Amanda joined Watsi on January 14th, 2014. 7 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Amanda's most recent donation supported Precious, a baby girl from Tanzania, to treat hydrocephalus.
Amanda has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 6 countries.
Amanda has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 6 countries.
Meet Precious, a 15-month-old girl from Tanzania who has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition where excess fluid builds up in her brain cavity. Precious had previously been treated for her hydrocephalus, and received a stunt to reroute the extra fluid in her head to her stomach where it would be reabsorbed into the body. Unfortunately, her shunt malfunctioned and she's now experiencing negative side effects. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), informs us, "Precious is experiencing stomach distention, she has lost her appetite and doesn’t get stool as she should. If not treated, Precious will lose her life." Precious' mother is a single mother of three who is currently depending on her own mother to support herself and her children as she stays home to take care of Precious. For $775 we can fund Precious' treatment to fix her shunt and drain the excess fluid from her brain. After this surgery, AMHF says, "Precious will feel better. Her stomach will go back to a normal size, she will regain her appetite." “I pray that my baby will get well and continue with normal growth. I need to be working so that I can take care of all of my children.” said Precious’ mother.
Meet Grace, a baby girl born just two weeks ago. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that Grace is the first-born of her family and lives with her parents and great-grandmother in Kenya. After her birth, Grace was diagnosed with spina bifida. This congenital condition causes the spine to grow improperly in utero. AMHF explains, “Grace has a fluid-filled sac, protruding from her lower spinal canal. She is at a risk of infection, exaggerated curvature of the spine that results to a rounded or hunched back.” Grace’s mother is a casual farmer while her father is a tractor driver. While they make a modest combined income, most of it is currently spent taking care of Grace’s 84-year-old great-grandmother. With $805 in funding, Grace will undergo surgery to remove the cyst and close the gap along her spine. In addition to this procedure, Grace will also work with a physiotherapist to support her recovery. To help ensure that she safely responds to treatment, Grace will receive several laboratory tests and spend five days under close hospital supervision. As Grace is breastfeeding well and is otherwise healthy, this treatment is expected to allow Grace to have a normal and healthy childhood. Her mother shares, “my husband’s little income is mostly spent on taking care of our grandmother. We are therefore not able to raise funds towards Grace’s surgery. We hope we can get help.”
Christine is a 26-year-old woman from Uganda. As the owner of a small business selling goods at a local market, Christine takes care of her two children and her home. She is currently pregnant with her third child. Our medical partner, The Kellerman Foundation (KF), shares, "What makes her happiest is seeing her children at prayers at home. She and her husband, James, are both excited for this new baby." Because this is her third pregnancy after two cesarean sections, it is necessary for Christine to have a cesarean section with this pregnancy as well. $303 will fund Christine's care to ensure a safe delivery for her and her baby. "Christine wants to thank the donors for their generosity and prays that God rewards them a great deal," KF adds.
Meet Kadogo, an eight-year-old girl from Tanzania who has a clubfoot – a condition that prevents her from walking normally. “Kadogo is using the lateral aspect of her feet for walking, which is painful," reports our partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). "If not treated, Kadogo will never have a normal gait and she will most likely have an increased risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age." Kadogo is the sixth of seven children in her family. AMHF tells us, “She is in kindergarten and enjoys singing the ABC’s and counting numbers. She also likes to play ball games. Kadogo’s father is a night guard at a private organization and her mother is a homemaker and also does a little bit of farming. Kadogo’s parents work hard to take care of their children. It has just been difficult to come up with enough money to pay for the treatment which Kadogo needs." For $1160, we can heal Kadogo’s clubfoot and allow her to walk normally. After treatment, AMHF explains, “Kadogo’s gait will improve. She will be able to walk on a plantigrade and have a reduced risk of developing osteoarthritis at a young age."
“I am glad we’ve found a place for our daughter, Blessing, to be treated," Blessing's mother says. "I thank the Almighty God, and am hopeful for a successful surgery." Meet Blessing, a newborn baby girl from Kenya who has spina bifida – a birth defect in which the spinal cord fails to develop properly. “Blessing is at high risk of infection and developing a tethered cord if not treated soon," our partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) reports. “Two-day-old Blessing’s birth brought joy and happiness to her parents who had previously lost two children," AMHF tells us. "Unfortunately she was born with a mass on her back, and the joy turned into sadness and agony. Her parents live in a two-room timber house, and are small scale farmers, earning a monthly income of approximately $60 from their farm’s produce. This barely meets the family’s basic needs, let alone Blessing's need for surgical care." For $805, we can treat Blessing’s mass and help her grow normally. AMHF concludes, “The surgery will prevent Blessing from getting an infection through her leaking back as well as development of a tethered cord.”
This is Chrislove. She is 12-years-old, and lives in Haiti with her mom and two sisters. She is shy and intelligent, and likes to write poetry and draw pictures. Chrislove had a severe case of strep throat when she was a young child, and it was left untreated for a long time. As a result, it damaged two valves in her heart. Chrislove has had to miss school for the last three years due to the cardiac condition called rheumatic heart disease. Her heart can no longer pump blood through her body with enough force, and if left untreated it could be fatal. If Chrislove gets medical attention soon, she could see a full recovery, and will get a chance to lead a normal life. Chrislove’s mother can’t afford the $1,500 surgery, and needs our help. Together we can help Chrislove receive the treatment she needs and grow into a happy and healthy young woman. Chrislove says, “I have been sick for so long it is like a dream to know that I will be healthy again. Thank you to everyone!”
“I want to bring pride to my family by working hard at school,” says Kar. Meet Kar, a seven-year-old boy from Burma who has a cyst extending from his ear down to his chin. “Kar experiences a cold sensation under his jaw whenever he drinks liquid," reports our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). "He also complains that he cannot hear well from his right ear. The mass makes Kar shy away from other children at school who sometimes poke fun at him." Kar is in first grade, and has a three-year-old younger brother. “Both of Kar’s parents work in a small compound, near their rented apartment, where they make bricks for construction. Their job is not stable and it greatly depends on the season and the demand,” continues BBP. For $1500, we can fund the removal of the cyst, and help prevent further medical complications. BBP concludes: “Treatment will improve the appearance of Kar’s neck which will in turn improve his self-confidence. Treatment will enable him to succeed in school and hopefully improve his hearing from his right ear.”
Meet Rakesh! He is 14 and lives in Nepal. Rakesh is in 9th grade and excels in economics and accounting. He loves to play cricket and dreams of one day playing professionally. Rakesh’s father is away working in India and the rest of his family are farmers. Rakesh has been diagnosed with a hernia; a protrusion through the muscle wall in the abdominal cavity. He suffers pain and swelling as a result, and without treatment his condition could cause bowel strangulation and death. The cost of surgery to correct his condition is $1,390. This surgery will relieve Rakesh of this pain and allow him to pursue his dream without the risks of the hernia.