Aime joined Watsi on November 4th, 2015. 40 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Aime's most recent donation traveled 4,200 miles to support Rahma, a girl from Tanzania, to fund corrective surgery.
Aime has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 9 countries.
Aime has funded healthcare for 27 patients in 9 countries.
Rahma is a child from Tanzania. She is the first born in her family. Rahma’s mother is a stay-at-home mother and her father is a public bus conductor. Rahma was diagnosed with bilateral genu varus. Her legs are bowed outward. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. As a result, it is difficult for her to walk. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Rahma. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 9. Treatment will hopefully restore Rahma's mobility, allow her to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease her risk of future complications. Rahma’s mother says, “Thank you for treating my daughter. God bless you all.”
Noeun is a rice farmer from Cambodia. He has four children and likes being active by walking and fishing. For two years, has has been experiencing bilateral hip pain and difficulty walking. He is not working and can't do his regular activities, such as looking after his house. Fortunately, Noeun learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre. At CSC, surgeons can perform a total hip replacement to relieve Noeun of his pain and allow him to walk easily. Treatment is scheduled for January 8, and Noeun needs help raising $1,025 to pay for this procedure. He says, "I am not able to help my family like I could before."
Dickson is a 74-year-old cook from central Malawi. He has a large family and loves spending time with them. Since last year, Dickson has experienced pain and difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to pay for prostate surgery to alleviate his pain, which will take place on July 20. "I am very happy, and I really appreciate that I will have the operation," shares Dickson. His daughter, who escorted him to the hospital, is especially happy, too.
Kyu is a 43-year-old woman from Burma. She works as a farmer with her two sisters. In her free time, Kyu enjoys going to the temple and practicing meditation. Since 2015, Kyu has been experiencing severe pelvic pain and difficulty walking. She has been diagnosed with a myoma in her uterus and advised to undergo a total abdominal hysterectomy, the surgical removal of her uterus and cervix. If left untreated, Kyu's symptoms will continue to worsen and put her at risk for further health complications in the future. Fortunately, Kyu is scheduled to undergo her hysterectomy on November 15. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of her procedure and care. Once recovered, Kyu hopes she can resume her work and contribute to her family’s income.
Meet Brian, a playful boy from Kenya. At four years old, he is his parents’ only child. When he was two years old, Brian was playing at home and badly burned his left hand in hot water. Although he was admitted to the hospital for two weeks, his hand did not heal properly. The wound site now bears contractures, or shortened, rigid muscles and skin. As a result, Brian is not able to fully extend or use his left hand. Without further treatment, Brian will likely live the rest of his life with an impaired hand. The wound could even get worse once he begins playing more with other children, as his risk of re-injuring the vulnerable tissue will be increased. Seeking treatment through our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, Brian is scheduled to undergo surgery on his hand to increase mobility on July 3. Although his family is able to contribute $208 towards his medical bills, Brian is still in need of $1,176 to cover the rest of his expenses. “I want my son to have a fully functional hand,” shares Brian’s father. “I will thank God when this happens.”
Yeimy is a fun-loving 11-year-old girl from Guatemala. She lives with her parents and sister. Yeimy loves playing with her little sister and going to school. At school she enjoys playing with friends and pretending to be a ballerina. She hopes to one day become a nurse. When Yeimy was a newborn, she sustained an injury that caused the loss of one of her legs. On July 19, Yeimy will be fitted for a custom prosthetic leg at our medical partner's care center, Hospital Regional de Zacapa. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, is asking for $1,166 to cover the cost of her prosthetic leg. Having a prosthetic will allow Yeimy to dance like she's never danced before! “I am so excited to receive this prosthetic because then I won’t get tired anymore," says Yeimy. "Now I know that I will achieve my dreams.”
AJ is a nine-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents and likes to play ball games with his friends. His father works as a farmer to support their family, and his mother stays at home to look after AJ. AJ was recently diagnosed with malnutrition, a condition that results from consuming too little protein and nutrients. Beginning on July 4, AJ will receive at-home treatment through our medical partner, International Care Ministries (ICM). ICM will provide AJ with nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure he gets additional food to regain normal weight, and achieve optimum physical and mental development. ICM will also teach his family about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening so they can best care for their son. ICM is asking for $173 to cover the cost of AJ's care. "We sincerely hope that AJ can recover from his malnutrition and continue to study well," says AJ's mother.
Thik is 69 years old. She is married with one daughter and three grandchildren. She likes to go to the pagoda to listen to the monks pray and participate in ceremonies in her free time. Thik developed a pterygium in each eye about two years ago. A pterygium is a tissue growth in the eye that causes blurred vision, tearing, and irritation. She does not feel comfortable enough to do any type of work and go anywhere outside by herself. Thik traveled for two hours with her son-in-law to reach our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre (CSC), for treatment. Thik is scheduled to have the pterygium removed from both eyes on May 30, allowing her to see clearly again. Thik is requesting $148 to cover the entire cost of her procedure.
Win Than is a 32-year-old housewife who lives with her husband and three children in Burma. Her husband is a motorcycle taxi driver and deliveryman and is the sole earner in the family. Her youngest child is in school, and her older children help her around the house. The family income is just enough for their daily expenses. About three months ago, Win Than began to experience lower abdominal pain. An ultrasound confirmed that Win Than had an ovarian cyst on her left ovary. She will undergo an oophorectomy to remove the ovary on February 3. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $913 to fund this procedure.
Chit Sandar is 21 months old and lives with her older brother, mother, and grandparents in a village in Burma. Her father works in Bangkok to support the family. At six months of age, Chit Sandar became sick with a fever. She was brought to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain. Although Chit Sandar is eating well, she has experienced loss of consciousness, fatigue, and sunken eyes. She was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF). On February 14, doctors will perform a shunt insertion surgery to drain the fluid from her brain. Chit Sandar's parents cannot afford treatment, so BCMF is requesting $1,500 to help fund this procedure.
Jobel is a seven-month-old boy who lives with his family in Guatemala's rural highlands. He loves to eat oranges, and he enjoys playing with his favorite rattle. Jobel’s father works as a day laborer, and his mother takes care of the household and weaves traditional Mayan textiles. Jobel has malnutrition, which is stunting his growth and weakening his immune system. Fortunately, malnutrition is very treatable. From our medical partner, Wuqu' Kawoq, Jobel will receive growth monitoring, micronutrients, and food supplementation. Community health workers will teach his mother about creating a nutrient-rich diet with limited resources. Jobel’s family wishes for him to grow up healthy so that he can study and have a better future. While Jobel’s parents are very worried about their son, they do not have the resources to pay for Jobel’s malnutrition treatment. Thus, our medical partner is requesting $492 for Jobel's treatment, scheduled to begin on March 16. “I am thankful for the support that we will receive so that my son can grow and develop," Jobel's mother says. "I am grateful to the institution and the donors for the effort they are making to support my son. May God bless and protect you all.”
Klai is a three-year-old girl who lives in a house made from bamboo with her parents and two siblings. They obtain water from a spring. Her parents work as resort crew members. Klai has been diagnosed with severe acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $268 malnutrition treatment on February 20. Klai will be treated by International Care Ministries (ICM), a Watsi medical partner. One out of five children under five in ICM communities is either severely or moderately malnourished. Worldwide, poor nutrition is associated with nearly half of all deaths in young children. In remote communities and urban slums of the Philippines, the lack of clean water and unclean environments add risk to potentially fatal childhood diseases. ICM’s home-based feeding program provides nutrient-enriched food packs to ensure malnourished children get additional food to regain normal weight and achieve optimum physical and mental development. After identifying a child as malnourished, staff and community volunteers make weekly visits to monitor this child’s progress. To help sustain the health of the child, ICM’s professional staff educate the mother, guardian, or other family members about proper nutrition, sanitation, hygiene, and organic vegetable gardening. Klai's mother says, "I hope Klai finishes her studies and gets the job she wants one day."