Frank joined Watsi on May 16th, 2014. Seven years ago, Frank joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Frank's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Stephano, a teenager from Tanzania, to fund surgical removal of a facial mass.
Frank has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 8 countries.
Frank has funded healthcare for 22 patients in 8 countries.
Stephano is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. Stephano helps his parents run a small family farm for income. Two months ago, a mass started to grow on Stephano's face. The localized growth caused pain and soon made it difficult for him to speak and eat. Stephano eventually dropped out of school, as he was too embarrassed by the mass. Doctors at our medical partner's care center proposed to remove the mass, so Stephano can return to routine daily activities without frequent discomfort. Stephano says, "I hope that I can get better after this surgery because I have high hopes of returning to school and completing my studies." Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $920 to help fund surgery for Stephano. On February 12, he will undergo the surgery. He will feel significantly more comfortable thereafter.
Marvin is a two-year-old boy from the Philippines. He has been diagnosed with malnutrition. He will be receiving treatment through our medical partner's home-based malnutrition intervention program. This program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure he gets the additional food he needs to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. Volunteers will monitor his progress, and professional staff will educate his parents about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. The treatment will begin on February 22 and costs $184. Marvin's mother says, "I want him to be able to walk and go to school."
18-month-old Sindy is malnourished. She has little energy to grow, and her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to illness. If her malnutrition continues, Sindy will also face long-term consequences, such as increased risk of chronic diseases, low IQ, and higher likelihood of dropping out of school. Sindy lives with her parents and older sister in rural Guatemala. She likes to play with her toy pots and pans. Her father is a day laborer. Her mother works in the fields and takes care of the household. While Sindy’s parents want the best for their daughter, their limited resources are already stretched thin. "First," says Sindy's mother, "I want to see her better and to keep growing, and after to go to school to study and decide what she wants to be in life." With growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation, Sindy can recover. As her caloric and nutritional intake increases, she will gain weight and grow taller, and her immune system will strengthen. Her treatment will begin on January 12. Full treatment costs $437. Through our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, your donation will help pay for micronutrient supplements, dietary staples, and community health workers to consult with Sindy's mother. “I thank you," says Sindy's mother, "because you all are going to give my daughter the support she needs."
Meet Gloria, a mother from a village in Uganda. She visited our medical partner's care center, Bwindi Community Hospital, when she was expecting her second child. Because she delivered her first child by C-section, her doctors decided that she should undergo another C-section. On November 14, Gloria checked into the hospital to await delivery. Gloria works as a farmer with her husband, Wilber. They own their own land, but they also work on other farms. Wilber picks tea in the community to earn money to buy necessities, such as soap and salt. When she is not working, Gloria enjoys playing with her three-year-old son and watching him play with his friends in the community. Gloria has contributed $4 to her treatment costs. She needs help to raise an additional $241, which will fund antenatal and postpartum care, in addition to assistance while she is in labor. Gloria told our medical partner that she was looking forward to raising her new baby daughter and eventually sending her to school. “Thank you so much for the help with my safe delivery," she says. "It means we will not have to sell the little land we have for this service. God bless you."
Long is a 31-year-old security guard with one son and one daughter. In his free time, he likes to watch TV and read magazines. In June, Long was injured in a motor vehicle accident. He was diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury, meaning that the nerves connecting his spine to his arm were damaged. After visiting a Khmer traditional healer, his symptoms did not improve. Long was in pain, and he could not use his right arm. After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Long traveled for three hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. On November 1, surgeons performed a nerve transfer surgery in his right arm. After recovery, he should be able to use his arm easily. Now, he needs help to fund this $450 procedure.
Betty is a 26-year-old mother of three from Uganda. During her free time, Betty enjoys listening to gospel music and radio programs about crime prevention. In August of this year, Betty was in labor for three days without medical supervision. Eventually, she was rushed to the hospital to undergo a C-section. As a result of this delivery, Betty developed an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. Betty and her husband, Isaac, are subsistence farmers, growing maize, sim sim, millet, and soya beans. Betty's condition has affected her ability to work and join others in the community. On October 25, 2016, doctors performed a repair surgery. Now, Betty needs help to pay for this $547 procedure. When she recovers, Betty hopes to make pan cakes to sell at the local market. She also plans to walk her children to school. Betty dreams of taking tailoring classes, so that she can craft clothes and uniforms for children in her community. "I want to thank Watsi for this opportunity to have my health restored, and I wish to thank the donors for making it possible for me to get this operation," says Betty. "I pray that I will get better after surgery, gain my ability, and continue with my work."
This is Isingoma, a five-year-old boy from Uganda, who has a twin brother named Kato. He also has six other brothers and a sister, but he mostly likes staying with his twin brother to play. During Watsi's interview, he repeatedly asked to go home and play with Kato. Isingoma is not in school yet, but he can count from one to ten. Meanwhile, his parents are casual laborers, who work in other people’s gardens for pay. They are struggling to pay for the education of their children even with the help of a friend who pays for their daughter's high school education. About eight months ago, Isingoma told his mother his scrotum became swollen. His mother checked his scrotal area and was concerned. She took him to a health center where a physician diagnosed him with an inguinal hernia. Isingoma was referred to Virika Hospital for further assistance from Watsi's medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. At Virika, it was confirmed that he has a hernia and a right hydrocele as well. He is not feeling any pain yet, but his mother is worried about the risk of a strangulated hernia and bowel obstruction. She is in anguish because she has another son who also requires a hernia repair (see Kiiza Daniel). For $249, surgeons at Vrika will reposition Isingoma's intestinal tissue to prevent bulging and reinforce his weakened abdominal muscles with mesh. To address the hydrocele, Isingoma will under a hydrocelectomy, and the fluid back-up from his right testis will be removed. Surgical intervention will prevent recurrence and further irritation. After surgery, Isingoma’s mother says, "I hope my children get well soon, so that I can have peace of mind and provide for them." Let's help this mother and her young sons!
Ang is a 15-year-old girl from Cambodia who has 2 younger brothers. She enjoys reading books and listening to pop music. She traveled 2 hours with her grandmother to reach Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) for treatment. Ang was born with congenital strabismus, a condition that causes her eyes to cross inward. She is shy about her appearance, and is also shy around her friends at school. She is currently in 8th grade. After a squint correction surgery, Ang's eyes will be realigned correctly. This procedure will cost $264, but unfortunately Ang's family is not able to afford it. Once she's had surgery, Ang will be able to return to school and participate with comfort and confidence. Let's help make it possible!
“Chit is extremely fatigued and feels heart palpitations on the left side of her chest,” explains our medical partner, Burma Border Projects. “She has a hard time taking care of her niece and parents because she is so weak and tired.” Chit, a 19-year old woman who lives with her family in Thailand, has a congenital heart condition called atrial septal defect (ASD). ASD refers to a hole in the wall separating the top two chambers (atria) of Chit’s heart, allowing oxygenated and deoxygenated blood to mix. The defect forces her heart and lungs to work harder to provide oxygenated blood to the body, causing fatigue and heart palpitations. Without treatment, the right side of Chit’s heart will grow larger and become weaker, and the blood pressure in her lungs will increase. Chit’s two older brothers work as day laborers near the Thai-Burma border, but the work is inconsistent, and all of the money that they earn is needed to buy food for the family. As a result, Chit, who had to stop working when she got sick, has no money to pay for the life-saving surgery that she needs. For $1500, Chit can receive cardiac catheterization to repair the ASD. In this surgical procedure, doctors use imaging to thread a catheter (a thin, flexible tube inserted into a blood vessel) from the groin to the hole in the heart. They position a mesh patch contained within the catheter to close the hole between the atria and then remove the catheter. Over time, heart tissue grows into and around the mesh to permanently close the hole. Funding for Chit's treatment also includes transportation and post-operative hospital care. “Chit hopes that after surgery she can return to normal life without being tired and in pain,” says Burma Border Projects. “She plans to work again and take care of her elderly parents.” Let’s help Chit achieve her goals!
“My children look to me for guidance and support since I separated from their father," Ann shares. "This problem is hindering my work to support them. When I get well, I hope to start a boutique where we can work together." 42-year-old Ann is a mother of three children from a rural town in central Kenya. "Before she became unwell, she was a very active woman, selling second had clothes in a local market," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "Early this year, Ann began to experience some lower abdominal pain. This pain got worse, forcing her to seek medical attention. Coming from a very poor home, and being a single mother, Ann has been unable to give a good education to her children, who can now only manage to get casual jobs like washing clothes for neighbors. Ann's abdominal pain has made it impossible for her to work to support her children. Her and her family cannot afford the treatment that Ann requires." Ann was diagnosed with uterine fibroids, and needs a total abdominal hysterectomy to remove her uterus and allow her relief from pain. This procedure costs $790. "We expect that a total abdominal hysterectomy for Ann shall alleviate her abdominal pain," AMHF adds. "And prevent any possible bleeding that could have occurred, that could have led to anemia."
“I have always loved working with children,” explains Mercy. “My dream is to one day open a children’s home where I can take care of abandoned children.” Mercy lives in Kenya with her husband and three children. Mercy tends to the children and household while her husband works as a farmer on land he’s rented to grow potatoes for sale. Mercy and her family live with her husband’s parents, and rely on what they can produce from their small farm and four goats to provide for the family. “Mercy started experiencing lower back pain and a foul smelling discharge months ago,” report our partners at African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “A scan revealed the [uterine prolapse] condition. If not treated, Mercy could develop a severe infection which could affect her kidneys.” For $800, we can fund a total abdominal hysterectomy to treat Mercy’s back pain and repeated infections. Let’s help Mercy pursue her dream of caring for more children free from the social stigma and health risks associated with her symptoms.
“I want to marry and have children soon. I want to be able to work so that I will be able to support my future family,” says Festus. Meet Festus, a 40-year-old man from Kenya who has a fractured right femur, the leg bone located above the knee. “Last week, Festus was harvesting Macadamia when he lost his footing and fell from the tree,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Festus is in pain and cannot walk nor sit without support. He is not able to work on his farm. If the surgery is not done soon, Festus may require more complex treatment such as a total hip replacement. He will also not be able to work on his farm nor walk again if not treated.” Festus is the oldest son in a family of five. “Festus is not married but has a fiancée,” continues AMHF. “Festus lives on a part of the family land that his father gave him and he farms bananas and vegetables on the land to support himself. He also takes care of his parents farm for them." For $1115, we can fund an Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF) procedure to heal his broken leg and ensure that he is able to walk properly. AMHF concludes, “We expect that after the surgery and recovery, Festus will be able to fulfill his dream and have a family that he can support by working on his farm.”