Jordan Cole
Jordan's Story

Jordan joined Watsi on April 7th, 2014. 39 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Jordan's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Pai, a 45-year-old woman from Burma, to treat uterine prolapse.


Jordan has funded healthcare for 21 patients in 10 countries.

patients you have funded

Meet Justin, a two-year old baby boy from Kenya. Justin is “the first born to a young couple,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). AMHF shares that Justin is a very active baby boy, and fell from his bed accidentally on October 3rd, fracturing his right elbow. He specifically has a right displaced supracondylar fracture, a frequent injury in children and that often leads to complications if not treated quickly. Justin requires an open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) to fix his elbow. This first puts the broken bone back into place, and then places a fixation device on the bone to prevent it from moving. "His mother is a college student and his father is currently jobless: Justin's father used to do casual work at a cyber café," AMHF reports. They rely on their parents for support, and are unable to pay for Justin's surgery on their own. $1,125 will fund treatment to heal Justin's bones. The cost of the treatment includes surgical, hospital, and all medication costs. “We expect after an ORIF, Justin will recover fully. He will no longer be in pain, and his hand will heal well. He will be able to use it again. Justin will have a chance to grow up normally and healthy,” says AMHF. “This is my first baby and I am distressed because of his suffering from this pain," Justin's mother shares. "I hope we can get financial assistance and the surgery will be successful. I can’t wait to see my child able to use his hand again, so that he can grow up like other children.”

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Meet Flavio, an eight-year-old boy from Guatemala. “Flavio is the youngest of 3 children,” reports our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq (WK). “Flavio likes to watch the chickens run around his front yard when he and his mother are home.” His father works in a cornfield as a day laborer, but his mother has to stay at home in order to give Flavio the attention he needs. “Flavio was born with down syndrome, but his mother did not know about it until he was so old that differences between him and the other children were obvious,” shares WK. “She took him to a therapy center, and they accepted him. However, therapy is expensive, and this little boy’s family has limited resources and cannot afford it on their own.” Flavio needs continued therapy and medical support to ensure that his development progresses. “Without intervention…he will not develop the tools necessary to allow any sort of independence, and thus will have to rely on his family for the rest of his life,” explains WK. With $1385 in funding, Flavio can receive comprehensive treatment that includes diagnostic workup through medical scans, physical therapy, micronutrient and antiepileptic medication, and 6-day accompaniment at Wuqu’ Kawoq’s treatment center. “There is no doubt that therapy and medical attention will not only improve Flavio’s health, but also his quality of life. Therapy will give him increased mobility and communication tools, thereby allowing him to be more independent and function better with his family and in society,” says WK. “Down syndrome is often time paired with health issues. Monthly medical checkups will allow us to monitor Flavio’s progress and assess his future needs. His mother will be counseled on how to provide care for her child, and will be supported by staff throughout the process.” Flavio’s mother is incredibly grateful for the chance to improve her son’s life. “I want what is best for my child,” she shares. “Thank you for your interest in helping us.”

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Meet Kamtambo, a 35-year old mother of four children from Malawi. To provide for her large family, Kamtambo farms her land to produce food to put on the table. After participating in a cancer screening program put on by our medical partner, World Altering Medicine (WAM), Kamtambo was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Due to her current financial situation, in addition to the unavailability of both radiotherapy and chemotherapy in Malawi, Kamtambo is at risk of her cancer spreading to other parts of her body. WAM reports that “without intervention, a worsening in her condition will take place.” Most commonly caused by human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical cancer is the result of cervical cells abnormally changing over time to become malignant. While these cancerous cells start out very small and typically and do not lead to obvious symptoms in the beginning phases of the disease, they can grow to be much larger in the subsequent stages without intervention. As they grow into cases of advanced cancer, these cancerous cells become more likely to spread to other parts of the body which can lead to serious and potentially fatal health complications. $613 will allow Kamtambo to receive the life-saving treatment that she needs. “The best option to manage her cancer is surgical intervention,” says WAM. A total abdominal hysterectomy will remove Kamtambo’s uterus and cervix to stop the cancerous growths and prevent them from spreading elsewhere in her body. The cost of treatment includes a pre-operative consultation, surgery, three days of hospitalized care, and a follow-up examination to ensure that Kamtambo receives a safe procedure and recovery. WAM conveys their enthusiasm for the procedure, stating that "with the proposed surgery this condition can be cured for life." Kamtambo is hopeful for what lies ahead and shares that she is “very eager to have the surgery done.”

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"When I recover from surgery I want to find a better job so I can provide my boys with everything they need to pursue and education and build good lives for themselves," said Nam Myint, a 45-year-old mother from Lan Ga village in Burma. Burma Border Projects (BBP), our medical partner in the area, shares more about Nam Myint’s dedication to supporting her family, “Her highest education was 4th grade of elementary school and was unable to continue her education due to the need to help her family farming. She was married at 32 years old, and gave birth to her twin sons in a hospital in Hpa-An by caesarean section. Nam Myint was divorced about 7 years ago and has been working in Bangkok as a caregiver. Because she’s away from home for work, she asked her older sister to take care of her two sons. Nam Myint works very hard and sends all of her money home to her boys and sister.” Unfortunately, Nam Myint left her job recently because of abnormal abdominal bleeding—a symptom of a uterine mass, or myoma, that requires surgical removal. Nam Myint first experienced this bleeding a year ago, but the symptom has returned this February with a longer duration. BBP explains the effects of Nam Myint’s condition on her quality of life, “She had her second episode of abnormal vaginal bleeding which lasted for 10 days. She was very worried that it could be a bad sign of her getting worse regarding the mass in her uterus, so she decided to quit her job, and came back to the village seeking for help. Her biggest concern now is her disease. Although she could still work and do daily activities, she couldn't help thinking about what would happen to her with the continuously growing mass if she doesn't have surgery.” For $1,500, we can fund a surgery to remove Nam Myint’s myoma. BBP anticipates a positive medical outcome and significant impact on Nam Myint’s family and quality of life. BBP expects, “This surgery will allow Nam Myint to return to work and provide for her twin boys financially. She will also no longer have bleeding that's embarrassing and prevents her from working. She will no longer live in fear of the myoma and the damage it may be causing.” Let’s help Nam get well!

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