David Clayton
David's Story

David joined Watsi on May 31st, 2013. 10 other people also joined Watsi on that day! David's most recent donation traveled 6,600 miles to support Jinky, a student from Philippines, to separate her conjoined toes.


David has funded healthcare for 38 patients in 10 countries.

patients you have funded

Jinky, an 11-year-old girl from Philippines, is a diligent grade four student. She is responsible and sets a good example to her younger two siblings. Jinky wakes up early each morning because she has to walk a kilometer and a half to get to school. She aspires to finish school and seek a job so she can help lift her family from poverty. Jinky was born with syndactyly, a condition in which some or all of the toes or fingers are united. Jinky's fourth and fifth toes have been conjoined since birth. She is the only one among her siblings with this deformity, which concerns her and makes her question why she is different from them. Jinky needs syndactyly repair surgery, which means that her fused toes will be surgically separated and skin grafts applied. The $1,489 procedure, which includes transport to and from the hospital, is too much for Jinky's parents to afford. Her father works as a laborer in a rubber farm and he is the family's sole earner. He earns $20 a month, though this is variable and dependent on the quantity of rubber he harvests. Jinky's mother stays at home to take care of the younger two children. Let's help fund the operation that will allow Jinky to get back to school. "I am very happy that the time I have waited for for so long has finally arrived. I pray for this, morning and evening," says Jinky. "I am very grateful for the persons that helped me to have this operation. I will always pray for you. After this I will continue schooling to help my family someday. I am happy because after this I will not be bullied anymore."

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Ly is a 23-year-old student from Cambodia. She is in her second year at university where she is studying economics. In her free time, she enjoys reading books, listening to music, and cooking food. Ly developed an ear infection in her right ear when she was five years old. This caused her right tympanic membrane to perforate. This has caused hearing loss, pain, and recurrent discharge from her ear. She has received ear drops from various health centers over the years for treatment, but her condition requires surgery to be fully treated. After hearing about Watsi's medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), on the radio, she traveled two hours with her mom to reach the facility for treatment. Doctors at CSC discovered a cholesteatoma—an abnormal skin growth located behind the eardrum—in Ly's right ear. A cholesteatoma initially develops as a cyst after chronic ear infections. Over time, the cyst sheds layers of old skin that collect within the ear. Without treatment, a cholesteatoma can grow large enough to cause hearing loss, dizziness, or facial paralysis. For $809, surgeons at CSC will perform a mastoidectomy, a surgical procedure in which doctors remove the diseased cells in the hollow, air-filled spaces in the skull behind the ear. The cells—known as mastoid air cells—are diseased as a result of Ly's ear infections that spread to the skull structures near her right ear. Doctors will also remove the cholesteatoma that has grown behind her right eardrum. Funding for Ly also covers the costs of two hearing tests, one night in the hospital, one day of inpatient post-operative care, and three outpatient follow-up visits in the month following surgery. After surgery, Ly's ear discharge and pain will stop. Let's help make that happen!

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“Like most children, Sandra was born normally and this was a great joy to her mother,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Sandra and her mother live together in a rental house in Kenya. When Sandra turned five months old, she became sick. "She cried most of the time, at times would throw up after feeding and her head size was increasing at a greater rate than the body was. Sandra’s mother knew something was not right and she sought for help in the nearest clinic," AMHF says. When Sandra was diagnosed with acquired hydrocephalus, her mother remembered it to be the worst day of her life. “I was hysterical and couldn’t think rationally—everything slowed down,” says Sandra’s mother. Sandra is now 11 months old and needs treatment for her condition. Acquired hydrocephalus is a condition where an abnormal amount of cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain’s cavities. It could be caused by a tumor, injury, or meningitis. The clinic that made the diagnosis suggested a shunt operation to relieve the pressure in Sandra’s brain. “Operating a small kiosk and having no one to look to, Sandra’s mother, who is a single parent, is not able to raise the needed funds,” explains AMHF. With $615, Sandra will undergo surgery where a shunt will be placed to divert the excess fluid in her brain to her abdomen where it can be reabsorbed into her body. Depending on the particulars of her case, she may also receive an endoscopic third ventriculostomy, where a small hole is made in the floor of the third ventricle of the brain and the excess fluid is drained through there. “Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors,” says Sandra’s mother. “I have faced many storms in my life, and my anchors have grounded my with hope and strength.” Let’s help Sandra grow up healthy!

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