Ernest joined Watsi on June 4th, 2015. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ernest's most recent donation traveled 4,100 miles to support Justin, a first-grader from Kenya, to fund clubfoot treatment.
Ernest has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Ernest has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 4 countries.
Justin is a jovial 7-year-old girl from Kenya. She is a class 1 pupil at Kisisi Primary School and her family hails from Igoji village in Meru County. Justin is an only child, her mother stays at home with Justin’s elderly grandmother while their aunt is a peasant farmer. Justin has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Justin traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on April 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Justin's clubfoot repair. After treatment, she will be able to walk easily without the deformity. “My joy is to see Justin walking like other children. I am pleading for support that will make her undergo surgery and continue with her studies uninterrupted.” --Joyce, Justin’s aunt told us.
Samnang is a second grade student from Cambodia. He enjoys playing games with his two brothers and two sisters, and he hopes to become a teacher when he grows up. Three months ago, Samnang had an accident and hit his right knee on the floor He dislocated his knee cap, and is now unable to flex his leg and walk without difficulty. When Samnang learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 20, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of his right leg to help Samnang walk easily again without any pain. Now, Samnang needs help to fund this $413 procedure. "I hope that my son will recover from his surgery and that I will no longer have to worry about him or his condition." - Samnang's Mother
Rithy is a 5-year-old student from Cambodia. He began kindergarten this year, and is excited to join Grade One next year. He has three siblings. Rithy's mother sells fruit at a local market, and his father is a tuk tuk driver. He and his older sister love to paint pictures together, and he is currently learning writing. Three years ago, Rithy had a serious ear infection. This infection caused a cholesteatoma, or an abnormal skin growth, to develop in the middle ear behind the ear drum. For this reason, Rithy experiences hearing loss, ear discharge, and fever. It is difficult for him to hear what the teachers say at school, and he is often absent from class due to his ear discharge and fever. Rithy traveled to our medical partner's care center to receive treatment. On May 6th, he will undergo a mastoidectomy procedure in his right ear. During this procedure, ENT surgeons will remove the cholesteatoma. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is requesting $925 to fund this procedure. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care. His parents said, "This problem has been bad for his hearing in both ears, so we worry about his ability to go to school in the future. We hope that after surgery, he can start his first full year at school with all his hearing."
Abdirahim is a child from Ethiopia. Abdirahim is a cute boy who loves to play with others. He loves to play football with other children in the village. He also loves to watch animation movies. Abdirahim’s father is retired while his mother was a business woman who supported the family until six months ago when she passed away. Abdirahim has five siblings. Abdirahim underwent a colostomy, in which the end of the colon is brought through an opening in the abdominal wall. This surgery is often performed to bypass bowel malformations, but colostomies are usually temporary and may call for closure. In Abdirahim's case, his colostomy requires closure in order to restore bowel function and prevent future complications. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $961 to cover the cost of a colostomy closure for Abdirahim. The surgery is scheduled to take place on September 09 and, once completed, will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. His dad said “After the operation I see a bright future for our child. I believe his trouble will come to end. And for us the families, it is a big relief.”
Kuk is a 68-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He has seven children, five grandchildren, and enjoys visiting the pagoda in his free time. One year ago, Kuk developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurry vision. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Kuk learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On September 2nd, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $398 procedure. "I hope that I will be able to read again and see things clearly, and also attend ceremonies at the pagoda."
In October 2018, Lysa had an accident and fell off of her bed, fracturing her left elbow. She received initial treatment from a local hospital, but her bones have now become deformed. She often experiences pain in her arm and has difficulty holding anything heavy. Surgery will ensure that her bones heal in proper alignment, and will prevent any further worsening of her condition. Lysa has two older sisters, and enjoys watching cartoons and reading in her spare time. "I hope that after surgery, I will no longer have to worry about my daughter's condition, and she will be able to recover from her operation." - Lysa's Mother
Maurine is baby from Tanzania. Maurine is a three years old beautiful girl and very friendly. She is the last born child in a family born of three children. They are now being raised by their single mother, their father left home to go work in a different town as a casual laborer at a Chinese road construction company, and it’s was during this time that Maurine got into a fire accident. It was late in 2017 when Maurine was left home with her older sister as their mother went out on her daily job of selling fish in order to support her children. Since it was a cold evening, Maurine’s older sister decided to boil some water so that all the siblings could have a hot bath. She had left the water boiling as she went out to call them. Maurine left her older sister out and ran into the house and by accident she tripped and knocked the boiling pot. She slipped and fell on the floor getting burnt on her left side from the shoulders to the legs. She has an open wound that is not healing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Maurine receive treatment. On August 15, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure to help cover her wound and help it heal. Now, Maurine needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Maurine’s mother says, “My daughter’s post surgical wound is not healing despite all the dressing she has been going for please help get this surgery done am unable to afford it.”
Abraham is a toddler from Tanzania. Since he was born, Abraham has been experiencing difficulty breathing. He was recently diagnosed with enlarged adenoids, which are the soft tissue behind the nasal cavity. Without treatment, this condition will cause Abraham's symptoms to persist and possibly even intensify. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $609 to fund an adenoidectomy for Abraham, which is scheduled to take place on August 9. Surgeons will remove his adenoids, hopefully relieving Abraham of his symptoms and helping him live more comfortably. Sabrina’s mother says, “The type of treatment we could afford has not helped treat his condition. We have been informed surgery is going to make him better agin but we are unable to afford the cost please help fund my son’s treatment cost.”
Salome is a child from Kenya. Salome is a shy girl aged six years from Uplands, Limuru Kiambu County. She likes to play a lot with friends and is also very responsible. She is the last born in a family of six children and in pre-primary class 2. Their mother separated with the father leaving the six of them under her care. Life has not been easy because this mother is just a casual laborer at neighbor’s farms. On Sunday 15th September Salome was sent to the shop by her mother, which was a normal thing for her. Unfortunately as she went to the shop she was hit by motor cycle and sustained open fracture tibia and femur of the left leg. It is difficult for her to walk, and she is in chronic pain. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner can help. On September 23rd, Salome will undergo a fracture repair procedure, called an open reduction and internal fixation. This procedure will help her walk easily again. Now, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $998 to fund this procedure. “I don’t have anyone to turn to and yet I feel for my daughter. I hope to get help so that she can be able to walk again and continue with her school. This will also relieve her from the severe pain she is experiencing” said Salome's mother.
Jane is a woman from Kenya. She has six siblings and two children. She used to work as a cleaner in a hotel. Jane has been experiencing severe discomfort in her back, leading to weakness and loss of function in her lower limbs. She took painkillers and antibiotics, but the problem continued. From several doctors, she received different diagnoses, such as a kidney infection and pneumonia, but the medications they prescribed never worked. Finally, Jane visited our medical partner's care center, where she underwent an MRI. This scan revealed that she has a lower spine deformity. She needs to undergo a spine fusion surgery to treat the condition. Fortunately, surgery is scheduled for June 21. Now, she just needs help raising $1,500 to fund the procedure. “I am appealing for support, the pain I have is intolerable, I cannot be able to pay the bill and am afraid I might not walk again. Please help me," Jane says.
Sreyneth is a young woman from Cambodia. She is training to become a massage therapist. She enjoys studying, reading, and listening to music. Sreyneth was born with an extra toe on each foot. She also dislocated her knee in June 2016 and has had difficulty walking ever since. She has been experiencing constant pain in her knee since the dislocation. She needs to have the extra toes amputated, as well as have a patella operation to repair her knee. This will make it easier for her to walk and stay balanced. The amputation is scheduled for June 6 and will cost $413. Sreyneth needs help raising money to pay for surgery. She says, "After surgery I hope I can walk without any pain and my toes will be normal."