Doug joined Watsi on November 2nd, 2014. 14 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Doug's most recent donation traveled 1,500 miles to support Rocio, a five-year-old girl from Guatemala, to control her seizures and allow her to develop properly.
Doug has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
Rocio is a five-year-old girl living in Guatemala. Since her birth, her parents have tried everything to find relief for their daughter’s devastating seizures. Rocio's mom tells our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, “I hope that, with your help, we can control this disease." An average day for Rocio includes anywhere between 30 to 40 crippling seizures. The high number of seizures has resulted in severe developmental delays in cognition and deficits in her social and language skills. Rocio’s parents have tried to procure treatment for years, even resorting to selling their land and some of their possessions. The cost of Rocio's medication alone has exceeded her father's monthly wages. We can help directly fund Rocio’s medical care at Wuqu’ Kawoq for $1,385. This will provide for effective diagnostics (EEG, MRI) and treatment, seizure medication, and enrollment in intensive physical and speech therapy. Together we can find relief for Rocio’s seizures and get her development back on track. Our collective support will give this five-year-old girl and her family a chance at regaining control of their lives.
“It has been a long journey for us,” shares David’s mother. “I am glad that my son will finally be operated on, and I look forward to his treatment and good recovery.” David is a four-year-old boy from Ghana who is typically a very happy child; however, since falling ill, his spirits have dropped and he no longer smiles or laughs. David has been experiencing severe headaches and lack of stability when walking due to a brain tumor. When David got sick, his parents rushed him to a local hospital in Ghana, where he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Unfortunately, the local hospital had no specialist surgeon to treat David, so he was referred to BethanyKids at Kijabe Hospital in Kenya, over 2,600 miles away. With the support of friends and family, David and his parents managed to get airline tickets to travel to Kijabe. Now, David’s father and mother need our support to help make this journey a success and ensure their son’s recovery. “David is likely to suffer increased intracranial pressure, which may lead to brain damage and ultimately death if not treated soon,” explain our partners at African Mission Healthcare Foundation. For $1,260 we can fund the craniotomy surgery that will stabilize David’s intracranial pressure and prevent any possibility of blindness or death. Let’s help David grow into a healthy, happy young man!
Meet Sainder! Sainder is a one-year-old boy from Haiti. He lives with his parents and two siblings out in the countryside. Sainder’s parents work in the fields to grow food for their family and are just able to provide for their children’s basic needs. Sainder was born with a cleft lip, which needs treatment so he can eat normally. The first hospital Sainder’s parents took him to were unable to help, but luckily our medical partner, Project Medishare can. Doctors from Project Medishare write, “Sainder is unable to eat and drink well, and he feels uncomfortable due to his lip deformation. Treatment will bring joy to his family’s life because he will be able to eat and drink easily.” “I am very excited to see how my son will look after surgery!” exclaims Sainder’s mother. For $960, Sainder will receive surgery for his cleft lip, which will improve his appearance, as well as allow him to eat, drink, and breathe without difficulty. Let’s give Sainder the opportunity to have a happy, healthy childhood!
Meet Soek, a 67-year-old field worker from Cambodia. Soek is the mother of one and the grandmother of four. She loves coming out of the field and sitting next to a radio, listening to the news an old Khmer songs. About a month ago, Soek fell down some stairs and fractured her left hip. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, shares that Soek's injury "makes it extremely difficult for her to walk and sit down. Now Soek must lie down to rest and cannot hear the radio from her bed." Because Soek cannot afford a proper hip replacement, "she and her sister made an arduous three hour journey from their province seeking care." For $430 we can fund Soek’s hip replacement surgery. The procedure will allow Soek to walk and sit without pain. Let's help Soek get out of bed and back to listening to the radio she loves!