Oscar joined Watsi on August 5th, 2014. 4 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Oscar's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Sha, a boy from Thailand, to fund hernia repair surgery.
Oscar has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 10 countries.
Oscar has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 10 countries.
Sha is an 11-year-old boy from Thailand. He lives with his two sisters and his father in Mae Sot, Tak Province. Sha and one of his sisters are students, while the other sister works in a factory. His father works as a construction worker. Unfortunately, their mother recently passed away. Sha likes fishing and playing football with his friends. Since April 2017, Sha has had an inguinal hernia. This hernia causes him pain, and he sometimes misses his classes. Fortunately, on February 5, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Sha's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 5 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Sha said, “I like to go fishing with my friends and I can even catch a fish with my hands!”
Anna is a mother of seven children. Most of her children are in primary school. She lives in central Kenya, where farming is the main economic activity. Her husband, who is the breadwinner of the family, recently lost his right hand in a road accident. Since then, the family has had difficulty meeting their daily needs. In 2015, Anna slipped and fell. She dislocated her ankle and has been walking with difficulty. The past two years have involved several unsuccessful attempts to get treatment. She has been to many hospitals and has relied primarily on painkillers. Finally, a friend referred Anna to our medical partner's care center. On February 1, she will undergo an ankle fusion procedure to treat her injury. Now, she needs help raising $793 to pay for the treatment. Anna says, “I want to be there for my family, which desperately needs me. I hope that soon I will be able to ambulate with ease."
Nufaila is a baby from Tanzania. She is energetic and loves to play. Nufaila has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Nufaila traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 21. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Nufaila's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Nufaila will be able to wear shoes and walk easily.
Elisha is a 17-year-old from Tanzania who has completed his secondary school education. His parents are both pastoralists and own a few cattle. A few years ago, Elisha’s legs started to bend. His parents tried traditional medicines to relieve his pain and straighten his legs, but they did not help. Elisha's legs continued to bend, making it hard for him to attend school regularly. A priest advised Elisha's parents take him for treatment after finishing his primary school education. At that time, he underwent surgery, but after he was discharged and returned home, his legs bent again. His condition causes pain, makes walking difficult, and sometimes prevents him from doing his day-to-day chores. On September 15, Elisha will undergo corrective surgery for his legs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $838 for his treatment. Elisha's family can afford to contribute $13 towards his medical care. Elisha says, “I am grateful for the help that I will receive, I can’t wait to start walking well again.”
Four-year-old Renz lives with his parents and elder brother in the Philippines. Renz loves playing with his friends and brother. Renz was born with a defect known as congenital anorectal malformation. This means that Renz experiences bowel dysfunction. With the help of our medical partner, International Care Ministries, Renz will undergo a posterior sagittal anorectoplasty procedure to correct the malformation. This will take place on October 13 and will cost $1,500. "I want my son to be treated so that he can go to school and not have to worry about his condition," says Renz's mother. "Thank you so much for giving us this opportunity."
Rawda is a six-month-old baby living in Ethiopia with her mother. She loves to drink juice and play with her mother. Rawda's mother is a housewife, and her father is a daily laborer. Her father has a small income, which can only support their daily needs. Rawda was born with an abnormal bowel condition. Soon after birth, she developed bowel obstruction and underwent an emergency procedure. She needs to continue treatment to fully correct the condition. “I can’t afford for my child's medical bill because I don’t have my own income and my husband’s income is too little to cover our daily costs in the house," Rawda's mother explains. "I am here though the help of another organization. All I have is hope to see my baby healthy.” Rawda's doctors have scheduled a procedure to correct her sensitive condition. The total cost of the procedure is $1,500, and covers supplies, medications, imaging, and one day of inpatient care. Her procedure is scheduled for July 27.
Neang is a 67-year-old woman from Cambodia who is married and has two daughters, three sons, and six grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to listen to monks pray at the pagoda and watch Khmer and Thai movies on TV. About three months ago, Neang developed a cataract in each eye, which has caused her to experience blurred vision, tearing, and cloudy lenses. As a result, it is difficult for her to see things clearly, do any work, or go anywhere outside by herself comfortably. Neang worries about going blind one day. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $398 to fund small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant for each of Neang's eyes. The surgery is scheduled to take place on July 4 and, once completed, will hopefully restore Neang's vision to its former state and allow her to live more comfortably.
“I appreciate your support so much,” shares Shivan’s mother, a native of Uganda. “I pray that God will bless the donors in all that they do.” Shivan is a seventh grader who particularly enjoys her English and social studies classes. She hopes to continue on to secondary school. When she is at home, she enjoys weaving mats. She sells them to help raise money for her school fees. Shivan is sixteen years old, but her life has been dramatically shaped by an event that occurred when she was only a toddler. As a two-year-old, Shivan fell into a fire and severely burned her foot and ankle. Because her parents could not afford to treat the injury at the time, Shivan’s foot developed webbed toes and contractures—hardened, stiff muscles and skin. This severe scarring limits her mobility and means she cannot participate fully in many activities. To release these contractures, Shivan will need to undergo surgery on March 27. Her parents, who are farmers, cannot afford to pay for this operation. However, we can fund her contracture surgery, as well as her lab tests, medications, and two-week hospital stay, for $564. Let’s help Shivan heal now so that she can enjoy the rest of her young adulthood as a mobile, active teen.
Hope is a 42-year-old mother from Uganda. She lives with her husband, Stephen, and her three children, all of whom are in secondary school. Together with her husband, Hope farms, growing maize, beans, and millet to support their family. When not working, Hope enjoys spending time with her children. For the past five months, Hope has been experiencing uncomfortable symptoms in a sensitive area, which have made it hard for her to work and take care of her family. Seeking treatment, Hope traveled to Bwindi Community Hospital, our medical partner's care center. On April 21, Hope will undergo a hysterectomy to help treat her symptoms. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is asking for $321 to cover the cost of Hope's surgery. Hope and her family have contributed $6 to her treatment. "May God bless all the donors," says Hope. "I thank them so much for this support."
Phan is a 59-year-old housewife with one son, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She likes to watch comedy programs on TV in her free time. Phan developed a cataract in each eye about two months ago, causing her blurred vision, irritation, cloudy lenses, and photophobia (extreme sensitivity to light). It is difficult for her to see things clearly, recognize faces, do her work around the home, and go places on her own. She heard about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), from a neighbor. She traveled for one hour with her husband to reach CSC for treatment. At CSC, she learned she will need implants in each eye to help her see clearly. Her surgery is scheduled for March 13. Phan and her family cannot afford this surgery. Therefore, CSC is requesting $292 to fund the surgery. After her surgery, Phan will be able to see clearly!
Elineris is six years old and lives in a rural community in the Dominican Republic with her parents and one older sister. Her parents are both farmers. She is in kindergarten and loves everything having to do with princesses. Elineris was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak. Although Elineris is not Haitian, our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is collaborating with their partners in the Dominican Republic to offer treatment to Dominican children. Elineris will be one of the first children to receive this care. First, Elineris will undergo a full cardiac assessment on February 11. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Elineris also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $7,000 to cover additional costs associated with Elineris's surgical care. "We would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Elineris. We never imagined she would ever have this chance" says her mother.
Netra is a seven-year-old boy living in Nepal with his parents and siblings. His father works in India, sending money to support the family back at home, while his mother grazes the cattle and cares for the children. The yield from the field provides enough food for them for about six months of the year. After falling from a tree branch, Netra sustained an open fracture in his left forearm. Since he has been unable to seek treatment, he has experienced constant pain. He has difficulty writing in school or doing other activities with his hand. Finally, he and his brother traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Bayalpata Hospital. Netra needs a surgical intervention to reset his arm in a cast, but his family cannot afford it. The total cost of his procedure is $541, which covers staff, imaging, medications, casting, and four days of inpatient care. His procedure is scheduled for February 5. Following his recovery and cast removal, Netra will be able to resume daily activities and focus on his studies in school.