Jaime joined Watsi on August 31st, 2014. 2 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jaime's most recent donation traveled 8,600 miles to support Mi Soe, a girl from Thailand, for a splenectomy so she can go to school.
Jaime has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.
Jaime has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 6 countries.
Meet eight-year-old Mi Soe! Mi Soe lives with her parents and younger brother in Thailand. Her parents work as agricultural day laborers in their village, planting beans and corn to make money. Due to the seasonal nature of their work, they sometimes aren’t able to make ends meet and have to ask around for small loans. Despite their circumstances, Mi Soe’s mother dreams of sending Mi Soe and her brother to school. “When Mi Soe was just two years old," our medical partner writes, "she began showing signs of Thalassemia,” a genetic disorder which causes the body to produce abnormal hemoglobin resulting in symptoms like anemia, fatigue and stunted growth. "She had a fever and couldn't eat or sleep, she became very weak and wasn't able to walk. Since then she has had to come regularly to a clinic along the border for blood transfusions and medicine.” Mi Soe can’t attend school because she is too weak to walk. Without treatment, Mi Soe will continue to experience fatigue, jaundice, abdominal swelling, shortness of breath and overall weakness. For $1,000, Mi Soe will receive a splenectomy, or a spleen removal, with professional medical care before, during and after her surgery. This treatment will increase Mi Soe’s energy levels and overall appetite while reducing abdominal swelling. Eventually, she will have enough energy to walk again so she can go to school.
Mary is a 12-year-old girl from Tanzania who is the second born out of seven children. She dreams of working as a nurse in her district’s hospital. Mary used to attend primary school, but had to stop in her fourth year. The long walk to school is too difficult for Mary to manage because she has knocked knees, which causes her a lot of pain when she walks and puts her at risk for developing early arthritis. Even though she can’t go to school, Mary works hard and helps her widowed mother with chores around the house. Her mother grows vegetables, beans and maize to sell, but barely earns enough to cover the family’s expenses. Mary’s uncle has been working to find a way for Mary to get surgery so she can go back to school. “I miss going to school and playing with other students. I hope I can be treated so that I can go back to school and also be able to help my mother fetch some water, firewood and do other things,” says Mary. For $940, we can fund Mary's corrective surgery to fix her knocked knees. This will allow her to walk without pain and get back to school, so she can achieve her dream of becoming a nurse!
Meet baby Carlo, a one-year-old from Haiti who lives in the countryside with his mother, father, and six siblings. Carlo's parents work in the fields to put food on the table for their children, but it is often difficult to make ends meet. Baby Carlo was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. This makes it difficult for him to be comfortable and to drink and eat easily. Simple procedures could correct both, but the cost is out of reach for Carlo's family. That's where we come in. With $960 we can pay for the care Carlos needs for his lip and mouth. "The treatment will have a very high positive impact on the baby's life," writes Watsi's medical partner. "After the surgeries, the baby will be able to eat and drink normally and to feel comfortable; this will allow him to have a good childhood and have a healthy life." What are we waiting for?
Franklin is a one-year-old baby boy from Guatemala. He comes from a large family, with eight older siblings. His family grows most of their own food, but they often don’t have enough to eat. “Because of the family size, the food is mostly given to the older family members, and Franklin's diet is really poor and unnourishing, which is having a strong impact on his health,” says Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner. Franklin is chronically malnourished, which is causing developmental delays. Although he’s 18 months old, he can’t yet talk, and he’s very short for his age. He also has frequent diarrhea and very little energy. Franklin's mom says, "I'm not sure what to do. He is always sick, and he doesn't eat well. I don't have enough money or food to help him out." Our partner is putting Franklin in their rehabilitative nutrition program, which will help him eat correctly and resume normal growth. In the long-term, early treatment like this will help ensure brain potential and social function. The treatment costs $535, which is out of his family’s reach. Let’s help Franklin grow up healthy!
Bahati is in preschool. He enjoys drawing and coloring pictures. His father works at a timber company and his mother sells produce from her small vegetable garden. Bahati likes to play with the other children in school, but experiences pain in his leg and sometimes cannot run. Our medical partner, the African Mission Healthcare Foundation, has diagnosed him with chronic osteomyelitis of the right tibia, which means that his right shin bone is infected. Bahati's doctors report, "he has pus discharging sinuses below his right knee. He sometimes walks with difficulty. Bahati is at risk of pathological fracture of the tibia, if not treated." His mother tells us, “I am very afraid that if Bahati doesn't receive treatment soon, my son will end up losing his leg. He is so full of life and has opportunities for a better future; we wouldn’t like to see Bahati held back in life because of his leg.” The surgery to remove the infected bone portions, plus antibiotics, costs $1000. Bahati’s doctors add, "the treatment will control infection of the tibia, allow healing of the bone and stop [the] pus drenching sinus. Bahati will be able to concentrate on his studies; play and have normal growth."
Meet Kham, an eight-year-old boy from Thailand who loves to paint and enjoys learning English. Currently, Kham has very blurry vision out of his right eye and has been diagnosed with a detached retina, meaning that the retina has separated from the back of the eye. Burma Border Projects, our medical partner, writes that “without surgery, blindness may result. He has already lost vision in his left eye due to retinal detachment so it's imperative for his future wellbeing he have the surgery.” "Kham grew up in Burma but moved to Thailand a year and a half ago when his family made the decision to leave in search of better work opportunities. His parents are day laborers and earn a very low income of $20 a day between them. They have spent all their savings and have gone into debt trying to raise money for his medical treatment for his left eye in vain.” Kham has stopped schooling in order to get treatment, and though his parents are worried, “they are very hopeful that the surgery to fix his right eye will be a success and will secure him a brighter future." "With treatment, Kham's vision in his right eye will be fully or partially restored. Kham is looking forward to seeing clearly out of his right eye and returning to school. He understands that he has already missed out on a lot of school and will be behind. However, he is very determined to catch up with the class!" For $1500, Kham can get retinal reattachment surgery that will help him see clearly again.
Meet Fostina! She is a sweet, ten-year-old girl from Zambia who “was nothing but healthy and brought only joy to her family” for the first six of years of her life, according to our medical partner CURE International. Then, at age six, her family began to notice a slight bow in her legs, but doctors had high hopes she would outgrow the condition. The opposite happened. Now at ten years of age, her legs are severely bowed out and far beyond the ability of her local doctor to correct. "Fostina has trouble walking," her doctors say, "which is extremely painful, awkward, and embarrassing. This also causes stress on other joints in her ankles and hips and she has experienced social difficulties due to her very noticeable disability, because her culture largely believes in curses.” Thankfully, Fostina was referred to our partner, CURE International. Fostina has already had one successful surgery, thanks to Watsi donors. She needs our help to fund her final operation. For $1000, Fostima will receive a proximal tibial osteotomy, which will correctly realign her legs. She is expected to recover fully; she will walk out pain-free and with a new source of confidence.
This little guy is one-year-old Orlando from Guatemala. Orlando was born a healthy baby, but when he was six months old, he began getting sick frequently. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, reports, “His development started to falter, and he has trouble with motor development (standing/walking) and with language. He is very short, a sign that he is not getting enough high quality food.” Orlando needs to be enrolled in a feeding program to help him resume normal development. This treatment costs $535, and will stop his frequent illnesses and improve his appetite. In the long-term, a feeding program will help Orlando’s brain develop fully, letting him excel in school later in life. "I feel helpless," Orlando's mom says. "I know that he is not growing well, but I don't know what else I can do." She says she is excited to see her son’s health improve with financial help from Watsi donors!
“I hope to become a surgeon when I grow up,” Edward says. Edward is a 12-year-old boy who lives in Tanzania with his family. He is the oldest of four children, likes math the most in school, and is really responsible; he actually enjoys helping his parents with daily chores! Edward also likes to play soccer, but his knee condition prevents him from being able to play or even walk long distances. Edward has severe bilateral genu valgus, a condition which causes his knees to bend inward, knocking them together as he walks. "If not treated, Edward will develop early osteoarthritis," Watsi's medical partner writes. Edward will need to have bilateral distal femoral osteotomic surgery to correct his condition. As much as his parents would like to see their son walk well with ease, the surgery cost is just too high for them to afford. But with $555, we can pay for his healthcare and help him out.
Meet Gloria, a one-year-old girl from Kenya. She was born with a bladder extrophy, meaning that her bladder is outside her body. If left untreated, she risks frequent infections and social isolation. Gloria has two older siblings, and currently lives with her mother, who is jobless. Her family cannot afford to pay for surgery to fix the extrophy. Gloria’s mother says, “I had no where else to go for help, but when I learnt that I could get help here I rushed immediately. I’ll appreciate any support for Gloria’s treatment.” For $1500, we can pay for surgery to close the extrophy and help Gloria lead a healthy life!
Joseph is resilient. Both of his parents died when he was young. He lived with his uncle for a few years, but was chased away because of his poor health. After leaving his uncle’s care, with nowhere to go, Joseph lived on the streets until a social worker arranged for his care at an orphanage. Now, Joseph has a Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancerous tumor of the connective tissue, on his foot. The tumor makes it difficult and painful for him to walk, and risks serious complications if the cancer spreads. "I dream of becoming either a doctor or an engineer," Joseph, who is currently in secondary school studying science, shares. "If God will bless me financially, I will give back to the orphanage that has been taking care of me with great love." Although the orphanage is fully supportive of Joseph’s education, there are not enough funds to provide for his medical needs. For $800 we can pay for Joseph to undergo a below-knee amputation and receive a prosthesis so he can still walk. With this treatment, doctors expect that Joseph will be pain free, able to walk normally, and no longer at risk of cancer. Let's pull together for Joseph's bright future!
Seven-year-old Elia is a friendly boy who loves playing and drawing in his coloring books. When Elia first started nursery school he developed swelling in his left cheek; he was later diagnosed with a giant cell tumor in his jawbone. If left untreated, the swelling will result in pathological fracture of the mandible, impairing his quality of life. “Our hope is for our son to have a normal life," say Elia's parents. They work as small-scale farmers to support the family. "He will be happier and wouldn't have to come home crying because someone teased him about his facial appearance,” For $825 Elia will undergo surgery to drain the cyst and treat the tumor area. Our medical partner expects that the treatment will reduce the swelling in Elia’s jawbone and will allow for the bone to heal. Elia and his family look forward to his recovery; let’s help support it!