on July 25th, 2016. Five years ago, Alexandra joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Alexandra's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support John, a 10-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund cryptorchidism surgery.
Alexandra has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 10 countries.
Alexandra has funded healthcare for 57 patients in 10 countries.
John is a 10-year-old boy from central Kenya. He was recently diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, John has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on March 30th with assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). John’s mother shared, “Raising money for my son’s surgery is very difficult. Any financial assistance will be highly appreciated.”
Alexa is a two-year-old girl that the only child in her family. Her mother is a housewife who has dedicated her time to raising her and taking care of their home and family. Her father is a casual laborer. The family lives in their three room ancestral home. Alexa was born with a facial condition that required medical and surgical attention. The reconstruction procedure she underwent exhausted the savings that her parents had and she is now prone to infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Alexa receive treatment. On March 31st, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to prevent further infection and help her heal. Now, Alexa needs help to fund this $1,185 procedure. Alexa’s mother shared, “Alexa is usually cheerful, but now she is dull and in pain. The infection is clearly making her uncomfortable and she needs this surgery. Sadly, we are unable to raise the required amount."
Chhean is a 26-year-old vegetable seller, with four siblings: three brothers and one sister. He is the second child in his family. Chhean lives with both of his parents, who are farmers. In his free time, he likes playing football, listening to music, drinking coffee with his friends, going for walks, and playing games on his phone. In 2018, Chhean was in a motor accident that left him with a painful femur fracture on his right leg. After the accident, he went to a hospital, where doctors conducted an open reduction internal fixation of his femur. They used plate screws to stabilize his fracture. Now, the bone has healed and the hardware needs to be removed to eliminate any problems that could be caused by the implants, such as pain or infection. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On January 7th, Chhean will undergo a hardware removal procedure, which will cost $230. This procedure will remove the hardware, preventing future complications. Chhean shared, "I hope that the hardware will be easily removed and the wound will heal quickly."
Florence an 11-year-old girl from Kenya, and she is the firstborn in a family of three children. Florence was born with cerebral palsy, which is a condition that affects her muscles, primarily her legs. In addition, Florence also has clubfoot, and as a result she is not able to independently walk from one place to another by herself, so she currently uses a wheelchair to get around. The team from our Medical Partner's Care Center AIC Cure International Hospital met Florence at one of their mobile clinics near her home village. Florence needs to undergo triple arthrodesis surgery, which will relieve pain in her foot and provide her with more stability. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Florence to receive treatment and needs help raising $1,224 for her surgery. Florence's mother is excited that after the surgery, Florence will "be able to walk and continue with her life like other children." She added, “We are appealing to people of goodwill to help our daughter undergo surgery."
Lang is a farmer in her early 60s from Cambodia. She is married and has two daughters, five sons, and many grandchildren. Lang and her husband are rice farmers. Lang enjoys listening to the monks pray at the pagoda or on the radio. Two years ago, Lang developed a pterygium in her right eye, causing her itching, discomfort, and tearing. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, working, and going outside independently. When Lang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours with her husband seeking treatment. Lang needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for November 19th. Lang said, "the comfort and health of my eye is precious to me. I hope to be able to return to helping care for and support my family after surgery."
Isaya is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. He is the firstborn child in a family of three children. Isaya never had the chance to join school due to his parent’s financial challenges. Despite not going to school, Isaya has been a very hardworking young man who helps his father look after the cattle. Isaya was born healthy and his growth has been normal, until last year when he noticed his right leg was bending inwards. He says the bend was very slight but over time it has increased significantly. Isaya has been walking over a long distance in search of green pasture for his father's cattle. However, due to his leg, Isaya can no longer go out with the cattle. Isaya was diagnosed with right genu valgus, or bowleggedness. His leg is bowed inward so that his knees 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 is in pain and discomfort after walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Isaya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 22nd. Treatment will hopefully restore Isaya's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Isaya shared, “I am unable to carry out my daily chores because of my leg. Please help me get this treatment so that I can return home and help my parents.”
Nith is a 22-year-old market worker from Cambodia. His parents are farmers and he has three brothers. In his free time he enjoys exercising, playing soccer with his brothers, and listening to music. In June 2020, Nith was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture of his right femur. His family took him to a hospital in Vietnam for treatment, where doctors installed a plate on the bone. However, the fracture became infected and did not heal properly. The infection has caused fevers and constant pain, and Nith cannot walk without support. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On August 6th, Nith will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $465. This procedure will clear out the infection and allow the fracture to heal completely. Nith will be able to walk easily again. Nith shared, "I am happy that I can get this surgery and that my family will not have to spend so much money to help me. I will be playing soccer with my friends again soon."
Korukiiko is a subsistence farmer from Uganda, and her husband is elderly (about 80 years old) and no longer is able to help at home. She is married with eight children, one is a teacher, three others are married but self-employed as they never reached far in their education, and four are small-scale farmers as they too did not study well due to lack of money for school fees. She tries to care for her family and grandchildren through her framing. Korukiiko reports with persistent and progressive swelling in her left popliteal fosse for about six months. This has limited her movements and she no longer can go long-distance as she used to. Korukiiko came to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 12th, surgeons will remove the mass that has been affecting her. Now, Korukiiko needs help to raise $206 to fund this procedure. Korukiiko says: “I hope that when I am relieved of this condition, I will be able to do all that I used to do in my farm where I earn a living for our family.”
Mengleang is a fifth-grader from Cambodia. He has two older sisters and an older brother, and he enjoys playing soccer with his friends after class. Two years ago, Mengleang developed nasal polyps, noncancerous growths in the lining of the nasal passage. For this reason he experiences nasal obstruction, infections, and bleeding. He often has difficulty breathing and sleeping. When Mengleang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On February 24th, doctors will perform a nasal polypectomy to remove the polyps. After recovery, he will be able to breathe more easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $291 procedure. "I hope that my son will be able to breathe without any difficulty again and I won't have to worry about his condition affecting him anymore." -Mengleang's Mother
Heab is an 18-year-old chef from Cambodia. She has two sisters and one brother and likes to help with the housework in her free time. Five years ago, Heab had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Heab experiences hearing loss, headaches, itchiness, discharge, and tinnitus. She cannot communicate effectively and hear others clearly. Heab traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 21st, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her left ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $423 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Heab said, "I hope that after my surgery, I will be able to hear clearly and the infection will stop."
Phebe is a young woman from Haiti who underwent cardiac surgery in 2010 to close a hole between the two lower chambers of her heart. Although the surgery was successful in closing the hole, it left her with a condition in which her heart muscle was no longer able to properly transmit electrical pulses so that it could beat normally. To protect her heart, a pacemaker was implanted. Last month, the pacemaker was partially replaced with a new one because its battery had been depleted; following the procedure, however, she developed an infection that has rendered the pacemaker non-sterile, and as a result, the pacemaker and associated wires have to be taken out and replaced. Phebe will travel to the north of the country to Hospital Sacre-Coeur where they can safely carry out the pacemaker implantation. Phebe lives in Port-au-Prince with her older brother, his wife, and their family; she is a university student studying accounting. Phebe shared with us, "I would like to thank everyone for continuing to support me so that I can get completely healthy!"
Nikai is a humble girl from Kenya. She is the second born in a family of four children. Her mother is a stay-at-home mom while the father is a herdsman. The family lives in a mud and grass thatched house. Nikai 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, Nikai traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Nikai's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to wear shoes and walk easily. “I would like to see my daughter walk like other children. Any kind of support is highly appreciated,” Nikai's mother shared.