Jonathan joined Watsi on July 8th, 2013. One year ago, Jonathan joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Jonathan's most recent donation supported Johanna, a newborn baby girl from Colombia, to fund clubfoot treatment so she can grow up healthy.
Jonathan has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 9 countries.
Jonathan has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 9 countries.
Johanna's mom shared that she is her sweet, little princess. She is the youngest member in a family of four, her 8-year-old brother loves to play with her and she is always laughing when he is around. Her parents moved form Venezuela to Medellin, Colombia about a year ago in search of better opportunities for their family. Johanna was born with clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. As she grows, this causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Johanna's family traveled to visit our Medical Partner Clínica Noel. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on February 22nd. Our medical partner, Clínica Noel, is requesting $1,500 to fund Johanna's bilateral clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk without pain and live without further complications. Her mother said, "I hope that with this treatment, my little princess gets the chance to walk properly and her feet get straight."
Daw Htar is retired and lives with her daughter. In her free time, Daw Htar like to help clean the house and sew clothes. Daw Htar has lost most of the vision in her right eye. Sometimes, her eye feels watery or itchy. She has difficulty seeing clearly and recognizing faces. Because the vision in her left eye is also blurry, for the past month she has had to rely on her daughter to guide her when she walks. Fortunately, our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), is helping Daw Htar receive treatment. On December 20th, she will undergo lens replacement surgery, during which they will remove Daw Htar's natural lenses and replace them with an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help raising $1,500 for her procedure and care. Daw Htar shared, "I feel so upset that my condition worsens every day. I cannot sleep well, because I am worried about what will happen if I do not get better."
Yvonne is a 15-year-old student and the youngest in a family of two children. She's in grade eight in primary school. Her favorite subjects in school are social studies and mathematics. She enjoys reading and would like to be a lawyer in the future. Her mother is a single mom and works as a farmer. Yvonne has clubfoot of her left foot, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Yvonne receive treatment. She traveled to visit AMH's care center, where, on November 22nd, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery. After treatment, she will be able to walk without pain, wear shoes, and her self-esteem will improve. Now, AMH is requesting $1,286 to fund Yvonne's procedure and care. Yvonne shared, "please help me undergo the surgery. I hope after this, I will be able to walk normally like others with no pain. I will be very grateful."
Emmanuel is young boy from Kenya. He is shy, but a very active boy. Emmanuel's father ploughs at his neighbor's homes and sometimes does construction work to earn a living for their family. His mother does laundry and house chores to help provide for their family too. They do not earn a lot of money, and haven't been able to raise money to afford Emmanuel’s surgery. Emmanuel has been diagnosed with a condition called cryptorchidism. If left untreated, Emmanuel has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Emmanuel will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 14th. AMH is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Emmanuel’s father says, “As a family, it will be a great joy for us when Emmanuel is treated.”
Zubedah is a 45-year-old housewife and a mother of two children, including a boy and a girl who are both in primary school. After completing high school, she unfortunately did not have the funding to continue her education. She got married and during her free time, she likes to weave doormats that she sells. Her husband operates a taxi business, however, his business has been hurt by the COVID pandemic. For three years, Zubedah has been experiencing vaginal bleeding, lower abdominal pain and backaches. She was treated for a urinary tract infection, but the symptoms persisted. She was examined at a local hospital and diagnosed with multiple uterine fibroids. She needs to undergo a hysterectomy, or a procedure in which surgeons will remove her uterus. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $219 to fund Zubedah's surgery. On August 11th, she will undergo gynecological surgery at AMH's care center. Once recovered, Zubedah will be able to resume her daily activities free of pain. Zubedah shared, “Pain could at times come at night where I have no one to help me till morning. I hope all will be well after the surgery and I will resume normal health.”
Edna is a 48-year-old single mother and small-scale farmer who grows food crops for home use. Her four children range in age from 17 to 29 years and have been depending on her. Unfortunately, Edna is now unable to walk due to lower limb weakness. She has been suffering from goiter for over 15 years and the thyroid malignancy has now spread to her spine impacting her mobility. Accompanied by her daughter, who had to push her in a wheelchair, Edna recently visited our medical partner's care center AIC Kijabe Hospital for help. She has been to other facilities but still hadn't been able to get the help she needs due to a lack of funds. After a multi-disciplinary team meeting comprising of Head & Neck and Ortho surgeons, she has been scheduled for a Total Thyroidectomy, Neck Dissection, and Spine Decompression and Fusion to help her heal and walk again. Our medical partner African Mission Healthcare (AMH) is requesting $1,500 to cover this intensive procedure, a ten-day stay at the hospital, and wheelchair adjustments, tests, and physical therapy for Edna. Edna says, “I lost my ability to walk after this disease attacked me. I am afraid if not attended to I may be confined to a wheelchair for good. But my hope is up and alive now that doctors have scheduled me for surgery. This treatment is meant to rectify the situation and help me to walk again.”
Thein is a 45-year-old man from who lives with his mother and two younger brothers in Burma. He and his brothers are day laborers, but unfortunately, Thein had to stop working after a foot injury. In his free time, he likes to help by cleaning their house. In August 2021, Thein was cleaning a fish pond when he injured his right foot. At home, his foot became itchy and when he woke up the next day, he saw a small blister and some swelling. He visited two different clinics, but the oral medications and the injections he received did not help. At the third clinic he went to, a doctor applied an ointment to his foot which was turning black and becoming more itchy. The doctor told him they would have to amputate his foot if the ointment did not work. Luckily, a neighbor referred Thein to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), just in time. On September 14th, doctors at BCMF's care center will perform a wound debridement procedure to treat the infection in his foot. Now, Thein needs help raising $694 to fund his procedure. Thein shared, "my mother is worried about me because if my right foot is amputated, I will not be able to take care of her in the future. When I recover, I will try to work and support my family."
Lemayan is a young three year old boy and the last born child to his mother of five. His father has two wives and a total of seven children in their family. Lemayan's parents are livestock keepers who depend on the sale of milk for their livelihood and once in a while, they are able to sell cattle, however their income is limited. Lemayan was diagnosed with Bilateral Varus. He is having difficulty walking and has pain when he stands or walks for a short distance. His mother noticed the condition when he learned to stand and walk. It began as a slight curve, but over the years the curve has increased significantly. His condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, it has led to Lemayan not wanting to stand or walk by himself, thus forcing the mother to carry him on her back most of the time. Through a visit of doctors to their village, his parents learned that he could get treated at Watsi's medical partner's care center. Lemayan's parents cannot afford the treatment cost and are asking for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Lemayan. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 19th. Treatment will hopefully restore Lemayan's mobility, allow him to participate in all kinds of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Lemayan's mother says, “It was a slight curve back then when he learnt to stand but over the years the curve has increased significantly and now he is scared of walking. Please help.”
Stuwart is a playful and friendly boy and the only child so far in his family. He is currently in the first grade and he loves counting numbers and drawing. Stuwart’s father works as a bodaboda taxi driver to be able to support and care for his family. They shared that his income is not much but it helps them make ends meet. Stuwart was diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch and rub against each other when he walks. 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 is having a hard time walking and is experiencing pain. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Stuwart. The procedure is scheduled to take place on July 15th. Treatment will hopefully restore Stuwart's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Stuwart’s mother says "We've tried to seek treatment for our son but all our efforts have not been successful despite trying to get national insurance. We are either to pay with what we don't have or wait for one year. Please help."
Caren is a 17-year-old student and the oldest in a family of four children. She is a social girl who enjoys singing and reading books. In school, her best subjects are biology, chemistry and physics, and she hopes to be a doctor one day. Caren's father used to own a fish shop, but unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, his business closed. Caren was diagnosed with genu valgus, which means that her legs bow inwards and her knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones which often comes from contaminated drinking water. As a result of this condition, she has difficulty walking. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Caren. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 8th and treatment will hopefully restore Caren's mobility, allowing her to participate in a variety of activities and greatly decreasing her risk of future complications. Caren shared, "my legs hurt when I walk and the pain is usually too much during the evening and the morning hours. Each day they keep bending please help correct my legs."
Kanhchana is a 10-year-old student who lives with her mother and younger brother. Her best subjects in school are Khmer literature and math. When she isn't doing school work, Kanhchana enjoys playing with toys, dancing, and reading. In the future, she wants to be a lawyer. Kanhchana's mother works as a singer at restaurants in the city. A few days ago, Kanhchana fell from her bed and fractured her left elbow. She is in pain and now can't move her arm. Fortunately, our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), can help. On May 18th, surgeons at CSC will treat Kanhchana with a closed reduction surgery and long arm casting. Now, her family needs help to fund this $412 procedure. Kanhchana hopes her arm will heal and that she will not be in pain after her surgery.
Saovory is a 54-year-old vegetable seller with one son and one daughter. Saovory lives with her youngest daughter, who is a student in 8th grade. She makes a living by selling vegetables from a cart around her village. In her free time, Saovory likes to watch the TV news at her neighbor's house and listen to the monks pray on the radio. About four years ago, Saovory developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her blurry vision, photophobia, and sometime tearing. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and doing all the things she needs to do outside. When Saovory learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled with her daughter hoping for treatment. On March 10th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and place an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Saovory shared, "I hope after surgery I can see well again so I can have an easier time selling vegetables, taking care of my daughter, and doing my housework."