Jessica Maddox
Jessica's Story

Jessica joined Watsi on December 24th, 2015. 66 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jessica's most recent donation supported Bunnan, a mother from Cambodia, to fund nerve and tendon repair.

Impact

Jessica has funded healthcare for 18 patients in 7 countries.

All patients funded by Jessica

Robert is an 8-year-old boy from Kenya. He is very bright and adores his grandparents who are his guardians. During his pre-operative interview, he pulled a chair out for his aged grandmother and pointed at it, asking her to sit. Eight years ago, Robert was born and later abandoned at the age of six-months by his mother when she noticed that he could neither hear or talk. He is now under the care of his grandparents and has grown very fond of them. Fortunately, Robert got sponsorship from the local government and is enrolled in a special school and doing very well. In early August, his grandmother noticed that his right testis was missing from the scrotal sac while giving him a bath. After consulting with a neighbor, they found that out of the ordinary. A scan recommended from the nearest local hospital confirmed that Robert has a right undescended testis and would require specialized treatment. If not treated, Robert may develop hernia or testicular cancer. His grandmother, the sole breadwinner, is a subsistence farmer and ails from high blood sugar while his is grandfather is bed-ridden after having a stroke. Robert’s grandmother wishes the best for her grandchild and hopes he will excel in life when she is gone. For $535, Robert will undergo an orchidopexy surgery at BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital. This surgery will greatly reduce his risk of growing up with any complications. “I am hoping that someday all will be well, especially for my grandson. I really pray that God touches someone who can come through to fund Robert’s surgical care,” says Robert’s grandmother.

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This is Esther, a one-month-old girl from Kenya. She was born via caesarean section after a scan revealed that her head was abnormally big and normal delivery would not be an option. Esther’s parents took her to a neurosurgeon, and there she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a disorder where extra cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the cranium. This condition could become painful for Esther as the liquid presses against her brain. And if untreated, the long-term consequences could be severe. To avoid these outcomes, Esther needs to have a shunt surgically implanted in her brain. The shunt will help drain the fluid away from her head so that the swelling subsides. Esther’s parents were relieved to hear that their child has a good chance of survival if she undergoes this procedure—but they cannot afford it. Esther’s mother is a stay-at-home mom, and Esther’s father has just founded a research business that is financially struggling. With the little savings they had, Esther’s family have managed to raise $52, but this falls short of the funds required. “I am in a financial crisis and would appreciate anyone who contributes to Esther’s treatment,” Esther’s father says. For $615, we can make up the differential that lies between Esther’s family and the operation their baby needs. This funding will also cover the medications, lab tests, and five-day hospital stay that will accompany Esther’s surgery. Let’s help Esther’s family make it through their financial straits so that their one-month-old can grow into a healthy and strong little girl.

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