Katherine joined Watsi on August 6th, 2013. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Katherine's most recent donation traveled 8,200 miles to support Barok, a toddler from Ethiopia, to fund corrective surgery.
Katherine has funded healthcare for 33 patients in 12 countries.
Katherine has funded healthcare for 33 patients in 12 countries.
Barok is a toddler from Ethiopia. He loves to play and laugh with others. Barok has an older sister who just joined kindergarten. Barok was diagnosed with cryptorchidism, a condition in which one or both of the testicles remains undescended. If left untreated, Barok has an increased risk of developing hernias, testicular cancer, and fertility problems in the future. Barok will be receiving assistance from our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Fortunately, he is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on July 19. AMHF is requesting $1,021 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. Barok’s father says, “We can’t afford the necessary treatment cost.”
Aung is a 13-month-old boy from Burma. He lives with his parents, his 13-year-old sister, and 8-year-old brother in Myawaddy, Karen State. Since he was born, Aung has had an inguinal hernia. Aung’s hernia is gradually increasing in size. Fortunately, on June 12, he will undergo hernia repair surgery at Mae Sot General Hospital, our medical partner's care center. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund Aung's hernia repair surgery. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 12 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably. “We would like our son to finish school and become an educated man,” says Aung’s father.
Chepkonga is a farmer from Kenya. He has one son. One week ago, Chepkonga was involved in a road traffic accident while he was heading home. He was diagnosed with a right hip fracture. He is not able to sit up or walk and is in severe pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On May 17, Chepkonga will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. Chepkonga will be able to walk again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $966 to fund this procedure. “Thank you for this support program that I can get treatment," says Chepkonga.
Edoso is a baby from Ethiopia. He is a smiley toddler who loves to play and laugh with his mother. His father passed away a year ago, leaving his mother with six children. Edoso's mother rented out their small farm and is barely able to meet the needs of her family. Edoso was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. He needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Edoso is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct his condition on April 10. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Edoso's procedure and care. After his recovery, Edoso will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Edoso’s mother says, “I was a house wife. When I lost my husband, life got difficult because he was the one who supported the family. Now I am struggling with the financial needs of my family. I am trying to raise my children with the limited money I get from my rented land."
Somaly is a 27-year-old woman from Cambodia. She works at a bank. She has two brothers and four sisters. In her free time, she enjoys tailoring clothes. One year ago, she was in a motorcycle accident and injured her foot. Ever since the accident, she has had difficulty walking and is in chronic pain. In October of last year, she had a procedure done to fix her leg and foot trauma. Now, she is still having difficulty moving and needs another procedure to improve her mobility. Somaly is scheduled to undergo surgery on March 7. Now, she needs help raising $497 to fund the procedure. After her surgery, she looks forward to going home and spending time with her friends and siblings. She says, "After the surgery, I hope I can walk easily and return to work soon."
Ann is a bar attendant from Kenya. She is a mother of four children. In early February, Ann was riding as a passenger on a motorcycle when they were hit from behind by a hit-and-run vehicle. She was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with femur fracture and cervical spine fracture. She is not able to sit, stand, or walk and is in a lot of pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On February 16, Ann will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. The procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,451 to fund this procedure. Ann says, “I wish to be treated and leave the hospital when am much better. I still need to provide for my children."
Zar is an 18-year-old from Thailand. He lives with his family in Mae La refugee camp. He likes to play football and cane ball in his free time. Four months ago, Zar began to experience blurry vision. These symptoms have made it increasingly difficult for him to see clearly. Zar was diagnosed with retinal detachment, a condition in which the retina pulls away from the supportive tissue in the eye, resulting in vision loss. If left untreated, he could lose vision completely. Zar is scheduled to undergo surgery to reattach his retina on January 22. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of his procedure and care. After his surgery, Zar's vision will hopefully be restored, and he will resume his daily activities comfortably.
Dah is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. The family owns a piece of land, which Dah's husband and her five siblings use to grow crops and rice paddies and raise chickens and pigs .As the family lives from their land, they don’t have a monthly income. This July, Dah attended her aunt’s funeral and had to walk home at night. Because it was raining, she decided to run, but she slipped and broke her left arm. Dah went to a traditional healer, who applied a mixture of tamarind and wine on her arm. Her arm did not heal properly. Currently, Dah feels pain and she cannot take care of her sons. With the help of our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, Dah will undergo surgery to reset her fractured bones and ensure proper healing. The procedure is scheduled for December 23 and will cost $1,500. This surgery will help Dah heal successfully. Dah says, “I hope to get better soon so I can take care of my children again, and let my husband go back to work.”
Shay is a six-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. His parents are farmers. Shay was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Shay, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 20, and, once completed, will greatly improve Shay's quality of life. Shay's mother says, “I am unable to sleep because I have to take care of him and carry him day and night. I worry if he will get well.”
Seiyanoi is the oldest child in her Masai family. Her parents are traditional Masai herders who abide by certain traditions, including traditions regarding health and medicine. In the Masai culture, herbal medicines are the most widely used form of medical treatment. In addition to attending school, Seiyanoi assists in household duties as well as herding activities. About one year ago, Seiyanoi was burned when she stepped on hot ash. Her father has treated her burns with herbal medicine, but her injuries never healed properly. She is at risk of developing further complications if she doesn't undergo a skin graft operation. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is sponsoring Seiyanoi's procedure, scheduled for June 13. AMHF is seeking $1,129 to cover her procedure, as well as fourteen nights of hospital stay and additional necessary medical supplies. Seiyanoi's family was able to contribute $103 towards her treatment. Seiyanoi has expressed her desire to continue her education and help her parents around their home. She says, “I want to go back to class like other children in my village."
Basilio is a 39-year-old father from Guatemala. He lives with his wife and six children, aged 3 to 20 years old. One year ago, Basilio’s foot was amputated in an emergency surgery when doctors found a hemangioma that needed to be removed. Before his amputation, Basilio worked as a weaver. Since then, however, he has been unable to work. On July 19, Basilio will be fitted for a custom prosthetic foot at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Regional de Zacapa. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,166 to cover the cost of his prosthetic. Receiving this treatment will allow Basilio to find a new job. "I hope to walk again without complications and work normally so that I can support my family" says Basilio. "Thank you very much for the opportunity that you have given me to obtain a prosthetic.”
Asdrubal is 19 months old and lives with his twin sister, mother, aunt, and grandparents. His father works on a cargo ship and is usually out of the country. Asdrubal was born with a cardiac condition called pulmonic stenosis, in which one of the heart's four valves is too small. This causes his heart to work much harder than it should to push blood through, leading to heart failure and leaving him sickly and weak. Although Asdrubal is not from Haiti, his surgery is taking place with our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance. He needs overseas prep and transportation for his surgery. He is scheduled to be transported on May 22. Asdrubal will be receiving help from Gift of Life International to fund his surgery in the amount of $4,500. However, his transportation will cost $1,500 more. Therefore, Haiti Cardiac Alliance is requesting that amount in funding. His mother says, "My family would like to say thank you to everyone for your kindness toward us and our son."