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Ada Cohen

Ada's Story

Ada joined Watsi on April 10th, 2016. 53 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ada's most recent donation supported Soklang, a woman from Cambodia, to fund eye surgery.

Impact

Ada has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.

All patients funded by Ada

Jonalyn

Jonalyn is a happy, 13-year-old student who loves to study and play a game similar to kick-the-can. She lives with her parents and two siblings in the Philippines, where their one-room house has a cement floor and a thatched roof made of nipa leaves. Jonalyn noticed a mass on the right side of neck when she was 12 years old. She told her mother about it, but they did not seek help since they did not have money to spend on medical consultations or medicine. After a few months, she complained of pain when swallowing and difficulty breathing and also noticed that the mass on her neck was getting bigger. She has been unable to concentrate during her classes because of the on-and-off throbbing pain in her neck. During a church activity in May of 2015, Jonalyn felt a throbbing pain in her neck and was examined by a doctor. She was diagnosed with a goiter—an enlarged thyroid gland usually caused by a deficiency of iodine, an important element in the production of thyroid hormones that regulate the body's metabolism. The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for seven days and iron supplements for 10 days and referred Jonalyn to another care facility to undergo tests to determine the type of goiter. Unfortunately, the family was unable to seek further care for Jonalyn until now. She was screened by a health trainer in one of our sponsored communities, consultation was facilitated, and she was advised to undergo a thyroidectomy to remove the thyroid gland. Jonalyn's mother is a housewife, and her father raises pigs. They cannot pay for surgery for Jonalyn because their income is barely enough to sustain the family's daily needs. $1,500 covers the cost of Jonalyn's surgery, transportation to and from the hospital, 10 days of hospital care—including medicine, imaging, and blood tests—and medicine to take after she goes home. The surgery will lessen Jonalyn's discomfort due to her condition. "I am very thankful to you for helping people like me in my condition, especially those who are not financially capable in terms of health treatment," shares Jonalyn. "I was truly blessed because I was given an opportunity to be treated. After the surgery, I plan to continue my schooling to reach my dreams and help my family someday."

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Dominic

Dominic is a young man, who currently walks with the aid of a broken walking stick. Dominic is a father of one and relies on the little he earns from informal tutoring of pupils. Dominic is 25 years old, and comes from a poor family of a widowed mother and seven siblings. He was the main provider for his young family before he was involved in a car accident a few years ago, where he fractured his tibia. His wife is a casual laborer who washes clothes for people to earn a living. Dominic's first surgery was funded by well-wishers. He needed a second surgery but due to lack of funds, it has been delayed for over one year. Due to financial constraints, he has not been able to get medical crutches to aid in walking. Dominic needs help to have the surgery done and restore back his health. Dominic's current symptoms include pain and strain while walking. Since the accident, Dominic can no longer work at construction sites, which was his means to earn a living. If not treated, Dominic may continue experiencing pain on his leg and difficulties in walking. He may also suffer severe infection which could result in amputation. $1,410 will fund the surgery and casting he needs to get healthy, and regain the use of his leg. “I would like to be a providing father and supportive son to my widowed mum; it pains me to have to rely on my wife for everything,” said Dominic. Our medical partner adds: "We expect that after the surgery, Dominic will heal well and he will be able to walk on his own again. Eventually he will be able to work and support his family."

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Maxwell

“I want what is best for Maxwell,” shares his mother. “I long to see him walk and talk just like his peers.” She and two-year-old Maxwell live alone in a one-room apartment in Kenya, and have gotten by as a family of two since Maxwell’s father left. When Maxwell turned ten months old, “his mother noticed that his head was increasing drastically in size,” reports our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). He also displayed “delayed development, lagging behind his peers in many activities, such as walking.” Maxwell was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where excess cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the cavities of the brain. This disorder has not only given Maxwell’s head an abnormal size and shape, but also causes him discomfort as his expanding brain presses unnaturally hard against his cranium. This has changed his personality, making him more irritable than before. And if his hydrocephalus goes untreated, “Maxwell is likely to suffer brain damage and lose his sight,” says AMHF. Fortunately, there is a surgical procedure that can help Maxwell. Doctors will insert a shunt into his brain that will remove the extra fluid from his brain and redistribute it to another part of his body, where it can be safely absorbed. “With a daily average income of $2 Maxwell’s mother is not able to raise funds to enable him get a shunt insertion,” explains AMHF. However, we can help. $615 will cover the cost of Maxwell’s surgery, as well as the medications, tests, and five-day hospital stay that he will need to recover from the operation. Let’s give Maxwell’s mother the chance to see her only child grow up healthy and strong.

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Tsehay

Five-month-old Tsehay lives in rural Ethiopia with her parents. She was born with a birth defect called an anorectal malformation. She developed bowel obstruction because of the condition and an emergency colostomy surgery was performed. While a colostomy works temporarily, it will not permanently treat Tsehay's condition. She needs an anorectoplasty, followed by a colostomy closure 2-3 months later, to pass stool on her own. If left untreated, the colostomy could cause infection, irritation, and blockage. Tsehay would also never be able to pass stool on her own. "We expect that after anorectoplasty followed by a colostomy closure in a few months Tsehay will be able to pass stool on her own," her doctor shares. "She will no longer be at risk of infection and other colostomy related complications." "Tsehay's parents are farmers and she is the third child in the family," explains our medical partner. "Tsehay's father has low financial status to manage the household, and as a result the family is struggling. For this reason they can’t pay for their child's medical bill and this worries them very much." $1,500 will cover the cost of Tsehay's treatment, which will take place over the next few months. "We haven’t money to cover our child's bill," her mother said. "My husband has three wives and it is even difficult to manage the household daily needs. And that worried us so much. When we heard about this sponsorship program (Watsi funding) we came. Now we hope Tsehay will get treatment and get better."

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