Robert joined Watsi on February 8th, 2015. One year ago, Robert joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Robert's most recent donation traveled 1,000 miles to support Said, a soccer-loving 10-year-old from Venezuela, to fund surgery for his birth condition.
Robert has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 7 countries.
Robert has funded healthcare for 28 patients in 7 countries.
Said is an active and fun-loving kid. He was born in Venezuela but due to the crisis there, almost 4 years ago his parents decided to move to Colombia seeking for better opportunities. Said loves soccer and video games, and is the youngest sibling in his family. His mother shared that he was first diagnosed with cryptorchidism in Venezuela, but despite her efforts she hasn't been able to find the way to pay for his surgery or find a hospital that could help them. Surgery is important to prevent him from having testicular cancer or a hernia. Fortunately, our medical partner Clínica Noel is helping Said to access care. He's scheduled for surgery on February 2nd and his family is raising $1,167 to cover his medical treatment. Said's mother said: "I'm really glad and thankful with those that might help my little boy, I've been seeking for years for a miracle. Knowing that I don't have the resources makes me feel helpless. Thank you so much for your help."
Ann is a farmer and the mother of two children aged 10 and 5 years. They live in their ancestral home in Central Kenya. Ann and her husband are small-scale farmers growing food for home use. The couple does not have jobs and therefore has no source of income. They also don’t have a medical coverage and are required to pay for the treatment and surgery out-of-pocket, which they cannot afford. Two years ago, Ann began to experience troubling symptoms, including pain and discomfort. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism. She needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Ann receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a thyroidectomy on November 10th at our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will remove all or part of her thyroid gland. This procedure will cost $949, and she and her family need help raising money. Ann says, "I have been feeling uncomfortable with this condition. It has been two years since I was diagnosed and there has been no improvement. I hope this surgery is a solution to my long-term problem."
Sara is a 17-year-old girl from Colombia who loves to help other people. She graduated from high school this year and now volunteers at a home care center for the elderly. Sara has clubfoot of both feet, a condition in which her feet are twisted out of shape. This causes her difficulty walking. Fortunately, Sara's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. On February 3rd, surgeons there will perform bilateral clubfoot repair surgery. After recovery, Sara will be able to walk easily and without pain. Now, Clínica Noel, is requesting $1,500 to fund Sara's procedure and care. Sara shared, "my family and I hope that after surgery I'll be able to walk normally, chasing my dreams of helping even more people. We hope that this treatment helps me to reduce my physical limitations."
Joyline is a humble 9-year-old girl. She's the only child in her family and was born with a bilateral clubfoot condition. Her father is a farmer while her mother is a housewife. Together their family lives in a rural area of Kenya. Joyline has clubfoot of both legs. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Joyline cannot put on shoes, walk or play with her friends. Her situation makes her lead a lonely life as her father put it. She underwent foot surgery in 2020 and her condition was partially corrected. Joyline is now scheduled to undergo a corrective osteotomy surgery. The family is not in a financial position to cater for the surgery and is appealing for financial assistance. Fortunately, Joyline's family traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on November 22nd. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,286 to fund Joyline's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Joyline will be able to put on both shoes, walk comfortably, play with other children and continue with her education uninterrupted. Joyline's father says, “Being our firstborn child, we would love to see her grow well, join school and excel in life. Any help to make her foot look and feel better would be highly appreciated.”
Emmanuel is young boy from Kenya. He is shy, but a very active boy. Emmanuel's father ploughs at his neighbor's homes and sometimes does construction work to earn a living for their family. His mother does laundry and house chores to help provide for their family too. They do not earn a lot of money, and haven't been able to raise money to afford Emmanuel’s surgery. Emmanuel has been diagnosed with a condition called cryptorchidism. If left untreated, Emmanuel has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Emmanuel will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 14th. AMH is requesting $646 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Emmanuel’s father says, “As a family, it will be a great joy for us when Emmanuel is treated.”
Khorn is a 78-year-old rice farmer with two sons, two daughters, and six grandchildren. Khorn and his wife live with their eldest son who is a laborer and he enjoys listening to the monks pray on the radio in his free time. Seven years ago, Khorn developed a cataract in his left eye causing him sensitivity to light, blurry vision, and tearing. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Khorn learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours with his son seeking treatment. On June 14th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Khorn shared, "I hope after surgery my eye can see well so I can go outside easily on my own and even join ceremonies at the pagoda again."
Evans works hard as a motorcycle taxi driver. He's the second-born in a family of five and had to drop out of school in grade 8 after his parents were unable to pay his secondary school fees. He opted to take a “Boda boda” (motorcycle taxi) job so that he could support his siblings and his children. Evans has two children that he works hard to provide for and he hopes to get married in the future. Now, he worries about not walking again. He is a hardworking and industrious man who makes ends meet for his young children. Two days ago, Evans sustained a traumatic right femur and tibia fracture after he was involved in a road traffic accident. He was rushed to the hospital for x-rays. Because he had an open wound on his femur, Evans was taken to the operating room for emergency washout surgery. A cast was placed and he was admitted to the surgical ward as doctors plan for his care. Evans is unable to walk or lift his right leg due to the fractures. He is worried that he'll continue lying in the hospital bed in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMH) can help. On September 7th, Evans will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF). Evans will heal and be able to work. He'll be able to fend for himself and help out his family and children. AMH is requesting $1247 to fund this procedure. Being single and without a proper job, Evans has very little to help him undergo this surgery. He has come out to ask well-wishers to help him raise money for his surgery so that he can walk again and continue supporting his family. Evans says, “If I could be walking now, I could be out there looking for a job and supporting my family. I have faith that I will walk again."
Paw is a 24-year-old woman from Thailand. Originally from Burma, Paw, her husband, their three daughters and her parents fled in March 2021 after the Burmese military shot rockets into their village. In Thailand, as refugees, they cannot work, and have temporarily moved in with Paw's brother and his family. They receive rice from her brother's neighbors, while her brother's family provides them with vegetables and curries. In July 2021, Paw's parents and her two older daughters went back to their village when they felt it was safe to do so. Meanwhile, her husband and her three-month-old baby have stayed with her while she receives treatment in Chiang Mai. Two years ago, Paw noticed a mass on the right side of her neck. Her neighbor suggested she apply a natural remedy, but unfortunately, the mass remained and grew over time. In September 2019, she visited a local hospital in Thailand with her husband, but the surgery recommended was too expensive. She experiences pain near the site of the mass, and the mass is still growing. Paw sought treatment through our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). She is scheduled to undergo mass removal surgery on August 16th, and now she needs to raise $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Paw shared, “I felt embarrassed and very upset when I first noticed that I had this problem. I will feel a lot better after my surgery because I have needed to receive it since I first went to see the doctor in 2019. In the future I want to look after my children and send them to school.”
Chanthou is a 51-year-old woman from Cambodia. She has lived with her adopted sister since she was 10 years old. Her sister is a cleaner at a restaurant, and Chanthou helps her sister with housework. She also enjoys watching Khmer movies on TV. Five years ago, Chanthou developed a cataract in her left eye, causing her itchiness, tearing, and blurry vision. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Chanthou learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled with her sister seeking treatment. On May 20th, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in her left eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $229 procedure. Chanthou's sister shared, "I hope after surgery she can see well so she can take care of herself and go places outside easily."
Dylan is a little baby from Colombia who is the firstborn of his family. Dylan's father is 20 years old and works at a furniture factory while his 18-year-old mother is at home with her newborn. Dylan enjoys listening to music. With his beautiful eyes, he already attracts the affection of all around him. Dylan was born with clubfoot on both feet, a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This will cause difficulty walking and even wearing shoes in the future. Dylan's family traveled to visit our medical partner, Clínica Noel. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on August 26th. Clínica Noel is requesting $1,500 to fund Dylan's bilateral clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to crawl, walk, and run as he grows up. His mother shares,"I would love to see him run and play as a normal kid." His father tells us of his grand hopes for young Dylan's future, "I would love to see him playing soccer and to celebrate with him when he becomes a champion."
Jonathan is a playful three-year-old boy and the youngest child in a family of four children. He is currently in kindergarten and is learning to read and write, but finds it difficult with his condition. Jonathan's father works at construction sites, while his mother sells vegetables. One year ago, Jonathan was burnt by a hot iron, suffering burns on the fingers of his right hand. The burns healed with contractures making it difficult for him to straighten his fingers. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is helping Jonathan receive treatment. On June 10th, surgeons at AMH's care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery so that he has full use of his fingers. Now, he needs help to fund this $874 procedure. Jonathan’s mother shared, "we want our son to have his fingers corrected but the cost is too high for us to afford. Please help us."
William is a hardworking motorbike taxi driver from Kenya. He earns $2.50 daily and lives in a one-room house in Naivasha, costing about $24 a month. His parents are elderly and live nearby on a quarter of an acre piece of land. William suffered femur and distal tibia fractures and is unable to walk and cannot work. Currently, the hospital has admitted him to the respiratory ward since he developed difficulties in breathing. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 20th, William will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. These surgeries will enable the bones to heal and he will be able to walk again normally. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,500 to fund this procedure. William says, “I don’t have anyone to depend on, I survive on my own through this motorbike taxi business. But with these fractures, I cannot walk or work at all. I need the surgery to normalize my life and be independent again.”