Robert joined Watsi on January 27th, 2015. 26 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Robert's most recent donation traveled 4,300 miles to support Gritlie, a preschooler from Haiti, to fund heart surgery prep.
Robert has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Robert has funded healthcare for 34 patients in 8 countries.
Gritlie is a four-year-old girl who lives with her parents and three siblings in Haiti. Her father is a teacher and her mother works at home. Gritlie goes to preschool and enjoys playing with her friends and watching cartoons. Gritlie was born with ventricular septal defect, a cardiac condition in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through her lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sick and short of breath. Have a Heart Cayman is contributing $17,000 to the cost of Gritlie's heart surgery. And although Watsi has already funded Gritlie's [transportation](https://watsi.org/profile/08e136f72108-gritlie) to the hospital, she is still in need of $1,500 to cover medications, labs, exams, and surgery preparation. "We are all praying that Gritlie's surgery goes well and that she will become healthy afterward," says Gritlie's mother.
Juan is a 45-year-old father from Guatemala. He lives with his wife and three children, aged 12 to 16. Eight years ago, Juan lost his foot in an accident. As a result, he's had difficulty being able to work and support his family. On July 19, Juan 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 Juan to find a new job. "I am excited to finally be able to have a prosthetic," says Juan. "I hope to find a job and be able to support my family.”
Carminia is a 41-year-old mother and wife from Guatemala. She has one child and works as a homemaker while her husband works in the local countryside. Carminia developed cataracts in both of her eyes years ago, and they have only gotten worse over time. This has lead to blurred vision, irritation, and tearing, and she no longer feels comfortable leaving her home alone. Carminia sought treatment through our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, and is now scheduled to receive cataract repair surgery on June 23. Due to the complicated nature of her cataracts, Carminia will require more evaluations and post surgery care than usual. The $1,500 requested by Wuqu' Kawoq will cover all of the expenses of her procedure, transportation, and care. Carminia says, “I do not have the words to thank the institution for all the support we've received. All that I hope for now, is that my operation goes well.”
Marcela is an 11-month-old baby girl from Guatemala. Her favorite foods are pasta, rice, and beans, and she loves playing with her cousin. Marcela was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that occurs from consuming too little protein, calories, and nutrients. In the short term, malnutrition means Marcela has little energy to grow, and that her immune system is weak, leaving her vulnerable to diseases that could further compromise her growth. If left untreated, she may also face the long-term consequences of malnutrition, such as increased risk of chronic illness and a lowered IQ. Concerned for her well-being, her mother took Marcela to our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, for treatment. Beginning June 22, Marcela will receive micronutrients and food supplementation, as well as regular growth monitoring. Community health workers will also teach her mother how to create a nutrient rich diet using limited resources. The $492 requested will cover all expenses of her continued treatment, allowing her to gain weight, strengthen her immune system, and catch up with other children her age. "I am thankful to the program for the support we will get," says Marcela's mother. "I did not know that my child was malnourished, but now that I know, I will do all possible to help her recover a healthy weight.”
Va is a 72-year-old nun. In her free time, she likes to meditate, go to the pagoda to join ceremonies, listen to monks pray on the radio, and read books. Two years ago, Va developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision and tearing. Va has trouble seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and working on her own. When Va learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled for two hours to seek treatment. On May 3, doctors will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Va will be able to see clearly again. Now, she needs help to fund this $292 procedure.
Mouy Im is a 25-year-old woman living in Cambodia with her son. She sells sugarcane juice for her income. She enjoys looking after her son, washing her clothes, and selling her sugarcane. On March 22, Mouy Im accidentally crushed her left hand in her sugarcane machine. Mouy Im dislocated joints of the middle finger and index finger, making it difficult for her to use her left hand. She went to a health center and referral hospital for treatment, but her symptoms did not improve. She knew her sister had a successful eye procedure at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), so she traveled with her husband to CSC to seek further evaluation and possible treatment. Mouy Im's surgeons recommend an arthroplasty procedure of Mouy Im's fingers, which will reform the joints to allow for proper mobility and strength. The total procedure costs $450 and covers medication, supplies, and four nights of inpatient care. The procedure is scheduled for May 3. Following her recovery, Mouy Im will be able to use her hand easily again. She will return to making sugarcane juice to support her family.
San is a 63-year-old woman who has an uncomfortable gynecological condition and was referred to Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), our medical partner. She is originally from Burma but moved to Thailand after her husband passed away. She has seven children. Two years ago, San started to feel tightness around her lower abdomen. She began to experience troubling gynecological and urinary symptoms. At our medical partner's clinic, she was given oral medication and sent to the hospital for some investigative testing. Our medical partner's doctors concluded that she needs to have surgery. In the last few weeks, San has been experiencing bleeding and pain. She cannot walk long distances or sit for too long. Fortunately, on April 6, San will undergo a hysterectomy to remove her uterus. Our medical partner, BCMF, is requesting $1,500 to fund her treatment.
Srey Neeth is a 13-year-old fourth grade student from Cambodia. She has two sisters and two brothers. In her free time, she likes to read her school books, listen to music, and play sports. Srey Neeth has osteogenesis imperfecta, a condition that causes her weak bones to break easily. Due to her condition, she fractured her left tibia in April 2012 and her right femur in April 2013. On March 27, Srey Neeth with undergo orthopedic surgery at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre, our medical partner's care center. Surgeons will perform an open reduction internal fixation procedure on her left tibia and left femur to fixate rods and stabilize her bones. Our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, is asking for $411 to cover the cost of her treatment. Srey Neeth is looking forward to a complete recovery!
Chandy is a ten-year-old child from Cambodia. He is one of seven children. Chandy likes to watch TV, read books, and play football around the house. When Chandy was nine months old, he burned his right hand in a fire. It became difficult for Chandy to use his right hand, and he was in pain. He went to a nearby center for treatment, but his symptoms did not improve. They referred him to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC). On February 22, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contraction release surgery on Chandy's right hand to allow him to move easily again and relieve him from pain. They are requesting $194 to fund this treatment.
Moh Zin is a 19-year-old student from Burma. She was recently diagnosed with acquired hydrocephalus, a condition in which fluid builds up in the brain. With help from Watsi, Moh Zin underwent a [shunt insertion](https://watsi.org/profile/befae6021651-moh-zin), during which doctors inserted a device to drain the fluid from her brain. Prior to her surgery, Moh Zin experienced difficulty urinating and was unable to walk without assistance. She also experienced headaches that made it hard for her to sleep at night. However, after surgery, Moh Zin has been able to walk on her own and is no longer experiencing headaches, enabling her to sleep better. She is also enjoying an increased appetite. Her brother is elated to see his sister in better condition! To check whether the shunt is working properly, Moh Zin's doctor has requested a CT scan. The result of the scan will determine whether she will need another surgery. Moh Zin will be receiving the scan at our medical partner's care center, Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, on January 16. Our medical partner is asking for $693 to fund Moh Zin's CT scan and hospital stay fees. "I am very happy to see my sister improving," says Moh Zin's brother. "I can't wait to know if she needs more treatment. We are very excited to go home."
Rosemarie is a 38-year-old woman with two children. She enjoys cooking and spending time with her children. Eleven years ago, Rosemarie began to experience uncomfortable symptoms. She had difficulty swallowing and felt tightness around her neck. When she worked, she experienced shortness of breath and extreme fatigue. Over time, her symptoms have worsened and grown more frequent. There are times when she cannot perform simple household chores. Rosemarie's husband is a construction worker. Recently, her oldest son left school to begin working. Despite his help, they do not earn enough to support the family. Though Rosemarie wanted to seek medical treatment, the family could not afford hospital expenses. Finally, Rosemarie visited our medical partner, International Care Ministries. She underwent a series of laboratory tests and was diagnosed with a thyroid condition. She will undergo a thyroidectomy surgery on December 9. Now, Rosemarie needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. She looks forward to recovery. She will return to work and spend time with her family. "I was praying fervently that I will be healed from this condition," says Rosemarie. "Now, it will be answered. Thank you, because you will help me for this surgery. My family and myself are grateful for this wonderful early Christmas gift to us. After the treatment, I will cook a very nice meal for my family and friends. Though we are not rich, we are thankful still that this life is worth living. Thank you so much."
Susan is a five-year-old girl from Tanzania who loves to play. She is the last-born in a family of four children. Five years ago, hot tea spilled on Susan and burned her. Watsi donors have funded two previous surgeries to correct the burn scar contracture on her right elbow. Now, Susan's elbow has straightened and she can perform tasks independently. On November 11, Susan underwent a skin graft surgery to complete her recovery process. This procedure should restore the appearance of her burned skin. Susan's parents are unemployed, so they need our help to fund this $780 procedure. "We have been very lucky to get your help many times," says Susan's mother. "The last surgery has helped my daughter very much, and we hope this is the last treatment so she can rejoin her siblings back home."