Tony joined Watsi on November 5th, 2014. 56 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Tony's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Owen, a child from Kenya, to fund clubfoot correction.
Tony has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 9 countries.
Tony has funded healthcare for 50 patients in 9 countries.
Owen is a child from Kenya. Owen is the first born in a family of 2. His father is a businessman while the mother is a housewife. The family live in a two roomed rental house in Machakos. Owen has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Owen traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 29. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Owen's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. “I am appealing for help, for my son to undergo surgery and walk like other children. Thank you so much and continue with the same spirit.” Owen’s father expressed.
Obed is a child from Kenya. Two years ago, Obed accidentally dipped his hand into hot water while crawling. Obed cannot hold anything with his right hand because his fingers are folded. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Obed receive treatment. On August 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery. Now, he needs help to fund this $1,006 procedure. His grandmother says, “Obed is joining school next year. He will need his right fingers so that he can be able to hold a pen. I wish that he can be treated this year so that he can join kindergarten with his age mates."
Harrison is a baby from Tanzania. He has been diagnosed with genu varus. his legs are bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Harrison. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 21. Treatment will hopefully restore Harrison's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Harrison’s mother says, “My son is suffering due to his legs condition but due to financial challenges we are unable to afford his treatment cost please help our son.”
Mercy is a young mother from Malawi. She lives with her baby, another child, and her grandmother. Since last month, Mercy has been experiencing severe abdominal pain. She has been diagnosed with ovarian cysts, which are fluid-filled sacs on the ovaries. She needs to undergo an ovarian cystectomy, a procedure in which surgeons will excise the cysts. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to fund Mercy's surgery. On May 30, she will undergo gynecological surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and seven nights of hospital stay.
Guertha is a mother of one from Haiti. She lives with her parents and young son on a small farm in the mountains of northern Haiti. Guertha has a cardiac condition called severe rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves of her heart cannot open and close properly due to an infection she suffered several years ago. As a result, her heart cannot adequately circulate blood through her body and she is weak and short of breath. Guertha will fly to Dominican Republic to receive treatment. On May 1, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will remove her damaged valve and implant an artificial replacement. Another organization, Fundacion Heart Care Dominicana, is contributing $10,000 to pay for surgery. Guertha's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Guertha's family overseas. She says, "I am hopeful that after this surgery I will have my health and energy back!"
Abigael is a young girl from Kenya. She is the sixth born of seven children. Abigael 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, Abigael has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Abigael will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Abigael that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on March 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Abigael's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Abigael will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl.
Khum is a 59-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. She has six grandchildren and enjoys listening to the news on the radio. Three months ago, Khum developed a cataract in each eye, causing her irritation and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khum learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for four and a half hours seeking treatment. On March 4, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see better after my surgery so I can help my sister bake cakes for her business."
Nathan is a motorcycle taxi operator from Kenya. One week ago, he fell off a machine and sustained severe injuries to his lower leg. He is not able to walk and is in pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 5, Nathan will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Nathan says, “I am worried about my family and the obstacles they might face now that I will not be able to walk in a couple of months while I recover."
Paul is a casual laborer from Kenya. He is a father of four children. In August 2018, Paul sustained a tibia fracture. He is not able to walk on his own without pain and discomfort. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 7, Paul will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help him walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Paul says, “I hope that with the treatment, I will be able to walk.”
Sophorn is a cleaning lady from Cambodia. She has three brothers and three sisters. She likes to garden in her free time and listen to the radio. Four years ago, Sophorn had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Sophorn experiences ear discharge, tinnitus, and hearing loss. She cannot communicate easily with others. Sophorn traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 8, 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. She says, "I hope my hearing improves after the operation so I can return home and to work."
Mirriam is a young student from Kenya. She is the oldest in a family of three children. Mirriam has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Mirriam traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 18. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Mirriam's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk and stand on her own. Her mother says, “I will be grateful to see my daughter walking, my joy would be restored. God bless you.”
Glen is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest in a family of three children. His 20-year-old mother is a housewife, while his father is a motorcycle taxi rider. They live in their ancestral land. Glen has hydrocephalus, a condition characterized by increased head size and sunken eyes. He received previous treatment, but the procedure was not successful. If not treated again, Glen will be at risk of neurological damage due to the pressure in his brain. Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo brain surgery on September 14. Now, his family needs help raising $634 to fund the procedure. Glen’s mother says, “My hope is to see my child treated and lead a normal life. It is my prayer."