Jennifer joined Watsi on December 30th, 2014. 44 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jennifer's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Ohmar, a 36-year-old woman from Thailand, to fund mobility restoring surgery for her fractured arm.
Jennifer has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.
Jennifer has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.
Ohmar is a 36-year-old woman from Thailand. She lives with her husband and two children in a town along the Thai-Burma border. On July 4th, Ohmar was trying to cross the highway to go to a grocery store. She was on her bike on the side of the road when a car sped past, causing her to fall off her bike and land on top of her right arm. A man who saw her fall put turmeric powder on her injured arm and wrapped it in a cloth. But Ohmar did not go to Mae Tao Clinic right away because she did not have enough money. She was only able to seek treatment two days after the accident. Now, Ohnmar's she is in pain, her right arm cannot be extended and her fingers are also swollen. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Ohmar will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for July 16th and will cost $1,500. This procedure will help make Ohnmar's right arm become functional again and she will no longer be in pain. "I am happy that I can have surgery with the support of the Burma Children Medical Fund and Watsi donors. I have to look after my two children so I need to be strong for them," shared Ohmar.
Meet Josephine, a 15-year-old girl from Mbembani Village in Kenya. Josephine likes socializing and playing with her friends both at home and at school. Josephine is the 3rd born in a family of 6 children, 2 of her siblings (Musau Muasya & Maureen Mwikali) have physical impairments and have been previously supported by Watsi. Josephine was born partially blind and with additional congenital abnormalities. She is a class four student at Joy Town Special School in Thika. Besides being partially blind, Josephine walks by herself, she seems not to like people who pity her but those who play with her and encourage her. Her mother does household and farm work at their neighbor’s home. This job entails fetching water, washing clothes, as well as going to the shamba. Her husband fled home 3 years ago and has never returned leaving his family in a very difficult state. Treatment will be of great benefit to her as she will walk without straining. Her mother cannot afford to pay for surgery and hence requested for support. Her mother shared, "First, I wish to thank Watsi for the help they have rendered to my two children Musau and Maureen, God bless you so much for the support and I hope you will not get tired in helping my daughter Josephine as well. God bless you so much.”
Yamin is a 13-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her family, and her parents work in a garden as day laborers. Unfortunately, her family cannot afford to send her to school. One morning, Yamin woke up with headache and neck stiffness. After one week, she had the same symptoms again. Since then, her condition has worsened. Her doctor suspects that she has a brain tumor. Doctors want Yamin to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Yamin's CT scan and care, scheduled for December 20. Yamin says, “I like to do make-up to others and sew clothes for my toys. I sometimes try to put make-up on my youngest sister, who always refuses, but my younger brother likes to wear make-up and some of my stuff, such as skirts and dresses. When I grow up, I want to be a make-up artist and fashion designer.”
Tumwebaze is a 44-year-old woman from Uganda. Her husband passed away in 2008 and she is now a single parent to five children—three girls and two boys. While her children are at school, Tumwebaze works on her small farm. About 17 years ago, Tumwebaze noticed a swelling on the left side of her head. It was quite small to begin with but has since grown to a much larger size. This growth causes Tumwebaze physical and emotional discomfort, as well as consistent headaches. She has been diagnosed with a giant lipoma and surgery has been recommended. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $187 to fund Tumwebaze's surgery. She is scheduled for treatment on October 19 at our medical partner's care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. After her operation, Tumwebaze will be able to live free of pain and the weight of her lipoma. "I hope to regain normal appearance of the head," Tumwebaze says. "And then after, I will continue with cultivation.”
Samuel is a four-month old baby boy from coastal Kenya. He is the only child of his parents, who love him dearly. Samuel was born prematurely at 32 weeks. One month before he was born, he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and causes the skull to swell. If left untreated, Samuel will likely suffer brain damage and lose his sight. Doctors recommend that Samuel have surgery to drain the excess fluid from his head and reduce the pressure in his brain. However, because Samuel's parents are subsistence farmers, they can't afford the operation. On August 2, Samuel will undergo surgery. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund the treatment. “It pains us to see our only child in pain," says Samuel's mother. "We long to have a happy child in our home."
Yan Pai is a 16-year-old boy from Burma. His mother works as a laundress and a day laborer, planting and picking corn. He left school one year ago because his family could no longer afford tuition. Since then, Yan Pai has been working as a day laborer. For a few months, Yan Pai was experiencing pain in his leg. He tried to continue working, even taking a new job in a furniture shop. Recently, however, the pain grew so severe that Yan Pai found walking difficult and he began using crutches. X-rays showed an abnormal growth in his leg. He was referred to our medical partner for further investigation. On October 17, Yan Pai underwent an MRI. Watsi donors are currently funding this [procedure](https://watsi.org/profile/a9e34854b22c-yan-pai). From this MRI, Yan Pai’s doctor discovered a tumor in his left leg. On November 9, he performed surgery to remove the tumor. Now, Yan Pai’s family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure.
“Paulina is a cute, two-month-old baby girl,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). The fourth child in her family, Paulina lives with her parents and siblings on their small farm in Tanzania. Paulina was born with a lesion on her back due to a condition called myelomeningocele--a form of spina bifida that occurs when a baby’s spinal cord improperly develops prior to birth. AMHF explains, “Paulina has a lesion on her lower back, which can easily burst and [leak] cerebrospinal fluid which, if untreated, can lead to other big health problems.” Shortly following her at-home delivery, Paulina and her mother were taken to the hospital, where Paulina’s mother was advised to take her daughter to a bigger hospital for back closure. Both of Paulina’s parents are small-scale farmers. As AMHF states, “They did not harvest well the last two seasons so their financial situation is currently not good. They need financial support so that their daughter can have surgery done.” With $1,200 in Watsi funding, Paulina can undergo surgery to treat her spinal cord defect. The opening on her back will be closed, preventing her from losing cerebrospinal fluid and easily contracting infection. “My hope is for my daughter to get well, continue with normal growth, and later on, go to school and live an independent life,” Paulina’s mother says.
“My hope is that my son will one day be able to walk properly like the rest of my children,” says Mathayo’s mother. Meet Mathayo, a one-year-old baby boy from Tanzania. Mathayo is the youngest of five children in a family that makes a living by raising and selling cattle. However, due to dry weather conditions, grazing areas are limited which has made it harder to prosper as a cattle herder. Mathayo has been diagnosed with a bilateral clubfoot and is in need of corrective surgery. His family is unable to afford his treatment and they have turned to Watsi for help. For $1,160, Mathayo will be able to walk normally with straight feet, and will not be at risk of developing early osteoarthritis. Let’s help Mathayo get the treatment he needs!
“We really hope that something can be done to help Joseph walk properly again," Joseph's parents tell us. "His condition is affecting him psychologically, and lately, he has been avoiding going out to play with his friends. We want him to be able to continue with his education.” Meet Joseph, a quiet 13-year-old boy from Tanzania who has bilateral genus varus, or knocked knees. He used to love running and playing soccer, but now he involves himself more with indoor activities. “At first, he could walk without feeling any pain. Now, he often complains of pain in his knees,” explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Because walking long distances is difficult, Joseph’s parents had to move him to a nearby school. However, he only has two more years to complete his primary education. After that, they are worried, as there are no secondary schools close by for him to attend. For only $940, we can pay for the surgery necessary to straighten Joseph’s lower limbs. Without our help, his parents, who are small-scale farmers with seasonal income, will not be able to cover the cost of corrective surgery. Let’s work together to ensure Joseph can go to school!
“I had planned on attending nursing school this year, before the accident happened. I hope to still fulfill my dream and become a nurse one day,” says Jane. Say hello to Jane, a 21-year-old woman from Kenya with a right tibia fracture. "Earlier this year, Jane was in an accident that left her unable to walk without support. Since then, she has already undergone four surgeries but is now in need of a bone transport," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us. Jane is the ninth child in a family of ten. Although none of her older siblings are employed, they have seen each other through school and always ensured that they had their basic needs met. While her siblings have worked hard to meet the costs so far, they are no longer able to raise enough money for their sister’s next treatment. $1,500 can help alleviate this family's financial strain and pay for Jane's procedure. Without our help, Jane’s leg could get severely infected and may even need to be amputated. Watsi donors, let’s make sure she gets the treatment she needs!
"Sherlande lives on a small farm in the mountains of southwestern Haiti with her parents, brothers, and sisters," the Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA) tells us about this 14-year-old girl. "She enjoys going to school, and when she has the energy she likes to help her family tend to their animals." "Sherlande was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole between the aorta and the pulmonary artery which normally closes naturally when a child is born, instead remains open," HCA writes. Health City Cayman Islands has stepped up to help Sherlande have the surgery she needs to close up the hole in her heart. They have provided $5,000 to cover the cost of the surgery, but she's still short $1,500 for surgical preparation and transport overseas. "Following closure of the hole, Sherlande should be able to lead a normal life with no cardiac symptoms," HCA tells us. "I have been bothered by my heart for many, many years," says Sherlande. "I'm looking forward to being a normal girl like my friends!" Let's come together and cover the remaining $1,500 needed for Sherlande's treatment - including prep and overseas transport - so she can continue to enjoy doing all of the things she loves to do.