Lourdes joined Watsi on May 5th, 2014. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lourdes' most recent donation supported Florian, a hardworking young man from Tanzania, to fund hydrocephalus treatment.
Lourdes has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 5 countries.
Lourdes has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 5 countries.
Florian is a 20-year-old farmer from Tanzania. He is sixth born in a family of nine children. He is a very hard working young man and helps his mother working in the family farms. He also helps his mother to look after his young brothers and sisters and assist with putting them through school. Florian was not fortunate to proceed with the school after graduating from his primary school education since his father passed away shortly after and he was forced to join his two brothers in helping their mother. Florian’s father passed away five years ago and his mother is a subsistence farmer. Florian has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Florian has been experiencing severe headaches and dizziness. Without treatment, Florian will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,300 to cover the cost of surgery for Florian that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 9th and will drain the excess fluid from Florian's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Florian will hopefully continue to develop into a strong, healthy young man. Florian says, “Please help me get this treatment, my family is not able to pay for my needed surgery. Please help me so that I may get well.”
Teresiah is a teenage girl from Kenya who has special needs. She was born into a family of 3 girls and hails from a very humble background. Her studies Limuru Cheshire Home were partially sponsored by a compassionate organization. Since she left school last year, the organization has helped her family settle in a small two-roomed iron-built house, which is a real milestone. Her dad has a health condition that requires surgery but it has been postponed several times due to funds. Her dad cannot do heavy manual jobs and so he mostly remains at home with Teresiah while her mother goes to search for casual work. Teresiah has clubfoot that has rendered her walking difficult. She was reviewed by specialists at Cure International Hospital and surgery is recommended. The surgery will be of great impact as she will finally be able to walk comfortably and help her parents at more home. She will be able to be more independent as she grows. Fortunately, Teresiah traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on October 12th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Teresiah's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily. “Any assistance accorded to our daughter will be highly appreciated. God bless you," Teresiah’s mom told us.
Pendo is a curious 12-year-old girl from Tanzania. She enjoys learning and going to school, and does so well in her studies that she often ranks at the top of her class. Pendo was born with bilateral clubfoot, a condition in which her feet and lower legs bend inwards so that the bottoms of her feet cannot rest flat on the ground. Due to her condition, Pendo experiences a lot of pain while walking and standing, making her commute to school painful and difficult. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Pendo is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her clubfoot on July 11. Her family is requesting $890 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. “I will be so grateful when I will be able to walk well and participate fully in school for I really enjoy learning," Pendo shares.
Two years ago, 15-year-old Elmer started to have convulsions when he was in school. The first time he had a seizure he was unconscious for five seconds, but now he is unconscious for much longer, and he often loses his memory. He gets seizures two to three times per month. His family is sad because Elmer has only studied through elementary school. He had to leave school two years ago because of his condition--the school refused to have him attend the school for fear that he could get worse at any time and they would not know what to do. Elmer loves to eat fried chicken and on weekends go out and play soccer with his three brothers. Elmer works alongside his dad in the fields, cultivating and harvesting beans, squash, and potato to sell. His mother weaves traditional Maya textiles which she sells in the market. His family has a hard time because someone always has to be with Elmer to make sure he is not alone if he has a seizure. Although he and his parents work hard, they do not have the resources to give Elmer the expensive labs and imaging he needs for his diagnosis and buy the medicines he needs to control his seizures. This treatment, which will cost $967, will give Elmer the chance to finally understand what is causing his seizures, following a comprehensive diagnostic workup. This will allow our medical team to prescribe him the medications he needs to control his seizures. This will allow him to return to school, be more independent, and help his parents and brothers not to feel so stressed.
Naomi is a 34-year-old woman who lives with her brother and son in Kenya. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2016 after feeling a lump in her breast early this year. “Naomi used to work as a house helper in the Middle East, [and] she used to send all of her earnings to her mother for upkeep of her son,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “She has since stopped working and has no means of earning a living. She requires mastectomy to reduce the risk of cancer spreading to other parts of her body. She thus needs financial help to meet the bill.” For $740, Naomi will undergo a mastectomy to remove her left breast. Funding also covers the costs of six days of hospital care, pain medicine, and blood tests. Her family is contributing $160 to cover additional costs associated with her care. After the surgery, AMHF tells us, “Naomi will have reduced risks of cancer spreading to other parts of her body.” Naomi looks forward to a successful surgery. “I want to raise cancer awareness and to get well to provide for my son and mother,” she shares.
At three years of age, Brian's parents realized that something was not okay; he cried when passing urine. When swelling appeared on his groin, he was rushed to the nearest hospital and treated for an inguinal hernia. The swelling did not disappear, but the pain was gone. Brian is now 11 years old and lives with his family in Kenya. He still has the inguinal hernia, which is again causing pain and discomfort, especially when bending over, coughing or lifting anything. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), "if Brian is not treated, it can result in painful restriction of blood supply to his intestinal tissues that could be life-threatening." Weeks ago, Brian felt a sharp pain and his doctors determined that the hernia had re-occurred. Brian’s parents were distraught as they pondered where to get the funds they would need for his surgery - they work as casual laborers and cannot afford his care. They tell AMHF, "we will do anything to see to it that our son gets treated and fulfills his future dreams of becoming a pilot." For $430, Brian can have surgery to correct his hernia. This operation will prevent the hernia from growing and obstructing Brian's blood supply, interfering with his intestinal tract, and causing pain. Brian's mother says, "I am in need of your help because raising such an amount is completely out of reach for us. We want our son to grow normally and have a bright future.” Let's support Brian and his family achieve the future they desire.
"One month ago a bird bit Theary's left eye and caused a traumatic cataract," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), shares. Theary, a four-year-old boy from Cambodia, has been unable to attend school since the incident. He also experiences pain and irritation in his eye. For $150, Theary will receive surgery to replace his cloudy left eye lens with a clear lens implant. His vision will be completely restored after the procedure. As a young, active boy, Theary enjoys playing with his toy cars and with his older sister. His mother is hopeful that after the surgery she will no longer have to worry about his eye having other issues. "I hope my son can see everything clearly again, so he can go back to school and play with his sister and friends like before," Theary's mother shares.
“Laxman studies in the second grade and is a bright student,” says our Nepalese medical partner, Possible. “He enjoys reading Nepali stories and playing volleyball.” Several months ago, the nine-year-old boy from Nepal developed an inguinal hernia, a condition where part of the lower intestine protrudes through a weakened section of the abdominal cavity, causing a painful bulge. “Although initially it did not make much of a difference, it has been painful for a while now," Possible shares. "It also hurts when clothes rub against it or it is touched accidentally.” Laxman's father adds, “He cannot run or walk long distance.” Without intervention, Laxman’s condition could worsen and put him at risk of hernia strangulation, which cuts off blood flow from parts of his body. To support the family, Laxman’s parents tend to their farm. However, their modest income prevents them from being able to support the cost of Laxman’s operation. For $491, Laxman will undergo a hernia repair surgery. During this procedure, surgeons will insert the displaced section of the intestine back into its normal position. Following surgery, Laxman will remain under close medical supervision. This operation offers Laxman both short-term and long-term benefits. Possible states, “Having the surgery will not only prevent Laxman's hernia strangulation but it will also relieve his discomfort.” "I hope Laxman's condition will not cause any complications in future," Laxman's father shares. "I wish for his treatment to be successful."
Meet ten-day-old Simon. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), informs us that Simon, who lives with his mother in Kenya, was born with a congenital neurological condition caused hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus causes an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in the brain. In an infant, too much CSF can increase pressure in the brain and inner skull, typically leading to swelling and developmental delays. Simon's mother is a single parent. AMHF explains, “Simon’s mother hawks second hand clothes to support the family, but is not able to raise the required funds for Simon’s surgery.” For $615, Simon will undergo a shunt insertion operation. A shunt will be surgically placed into the swollen area of Simon’s brain--naturally draining the excess CSF and reducing the intracranial pressure. “Simon’s surgery will help reduce the excessive pressure on the brain, preventing visual impairment and death,” AMHF states. “It is every mother’s joy when her child is healthy and growing up well and normal and her lowest moment when her child is ill,” AMHF tells us. Simon’s mother adds, “I am hoping there will be help towards Simon’s treatment.”
Joselin is a 19-year-old Guatemalan woman, who needs treatment for cataracts. She is developmentally delayed, and started to lose her eyesight due to cataracts a few years ago. Without eyesight, her ability to work and socialize is compromised. Joselin is from a large family with many young children. As she gets older, her family struggles to support her. “Although she is mentally challenged, she is an extremely capable individual, and could potentially work or contribute to the household in some way,” explains our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “However, without eyesight life is made much more difficult, and her ability to work and assist her family is close to eliminated.” “Even though she wants to learn, Joselin has never attended school,” continues WK. “Social stigma around her appearance and weakened ability to physically see others has limited her social interactions/community acceptance, and now she spends many days sitting at home.” With $1485, Joselin will receive cataract surgery to remove the cloudy lens, which will be replaced by a clear lens implant. The cost also includes antibiotic drops as well as transportation costs. Cataract surgery is the most common surgery performed worldwide and only takes an hour. Just one day after surgery, Joselin’s vision will improve to 20/20.
Maria, a newborn just under two weeks old from Guatemala, was the result of an undesired pregnancy. Luckily, a wonderful family in a rural community eagerly adopted Maria, raising her as their own. Our hospital partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, writes. "they are so excited about this little child, and they brought her to see us. The major problem is that, since she is adopted, there is no maternal milk supply. Furthermore, her new family is quite poor and can't therefore afford to buy milk formula for the baby. They are struggling to scrape together what money they have, but in the meantime, the child is losing weight and not growing well." They add, "it was a real pleasure to meet this family, the parents are so excited to have a new baby and to be able to have adopted this little one out of a bad situation. At the same time, they're worried about how to make ends meet, and they've come to us for help." For $1220, we can provide the final step for Maria achieving health and happiness with her new family. Maria will receive close growth monitoring treatment by nutrition experts. Her new mom will receive coaching on how to properly supplement with formula and will be provided with all the necessary infant formula Maria will need through her first year of life. With this treatment, Maria will regain weight quickly and grow and develop normally.
This lovely lady is Catarina, a 62-year-old from central Guatemala. Catarina has lived with uncontrollable diabetes for the last decade. Dr. Rohloff, a global health doctor at our partner organization in Guatemala, writes: "Catarina come to us desperate. She has had uncontrolled diabetes for about ten years. Given lack of family support and income she has never been able to afford treatment. Symptoms have gotten to the point where she is constantly dizzy, losing weight with poor appetite, dehydrated, and in danger of dying." For $300, wecan help Catarina manage her diabetes. She will receive an endocrinology consultation, insulin treatments and weekly home visits from nutritionists and nurses. Additionally, she will receive ongoing, longterm followup.