Ben joined Watsi on August 4th, 2013. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Ben's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Jeff, a friendly baby boy from Kenya, to fund hip surgery.
Ben has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 3 countries.
Meet Jeff a one-year-old boy from Kiambu County in Kenya. He is a jovial and friendly boy, the only child of Shadrack and Catherine, a young couple. His father operates a Boda Boda taxi along the village, while his mother is a housewife. Jeff was born through a c-section at Kenyatta National Hospital and was discovered to have multiple birth deformities including spina bifida, hydrocephalus, clubfoot, and a hip condition. He stayed in the hospital for more than 2 months in the nursery and where the spina bifida and hydrocephalus conditions were treated. He has undergone hip surgery at Watsi Medical Partner care center CURE Hospital, where an x-ray reflected that he has healed. He is now scheduled to undergo a Rt hip open reduction and pelvic osteotomy treatment which will enhance his ability to stand and later walk like other children. He will later undergo surgery to correct his clubfoot. His family is a young couple who recently got married, they cannot afford the estimated bill at the hospital and thus requested for help. “The only challenge we have is the hospital bill. We are pleading for help so that our son can walk like other children,” Shadrack and Catherine, Jeff’s parents pleaded.
Baraka is a two-year-old boy and the last born child in a family of five children. He is a friendly and playful boy. He has, for the past five months, been having pain in his right pelvis area. At first, his mother noticed he would cry a lot and she didn’t know what was wrong with him. They decided to take him to the nearest dispensary for a check-up but were only given medication without the diagnosis. His parents are small scale farmers and livestock keepers whose income is little and so they were not able to seek further healthcare then. After some time, as Baraka’s mother was giving him a bath he noticed as he cried a swelling would appear around the right side of his pelvis. He showed his father and they started inquiring from friends and relatives of anyone who knew what problem their son was having. It happened one of their neighbour’s child had the same problem and had been treated at our hospital. They advised them to try seeking help here. Baraka has been diagnosed with a right inguinal hernia that needs to be corrected surgically but due to the high cost of the treatment, they are unable to raise the money. They are asking for help. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $539 to fund Baraka's surgery. Once completed, this procedure will hopefully allow him to live more comfortably and confidently. Baraka’s mother says, “Please help my son this problem keeps getting complicated as time goes by.”
Suzan is four months old and lives in Tanzania with her parents and four siblings. Since she was two months old, Suzan has suffered from a condition known as hydrocephalus, or a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in her brain. “The circumference of Suzan’s head is increasing due to increased intracranial pressure," shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). As a result of her condition, Suzan experiences fluctuating fevers and loss in appetite. "If not treated, Suzan will be at risk of losing her vision." Suzan’s parents work as small scale farmers and do not have the income to fund her treatment. Her parents have “had to sell their only goat to get bus fare to bring their daughter to the hospital," her doctor shares. For $775, Suzan will receive surgery to treat the buildup of fluid in her brain, eliminate the risk of going blind, and to help her continue with normal growth. Suzan’s mother adds, “I hope our baby will get well, continue with normal growth and later on, go to school like other children."
Meet Eang, a 56-year-old woman from Cambodia! "Eang likes to listen to the radio and the monks praying in her free time," our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC) tells us. Eang has mature cataracts in both of her eyes, which are impairing her vision. She needs two surgeries to restore her sight. "Eang has difficulty working on the rice farm," CSC explains, "and because she lives alone, this makes it hard for her to support herself." Eang "is sad that she cannot do things for herself as she used to." We can help provide Eang treatment for only $150 to improve her eyesight and prevent blindness! Once Eang receives surgery, she looks forward to visiting the pagoda on her own!
Sou Heang is a 40-year-old mother living in Cambodia. A few months ago, Sou Heang was in a motorbike accident and broke her arm. Although Sou Heang visited a local village healer to repair the fracture, it has not healed and Sou Heang's arm is becoming increasingly painful. Sou Heang owns a small roadside shop where she sells vegetables and household items. Since the accident, Sou Heang has not been able to move her arm enough to work. For $300, we can fund Sou Heang's bone realignment surgery. This will restore mobility to her arm and help her go back to work to support her family.