Team joined Watsi on November 18th, 2018. 4 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Team's most recent donation supported Anny Sanic, a girl from Guatemala, to fund eye surgery.
Team has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 3 countries.
Anny Sanic is a very enthusiastic and fun four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mom and dad and loves to play with her dolls. She also loves to eat lots of bread and sing songs. Anny Sanic needs pterygium correction surgery. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation. Depending on how large the growth is, it can cause vision loss. Anny Sanic needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. She will receive further evaluation from an eye specialist, surgery to remove the pterygium, post-op follow-up treatment, as well as accompaniment and transportation throughout the treatment process. Pterygium surgery is safe, effective, and will positively impact Anny Sanic's life for years to come. The total cost of her procedure, scheduled for October 18, is $1,487.
Sithong is a four-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one sister and one brother. She likes to play with dolls and drink melon juice. Sithong has strabismus in both eyes. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. It is difficult for her to see clearly. Sithong traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On November 1, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align her eyes. Now, Sithong needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter's vision is better and her eyes will look normal."
Faima is a baby from Kenya. Faima’s mother is a stay-at-home mom. Faima has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Faima has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Faima will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Faima that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 4 and will drain the excess fluid from Faima's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Faima will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I am praying and hoping Faima will get treated and thrive,” shares Faima’s mother.
Srey Vuoch is a five-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has a brother and a sister. She likes to play with toys at home. Since birth, Srey Vuoch developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision and a clouded lens. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Srey Vuoch learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On November 1, doctors will perform a lensectomy and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. Her father says, "I hope my daughter's eye surgery is a success so she can go to school soon and have no vision problems."