Annie joined Watsi on September 5th, 2017. 35 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Annie's most recent donation supported Joseph, a toddler from Haiti, to fund prep for cardiac surgery.
Annie has funded healthcare for 2 patients in 2 countries.
Joseph is a toddler from Haiti. He lives in a neighborhood of Port-au-Prince with his parents and older sisters. He is a friendly and outgoing child and likes drawing and music. Joseph has a cardiac condition called patent ductus arteriosus. A hole exists between two major blood vessels near the heart, and blood leaks through this hole without first passing through the lungs to obtain oxygen. This leaves him sick and short of breath. Joseph will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On April 11, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a catheter to insert a device into the hole, sealing it off. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $15,000 to pay for surgery. Joseph's family also needs help to fund the costs of surgery prep. The $1,500 bill covers labs, medicines, and checkup and followup appointments. It also supports passport obtainment and the social workers from our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, who will accompany Joseph's family overseas. His mother says, "Our family would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping Joseph become healthy!"
Meet Savannah, a 12-day-old infant from Kenya. Savannah was diagnosed at birth with spina bifida, a condition in which the formation of the spine is incomplete. This condition can lead to paralysis and infection and needs to be treated immediately. Savannah was referred to our medical partner's care center, BethanyKids Kijabe Hospital, where surgery was recommended. Savannah is the first born child and her parents are very worried about her health. They are unable to pay the full cost of the procedure. The surgery is scheduled for July 20 and will cost $1,097. With this procedure, the risk of continued health problems will be minimized, and Savannah will grow to be a healthy baby. “I cried in despair when I learned that this condition had adverse effects. Being told that there were solutions made everything seem light. I really want this for my daughter,” says Savannah’s mother.