Leo joined Watsi on December 17th, 2016. Eleven months ago, Leo became the 2655th member to automatically support a new Watsi patient every month. Since then, 563 more people have become monthly donors! Leo's most recent donation traveled 5,600 miles to support Ronaldo, a two-month-old infant from Guatemala, to fund malnutrition treatment.
Leo has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.
Meet Ronaldo, a two-month-old infant from rural Guatemala. Ronaldo’s mother lives and works as a single mom, taking care of her son and younger brothers. Ronaldo's mother is unable to produce breastmilk to feed her baby, so Ronaldo is malnourished and small for his age. Ronaldo's mother supplements her baby's diet with warm rice water, which could create long-term health problems if Ronaldo is not fed necessary nutrients. Ronaldo's mother visited the local health center where she was referred to the nutrition program of our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq. Ronaldo was given formula, and a nutritionist is creating a nutrition plan to begin treating Ronaldo. Ronaldo's mother is unable to continue purchasing formula to help her son grow and develop, so she is very thankful for any support. Our medical partner requests $1,162 to supply Ronaldo with necessary treatment and to teach Ronaldo's mother how to provide a nutritious and inexpensive treatment for her son. He will begin treatment on June 15. Ronaldo’s mother says, “I dream for my son to grow well so that in the future he can study and become a teacher.”
Sakaiyan is a five-year-old girl from Kenya. She is playful but often reserved because she has an abnormal condition in a sensitive area. Sakaiyan's parents can't afford the surgeries required to treat their daughter's condition. Earlier this year, the family was referred to Watsi. In March, Sakaiyan received a colostomy. Doctors recommended she return in July for an anorectalplasty and colostomy closure. If left untreated, Sakaiyan will experience bowel dysfunction. On July 13, Sakaiyan will receive the operation she needs to complete her treatment. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,327 to fund the surgery. Sakaiyan’s father is grateful for the support. He says, “I want to see my daughter healthy so that she can lead a normal life like other children."
Dorcas is a four-year-old girl from Kenya. Dorcas was born with clubfoot, a condition in which the feet are rotated inwards at the ankle. As a result, Dorcas’s feet knock each other when she tries to walk and she experiences severe pain due to her deformity. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Dorcas is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her clubfoot on July 3. Her family is requesting $1,224 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. After her recovery, Dorcas will be able to walk, stand, and play free of pain. “My life’s dream is to see all of my children one day become independent. I cannot afford the amount to cater for my daughter’s surgery and your help will be of great importance to her. God bless you," her father says.
Soe is a 31-year old man who was in a terrible motorbike accident about five months ago. In January 2017, Soe drove his friend home from work on his motorbike. He noticed a transport truck swerving towards him and took a sharp turn away from the vehicle. Soe managed to successfully dodge the truck but hit the highway rail instead. He immediately lost consciousness and woke up in the hospital two days later. Soe spent 15 days in the hospital with four broken ribs, severe cuts on his right arm, a broken tibia, and pain in his neck and left shoulder. Most of Soe’s injuries have been treated, but he still has nerve damage and a dislocated shoulder. Because of these untreated injuries, he can't cook, clean, or perform other daily task by himself. He feels as though someone constantly needs to look after him. He is also unable to work, putting a large financial barrier on his family. Fortunately, Soe will receive treatment for his fracture at our medical partner's hospital, Maharaj Nakron Chiang Mai Hospital, on July 7. The surgery will cost $1,500. Soe is grateful for the help, saying, "I'm looking forward to receiving the treatment I desperately require and hope to return to work again."
“We have tried so many hospitals but have yet to get the help we need,” shares Namara’s mother. Nine-year-old Namara comes from a big family in Uganda—he has eight siblings. In his third-grade classes, he excels in mathematics and English, and hopes to one day become an engineer so that he can design and build houses. But it has been hard for Namara to focus on his studies lately. About four years ago, Namara’s mother noticed an unusual swelling in the young boy’s scrotum. After visiting a traditional healer and two hospitals without seeing any improvement, Namara’s mother visited our medical partner's care center, Virika Hospital. There, doctors diagnosed Namara's lump as a hydrocele, or an accumulation of excess fluid around the testicle. Namara's condition can be remedied with surgery, but his parents—who work as a farmer and a pastor—cannot afford to pay for it. For $185, though, we can sponsor Namara’s operation, scheduled for April 26. This funding will also cover the costs of his lab tests, medications, and three-week hospital stay. After his surgery, Namara looks forward to having the strength to return to his studies. Let’s make sure he doesn’t have to take any more time away from pursuing his dream of becoming an engineer.
Meet Charity, a 44-year-old farmer from Uganda. Charity and her husband are the parents of six children. Charity works as a small farmer, growing grains, bananas, sweet potatoes, eggplants, and other green vegetables. During a routine cervical examination, Charity's gynecologist found lesions and a growth on her cervix. Charity shares that she has been experiencing mild pain but did not think anything was wrong. Her doctor has recommended Charity for a total hysterectomy. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, has arranged for Charity to have her surgery on May 24. They are requesting donations to the amount of $321 to cover the hospital and surgical costs. Charity enjoys weaving mats in a special and abstract design, and she looks forward to weaving more after her surgery.
“I thank all the donors for their generosity in helping my daughter,” shares Ventarious’s mother, a native of Uganda. “May God bless them.” Three-year-old Ventarious is not yet in school, but her parents hope to send her to nursery school next year if they have the school fees. When she was healthy, Ventarious liked playing with her three siblings, especially running and skipping rope made from vines. She also enjoyed helping her mother do chores, such as fetching water and firewood. These days, however, Ventarious is rarely able to do these activities. She has severe malnutrition. Her compromised immune system has led to a constant cough, and she has developed edema—an uncomfortable swelling of the extremities that results from a lack of salt- and water-regulating nutrients. If her malnutrition is not reversed soon, Ventarious risks undergoing permanent cognitive and physical damage. Ventarious's parents, Annet and Jackson, are small farmers and farm laborers. They cannot afford medical care to address their daughter’s malnutrition. But for $316, we can help. Beginning on March 27, Ventarious will be admitted to a hospital to undergo a ten-day structured nutritional program. Lab tests, vitamins, and milk will bring Ventarious back to a stable weight. While she is in the hospital, her mother will also be taught to make nutritious meals from affordable local foods so that Ventarious does not become malnourished again.
Mean is a 66-year-old rice farmer from Cambodia. He is married and has two sons, one daughter, and three grandchildren. He likes to watch TV and listen to the monks pray at the pagoda. Recently, Mean developed a cataract in each of his eyes, which has led to tearing, burning, irritation, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. Due to his blurred vision, Mean has trouble seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, going anywhere by himself, and doing his work. Mean traveled for three hours with his daughter to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment of his cataracts. On January 17, Mean will undergo vision-restoring cataract surgery. Surgeons will perform a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly again. CSC is requesting $292 to fund the procedure. Mean hopes that his clearer vision will help him earn money to support his family.
Crecious is three years old and the first child to his mother. His mother describes him as a happy child who is always playing. As Crecious started to grow, his mother noticed that he wasn’t able to walk very well and would often fall over. They traveled to Arusha to seek treatment at our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). Crecious's legs have bowed outwards, so he was diagnosed with genu varus. Crecious's mother has high hopes for her son, but she only makes a small amount of money as a primary school teacher. She needs help to pay for his treatment. On January 19, Crecious will undergo corrective surgery for his legs. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, requests $940 to fund his treatment. Crecious’s mother says, "I hope that my son with be able to grow, play, and go to school like other children after his surgery. "
Doung is an 83-year-old man with seven sons and thirty grandchildren. He likes to listen to monks pray on the radio and join ceremonies at the pagoda. One month ago, Doung developed a cataract in each eye, causing him blurred vision, cloudy lenses, and extreme sensitivity to light. He has difficulty seeing things clearly, working, and going anywhere outside. When Doung learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On January 4, doctors performed a small incision cataract surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, Doung will be able to see clearly again. Now, he needs help to fund this $292 procedure. "I hope to be able to see more clearly," says Doung, "because I want to go to the pagoda by myself."
Koem Heang is 13 months old. She is an only child who likes to play with toys. Koem Heang has a type of congenital strabismus called exotropia. This condition causes her eyes to turn outward. Her parents are worried that she will feel uncomfortable around others as she grows. When Koem Heang's parents learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, they traveled for one hour seeking treatment. On October 31, doctors performed a corrective eye surgery. After recovery, Koem Heang's vision will improve. Now, her family needs help to fund this $264 procedure.