Glenn joined Watsi on September 1st, 2017. Two years ago, Glenn became the 3118th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 2,674 more people have become monthly donors! Glenn's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Wel, five year old from Burma, to fund eye surgery.
Glenn has funded healthcare for 29 patients in 6 countries.
Wel is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and an older sister and brother. His parents are subsistence farmers while he and his siblings are students. His mother forages for food and fishes to supplement their meals, while his father also works as a day laborer. The income he receives is just enough to cover their daily expanses but is not enough to pay for basic healthcare. On the 26th of December 2019, Wel was playing with pebbles at school with his friends. When he came back home that afternoon, he was crying but no one was home; his mother was away fishing. When she came back home and saw him still crying, she asked him what was wrong. Wel told her that while he was playing with his friends at school, one of his friends threw a pebble that hit him in his left eye. Since then, his left eye hurt a lot. His mother checked his eye, but she did not see any redness, and thought that the pain would go away after a while. Five days later, Wel complained that his left eye hurt more than before. His mother then took him to Hpa-An General Hospital, where his eye was checked. The doctor saw pus in his left eye and told his mother to take him to a hospital in Yangon as they cannot do anything for him there. The doctor provided him with eye drops and they returned home. Wel's mother did not have enough money to go to Yangon. His mother administered the eye drops for him, but his eye did not get better. His mother started to worry more about him and tried to look for a way to take him to another hospital. One of their neighbors suggested that she bring him to Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) in Mae Sot, Thailand, as she has been to the clinic before. On the 5th of January 2020, Wel's mother borrowed 100,000 kyat (approx. 100 USD) from a neighbor and took him to MTC. There, his eye was checked but the medic referred him to Mae Sot Hospital (MSH), as they could not treat Wel at the clinic. When Wel arrived at MSH, the doctor examined his eye and told Wel’s mother that he has an ulcer in the cornea of his left eye. His left eye had turned white and he also had pus due to the infection in his eye. The doctor told them that unfortunately the only option left was to remove his left eye so that his right eye would not become infected as well. Wel cried when he learned that his left eye had to be removed. Wel's mother however agreed to the procedure and he was scheduled to receive surgery on the 20th of January. Unable to pay for the surgery, the medic at MTC referred Wel to Watsi medical partner Burma Children Medical Fund for assistance in accessing treatment. Currently, Wel's left eye is itchy and has discharge coming from it. He cannot look at sunlight, as if he does his eye hurts. Before he stated taking the painkillers provided by MSH, his eye was very painful. He can no longer see anything with his left eye. "I want him to continue his studies after he receives treatment and I would like him to become either a teacher or a nurse in the future," said Wel's mother. "I don’t want him to work on the farm like us because he will have only one eye, so I want him to get a good job.”
Michael is a young boy from Kenya, and the last born of three children. He lives with his parents and siblings in a two-room house in the Eastern region of Kenya. Michael’s siblings are enrolled in school and doing fine. His mother is a stay-at-home mom while his father is employed as a night watchman in someone’s homestead. With a monthly income of $70, Michael’s parents are barely able to meet the family’s daily needs. Michael was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Michael is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on February 25th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $700 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. “My husband’s income is so little. Please help us,” says Michael’s mother.
Zeth is 3 year old boy who likes playing games like kick the can with his friends. Wednesday, the 22nd of Jan, in the evening Zeth was playing with his friends when he was knocked down by one of his friends injuring his hand. Zeth was brought to our hospital crying and on his arrival, he was injected pain meds before he was sent for an x-ray which confirmed that Zeth had fractured his left elbow. Zeth was unable to lift or fold his left hand, all he could do is cry for help. He was then admitted for surgery to fix his fractured elbow. Zeth is the firstborn child in a family of two and he has just joined kindergarten. His father is a student in a teachers’ college and his mother is a housewife. They are a young family raised from a humble background. Currently, Zeth's mother has a nursing child so she can’t work. On the other hand, his father is in school continuing with his studies with the hope of improving his employment prospects. The young family mostly depends on Zeth's grandparents for basic and other family needs. They also still stay with them because they can’t afford to buy a land or build a home of their own. The family has nothing to pay for his surgery. They are requesting anyone to support them so that Zeth can receive treatment. Sharon, Zeth’s aunt says, “He has so much pain, I hope he gets treated and feels relieved.”
Mary is a bright eight-year-old girl in nursery school in Kenya. She was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, a condition where the spine doesn’t fully form and leaves an opening. She had surgery early and later a shunt insertion from hydrocephalus. Children born with spina bifida are prone to decubitus and wounds resulting from too much pressure, unfortunately Mary has not been an exception. She had been doing fine until she joined school this year. As a result of sitting on the same spot for long hours, Mary developed pressure ulcers in her gluteal region and this prompted the doctors to create a colostomy to aid in passing stool. It’s been close to four months now, and the created opening has healed up. A colostomy closure is now needed. If not closed, Mary is at risk of acquiring infections at the colostomy site and scarring due to occasional leakages. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $619 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Mary. The surgery is scheduled and, once completed, will hopefully allow her to live more comfortably and confidently. “I hope she will not go through what she has been again. The pressure ulcers were quite painful,” says Mary’s mother.
Tula is a farmer from Kenya. Tula is mother of six is a peasant farmer in the upcountry. She plants maize in her small farm left by his late husband to meet her daily needs. She lives in a two roomed house roofed with grass with some of his grandchildren. Apart from farming, Tula also likes spending her time doing church activities. Tula was well until the 21st of November when she accidentally fell and injured her left hip. Tula was taken to a nearby health Centre where she was referred to our facility for Doctors assessment. On arrival an X-ray was done where she was diagnosed with left hip fracture. Tula is unable to stand or walk using her left leg. She also has deformity on her lower limb with pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On November 28th, Tula will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. She will no longer be in pain and will be able to walk. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Tula says, “I want to get back on my feet and resume my normal duties of farming and serving the church.
Josphine is a middle age woman from Kenya. Josphine fell from a height while carrying water on her back a few days ago. she complained of pain not knowing that she had fractured her clavicle. A day later, Josphine visited our hospital where x-ray imaging confirmed a clavicular fracture. She was admitted for an ORIF surgery. Afraid of the financial lack, Josphine requested a discharge from the hospital but the surgeons were afraid she might not come back for surgery. We planned on sourcing funds for her surgery. Josphine Komen, a widow, has never lost hope in looking after her five children. She has done all sorts of low-status jobs including working in other people’s farm to make sure her children have basic needs including education. She is a strong woman who has stood firm to raise her children after her husband passed away in 2011 after a short illness. Josphine is in need, her condition has restricted her from performing her daily duties of providing for her children. She is appealing for support to access surgery. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 26th, Josphine will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The ORIF surgery will allow Josphine utilize her hand with ease and reduce chances of further complications Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $968 to fund this procedure. Josphine says, "I am looking forward to quick recovery so that I can continue providing for my children."
Joseph hails from Juhudi in Lamu county. He is married and had two children who passed away 2 years ago due to heart disease. His wife left home on losing the two children and due to the hardship they were experiencing in the family. Joseph is a farmer and a house attendant in one of the farms in Lamu. He lives in a one-roomed mud-house. Joseph has a condition called Blount disease causing bow legged. This condition has affected his normal life like walking; he complains of pain. He cannot walk for a long distance or work for many hours. Joseph is scheduled to undergo high tibial osteotomy, a surgery that will help him walk without difficulty as well as alleviate pain on her. . He cannot afford the estimated bill and thus requests support.
Alphatina is a mother of two children from Kenya. She loves their presence and since leaving the hospital, she has grown even more fond of them. Alphatina used to trade in second-hand clothes as well as potatoes supplementing what his husband brought from his carpentry job. Alphatina suffered burns when the kerosene stove she was using blew up in July 2016. She had burns on part of her trunk, hands and neck. She suffers from frequent infections. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Alphatina receive treatment. On August 22nd, surgeons will perform a debridement and skin graft procedure to help her heal well and reduce the risk of sepsis. Now, Alphatina needs help to fund this $1,129 procedure. Alphatina says, “I am grateful for continued help from Watsi. I want to fully recover and be able to raise my children”.
Mario is a boy from Haiti. He was born with a malformation of one of the four valves of his heart, which prevents it from opening and closing properly and circulating blood through his body in the way it needs. He will require open-heart surgery to repair the valve so that it can function more normally. He lives in a city on the southern coast of Haiti with his parents and three sisters; he is in the third grade and likes math. Mario will fly to India to receive treatment. On August 5, he will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Rotary International, is contributing $8,000 to pay for surgery. His family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. 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 his family overseas.
Aung San Mon is a boy from Burma. He lives with his grandmother, mother and brother in a village in Mon State, Burma. When he was four year old, San Mon’s skin turned pale and yellowish. He also had frequent fevers. Currently, San Mon suffers from fatigue and has difficulty breathing. Aung San Mon has been diagnosed with thalassemia, a blood disorder. He needs to undergo spleen surgery, scheduled for April 2, to treat the condition. Our medical partner is requesting $1,500 to help fund this procedure. His mother says, "Now I am very happy that he will receive surgery through BCMF and BCMF’s donors soon.”
Aye is a seven-year-old girl from Burma. She is a first grade student, and she lives with her grandmother, aunt, uncle and four cousins while her parents work in Bangkok, Thailand. Aye was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in her brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, she is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Aye, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in her brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 28, and, once completed, will greatly improve Aye's quality of life.
Winda is a student from Haiti. She lives on an island off the west coast of Haiti with her parents and three siblings. Her father is a fisherman. She is in seventh grade and hopes to attend university one day. Winda has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral and aortic regurgitation. Two of the four valves in her heart were severely damaged due to an infection earlier in childhood. As a result, her heart cannot adequately pump blood through her body. Winda will fly to India to receive treatment. On February 25, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair the damaged valves in her heart, or replace them with artificial implants. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Winda's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. 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 Winda's family overseas. She says, "I am very excited to be able to get my heart fixed so I can start feeling better!"