Colin joined Watsi on May 18th, 2013. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Colin's most recent donation traveled 6,600 miles to support Sheila, a newborn from Kenya, to fund brain surgery.
Colin has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 11 countries.
Colin has funded healthcare for 56 patients in 11 countries.
Sheila is a baby from Kenya. She lives with her mother, sibling, and great grandmother in Siaya, a region of Western Kenya. Sheila has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of her condition, Sheila has been experiencing an increasing head circumference and difficulty supporting her head. Without treatment, Sheila will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Sheila that will treat her hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 6 and will drain the excess fluid from Sheila's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve her quality of life. With proper treatment, Sheila will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young girl. “I really look forward to see my daughter get healthy just like her brother,” says Sheila’s mother.
Megersa is a baby from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with his parents. He is their second child. They are traditional farmers. Megersa was born with hypospadias, a congenital abnormality that causes urinary dysfunction. Without treatment, he will continue to experience uncomfortable symptoms and will be at risk of infertility. Fortunately, Megersa is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on August 9. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His parents say, "It is our hope and prayer that he gets surgery.”
Ritha is a baby from Tanzania. She is the youngest in a family of five children. Ritha’s parents work as casual laborers. Ritha has clubfoot of her right foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Ritha traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on June 13. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Ritha's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Ritha to be able to walk, play, run, and go to school when she grows up. Ritha’s mother says, “I knew I had to find treatment for my daughter because I do not want her to grow up feeling ashamed or embarrassed of how she looks. I want to raise a confident and happy child, and I know this treatment will make Ritha be confident and happy as she grows up she will not be subjected to stigma or society’s judgment and stares.”
Judson is a 21-year-old man from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his father. He is a university student and is studying informatics. Judson suffers from a condition called severe pulmonary stenosis, in which one of the four valves of his heart is too small. As a result, blood backs up into his heart, leading to heart failure. This will eventually be fatal. Fortunately, Judson will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Judson's valve open to a more normal size. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Judson's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. He says, "I am very grateful to have this chance to live a normal life!"
Sarah is a preschooler from Haiti. She lives with her father and older brother in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince. She likes going to preschool and watching Disney movies. Sarah has a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. A hole exists between the two upper chambers of the heart. Blood leaks through this hole, leaving the child sick and short of breath. On April 9, she will undergo cardiac surgery at St. Damien Hospital, our medical partner's care center. During surgery, surgeons will sew the hole closed with stitches so that blood can no longer leak through it. Another organization, Gift of Life International, is contributing $5,000 to pay for surgery. Sarah'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 father says, "Our family will be praying for everyone who is helping Sarah get well!"
Fred is a farmer from Malawi. He lives with his wife, and they have three grown children, who help run the family farm. To help supplement the family income, Fred raises chickens. In his free time, he likes to sit and talk with his wife. Since November 2017, Fred 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 Fred's surgery. On March 13, 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. Fred and his family were thrilled to find out his surgery would be funded, and he is looking forward to going back to his normal activities pain-free He says, "Thank you Watsi."
Tabitha is a casual laborer from Kenya. She is a single parent to two children. Tabitha washes clothes and cleans houses in order to earn a living and educate her children. Tabitha has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Tabitha. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 23. After treatment, Tabitha will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Tabitha says, “My hope is to be treated and raise my children. I wish that my living conditions will improve with time."
Bariki is a student from Tanzania. He recently excelled in his primary school education and is looking forward to starting his secondary school this year. Bariki has been diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inwards so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, he cannot walk for long distances without pain. This affects his school attendance. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Bariki. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 11. Treatment will hopefully restore Bariki's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Bariki says, “I just want to be able to play football, run, and play with friends without being in pain.”
Mary is a 41-year-old woman living in Nairobi with her husband and five children. Before becoming ill, Mary worked at the Nairobi dumpsite while her husband worked as a day laborer offloading sand from lorries. Four of her children are in primary school and the eldest completed high school last year. About a year ago, Mary noticed several lumps in her right breast. She went to the hospital and was given some oral medication. She continued to worry about the lumps and visited a second hospital, where a biopsy was performed. The biopsy confirmed Mary's fear that the lumps were cancerous. Her doctors have recommended that she have a mastectomy to prevent the cancer from spreading. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to fund Mary's surgery, which is scheduled to take place on September 22. Mary is determined to get well so that she can care for her children. She says, "My children are still young and need me. I don’t want to die and leave them struggling in the slums. At least I managed to teach one of them through high school. I wish I will be able to see the others through high school as well."
Zulfa is a 53-year-old woman who is a stay-at-home mother. She is talkative and enjoys taking care of her family. Her husband works as a subsistence farmer. In 1997, when Zulfa was pregnant, she started experiencing pain in both legs. She thought that over time, the pain would resolve itself. However, in 2016, she started to experience excessive pain, and swelling occurred in her knees. She went to the hospital for a check-up and treatment. The doctor gave her medicines to treat her pain, but there was no improvement. She was referred to our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). At ALMC, the doctor diagnosed Zulfa with osteoarthritis. If not treated, she will live with pain and decreased mobility. Fortunately, on July 21, surgeons at ALMC will perform a total knee replacement on Zulfa. The $822 requested by our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, will cover the full cost of the procedure, including a hospital stay, physical therapy, labs, medication, and radiology. Zulfa's family has also contributed $25 to Zulfa's care. Zulfa is "very thankful and happy" to get treatment so she can "live happily."
Cesar is a 50-year-old married father of four who lives in Guatemala's rural highlands. His and his wife's joint sales of small rings provides a source of family income. For years, Cesar worked as an agricultural laborer in the local countryside. Unfortunately, Cesar suffered an accident that resulted in the need for an amputation of his leg at the hip. For many years now, Cesar has struggled to walk, go to work, and complete daily tasks. Our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, is requesting $1,166 to cover the cost of a prosthetic leg for Cesar. The start of Cesar's fitting and molding sessions is scheduled for July 7. Receiving this prosthesis will positively impact Cesar's life, hopefully allowing him to walk more easily, comfortably, and independently. “I hope that by recovering my leg I can do something with my life. With our business we only earn pennies. Hopefully with the new leg I will be able to do something new, something unique,” expresses Cesar.
Ephrem is a five-year-old boy who lives with his parents and five siblings in Kenya. Ephrem was born with hypospadias, a condition in which the urethra opening is not on the tip of the penis. As a result of his condition, Ephrem cannot pee standing up and may face other complications in the future. Seeking treatment, Ephrem was brought to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), where doctors recommended that he receive surgery. Ephrem is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 20, and AMHF is requesting $1,231 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Ephrem's father said, “I can’t afford my child’s medical bill. The days that I don’t earn any income within the month are greater than the days I earn some. My wife has a small business and by what we get together we try to support our family.”