Julien Derenty
Julien's Story

Julien joined Watsi on April 8th, 2015. 22 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Julien's most recent donation traveled 6,900 miles to support Kriscous, a four-year-old boy from Philippines, to treat a cleft palate.


Julien has funded healthcare for 11 patients in 6 countries.

Patients funded by Julien

“Htoo was a healthy boy until a year ago he began experiencing headaches, dizziness, light sensitivity, and vomiting episodes,” our medical partner, Burma Border Projects (BBP), shares of the 12-year-old boy from Burma. “An ultrasound revealed that Htoo was suffering from hydrocephalus.” Htoo’s family was referred to a children’s hospital, but are unable to afford the surgery to fix his condition. Htoo has continued to experience the symptoms that began a year ago, including loss of appetite and unsteadiness on his feet. His mother must now support him when he walks. “Htoo’s weakened condition requires his mother’s constant care,” shares BBP. "She is not able to spend time with her husband working in their shop and most of the household chores have fallen to Htoo’s sister.” Htoo is in the fifth grade and is passionate about learning, especially Burmese history. He has had to withdraw from school as his symptoms have prevented regular attendance. “His teachers have been monitoring his condition and his attendance and have informed his mother that Htoo will need to repeat the grade if he misses anymore classes,” states BBP. Htoo needs $1,485 to fund surgery where a shunt will be placed in his skull to drain excess fluid, and relieve the pressure on his brain. This will also cover Htoo’s hospital stay and follow-up appointments to track and ensure a proper recovery. “Successful treatment will enable Htoo to return to school and follow his dreams of becoming a teacher,” shares BBP.

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Meet Louise, a 75-year-old grandmother from Kenya! When she was younger, Louise worked very hard to save enough money to purchase a small plot of farmland. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Louise now uses this land “to plant potatoes for her own consumption and sell any surplus at the local market.” However, due to breast cancer, Louise is no longer able to farm as much as she would like to. After discovering a growing lump in her right breast, Louise visited AMHF’s clinic and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women, although the exact causes of the disease are not known. This cancer—which usually originates in the innermost part of the breast (where milk is produced)—may present itself in the form of a lump, a rash, redness or other unusual changes in the breast area. In addition to her cancer, Louise is also experiencing shoulder pain that “makes it difficult for Louise to work on the farm,” AMHF states. “Luckily, tests have shown that the cancer has not progressed aggressively over the last few years,” AMHF reports. “If treated soon, there is a very high chance that all of the cancer can be removed and Louise will not be at risk of the cancer spreading to her other organs.” With $740, Louise will receive a mastectomy to remove her right breast. As Louise has locally advanced breast cancer, this is an effective treatment to remove the cancerous tissue and prevent the problem from returning. Included as part of her treatment, Louise will receive six days of intensive hospital care to ease her into a safe recovery. Following her treatment and recovery, “We expect that Louise will be able to work on her farm again,” states AMHF. Indeed, after regaining her strength, Louise fully plans to return to farming her land once again. She shares, “I like being able to take care of myself. However, with this increasing shoulder pain, I can no longer work on my farm.”

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