Hieu joined Watsi on March 8th, 2019. 11 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Hieu's most recent donation supported Mary, a toddler from Kenya, to fund burn repair surgery.
Hieu has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 5 countries.
Hieu has funded healthcare for 9 patients in 5 countries.
Mary is a girl from Kenya. She is the only child in the family. In 2017, Mary sustained severe burns on her right hand and stomach. She developed a burn contracture on her hand, which limits her range of motion and use of her hand. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Mary receive treatment. On February 21, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help her use her hand easily again. Now, she needs help to fund this $799 procedure. Her father says, “We are humbly requesting support. Any help will be highly appreciated.”
Deborah is an eight-year-old girl from Thailand. She lives with her mother in Ban Nua, Mae Sot, Tak Province. Her mother is a teacher, and Deborah is in second grade. In her free time, Deborah loves to read as well as to spend time with her mother. A few months ago, Deborah started to complain about headaches. Two days ago, she started to complain about dizziness. Her mother brought her to visit our medical partner, where doctors suspect she has a brain tumor. Doctors want Deborah to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose her condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $414 to cover the cost of Deborah's CT scan and care, scheduled for February 22. Her mother says, “Deborah is my only child and I could not stand to see her sick and not able to walk properly. I want to see her grow up healthy.”
Clara is a preschooler from Haiti. She lives with her parents and younger sister in a rural area not far from the capital. She likes attending preschool and playing with her friends and neighbors. Clara has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart; blood leaks through this hole, leaving her weak and short of breath. On February 10, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will stitch the hole closed so that blood no longer leaks through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Clara's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 requested by our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, covers cardiac exams and medications. Her mother says, "Our family has been praying for this surgery since we learned our daughter was sick, and we are very happy the day has arrived!"
Heak is a boy from Cambodia. He really enjoys playing with his toys, painting, and watching television. Last year, Heak fell from a height of one meter, causing a fracture in his left elbow. He is unable to fully extend his arm and has difficulty carrying out daily activities. Surgery will help to correct the position of his elbow and realign his bones so he can regain full range of motion and no longer suffer any pain. The procedure is scheduled for March 14 and will cost $390. His mother says, "I hope that after surgery, my son will look and feel better, and can make full use of his left arm without any pain."
Aleaza is a toddler from Haiti. She lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince with her mother and grandparents, and likes listening to music and playing with blocks. Aleaza was born with a condition called ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between two chambers of her heart. Blood flows through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. To correct this condition, she will undergo open-heart surgery and a patch will be sewn into place to close the hole. Aleaza will fly to Spain to receive treatment. On February 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery. Another organization, Chain of Hope UK, is contributing $25,000 to pay for surgery. Aleaza's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Aleaza's family overseas. Her mother says, "My daughter has been very sick ever since she was born, and I am excited that her heart can finally be healed!"
Prickson is a father of six and a grandfatherfrom Malawi. He is a farmer who truly enjoys tending to his garden and spending time with his family. Since 2010, Prickson has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Prickson's surgery. On January 29, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Prickson was very excited to find out he will be able to have surgery. He says, "I am very thankful for this project, please continue to help others."
Samuel is a man from Kenya. He lives with his grandson. Samuel does not have clear hearing, and his hearing has been deteriorating for the past four years. He was seen by an audiologist and had hearing aids recommended. Fortunately, he is now scheduled for receive them on February 5. Now he needs help raising $929. Samuel says, “My prayer is to get the hearing aids. I rely on gestures to communicate even in church and it bothers me a lot."
Ronald is a farmer from Kenya. He is a husband and father of three who is working as a motorcycle driver to support his young family. Recently, Ronald was involved in a road traffic accident. His injuries were severe, and he lost consciousness. He suffered a hip fracture and is now not able to walk or work. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On January 24, Ronald will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This condition causes him pain and discomfort, and this is making it difficult for him to work. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to fund this procedure. “At first I thought I was going to lose my leg. I really thought about my young family. Thanks to the doctor for giving me hope. I am ready to undergo this surgery," says Ronald.
Vanny is a fruit farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and three grandchildren. She likes to watch Thai dramas on TV and spend time with her family. Four months ago, Vanny developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurry vision, burning, and clouded lenses. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Vanny learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 9, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery 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. She says, "I hope my vision improves so I can return to work on the farm soon."