Briana joined Watsi on September 29th, 2013. Seven years ago, Briana joined our Universal Fund, supporting life-changing treatments for a new Watsi patient every month. Briana's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Meshack, a helpful 6-year-old boy from Kenya, to fund clubfoot treatment so he can walk and play.
Briana has funded healthcare for 84 patients in 9 countries.
Briana has funded healthcare for 84 patients in 9 countries.
Meshack is a six-year-old boy, living with his mother and one sibling, in a one-roomed grass thatched house in a village in Kenya. Recently, Meshack completed his preschool studies and now he is in grade one. According to his mother, Meshack is very helpful, and always assists her around the farm and in doing household chores. Meshack's mother is a single parent and a farmer, who works hard to provide for her family. Meshack was born with a condition known as hemiplegic CP, which means that one side of his body is weak. His right foot is affected, making walking challenging. Additionally, Meshack was born with clubfoot of his left foot, which adds to his difficulty walking, and limits his ability to wear shoes. Meshack has already undergone some preliminary, preparatory procedures on his left foot during mobile clinic visits near his village and the next step is for him to have clubfoot repair surgery at our medical partner's hospital. Meshack and his mother have now traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 27th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $1,286 to fund Meshack's surgery, which will enable him to walk, to play with his friends, and to continue his education. “I would love to see my son walking like other children, and I will be relieved of the burden of carrying him to school,” Meshack's mother told us.
Lhory, a 30-year-old woman from the Philippines, experienced severe right-side abdominal pain starting in January. She went to the closest hospital and was advised to undergo a whole abdominal ultrasound. The test showed that she has gallstones that need to be surgically removed. With her husband’s limited income as an Air Conditioner Technician, they’re unable to cover the cost of her treatment. Fortunately, she was able to reach out to our medical partner, the World Surgical Foundation Philippines. Lhory is now scheduled on May 3rd to undergo surgery to treat her condition. Our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is requesting $1,253 to cover the total cost of Lhory’s procedure and care. After her recovery, Lhory will no longer experience severe abdominal pain or be at risk of developing severe health complications in the future. “My current condition hinders me from doing my usual day-to-day chores. My condition makes it hard for me to bend, sit or lift objects," Lhory shared. "We don’t have the capacity to finance my surgery. So, I’d like to thank the World Surgical Foundation Philippines and Watsi for helping me. I hope that after this surgery, I can fully take care of my family again,” says Lhory.
Meet William, a quiet 54-year-old man. William is a maize farmer from a humble background. He never received an education and speaks his local native language. William has been blessed with nine children and lives in a semi-permanent house built from mud. William's eldest son helps his father farm and provide for his younger siblings. William has been experiencing abdominal pain for nearly three years. The pain is intermittent, but has recently caused vomiting and digestive complications. William went to a health center where he was treated for gastritis. Unfortunately, his condition did not improve, rather it worsened. William visited our medical partner's care center to have an ultrasound and was subsequently diagnosed with a hernia. Fortunately, William is scheduled for hernia repair surgery on April 1st. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping William raise $737 to fund this surgery so that he can continue to support his family. William is grateful for help so that he can get healthy again. He shared, “My hope is to get treated, be well and continue supporting my family.”
Mathayo is a nine-year-old boy and the fourth born of his mother who has seven children. Their family is dependent on livestock keeping to make a living and support their large family. In the Fall of 2013, Mathayo was left in the hut sleeping, while his mother was out in the field herding goats. The bed he was sleeping in was close to an open fire place, which was unknowingly still hot from remnants of hot coals underneath the ash. Upon waking up from his afternoon nap, Mathayo got out of bed, however, as he crawled across the floor, he ran his left leg through the hot ashes, sustaining severe burns. As a result of his burns, he cannot walk long distances, herd livestock, fetch water, or go to school. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is helping Mathayo receive the life-changing treatment he needs. On March 4th, surgeons at their care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre, will perform a burn contracture release surgery, which will allow Mathayo to walk without pain, and live out a higher-quality life. African Mission Healthcare is asking for $874 to help fund Mathayo's procedure. Mathayo says, “I will be so happy if my foot is treated because it will help me wear shoes and walk without feeling pain.”
Steph lives with his parents and younger brother in a village in Burma. Steph's father works at a nursing home, where his brother also volunteers. Steph is a driver, and his mother is a homemaker. In his free time, Steph likes to grow vegetables and help to repair cars for others in his village. In July 2021, Steph felt pain in the right side of his abdomen, which he was able to treat with medicine from a local pharmacy. Last month, however, his pain returned while he was delivering supplies. He shared with us that he was unable to safely drive home due to nearby military conflict, and was trapped away from home and in pain for two weeks. When Steph finally made it to the hospital, he learned he needed surgery to remove several gallbladder stones. The stones interfere with Steph's breathing and cause severe abdominal pain. He also has jaundice and difficulty sleeping. Fortunately, his doctor was able to schedule a cholecystectomy to remove the stones on February 3rg. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) is requesting $1,487 to fund his surgery. Once recovered, Steph will be pain-free and able to return to work and enjoying time with his family. Steph shared,"I prayed every day that I would get a donor to cover the cost of my surgery, and I feel like my prayers have been answered. I am so happy! I would like to say thank you so much to all the donors. I will never forget what you have done for me, and I hope that one day I can help and volunteer to drive [BCMF] staff in Burma.”
Afifi is a 25-year-old electrician. He lives at home with his parents and is the oldest child in his family. He has one younger brother, and two younger sisters. His parents work as rice farmers. In his spare time, he likes to play football and listen to popular songs on his phone. Three weeks ago, Afifi had a traumatic eye injury at work when a piece of metal flew into his eye. The retina of Afifi's left eye detached, causing him pain, and blurry vision. Surgeons suspect a globe tumor and/or a retinal detachment. When Afifi learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for two hours seeking treatment. On December 13th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his left eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Afifi shared, "I am worried I will lose my eye, and won't be able to work. I hope that I will be able to see again, and no longer have pain."
Pheak is a 33-year-old construction worker. He is married and has two daughters who are in elementary school. His wife stays at home to take care of them. When Pheak is not working he enjoys watching boxing matches, listening to the news, and telling stories to his daughters. Five years ago, the retina of Pheak's right eye detached, causing him blurred vision and irritation. He has had limited work opportunities due to this condition as well. When Pheak learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On November 9th, eye surgeons will perform a retinal detachment repair procedure in his right eye. After recovery, he will be able to see clearly. Now, he needs help to fund this $648 procedure. Pheak said, "I am hopeful that when my vision is better I can work more and support my family well."
Sarorn is a 45-year-old farmer who is married and her husband also works as a farmer. Together, they have two daughters. In her free time, Sarorn enjoys watching TV at home. Three months ago, Sarorn developed an ear infection that caused the tympanic membrane, or eardrum, in her right ear to perforate. As a result, Sarorn experiences pain, itchiness, ear discharge, and a ringing in her ears known as tinnitus. These symptoms make it difficult for her to communicate well with others. As medication from the pharmacy has not helped, Sarorn traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), hoping to receive treatment. On November 4th, she will undergo a myringoplasty procedure, in which surgeons will close the perforation in her right ear. CSC is requesting $464 to fund this procedure, which includes all medications, supplies, and inpatient care. Sarorn shared, "I really hope my ear pain will stop and my hearing can improve."
Kevin is a 1-year-old baby and the youngest in a family of four. His siblings are aged between 3-7 years. They live in their ancestral home together with their parents and grandparents. Kevin's father is a hardworking man who tends farms for a living. His mother sells vegetables at a local market. Their combined income is often just enough to feed their family and the elderly grandparents. When Kevin was only seven months, he fell into a fire while crawling. He was in the custody of his grandmother who was preparing a meal in their home kitchen. He is currently not able to close his right eye and his mouth because of the contractures that formed as he was healing. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Kevin receive treatment. On October 5th, surgeons at their care center will perform a burn contracture release surgery for Kevin. After the surgery, he will be able to blink freely and close his eyes. Now, their family needs help to fund this $1,500 procedure. Kelvin mother says, “This kid is only one year and in pain as a result of the burns. He has difficulties in sleeping because he cannot close his eye. This surgery will help him be able to sleep well and close his eyes.”
Highness is a charming, active, and energetic three-year-old girl. She is the last born child in a family of four children. Highness’ father is self-employed through his small business of selling earrings and necklaces around different neighborhoods. Highness’ mother works as a helper at a local food joint. Highness was born with two conjoined big toes on both feet. She experiences pain when walking, and her feet have also started curving. Due to how her toes are positioned, it has been difficult for her to wear sandals and closed shoes. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Highness receive treatment. On September 2nd, surgeons at their care center will perform a surgery to help her walk easily with no pain. At the moment, she seeks help to fund her $639 procedure. Highness’ mother says, "One thing my daughter would love so much is to wear sandals—something she can’t. I have found her so many times trying to wear her siblings' sandals but she can’t walk with them. Please help her.”
Sopheap is a 38-year-old farmer. Her husband works at a hotel near their home. Together they have two young daughters, a one-year-old and a three-year-old. Four months ago, Sopheap was in a driving accident that led to paralysis of her right hand. She has been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves that transmit signals from the spine to the shoulder, arm, and hand. Injuries to this nerve network can result in loss of function and sensation. Due to this injury, Sopheap is experiencing pain and paralysis on her right side. Sopheap traveled to our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), to receive treatment at their care center. On August 4th, she will undergo brachial plexus repair surgery. Upon recovery, Sopheap will be able to use her arm again. CSC is requesting $696 to fund this procedure. Sopheap says, "I hope I can regain use of my arm as soon as possible after this procedure."
Yusra is a toddler and loving big sister from Tanzania. After her father left, her family has been living at Yusra's grandparents' house. Yusra's single mother supports her family through selling vegetables and fruits at a local market. Yusra was diagnosed with genu valgus, which results in knock knees that make learning to walk a big challenge. Because of the angle that her legs are bent, Yusra has been learning to walk for four months but with limited success. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare (AMH), is requesting $880 to fund corrective surgery for Yusra. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 29th. Treatment will hopefully restore Yusra's mobility, allow her to fully participate activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Yusra’s mother shares, "My baby is struggling a lot to walk due to her legs bending. I have been informed they can be corrected through surgery but we are not able to afford the treatment cost. Kindly help us."