Chris joined Watsi on December 19th, 2015. 25 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Chris' most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Kirungi, a toddler from Uganda, to fund repair surgery.
Chris has funded healthcare for 326 patients in 13 countries.
Kirungi is a baby from Uganda. His father is a welder, and his mother is a hairdresser. Kirungi was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Kirungi has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Kirungi will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on June 6. AMHF is requesting $199 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. His mother says, "After my son’s treatment, I will have peace at heart because we have spent a lot of money visiting many hospitals."
Chhar Ly is a second grade student from Cambodia. He has one younger sister. He likes to play with toy cars and enjoys writing. Chhar Ly has strabismus in his right eye. Strabismus is a misalignment of the eye caused by injury or dysfunction in the associated nerves and muscles. He has blurred vision and is self-conscious about his eye. Chhar Ly traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On June 1, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), will perform a corrective procedure to align his eyes. Now, Chhar Ly needs help to raise $292 to fund this procedure. His mother says, "I hope my son's eye surgery is successful so that he will be good looking and confident. I won't have to worry about his vision and his shyness with his friends."
Nickson is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of two children. The family lives in a one-room house in central Kenya. Since he was six weeks old, Nickson has had an inguinal hernia. Fortunately, on June 5, he will undergo repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $423 to fund Nickson's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “It is really worrying because no matter how hard we try we cannot raise the funds needed. We will appreciate any help accorded,” says Nickson’s father.
Matteo is a boy from Haiti. He lives in Port-au-Prince with his parents and younger brother. He is a fifth grade student, and likes watching soccer games and listening to music. Matteo 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, Matteo will undergo interventional heart catheterization on May 24. During the procedure, doctors will use a catheter tipped with a balloon to stretch Matteo's valve open to a more normal size. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Matteo's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. He says, "I am excited to be able to play soccer after my heart is fixed."
Arinda is a child from Uganda. He is seven years old with four siblings. Both his parents are small-scale farmers. Arinda has a left inguinal scrotal hernia. This has made his quality of life poor. Fortunately, on May 29, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $219 to fund Arinda's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His mother says, “I hope my son gets relieved of this condition and I continue with cultivation so that we may earn a living.”
Oliver is a student from Haiti. He lives with his parents and siblings in a neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. He is in the first grade and enjoys going to school. Oliver has a cardiac condition called pulmonary atresia. He was born with one of the four valves of the heart missing. Sometimes a surgery can be done to correct this condition, but the only way to know this is by doing a cardiac catheterization. To determine if Oliver's condition is operable, he must undergo a diagnostic cardiac catheterization, a procedure that is not available in Haiti. During the procedure, a catheter probe will be inserted into his heart to perform the necessary measurements and tests. On May 24, he will travel to the Dominican Republic to receive the scan at our medical partner's care center, Clinica Corominas. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is asking for $1,500 to cover the costs of Oliver's travel expenses, catheterization procedure, and lab work. His father says, "Our family is very happy to have this chance, and we are hopeful that Oliver's heart will be able to be fixed."
Twesigye is a child from Uganda. He is 22 months old and the youngest in his family. His older brother is in nursery school. His mother is a secretary, and his father has just completed a course in information technology and is looking for a job. Twesigye developed a swelling in his right scrotum when he was two months old. He has been diagnosed with a hydrocele and a hernia. He is experiencing pain. Fortunately, on April 18, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $249 to fund Twesigye's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. Twesigye's mother says, "My son’s health has been disturbed a lot with this condition. We need your assistance.’’
Namelock is a baby from Tanzania. Her mother is a stay-at-home mother. Namelock was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Namelock is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to cover the cost of Namelock's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 13. This procedure will hopefully spare Namelock from the risks associated with her condition, instead allowing her to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. Namelock’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get well, she does not eat well she is constantly crying and vomiting. I don’t know what to do since cannot afford the surgery she needs.”
Paskali is a young boy from Tanzania. He enjoys learning. Paskali's mother sells vegetables at their local market in order to provide for their needs. Paskali was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. His legs are bent outwards. 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 struggles to walk and experiences pain and discomfort. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Paskali. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 13. Treatment will hopefully restore Paskali's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Paskali’s mother says, “Please help my son get well so that he can go to school.”
Neema is a child from Tanzania. She is the last born in a family of four children. Neema’s parents are both subsistence farmers and are barely able to support the needs of their family. Neema 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, Neema traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 12. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Neema's clubfoot repair. This treatment will allow Neema to walk without pain or discomfort, and she will be able to go to school when she grows up. Neema’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get treatment so she may be able to walk. I wish I knew earlier about this program, I would have brought her sooner.”
Wesley is a baby from Kenya. He lives with his elder brother and parents in a one-room rental house in the Nairobi suburbs. His father, the family's sole breadwinner, is training to be a mechanic. Wesley was born with spina bifida, a type of neural tube defect in which the spine does not properly close around the spinal cord. Without treatment, Wesley is at risk of lower-limb paralysis, infection of the exposed nervous tissue, development of tethered cord syndrome, and possible developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,097 to cover the cost of Wesley's spina bifida closure surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on April 12. This procedure will hopefully spare Wesley from the risks associated with his condition, instead allowing him to grow and develop along a healthy trajectory. “I long for the once happy family we had. We hope this gets behind us soon,” shares Wesly’s father.
Agape is a young boy from Tanzania. He is the last-born child in a family of four children. Agape loves watching television and coloring books. His father is a farmer, and his mother is a religion teacher in a local school. For two years, Agape has been experiencing regular fevers, difficulty swallowing, and sleep apnea. Frequent illness has caused his parents to spend a lot of their earnings on hospital visits. Agape was recently diagnosed with enlarged tonsils, which, if not treated, will cause his symptoms to persist and possibly intensify over time. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $633 to fund a tonsillectomy for Agape, which is scheduled to take place on April 12. Surgeons will remove his tonsils, hopefully relieving Agape of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Agape’s father says, “Thank you for helping my son get this treatment, he suffers throughout the night with breathing heavily and wakes up crying. Please help him get well.”