Laurence joined Watsi on November 4th, 2014. Seven years ago, Laurence joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Laurence's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Rose, a beautiful 7-month-old baby from Haiti, to fund surgery that will help her to grow up healthy and strong.
Laurence has funded healthcare for 94 patients in 13 countries.
Laurence has funded healthcare for 94 patients in 13 countries.
Rose is a 7-month-old baby from Haiti. She lives with her father and grandmother, and they shared that she loves to smile and play with her family! Rose has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result, Rose has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Rose will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, Project Medishare, is helping Rose receive treatment at Hospital Bernard Mevs, the only site in Haiti where the treatment she needs is available. On May 27th, Rose will undergo surgery to drain the excess fluid from her brain to reduce intracranial pressure and improve her quality of life. With this treatment, Rose will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. Project Medishare is requesting $897 to cover the cost of her surgery. Rose's father shared that he hopes for a healthy life for Rose in the future.
Ruth is a two-year-old girl who lives with her parents in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, which is the capital of the Caribbean island nation of Haiti. She is her parent's first child. Ruth was born with a condition called patent ductus arteriosus, which causes blood to leak through a hole between two major blood vessels near her heart. The condition makes it difficult for Ruth's small heart to fully function. Fortunately, her condition is highly treatable with surgery. The care she needs is not available in Haiti, so our medical partner Haiti Cardiac Alliance has arranged to take Ruth and her mother to the Dominican Republic, where doctors will use a catheter to plug the hole near her heart. The treatment, scheduled for May 25th, will stop blood from leaking into her blood vessels and should allow her to live a full life ahead. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 toward the surgery cost. Her family is raising $1,500 to help cover the rest of her treatment and related care, including travel for Ruth and her mother. Her mother shared, "Our family is very hopeful that after the surgery, our daughter will have more energy and a better appetite."
Jephte is a sweet 3-year-old boy who lives with his parents in a small town in Northern Haiti. He loves playing with toys and watching cartoons. Jephte has a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of his heart. Blood leaks through this hole without passing through his lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving him weak and short of breath. The care the Jephte needs is not available in Haiti, so he will fly to the Cayman Islands for treatment. On March 18th, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which doctors will sew a patch over the hole so that blood can no longer leak through it. Their family has raised funds for his surgery, but they also need help to fund the costs of surgery prep and travel. 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 Jephte's family overseas. His mother shared, "Our family will be praying for everyone who is making this surgery possible for our son!"
Karen is a hardworking and independent woman. She is the second-born in a family of four children. To make a living, Karen sells clothes in a neighborhood of the capital city of Nairobi in Kenya. In February, Karen was removing a gas cylinder from a shelf when it fell on her hand. She visited a local clinic where pain medication was prescribed, but she did not experience relief. After an x-ray, she was diagnosed with a closed fracture on her left hand and surgery was recommended. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Karen receive treatment. On March 2nd, she will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. After the procedure, she will be able to work normally with no pain. Now, AMH is requesting $1,049 to fund her procedure and care. Karen shared, "I always liked to be an independent lady. This is disturbing since I am not able to work. I request help and will be very grateful so that I can be okay again and continue with my work."
Benzaqueen is a 4-month-old baby and the youngest child in her family of two children. Her mother works casual jobs, such as plowing and helping people with chores, while her father is a laborer and works primarily at construction sites. The family shared that they do not have national health insurance and need assistance raising funds for Benzaqueen’s surgery. Benzaqueen was born with spina bifida, a neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Her family was referred to a few local hospitals before learning about the care center at our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Upon examination at AMH's care center, doctors determined that surgery is needed, as Benzaqueen is at risk of developing lower-limb paralysis, tethered cord syndrome, infection, and possible developmental delays without treatment. Fortunately, on February 2nd, Benzaqueen will undergo spina bifida closure surgery at the hospital. This procedure will address any developmental risks and help her grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $1,151 to fund her procedure. Benzaqueen’s mother shared, “We had already given up the quest for our daughter’s treatment until we were told to come to the hospital. We now believe that she will be treated.”
Gideon is four years old and the last-born in his family of six children. He is a playful, charming, friendly, and happy boy. Gideon comes from the southern highlands of Tanzania close to Katavi National Park. Gideon has not yet started school, but his father says when he gets to be six years old, he will enroll him. Most children in this region join school starting at the age of six due to the long distance they must walk to school. Parents must wait for their children to grow strong enough to walk to and from school before enrolling them. Gideon’s parents are small-scale farmers of maize, beans, and vegetables and only sell a few of their harvests to get money to buy other basics for their family. Gideon has been diagnosed with bilateral genu valgus, where his legs bow inward so that they 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 experiences pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Gideon. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 4th. Treatment will hopefully restore Gideon's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, including school in the future, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Gideon’s father says “My son walks with a gait and falls down a lot. He also complains of pain after a long day of play.”
Two months ago, Victor was born very healthy in a facility near their home. They were discharged and when they arrived home, Victor started to cry and feel uncomfortable. He was not crying too much and his mother did not take it too seriously. The following day, Victor’s aunt visited them and noticed that he was crying a lot. To her, the cry was not normal. She talked to his mother about it and they decided to take a closer look at his belly. A few minutes later, they noticed that his stomach was swollen and later found out that he was not passing stool. They rushed Victor to the facility where he was born and upon examination, Victor was immediately referred to BethanyKids Hospital. Being an emergency, he was brought in an ambulance and taken to an emergency department. He had a colostomy surgery that is the first stage of his treatment. He recovered fully and now he has been scheduled for a second surgery to help heal his condition. Victor is the last born in a family of six children. His parents are not well off financially. Both of them sell groceries and do casual labor when they can find it. The income they earn is just enough to feed the family. His parents are not in a position to raise any extra money for their son’s bill and are asking for financial support. Victor’s mother says, “It is very hard for us to raise any money to cater for Victor’s bill. Thank you.”
Ashleyn is the third and last-born child in their family. Her parents are maize farmers in Transzoia County in Kenya. Three weeks ago, Ashleyn was playing with her elder brother at their home while her mum was cooking. Her mum left and Ashleyn fell over a pot of boiling oil, causing her to badly burn her hand and chest. Her mother immediately took her to the nearby government hospital where she was admitted for 10 days. She was being dressed daily but her condition kept worsening. She was then referred to our medical partner's care center and they had to travel for several hours to get from her hometown to the hospital where she was seen by the doctors. Ashleyn needed urgent medical attention whereby she was transfused and treated for pneumonia as she continued being dressed. She recovered well and now she has been deemed fit for surgery where she will need skin grafting to heal her chronic non-healing wounds where she was burned. The wounds are very painful and this has caused so much worry for her parents. They are concerned about their daughter’s future. While admitted at the other hospital, Ashleyn’s medical costs rose to $600 forcing her parents to borrow money from a local money lender with very high-interest rates to pay the bills. They are still paying off the debt to date. Now their family has no money available and her mother explained that paying for this surgery would be impossible for them. Ashleyn is urgently in need of care and the skin grafting will help her heal faster. The family is requesting for help so that Ashleyn can undergo the surgery and be well again. Ashleyn's father says, “My daughter was in a bad condition when she was referred to Kapsowar Hospital. We now have new hope after we were told that she is progressing well and that her surgery will make her heal fast. I have found the strength to see the positive in her situation.”
Pov is a 52-year-old farmer with one son and three daughters. Her husband died seven years ago so she is raising her children on her own. In her free time, Pov likes to make desserts for her children and grow vegetables. About one year ago, Pov had an ear infection. This infection caused the tympanic membrane, or the ear drum, in her right ear to perforate. She cannot communicate clearly with others and she is in chronic pain. Pov traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On September 7th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure in her right ear. During this procedure, surgeons will close the perforation. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $464 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Pov said, "I hope my hearing can improve and my health will be good after surgery."
Fredrick is a hardworking student and the third born in a family of four siblings. His family comes from a town called Maua in Kenya. Fredrick is deaf and attends a special school named Ntoruba. He comes from a humble background: sadly, his mother passed away in July 2017 due to prolonged illness. His father also suffers from an illness and is currently under treatment. A neighbor expressed, “The family depends on well-wishers for their daily living.” Fredrick has clubfoot on his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Fredrick traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on September 16th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Fredrick's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily again. Fredrick signed that he will be happy if his leg will be corrected and able to walk normally. His brother Dennis told us, "Any help to make him happy and walk normally will be highly appreciated.”
Alory is a 56-year-old married father of three daughters and one son. In his free time, Alory enjoys watching political news and Khmer movies on TV. On June 2nd, Alory was in a bicycle accident. He visited a hospital where they took an x-ray and told him he would need surgery on his knee. However, the hospital did not have the instruments to perform the procedure. It is difficult for him to walk because he can not straighten his left leg without pain. He then visited our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), and was diagnosed with a left patella fracture. On June 7th, surgeons will perform an open reduction surgery to heal his fracture and allow him to walk easily again. Now, CSC is requesting $412 to fund Alory's procedure. Alory shared, "I hope I can return to my work soon when I am healed and can walk again."
Sylvia is a 14-year-old student and her favorite subjects in school are mathematics and chemistry. She shared that she would like to be a doctor in the future. Sylvia is the oldest child in a family of two. Her mother is a single mom and works hard as a laborer whenever she can get work. Sylvia has clubfoot of the left foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Sylvia to receive treatment. She visited AMH's care center where surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on July 6th. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Sylvia's procedure. After treatment, Sylvia will be able to walk with ease and wear shoes. She will continue with her studies and hopefully achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. Sylvia shared, "my desire is to walk well like other girls and continue with school without any interruptions."