timothy joined Watsi on June 24th, 2014. Eight years ago, timothy joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. timothy's most recent donation traveled 8,800 miles to support Mey, a five-year-old girl from Cambodia, for nerve and tendon repair surgery.
timothy has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 8 countries.
timothy has funded healthcare for 24 patients in 8 countries.
On February 2nd, 2016, Mey and her mom were in a moto accident. This caused a femur fracture and open popliteal wound for Mey. Mey's mom was 9 months pregnant at the time of the accident. After the accident, Mey and her mom went to the hospital. Mey's wound was closed without exploration and a nail was put into her femur. Mey's mom had a C-section to deliver the baby (Mey's little brother). Mey is a five-year-old from Cambodia in first grade. She enjoys playing with toys, dolls, and with her friends at school. Mey traveled 2 hours with her mom to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. When Mey arrived at CSC, she had complete palsy below her knee and a popliteal region scar. It is difficult for her to walk. For $392, we can fund the nerve suture and graft Mey needs to regain her strength. Surgeons will operate on the tibial nerve at popliteal fossa, or colloquially referred to as the kneepit, and perform a nerve suture and graft. After surgery she should regain control of her lower leg and it will be easier for her to walk. Let's help make it possible!
Rahab is a 38-year-old teacher who lives with her husband and two children—ages eight years and 10 months—in their two-room rental home in Kenya. “Rahab felt a lump on her right breast and went to a hospital for diagnosis in March 2015,” our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us. “After a biopsy, Rahab was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had to stop breastfeeding as she started chemotherapy sessions.” Now, “Rahab has a lump on her left breast,” continues AMHF. “She feels some pain even after chemotherapy sessions.” Rahab and her husband, who is also a teacher, have drained their savings to pay for her chemotherapy, and they have had to rely on loans from their friends to continue treatment. Because Rahab is unable to breastfeed her 10-month-old baby, the family has had to purchase formula, which is expensive. Rahab’s doctors have recommended that she undergo a bilateral mastectomy. While she is physically and emotionally prepared for the procedure, she is not able to raise enough money to pay for it. Without surgery, “The risk of cancer spreading to other parts of Rahab’s body will be high,” explains AMHF. “This might result in premature death.” $740 pays for a mastectomy for Rahab as well as the costs of six days of hospital care, pain medicine, and blood tests. “After this surgery, chances of cancer spreading to other parts of Rahab’s body will be reduced,” says AMHF. Rahab looks forward to a successful operation. “I want to get well and live long enough to raise my little children,” she shares.
Yun is a 76-year-old woman from Cambodia. Three years ago, Yun developed cataracts in each of her eyes. A cataract occurs when a cloudy layer forms over the lens of the eye. This causes Yun blurred vision, tearing, and irritation. She has difficulty seeing clearly and cannot perform work on her own. “Yun is married with three sons, four daughters, and 10 grandchildren,” shares our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC). “She enjoys going to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray.” Yun and her daughter traveled three hours to CSC in order for Yun to receive treatment. $225 will provide Yun with a surgery where CSC doctors will remove her cloudy lenses and replace them with synthetic implants. After surgery, Yun will be able to see clearly once again. She hopes to return home and help her family without discomfort and blurry vision.
“Taina is an intelligent and cheerful girl who enjoys going to school and is in the third grade,” says our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA). Taina also likes to play with dolls and make new friends. Taina was born with a cardiac condition called atrial septal defect. "A hole exists between the two upper chambers of her heart," explains HCA. "Blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen, leaving her sickly and weak.” Taina requires surgery to repair the opening between the atria in her heart. “Following surgery, normal blood flow should be restored to Taina’s heart and body,” says HCA, “and she should no longer have symptoms from this condition.” However, Taina needs help securing funding for her operation. “Her mother passed away when she was young, and she lived in the streets for some time before being enrolled into an orphanage,” says HCA. Gift of Life International has contributed $5,000 towards her surgery, and an additional $1,500 in Watsi funding is needed to cover preparation and transportation costs, as this surgery is not readily available in Haiti. With our help, Taina can receive the medical care she needs to restore her health. “I am very excited to have my surgery so that I can play with my friends without getting tired,” she shares.
Two years ago, Joshua’s mother noticed that Joshua’s legs had gradually begun bowing, and that Joshua couldn’t keep up with the other kids. Joshua’s feet eventually became so weak that he could no longer stand up. Four-year-old Joshua was diagnosed with severe fluorosis, a limb deformity that prevents his feet from supporting the weight of his body. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, says, “If not treated, Joshua will never be able to walk.” Joshua is an active boy from Tanzania who one day hopes to be able to run around and kick a ball. However, because Tanzania has one of the most under resourced and overburdened healthcare systems in the world, he has been unable to receive full treatment. Joshua’s mother is a small scale farmer, and his father is employed at a small kiosk selling spare bicycle parts. They have exhausted their savings on Joshua’s treatment so far, and can no longer cover the cost of the operation Joshua needs. $940 will cover the cost of Joshua’s operation, which will be conducted at Arusha Lutheran Christian Medical Centre. After the operation, Joshua will have straight legs and gain the ability to walk. “All I hope for is my son to be able to walk,” shares Joshua’s mother.
“Maung Win is a 45-year-old man who lives in Burma with his wife and 18-year-old son,” shares our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP). “He has lived in the township his entire life and works as a shop vendor with his wife. Their son is currently studying at college.” “Maung Win has rheumatic heart disease,” reports to BBP. “He is often tired and feels tenderness in his chest. It is difficult to breathe when it is hot at home. Due to his conditions, he has to take medicines every day and has to buy more medicine once a month. It is difficult to afford to costs of medicine and is sometimes difficult to work as a shop vendor due to fatigue.” $1,500 will cover life-saving cardiac surgery for Muang Win. This procedure will increase his ability to breathe and decrease his tiredness. Post-surgery, he should be able to return to work full-time. “After surgery, I want to work hard for my family, especially for my son who is studying at college,” Maung Win says. “I worry for my son and his schooling. I worry that I cannot earn as much money as I can to support my family.”
Five-month-old Stella lives in Tanzania with her parents and three siblings. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), tells us that "when Stella turned two months, she had severe fever and fits." Despite a few weeks in the hospital, "her mother noticed the size of her baby’s head was getting bigger. Stella’s activity slowly started to diminish and crying became normal for her." Stella’s symptoms are caused by hydrocephalus, a condition where cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) builds up in the brain, causing the head to swell. According to AMHF, “Stella is at risk of losing her vision if not treated. She may also not be able to sit, stand or walk due to the size of her head.” Stella’s condition can be treated with hydrocephalus shunt surgery. During surgery, excess CSF will be drained, relieving her of the swelling and pressure in her head. This will eliminate the risk of vision-loss, and give Stella the chance to reach her developmental milestones. To support their family, Stella's mother does bead work and her father works as a livestock keeper, but they are unable to afford treatment for their daughter. Treatment costs $775, which includes surgical fees, wound dressings for two weeks, pain management, a five day stay in the hospital, and two weeks at a rehabilitation center. “I pray that my baby will get better. I will be very happy to see her grow up like other children,” says Stella’s mom.
Meet Akim, a six-year-old boy from Haiti who lives with his mother, father, grandparents, and little sister. According to our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), “Akim is in first grade, and likes going to school. When he is not in school he likes drawing and listening to music.” Akim was born with a congenital heart disease called ventricular septal defect. This means that there is a hole between the two lower chambers (or “ventricles”) of his heart. Blood from one ventricle leaks into the other without first getting oxygen from the lungs. Due to his condition, the blood that is pumped out of Akim’s heart to his body is not oxygen-rich. Consequently, Akim often has trouble breathing. HCA tells us that if left untreated, Akim’s condition could lead to serious health complications. Health City Caymen Islands has contributed $7,500 toward Akim's treatment. An additional $1,500 will cover overseas transportation costs. Akim's surgery will repair the hole in his heart, and restore normal blood flow. Akim shares, “I am excited about going to the hospital because it means I will be healthy after I leave."
Meet Caleb, an optimistic 20-year-old man from Kenya. "Caleb is the fifth born in a family of six, his parents are small-scale maize farmers," our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF) tells us. Caleb has electrical burns to his right hand and leg. “Caleb was electrocuted as he tried to help people trapped in a fallen truck,” shares AMHF. "Caleb has been unable to do any physical or economic activity because of the wounds," AMHF describes. "He is unable to use his right hand and some of his wounds still need dressing. Caleb has been confined to his home and is dependent on his parents for sustenance." He must also use a walking aid wherever he goes. "Caleb was about to leave for the city to begin making a living for himself as a casual laborer before the accident,” says AMHF. His family has contributed to pay for his four previous surgeries, but are unable to cover more medical expenses. $940 covers the cost of debridement surgery to remove dead tissue from the wound and for skin grafts to repair the affected areas. "We expect after a debridement and skin grafting, Caleb's mobility will improve," AMHF tells us. "His wounds will also heal and his road to recovery will be much easier. Eventually, Caleb will be able to work and provide for himself."
“I want to fight for my little one. I want him to be healthy and strong like his siblings,” says the mother of Luciano, a three-year-old boy from Guatemala who loves looking at picture books and playing make-believe with his sister. Luciano came to our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK), with developmental delays. “Luciano was born normal and healthy but over time began to have regular seizures and fevers,” explains WK. “Luciano also suffers from malnutrition. He is hospitalized every 15 to 30 days, and his mother is running out of money to afford his medical care.” The financial impact of Luciano’s care has made it difficult for his mother to buy food for the family and school supplies for his five siblings. Her time away from work to accompany Luciano to the hospital also decreases the amount of money available to support the family. $1,385 will fund a thorough diagnostic work-up, treatment, and ongoing therapy for Luciano. “This treatment will allow Luciano to receive medical visits, the correct anti-seizure medication and physical/speech therapy,” says WK. “This will improve his quality of life, ability to communicate, and potential for success. His health will improve, and he will not have to go to the hospital regularly.” Let’s help make that happen for Luciano!
Meet Orng, a 62-year-old woman from Cambodia. Our medial partner, Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) tells us, “Orng is married with three sons, three daughters and nine grandchildren. Orng likes to listen to the monks pray.” Orng has mature cataracts in both of her eyes. A cataract occurs when the lens of the eye becomes clouded as it ages. Orng’s cataracts have caused her to lose some of the vision in her eyes. CSC explains, “Orng has difficulty getting around by herself and can't do her work at the farm very well because of the cataracts in her eyes. She spends her days struggling to do any work and then has to be very careful going home in the afternoons when the sun is going down.” For $225, Orng’s clouded lens will be removed and replaced with a clear lens implant. After surgery, Orng will have clear vision. "Orng looks forward to going to work on the farm, going to the pagoda to meet her friends, and taking care of her grandchildren more often," CSC adds.
Phete is a seventeen-year-old young woman from Haiti. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance (HCA), shares, “she is an excellent student and would like to go to medical school. When not in school she enjoys singing in her church choir, and spending time with her friends.” Phete has had difficulty pursuing these dreams due to a congenital heart defect. “She was born with a heart defect called patent ductus arteriosus, in which a hole remains open between the aorta and the pulmonary artery, allowing blood to pass through without obtaining oxygen,” HCA explains. “In developed countries, this would be fixed in the first few months of life," HCA reports. However, "Phete has been living with it into adulthood, depriving her body of the oxygen and blood flow it needs. This leaves her fatigued and sickly.” University Hospital of Martinique is subsidizing Phete's treatment with a $7,500 donation. For $1,500, we can provide overseas preparation and transportation for Phete. Surgery will consist of a small cut between her ribs to reach her heart, allowing for repair of the open duct. "Following closure of the defect, Phete should be able to live a normal life with no further symptoms from her heart condition,” HCA explains. With better overall health and restored energy, Phete will be able to enjoy her studies and friends, while continuing on her path to become a doctor. Phete tells us, "I have been worried about my heart problem for many years, and I want to thank everyone who is going to help fix it for me!"