Nancy joined Watsi on January 18th, 2017. 30 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Nancy's most recent donation supported Run, a man from Cambodia, to fund fracture repair surgery.
Nancy has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 7 countries.
Nancy has funded healthcare for 15 patients in 7 countries.
Run is a police officer from Cambodia. He has a daughter. He likes to watch boxing on TV and listen to classical music. He also enjoys spending time with friends and family. In November 2017, Run was in a motorcycle accident that caused a fracture of his clavicle. It is difficult to move his arm and hand, and he has difficulty holding things. Fortunately, surgeons at our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, can help. On March 5, Run will undergo a fracture repair procedure, which will cost $430. This procedure will help him move his arm freely again and without pain. His daughter says, "I hope after the operation my dad can do things independently again."
Potifala is a farmer from Malawi. Potifala lives with his wife, and they have ten grown children. Potifala spends his days raising and caring for his livestock. In his free time, he likes to read the Bible with his wife. Since 2015, Potifala has been experiencing pain and urinary difficulty. These symptoms are caused by an enlarged prostate, a condition called benign prostatic hyperplasia. He needs to undergo a prostate resection surgery, a procedure in which surgeons will remove part of the enlarged gland. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $733 to fund Potifala's surgery. On February 13, he will undergo prostate surgery at Nkhoma Hospital, our medical partner's care center. The requested money pays for supplies, medications, and two weeks of hospital stay. Potifala was thrilled to find out his procedure would be funded, and he is looking forward to going home and living a pain-free life He says, "I am so happy to meet you and thank you for helping me."
Bo is a four-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his family in a village in Hlaingbwe Township, Karen State. Bo was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Bo, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on January 17, and, once completed, will greatly improve Bo's quality of life. His mother says, "As parents, we are very worried about Bo's condition. We understand that he will probably have continued mobility problems in the future, but we are anxious to prevent any further complications."
Esther is a young woman from Haiti. She lives with her younger sister in Port-au-Prince. She was previously a teacher but has had to stop working due to her heart condition. Esther has a cardiac condition called severe mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart has become severely damaged from rheumatic fever, and can no longer adequately circulate blood to the rest of her body. Esther will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On December 12, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will replace her damaged valve with an artificial implant. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $65,000 to pay for surgery. Esther'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 Esther's family overseas. She says, "I would like to say thank you to everyone who is helping me to travel for this surgery!"
Shay is a six-month-old baby boy from Burma. He lives with his parents and four siblings. His parents are farmers. Shay was recently diagnosed with hydrocephalus, which has caused fluid to build up in his brain. Without immediate surgery to alleviate the intracranial pressure that the excess fluid is causing, he is at risk of developing severe, potentially fatal medical complications. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $1,500 to fund the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt for Shay, which will drain the fluid that has accumulated in his brain. The procedure is scheduled to take place on November 20, and, once completed, will greatly improve Shay's quality of life. Shay's mother says, “I am unable to sleep because I have to take care of him and carry him day and night. I worry if he will get well.”
Yo Sue is a 24-year-old man who lives in a village in Burma. He lives with his mother, older brother, and cousin. The family farms and sells pigs and chickens. Yo Sue used to work as a security guard in Bangkok. However, he left his position when he started to experience vision problems. Yo Sue lost vision in his right eye when he was 14 years old. A cataract was diagnosed and surgically treated. The cataract replacement procedure was not successful, and he never recovered vision in his right eye. Recently, he began to experience vision problems with the left eye, causing him great concern. One day, Yo Sue was riding his motorbike and the bright sunlight made it difficult for him to see. When he arrived home and took off his helmet, his vision was blurred. Yo Sue visited his local clinic and was referred to our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF), for further evaluation. His symptoms were blurred vision and lack of visual acuity. He was diagnosed with retinal detachment. The retina of his eye has separated from the layer underneath, allowing fluid to leak out of the eye behind the retina. Yo Sue's doctors recommended he have a vitrectomy to salvage his vision. Surgeons will clear the inner jelly, remove scar tissue, inject dense liquids to smooth the retina, and inject a gas or silicone oil to secure the retina in place as it heals. The procedure, supplies, medication, and three days of inpatient care costs $1,500. His procedure has been scheduled for February 27. Yo Sue will use eye drops for several weeks following surgery to help the recovery. Barring any complications in the procedure, he will have his vision restored. "I hope to restore my vision so that I can help my mother, brother, and cousin with the needs of the family," shares Yo Sue.
Emeline is an eight-year-old girl who lives in a small town in southwestern Haiti with her parents and brothers. Both of her parents work in agriculture. Emeline is an outgoing child who makes friends easily and likes playing games and listening to music. Emeline was born with a cardiac condition known as ventricular septal defect, in which a hole exists between the two lower chambers of her heart. This causes oxygen-poor blood to circulate throughout her body, leaving Emeline feeling weak. Our medical partner, Haiti Cardiac Alliance, is requesting $1,343 to cover the cost of Emeline's air transportation to the Cayman Islands, where she is scheduled to undergo heart surgery on July 5. Once there, she will receive the care that she needs and will hopefully be able to live more comfortably. Emeline's mother says, "My family is all very happy to know that there is a chance for Emeline's heart to be healed."
Lazarus is a 33-year-old father to two young children. For most of his life, Lazarus has worked as a daytime laborer, harvesting and moving sand for construction projects. Sadly, Lazarus was involved in a car accident that caused him to sustain various injuries, including a severe injury to his spinal cord. Directly after this incident, Lazarus was brought to a hospital in Kijabe (a town in Kenya) and was administered preliminary first aid. Upon returning home, his condition worsened quickly, and he returned to Kijabe the following day. Lazarus is scheduled to receive a spinal fusion surgery on May 10. This procedure uses bone to make a bridge between damaged vertebrae. This bone graft helps new bone grow and will hopefully help Lazarus recover from this debilitating injury. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), is requesting $1,500 to fund this operation. With Lazarus's uncertain financial situation and children in mind, Lazarus’s mother says, “I hope he gets well and can continue providing for his family."
Christine is a 28-year-old farmer from Uganda. She works in the fields alongside her husband to grow crops for consumption and sale. During her free time, she enjoys relaxing with her family and and pondering future plans. Christine is pregnant for the sixth time, and her pregnancy is considered to be high-risk. She will need a C-section with this child. Our medical partner, The Kellermann Foundation, is requesting $333 to fund the procedure, scheduled for May 20. Along with safe delivery of her child, Christine will also receive pre-natal classes and vaccinations for her newborn. Christine is thankful for the care she will receive. She says, “I will ask God to bless the donors for their efforts on behalf of others."
Raynie is a one-year-old boy from the Philippines. He lives with his parents. During the day, he loves to be around his mom, sing, and dance. Raynie was born with a cleft lip. His condition has caused him to have difficulties eating and learning how to speak. He needs surgery for this condition to be corrected. Our medical partner, International Care Ministries, is helping Raynie receive treatment. He is scheduled to undergo cleft lip repair on May 24 at our medical partner's care center, Mindanao Medical Center. Surgeons will repair his cleft lip. This procedure will cost $69, and he and his family need help raising money. "We are happy for this opportunity and thank you for your help" says Jinky, Raynie's mother.
Milesi is a 44-year-old woman from Malawi. She lives in Lilongwe, the nation's capital, with her husband and child. She loves her family and also enjoys spending time with her friends at her church, where she is a devoted, long-time member. In 2014, Milesi began to experience pain in her lower abdomen. Due to financial constraints, she was unable to seek treatment for this discomfort. Recently, however, she visited our medical partner's care center, Nkhoma Hospital, and learned about Watsi. She was able to have a medical exam, and it was discovered that she has uterine and cervical leiomyoma—painful, non-cancerous fibroid growths. Milesi is scheduled to undergo surgery on April 13. Our medical partner, World Altering Medicine, is requesting $541 to cover the cost of the surgery. After treatment, Milesi will be able to return to her family and friends free of pain.
Meet Lorraine, a four-year-old girl from the Philippines who lives with her parents and loves to play with her friends. Their bamboo house does not have any electricity or running water supply. Lorraine has been diagnosed with moderately acute malnutrition. Malnutrition threatens her growth and development and could even be fatal if not addressed. Fortunately, she will begin $184 malnutrition treatment on February 23. Lorraine 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. "I want her to finish her studies and become a successful person someday," shares Lorraine's mother. "I look forward for positive results for her health with this ICM malnutrition program."