Whitney joined Watsi on November 15th, 2016. 18 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Whitney's most recent donation supported Yusuph, a toddler from Tanzania, to fund burn repair surgery.
Whitney has funded healthcare for 4 patients in 4 countries.
Yusuph is a baby from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of two children. His parents are livestock keepers and small-scale farmers of maize and beans. When he was one, Yusuph sustained burns on his right hand and face. He has developed contractures that prevent him from chewing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Yusuph receive treatment. On November 5, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery to help restore his ability to chew. Now, he needs help to fund this $832 procedure. Yusuph’s mother says, “I would be forever grateful if my son could get help on his treatment to correct his face and help him grown into a confident man.”
Tin is a 29-year-old woman from Burma. She lives with her family in Koh P’long Village, Hpa-An Township, Karen State. Since 2014, Tin has been experiencing lower abdominal pain and troubling gynecological symptoms. She has been diagnosed with a pelvic mass. She has been advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Tin's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Tin is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 16. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Tin will no longer experience lower abdominal pain and she will be healthy again.
Anny Sanic is a very enthusiastic and fun four-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her mom and dad and loves to play with her dolls. She also loves to eat lots of bread and sing songs. Anny Sanic needs pterygium correction surgery. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucous layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil. Common symptoms of a pterygium include redness, blurred vision, and eye irritation. Depending on how large the growth is, it can cause vision loss. Anny Sanic needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. She will receive further evaluation from an eye specialist, surgery to remove the pterygium, post-op follow-up treatment, as well as accompaniment and transportation throughout the treatment process. Pterygium surgery is safe, effective, and will positively impact Anny Sanic's life for years to come. The total cost of her procedure, scheduled for October 18, is $1,487.
Hun is a 61-year-old married woman from Cambodia with four sons, three daughters, and six grandchildren. She enjoys watching Indian TV and listening to Khmer music. Hun developed a pterygium in each eye ten years ago. Hun has blurred vision, burning, irritation, itchiness, and tearing. She can't do any work outside and feels uncomfortable. For $148, Hun will undergo pterygium removal surgery in each eye so that she will be able to see clearly again and be relieved of pain and tearing.