Aseem joined Watsi on February 20th, 2016. 17 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Aseem's most recent donation supported Sideth, a man from Cambodia, to fund burn repair surgery.
Aseem has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Aseem has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 6 countries.
Sideth is an electrician from Cambodia. He has four siblings. He enjoys watching boxing matches and Korean TV shows. In 2017, he was burned by an electric shock. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the burns on his face, hand, and mouth. It is difficult to open his mouth. When Sideth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On February 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to move his hand and mouth. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. He says, "I hope I feel better after the operation and I can move my hand, mouth and have more beautiful skin."
Lae is a five-year-old girl from Burma. She lives with her family in Kawkareik Town, Karen State. She enjoys school very much. She likes to interact with the other children and play games with her parents at home. The vision in Lae's left eye is blurry. She can only see out of her right eye and has been experiencing sensitivity to light. She has been diagnosed with a cataract in her left eye. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund lens replacement surgery for Lae. On January 24, doctors will perform a lens replacement, during which they will remove Lae's natural lens and replace it with an intraocular lens implant in the left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Lae says, “I want to be a teacher when I grow up."
Gabriel is a three-week-old boy from Kenya. He is the only child of his young parents, both of whom are farmers. Gabriel was born with a large head size compared to his body, a condition determined to be hydrocephalus. This has caused excessive buildup of cerebral spinal fluid and has the potential for severe brain damage. Gabriel’s head has continued growing in size, leaving him irritable and uncomfortable. Both his parents have no external source of income and are unable to provide the funds for his treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to fund Gabriel's care. On January 19, he will undergo a shunt insertion surgery to drain the fluid from his brain. His parents are grateful to have found our medical partner and hope that their son can enjoy a happy start to his young life. "I am glad to have found a place where Gabriel can be treated," says his mother.
Blessing is a five-month-old baby girl from Kenya who lives with her parents. Her mother is a housewife, and her father does casual day tasks to earn an income for their family. When Blessing was one month old, her head began growing at a rapid rate. Her parents took her to a local hospital, where she was referred to our medical partner's care center, Bethany Kids Kijabe Hospital (BKKH). At BKKH, Blessing was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. She was recommended for a shunt insertion surgery to drain the fluid. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is asking for $685 to cover the cost of hospital stay, medication, and lab fees. Blessing’s surgery will help eliminate the pressure on her brain, giving her the ability to live a long, healthy life.
Wedeline is a ten-year-old fourth grader who lives with her parents and two brothers in Mirebalais, a small city in the mountains of central Haiti. She hopes to become a doctor when she grows up, and she likes playing with her friends and singing in church. Wedeline was born with a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole in the heart that normally closes shortly after birth remains open. This is dangerous because blood leaks through this hole without passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her feeling weak. Wedeline needs to undergo heart surgery to close the hole at our medical partner's care center, St. Damien Hospital. First, Wedeline will undergo a full cardiac assessment on January 15. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Wedeline also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $3,500 to cover additional costs associated with Wedeline's surgical care. "Thank you to everyone who is making this surgery possible for our daughter!" says her father.
Astania lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and has three older brothers and one older sister. Her father works in construction. Her mother normally sells rice in the marketplace, but has stopped in order to care for Astania. Astania was born with a cardiac condition called ventricular septal defect. A hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her severely fatigued. In February of 2016, Astania underwent a procedure to stabilize her heart and allow it to grow larger, so that a complete repair could be attempted later with lower risk. Astania will undergo a second surgery soon to completely fix her heart defect. First, Astania will undergo a full cardiac assessment on January 19. This assessment will include physical exams, labs, and an overnight stay at the hospital. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,500 to fund these procedures. Funding for Astania also covers the cost of medications and social support for her and her family. Gift of Life International is contributing $3,500 to cover additional costs associated with Astania's surgical care. "We are so happy," said Astania's mother, "that after this surgery Astania will be a normal healthy child!"
11-month-old William is the youngest in his family of three children. His family resides in a single-room house in Western Kenya. William’s parents make money washing clothes, farming, and helping with construction, but don’t have a constant source of income. The little money they earn goes towards education for William’s two elder siblings and food for the family. When William was two-months-old, “his head circumference had greatly increased in comparison to his body,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “With no funds to get them to the hospital, William’s parents let it be, and, day by day, their son’s head got larger.” This past Christmas, a neighbor paid for William’s transportation to the hospital for specialized treatment. William was formally diagnosed with hydrocephalus. Hydrocephalus occurs when abnormal amounts cerebrospinal fluid accumulate in the brain’s cavities, called subarachnoid space. “If not treated, William is at risk for having delayed milestones,” AMHF says. “The accumulation of cerebral spinal fluid may cause brain damage. He is also at risk of becoming visually impaired.” William's surgery costs $615. “The surgery will help reduce the excessive pressure on William’s brain, prevent blindness and death,” AMHF explains. “I am begging for the life of William,” his mother shares. “Let it be the best I can do for him.”
Ramila is a two-year-old girl from Nepal who recently started kindergarten. “She likes sharing the stories she learned in school at home," our medical partner, Possible, shares. "Her favorite game is gatta, played by balancing five stones on one's hand." “She was returning from school when she slipped and fractured her right elbow,” explains Possible. “She has been in a lot of pain and it has considerably swollen too." Her broken elbow has understandably made it difficult to live her normal life and keep up with school. Ramila’s family brought her to the hospital, but are unable to afford the proper care that Ramila needs. "Ramila is so young, she's just started school. I worry what will happen if her elbow is not fixed," says her mother. $579 will allow Ramila to undergo open reduction and internal fixation surgery. In this procedure, surgeons place the bones in the correct position and fix them in place with metal pins. Ramila's elbow will then be placed in a cast so the bones can heal properly, and after four to six weeks, the cast will be removed and Ramila will begin to recover use of her arm and get back to being a normal kindergartener.
Three-year-old Ester lives with her mother, father, and her three older siblings in Tanzania. Her father is a self-employed carpenter, and her mother sells the vegetables she grows in her garden at an open market in their village. Ester loves to play with her dolls, and will carefully carry her biggest doll to meals and feed her doll during mealtimes. Ester was born with genu varus, or "bow legs," a condition that is fairly normal during early child development. Ester’s mother became concerned about Ester’s legs when she turned 18 months old and still had unusual gait and instability. "Ester wiggles when walking. She often falls down when she tries to run and she can’t keep up when running with other children. Ester will be at risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age if not treated," explains our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation. Ester’s mother took her to various hospitals and attempted to treat her legs with adjusting her diet and adding multivitamins, but it did not help. Since Ester still has bow legs at her age, it must be rectified with surgery. Ester needs $940 to have her bow legs surgically repaired. The total cost will cover the surgery, three days of inpatient care, and two weeks of outpatient care. The surgery will give her better gait and reduce her risk of developing osteoarthritis. Ester’s mother is excited for Ester’s full recovery. “I will be happy to see my daughter with straight legs and able to walk properly,” she says.