yoko joined Watsi on February 7th, 2015. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! yoko's most recent donation traveled 9,300 miles to support Damaclin, a newborn from Kenya, to fund spinal surgery.
yoko has funded healthcare for 84 patients in 12 countries.
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.
Lebahati is a 16-year-old from Tanzania. He is the third child in a family of seven. He loves playing football. After Lebahati was born, he began to experience unpleasant symptoms. The family walked a long distance to visit the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a bowel malformation. The family learned that he would need to undergo several procedures to correct the condition. Lebahati's father borrowed money from friends to pay for the first procedure, but his parents were unable to raise enough money to pay for further treatment. Fortunately, the family learned about our medical partner's care center and came seeking help. Now, Lebahati is scheduled to undergo another corrective surgery on July 11. This treatment will cost $1,500, and his family needs help raising these funds. He says, "Help me because I also want to go to school too."
Dorcus is a student from Tanzania. She is the oldest child in a family of two children. Her father is a subsistence farmer, while her mother is a parish worker. Recently, Dorcus has been experiencing trouble breathing and eating and regular sleep apnea. She was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause her symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Dorcus, which is scheduled to take place on June 28. Surgeons will remove her tonsils, hopefully relieving Dorcus of her symptoms and helping her live more comfortably. Dorcus’s father says, “I want my daughter to be able to go to school without being sick regularly.”
Sochea is a girl from Cambodia. She enjoys studying the Khmer language and wants to be an accountant when she grows up. Her favorite food is fried pork. She likes to read and play with friends outside in her free time. For the past two years, she has had a recurrent infection. She experiences difficulty swallowing, pain, and a hoarse throat. She needs to undergo a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy to treat the infection. Surgery is scheduled for June 14 at our medical partner's care center. Her family needs help raising $221 to pay for surgery. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter's infection will be gone after the surgery so she can return to school."
Soriya is a student who enjoys studying the Khmer language. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She likes to eat fried eggs and vegetables. She has one sister and one brother. She is the youngest in the family. Six months ago, she got a nasal infection and then an adenoid infection. Now she snores and has difficulty breathing. She needs to undergo a tosillectomy and adenoidectomy surgery to remove the infection and allow her to breathe and sleep easily again. Surgery is scheduled for July 9. Now, her family needs help funding this $221 procedure.
Saad is a child from Ethiopia. He loves to play football with his friends. He is the youngest in a family of four children. Saad was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Saad is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on June 28. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Saad's procedure and care. After his recovery, Saad will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Saad’s mother says, “We are poor farmers with low income...It is our hope to get the surgery and to see our child in a healthy and good position by your support.”
Srey Mom is a student from Cambodia. She has five sisters. She likes to read and is studying accounting. She hopes to work in a bank. When she was six years old, Srey Mom had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her left ear to perforate. For this reason, Srey Mom experiences recurrent infection and hearing loss. She has difficulty hearing and communicating with others at school. Srey Mom traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 5, 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 surgery so I can continue my school work."
Naftaly is a young student from Kenya. He is the first born in a family of two kids. He is in grade four and does very well in school. Naftaly lives with his parents. Naftaly was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Naftaly has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Naftaly will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on May 17. AMHF is requesting $459 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Naftaly’s mother says, “We love our son very much and can’t wait to see him well and back to school. We are also concerned about his future as a man. Please help him."
Naserian is a beautiful baby girl from Tanzania. She 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, Naserian has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Naserian will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,238 to cover the cost of surgery for Naserian that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 28 and will drain the excess fluid from Naserian's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Naserian will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Naserian’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get this treatment as I want her to be a normal child.”
Leang is a vegetable farmer from Cambodia. She is single and has one brother and four sisters. She likes to watch the news and Khmer films and go to the local pagoda. Two months ago, Leang developed a cataract in each eye, causing her partial blindness, tearing, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Leang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three and a half hours seeking treatment. On April 24, doctors will perform a small incision cataract 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 everything clearly so I can learn about Buddha and go anywhere by myself."
That is a seventh grader from Cambodia. He has three older brothers and three older sisters. He enjoys studying mathematics and eating fruits. In February 2018, That was in a motor vehicle accident that caused a fracture in his femur. It is difficult for him to walk, and he is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On April 24, That will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. The procedure will help him walk easily again. He says, "I am looking forward to getting better and spending time with my friends and siblings."
Kimleang is a high school student from Cambodia. She is an only child. She is in the tenth grade and enjoys studying mathematics. She wants to be an accountant. Kimleang has strabismus in her right eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for her to see clearly. Kimleang traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On April 24, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Kimleang needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. She says, "I am looking forward to going home and spending time with my friends."