Lauren joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Lauren's most recent donation traveled 1,900 miles to support Rebecca, a three-year-old from Haiti, to treat a congenital heart disease.
Lauren has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Lauren has funded healthcare for 6 patients in 4 countries.
Meet Rebecca, a three-year-old girl from Haiti. Rebecca lives with her mother and father, and she likes to play dress-up and play with dolls. She is very outgoing and likes to sing and dance, according to our medical partner, the Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). “Rebecca was born with a congenital heart condition called tetralogy of fallot, which involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart and a muscular blockage of one of the heart's valves," explains HCA. "As a result, Rebecca's heart cannot deliver enough oxygen to her body, and she is sickly and weak. If untreated, the condition would be fatal." For $1,500, we can fund a treatment that will restore normal blood flow to Rebecca’s heart and allow her to live a normal life. This amount provides funding for overseas prep and transport, as HCA secures overseas heart surgeries for procedures that are not easily accessible in Haiti. The treatment is subsidized by a $10,000 donation from Safra Children’s Hospital. "We were very happy to find out that Rebecca could have surgery for her heart problem," her mother shares. "We are praying that all will go well!"
“We want Roberto to grow up to be a man who is professional, humble, and has a good job,” say Roberto’s parents. Meet Roberto, a two-year-old boy from Guatemala who is malnourished. “Roberto hasn’t gained any height in six months and he was suffering from frequent diarrhea and poor appetite. The staff were very concerned by his growth curve,” relays our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). Roberto is the sixth and youngest child in his family. “Roberto’s mother works at home and his father works as a construction worker. Roberto likes to play with his toy cars and a big red ball that he carries around everywhere,” continues WK. For $535, we can provide nutritional therapy to Roberto so he can grow and development like other children. Wuqu’ Kawoq tells us, “With treatment, Roberto’s height will pick up again. He will start to eat better, more nutritious foods, and his development will pick up. This will ensure that he goes on to have success in school and later in life as well.”
Meet Sijal! This nine-year-old is in third grade, and lives in Nepal with his family. Recently, Sijal was playing volleyball with his friends, and had a bad fall. He fractured his left arm, which left him in a lot of pain, and he has had to miss school as a result. Sijal’s mother told our medical partner, Possible, that she struggles “to get food [for the family] on a daily basis” and that it is “really difficult for us to pay for treatment.” The family of seven relies on a single income, and they cannot afford the $205 needed for Sijal’s surgery. Let’s help Sijal see a doctor and get the treatment he needs. Your contribution will help Sijal regain movement in his left arm and prevent any further discomfort from his injury.
This adorable young girl is Lesly, a seven-year-old from Guatemala. "Lesly is one of the nicest little girls that we've ever met," says our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq (WK). "She is always extremely happy and smiling." Lesly has a developmental delay that affects her bones, hearing, mobility, and speech. She has had several bone fractures, and needs a wheelchair for improved mobility. She also requires speech therapy to improve her communication. "Lesly's parents have exhausted what limited resources they had trying to care for her," says WK. "They are happy to have found us." For $1,385, WK can work with Lesly and her family to develop treatments that will improve all aspects of her condition. After treatment, she will be able to return to school and interact with her peers again. She will also have more independence, which will be especially helpful as she grows older. Let's help this smiling young girl and her family, and fund this important treatment!
This young girl is Mya, a three-year-old from Burma. Mya is happy and energetic, and adores her sister and four brothers. Mya gets upset when her brothers leave for school, and she even pretends to go with them by carrying her bag to the door each morning. Mya's father farms rice while her mother stays at home and looks after the children. The family also raises a few chickens and ducks for their own consumption. About a year ago, Mya developed a mass on her neck, which has since grown rapidly. The tumor presses on her neck and makes it difficult for her to breathe. Her family has traveled to various clinics to find affordable treatment, but have been unsuccessful. Fortunately, our medical partner Burma Border Projects (BBP) can remove Mya's tumor with a $1,500 procedure. Not only will the mass go away, but Mya will experience better breathing and overall health. Mya's doctor says, "She can continue to be a bubbly three-year-old and begin school in two years time, which she is already looking forward to." Let's make sure Mya is happy and healthy now, and soon enough she'll be happy and healthy and walking to school with her brothers.
Htar is a 39-year-old mother living in Burma. She works as an accountant at a local high school. Her husband lives in Malaysia, where he works in a factory and sends money home to Htar and their daughter when he can. Although Htar is able to do her work at a desk, it is difficult for her to walk and she often feels fatigued. Doctors diagnosed Htar with a severe cardiac malfunction called tricuspid regurgitation. This condition has made it hard for Htar to take care of her daughter, forcing Htar to send her daughter to live with relatives. A coronary balloon, if implanted in her heart, could reduce symptoms for Htar and allow doctors to determine further medical treatment. Our medical partners at Burma Border Projects say, “She wants very much to have an operation. She thinks that she will not live very long without an operation – she hopes an operation will extend her life.” For $1,500 we can make sure Htar can receive this treatment, and improve her long-term health and happiness!