Jerry joined Watsi on July 10th, 2014. Seven years ago, Jerry joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jerry's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Shedrack, a toddler from Tanzania, to fund brain surgery.
Jerry has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 11 countries.
Jerry has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 11 countries.
Shedrack is a two-year-old boy living in Tanzania with his parents and extended family. The family operates a small scale farm to support themselves. Shedrack is an active, playful, and curious child. When Shedrack was around a year old, his parents noticed that his head was swelling and he was experiencing frequent fevers. Concerned by the continued swelling, his parents took him to a local hospital, where he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus is a condition causing excessive fluid build up in the brain. Doctors have recommended that Shedrack undergo surgery to help ease the pressure in his head. If he does not receive the required treatment, the pressure on his brain could put him at risk for permanent brain damage. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to fund Shedrack's surgery, which will be performed on July 8. Shedrack's parents are worried about his future but are hopeful that with treatment, he will grow up happy and healthy. Shedrack's mother says, "I hope that my child gets the surgery because he has bad head pains and I want him to feel well."
Badluck is a 76-year-old man from the village of Kalisha in Malawi's Central Region. He lives with his wife of 47 years. They have seven children and nine grandchildren. Badluck is a farmer, and he spends his days working his land and sweeping up around his house. When not tending his crops and taking care of household duties, he likes to spend time with his wife. Badluck has been having pain and difficulty urinating since last year. He has been diagnosed with an enlarged prostate. Doctors determined that he needs surgery. On April 6, surgeons will perform a prostate resection surgery. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund his treatment. Badluck is looking forward to having his operation so he can go back to his family and his farm, saying, "I will be happy to have the operation."
Zai is a 14-year-old boy originally from Burma. He has lived in a refugee camp in Thailand since he was nine. He lives with his mother and six-year-old brother. They live off of camp rations and the money his mother makes working as an agricultural day laborer. A few months ago, Zai’s left eye started to itch. He went to a free eye screening at a nearby hospital. Doctors there suspected that Zai has an abnormal growth affecting his eye, but they were unable to give a definitive diagnosis. Zai was then referred to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), our medical partner, for financial support for a CT scan. Zai’s eyesight in his left eye has been compromised by his condition. His blurry vision has affected his studies. He has not been doing well on his exams because he cannot read them. Further, Zai is unable to play his favorite sport, baseball. On April 4, Zai will undergo a CT scan at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. BCMF is requesting $414 to fund this procedure. “When my eye is better, I will start playing again right away,” Zai says. "I worry about how my condition will impact my school work in the future because I want to be a doctor, and I know I need to study hard for that."
Say is a 70-year-old grandfather who is married with three sons and one daughter. His favorite pastimes are chatting with family and watching boxing on television. Say developed a cataract in each eye approximately one year ago. A cataract is a condition in which the lens of the eye becomes progressively opaque and cloudy. Because of this, Say has difficulty seeing, recognizing faces, and working outside. Say traveled three hours to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. The doctors recommended removing both lenses and replacing them with artificial ones. Say will receive the procedure on May 1. CSC is requesting $292 to help fund the surgery. After the surgery, Say will be able to see clearly again.
Meet Gaudioza, an eight-year-old girl who lives with her family in Tanzania. Her parents run a family farm and also harvest beans and rice. Gaudoiza enjoys taking care of her younger brothers. In her spare time, she likes to watch TV and listen to the radio. Her mother says that she believes her daughter wants to become a doctor when she grows up. Gaudioza has developed deep third-degree burns on the left side of her body as a result of an accident in which her dress caught on fire. She was burned on her chest, arm, and thigh. She requires surgical debridement of all wounds and skin graft surgery. Our medical partner, Mission Restore, has arranged for Gaudioza to begin surgical treatment for her burns on March 28. To cover the costs of her surgery, hospital stay, medication, and post-op care, Gaudioza needs help to raise $1,376. Let's help Gaudioza recover from her injuries so that she can grow up and pursue her dreams of becoming a doctor.
Meet Paly, a 19-year-old farmer from Cambodia. He has four younger brothers and two younger sisters. In his spare time, he helps his mother with housework and plays football. As a child, Paly developed an infection in his left ear, which eventually spread to his right ear. He went to a hospital in Phnom Penh to seek treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. Paly experiences ear discharge, hearing loss, and tinnitus (ringing in the ear). He has had to stop work due to his condition. Paly and his mother traveled for one hour to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). ENT surgeons at CSC have diagnosed Paly with ruptured eardrums and otitis media (middle ear infection). On March 13, surgeons will perform a myringoplasty in each ear to repair the perforated eardrums and prevent further infection. Over time, Paly's hearing will improve. With $831, we can help Paly restore his ability to hear and get back to work!
Chhorvy is a 24-year-old student who has two younger sisters. She likes to listen to pop songs, read books, and exercise with her friends in her free time. A few years ago, Chhorvy developed a stone in her salivary gland. It became difficult for her to eat, and she was in pain. She went to a private clinic in Phnom Penh, where surgeons removed the salivary stone. However, her symptoms did not improve. After learning about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), Chhorvy traveled one hour with her mother to seek treatment. On January 19, surgeons at CSC will remove the stone and correct a duct in her salivary gland. CSC is requesting $224 to fund this procedure, which will improve Chhorvy's quality of life.
Koeun is a 75-year-old farmer who is married and has one daughter. She likes to listen to the news on the radio and look after her grandchildren. In June of 2016, Koeun was in an accident that caused a fracture in her right forearm. She went to a local hospital for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. It became difficult for Koeun to hold and carry objects, and she was in pain. Koeun traveled for three hours to seek treatment from our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. On January 4, surgeons at CSC performed an open reduction internal fixation procedure to allow Koeun to use her arm easily again. Now, she needs help to pay her $411 medical bill.
U Doe is a 80-year-old man from Burma. He lives with his daughter’s family and looks after his grandson. One month ago, U Doe’s big toe became black and painful. He visited our medical partner’s hospital, where the doctor explained that his foot had lost blood supply. He believed that U Doe’s chronic smoking was the cause. For ten days, U Doe took medication and underwent physiotherapy, but his symptoms did not improve. The doctor decided to amputate his toe. Although the surgery was successful, the wound did not heal correctly––again due to low blood supply. Soon, U Doe’s foot grew painful again. On December 1, U Doe’s leg was amputated below the knee. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. "I want to free from this pain and walk again,” sys U Doe. “After completing the treatment and getting the prosthesis, I will go back to my house. I will just stay at home to take care of my grandson so that my daughter and my son-in-law can go to work again."
Aye Than is a 45-year-old Burmese woman. She lives with her mother and siblings in a village close to the Thai-Burma border. At the age of 40, Aye Than started experiencing frequent headaches and a stiff neck. For five years, she treated her symptoms with medication from a local pharmacy. Recently, Aye Than was picking up a bucket of rainwater when she started to feel dizzy and could no longer stand. She sat down to rest, but she found she could no longer open her left eye. After several visits to different hospitals, she was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). Through BCMF, Aye Than was transferred to Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital. She underwent several diagnostic tests, including two CT scans––[one](https://watsi.org/profile/17128140c65d-aye-than) of which was funded by Watsi donors. The results of her tests showed an arteriovenous malformation with a proximal flow-related aneurysm and a fistula. In simpler terms, there was an aneurysm in Aye Than's brain. With this finding, her doctor performed an embolisation procedure on December 14. During this procedure, blood vessels were selectively blocked to treat her condition. Now, BCMF is requesting $1,500 in funding. “I am looking forward to getting better, so I can continue to work with my mother and resume my Buddhist practices: meditation, going to the monastery on full moon days, and maintaining the alter in my home," says Aye Than. She continues, "Without the donors, there was no chance for me to be treated properly. Thank you very much for your help."
49-year-old Maw has lived in a village in Burma her whole life. She lives with her husband, two daughters, one son, and three grandchildren. Five years ago, Maw began to experience uncomfortable symptoms. She visited a local hospital, where a doctor informed her that she had a bladder stone. She was prescribed medication, which worked to reduce her symptoms until she could no longer afford to buy it. Two years later, Maw’s symptoms returned. An ultrasound revealed another bladder stone, and her doctor recommended surgery. Maw returned home, knowing that she could not afford surgery. She tried to use traditional medicine, but her symptoms did not improve. By July of this year, Maw’s condition had grown severe. She was experiencing back pain, stomach aches, weight loss, and urinary dysfunction. She was referred to our medical partner’s hospital, Mae Sot Hospital, for further investigation. She underwent an X-ray, which confirmed the presence of a bladder stone. On December 13, she underwent a cystoscopy to remove the stone. Maw used to work as a day laborer, but she stopped working last year because of her condition. Her husband’s health does not allow him to work. They cannot afford this treatment, so our medical partner is requesting $1,155 in funding. "I just want to recover and live happily with my family," says Maw.
Benedete is a 40-year-old mother from Uganda. She and her husband, Bernard, are farmers who grow cassava, millet, potatoes, and beans to support their family. Bernard also works on nearby tea plantations as a harvester. Bendete likes singing and praising in church and reading her children stories and verses from the Bible. Benedete is currently expecting her seventh child. Due to her age and her previous pregnancies, she is at high risk for complications. She recently visited our medical partner's hospital, Bwindi Community Hospital. The doctors at the hospital want her to see a physician for prenatal visits and to deliver the child in the hospital. Unable to pay for this level of care, Bendete is asking for help. Bendete is scheduled to begin her care on December 19. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $241 to cover the cost of antenatal and postpartum visits, medication, delivery, and three nights of hospital stay. After her delivery, Bendete is looking forward to returning to her family and raising her children. “I thank the donors for the support,” she says, “and pray that they can help many more mothers that are like me, struggling to have hospital deliveries.”