trevor doddrell
trevor's Story

trevor joined Watsi on November 2nd, 2013. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! trevor's most recent donation traveled 11,000 miles to support Fedline, a student from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.

Impact

trevor has funded healthcare for 37 patients in 11 countries.

All patients funded by trevor

Neema was born on August 10, 2016 in Tanzania with multiple deformities, including a lesion on her lower back, which was leaking cerebrospinal fluid, and bilateral clubfeet. Neema’s mother knew she was supposed to take her baby to the hospital for treatment, but she had no money to do so and so she stayed with her at home, caring for the wound on her back for a month. When Neema turned two months, her mother noticed that the size of her head was slowly increasing. She had no way but to ask her neighbors to help her with at least bus fare, so that she could take Neema to the hospital. Neema’s mother was in great pain when she saw that her baby was born with multiple deformities, and Neema's father unfortunately left them. Neema’s mother used to work at peoples’ farms growing some onions and was paid at the end of the day, but now she cannot do anything. She relies on her little sister to support her and the baby, but it is not easy for her little sister because she also has her own family. Neema’s mother desperately needs financial support so that her daughter can receive the right treatment. For $1,200, Neema will undergo surgery at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre where a shunt will help reduce the increased intracranial pressure and prevent Neema from completely losing her eyesight. “I have been praying to get a baby girl and truly I am blessed with one, but she has so many problems. I just hope she will get better and at least be able to walk later on,” said Neema’s mother.

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Kyle is a seven-month-old baby living in Kenya with his parents. Immediately after birth, Kyle underwent surgery to remove a swelling mass on his lower back. He was underweight, and spent the first month living in the nursery while he recovered. Kyle's mother was forced to quit her job to care for Kyle while he was being treated. Kyle's father works as a graphic designer, but is not fully established yet. At three months of age, Kyle became irritable and his head over-grew his body. Kyle was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a congenital condition where there is excessive accumulation cerebral fluid in the head that causes increasing pressure and swelling. He had a shunt inserted in his head to drain the excess fluid, but three weeks later he developed an infection. He spent the following three months hospitalized to fight the infection. The shunt had been removed, and now he is fully recovered from the infection, however he now needs another shunt to ease the cranial pressure he continues to experience. If not treated, accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid may cause brain damage. Kyle has lost some weight due to frequent vomiting and he seems irritable due to the high intra-cranial pressure exerted on the brain. His parents have exhausted their savings on his treatment thus far for his original surgery, hydrocephalus, and infection, and are still repaying debts from their friends. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us that for $615, Kyle can receive the procedure he needs to reduce risk of brain damage. The total cost also covers the medications, supplies, imaging, and five days of inpatient care. “I really hope that my son will get a shunt that will work this time around," Kyle's mother shares. "We have done all we could, and now all is left is to pray and hope that this is the last time he will be admitted because it hurts so much to see him cry in anguish."

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Charles is a 24-year-old former student living with his mother and father in Kenya. Charles graduated from college with a degree in Information Technology in 2014. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, tells us that in June 2014, Charles’s parents were burglarized by armed robbers. Charles attempted to intervene, and both he and his mother were fired upon and seriously injured. Charles’s mother took a bullet to her hand, and has lost the ability to use it. Charles sustained a fracture in his left lower leg that has developed into a nonunion. He currently walks with crutches, and has a significant amount of pain and numbness in his left leg. His father is employed as a driver, and his mother used to sell vegetables. His older sibling is unemployed, and does little support the family. Charles has found that his injury has been preventing him from securing a job that pays enough to afford treatment. He has been reduced to a dependent of his parents. His parents have been attempting to save for treatment as well, but their household income has seen a large deficit since his mother is injured as well. His family has decided that the priority treatment should be for Charles’s nonunion fracture so that he work a higher-paid job and support the family. “I would like to get well,” Charles shares, “and be able to walk on my so I can support my mum’s treatment, too.” A nonunion fracture is a serious complication that develops if a fracture moves too much to stall or halt normal healing. In most cases, if a fracture has not been treated after six months, then orthopedic surgical intervention is necessary. Charles needs an open reduction internal fixation procedure to repair his leg. The procedure includes the insertion of steel rods, screws, or plates to keep the fracture stable during healing. After his cast is removed, Charles will undergo physical therapy to regain his strength. Charles’s family is in need of financial assistance. $1,410 will cover the cost of treatment he needs, in addition to his family's contribution of $210. Without treatment, Charles is exposed to risks of infection that may result in amputation. His leg deteriorates further the longer he is untreated. After his treatment, Charles’s pain will eventually be resolved, and he will be able to walk and work again. Let's help make it happen!

$1,410raised
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