Hannah joined Watsi on July 20th, 2014. 3 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Hannah's most recent donation traveled 8,300 miles to support Heh Khu, a boy from Burma, to fund a CT scan.
Hannah has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Hannah has funded healthcare for 12 patients in 6 countries.
Heh Khu is a seven-year-old from Burma. He lives with his parents and five other siblings in Ei Thu Hta village, Hpa-pun Township, Karen State. His parents are farmers. He loves to draw in his free time. When he was one year old, he complained that his right eye was itchy and painful. He then lost vision in his right eye. Doctors want Heh Khu to undergo a CT scan, a procedure in which x-ray images taken from several angles are combined to produce cross-sectional images of the body. This scan will hopefully help doctors diagnose his condition and formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Our medical partner, Burma Children Medical Fund, is requesting $469 to cover the cost of Heh Khu's CT scan and care, scheduled for March 5. His mother says, "I am sad to see my son in pain and that he cannot see things."
Ngais is a baby from Tanzania. She is an only child. Ngais was involved in a fire accident late last year. Her leg was burned and is not healing well. Fortunately, our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is helping Ngais receive treatment. On March 5, surgeons will perform a skin graft procedure. This treatment will help her leg heal well. Now, Ngais's mother needs help to fund this $711 procedure. Ngais’s mother says, “Please help my daughter get her surgery, she goes through a lot of pain during the dressing. This surgery will help her wound heal.”
Leeso is a baby from Kenya. He is the youngest of four children. Leeso has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Leeso has been experiencing vomiting and barely feeds. Without treatment, Leeso will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $685 to cover the cost of surgery for Leeso that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on February 18 and will drain the excess fluid from Leeso's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Leeso will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. “I thank God for BethanyKids. My hopes have been revived,” says Leeso’s mother.
Patience is a baby from Kenya. She is the second child in her family. Unfortunately, Patience was born with an unusual condition that causes bowel dysfunction. If not treated, she is at risk of developing infections. Fortunately, Patience is scheduled to undergo corrective surgery on October 2. Her family needs $708 to fund this procedure.
Ndichaenya is a boy from Tanzania. He is a cheerful and social boy. He is the fourth child in a family of five children. Ndichaenya has been diagnosed with genu valgus. His legs bow inward so that his knees touch. This condition is typically caused by an excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones, which often stems from contaminated drinking water. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Ndichaenya. The procedure is scheduled to take place on October 30. Treatment will hopefully restore Ndichaenya's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Ndichaenya’s father says, “We have not been able to take my son to the hospital due to our little income we get from farming and his condition keeps worsening as days go by. Please help my son if it’s possible.”
Rebcca is a girl from Ethiopia. She lives with her mother and two younger twin siblings. Unfortunately, her father passed away from cancer eight months ago. Her mother teaches in a private school and is having difficulty supporting the family. Rebcca has been experiencing chronic abdominal pain and discomfort. A CT scan showed she has a Wilms tumor, a type of cancer that starts in the kidneys. Rebcca has already undergone surgery, and the tumor resection was successful. She will also need chemotherapy. Now, Rebcca needs to undergo another surgery, an abdominal resection, to treat her condition. Surgery is scheduled for August 28 and will cost $1,500. Rebcca's mother says, "We moved from the city to countryside. Now I am a teacher and I am raising my children on my monthly salary alone. We are financially struggling."
SreyLeap is a three-year-old girl from Cambodia. She has one brother and two sisters. She likes to play with her toys at home. Two years ago, she received a poorly administered injection, causing a flexion contracture of her right leg. She is unable to fully straighten her knee. When SreyLeap learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On August 7, surgeons at CSC will perform a quadricepsplasty procedure of her left leg to help her walk again. Now, SreyLeap needs help to fund this $413 procedure. Her mother says, "I hope my daughter can walk easily after surgery."
Nen is a 41-year-old farmer who is married with two sons. He likes to watch TV and go to the rice field. Nen heard about CSC from people who live in his village. He traveled for four hours with his wife to reach CSC for treatment. Nen has had a difficult time walking for the past 20 years due to osteoarthritis in both hips, however, pain is worse in his right hip. He took painkillers, but his symptoms did not improve. He also went to a Khmer traditional healer for treatment, but has not gotten better. In recent weeks, his pain has increasingly gotten worse to the point where he's unable to work and sleep. Nen has to use crutches to get around. Fortunately, on October 26th, surgeons at CSC were scheduled to perform a total hip replacement on his right side to allow Nen to walk more comfortably and relieve him of his pain. Doctors expect this surgery will give Nen back his mobility, reduce his pain, and allow him to return to work.
“I barely earn enough to support my family. I thank God for Watsi and the work it is doing to help those who are in need like me,” says Stephen. Meet Stephen, a 27-year-old father from Kenya who has a fractured jaw. “Stephen is married and a father of three young ones. He works as a night guard at a local school while his wife stays at home taking care of their children,” shares our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). Stephen’s jaw was broken when a robber assaulted him and stole his phone. “Because the incident occurred outside his place of employ, Stephen’s employer has refused to pay for his treatment,” relays AMHF. “Stephen is not able to chew his meals nor speak well,” AMHF continues. “If the surgery is not done soon, the fracture could become infected which would lead to more complications in his treatment and recovery.” For $660, we can fund surgery to heal Stephen’s fractured jaw and allow him to communicate and eat normally. “We expect that after the surgery, Stephen will be able to eat and speak well again,” AMHF concludes.
“What I’m really looking forward to is being able to walk again without crutches,” says Mateo, a 64-year-old man from Guatemala, who works in the construction business. 17 years ago, Mateo was in a terrible car accident that required his left leg to be amputated. Our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, tells us that “since then, he has been unable to walk and his mobility has been very limited. He’s happy to have made the connection to the Watsi and WK teams, and he’s looking forward to getting a device and being able to walk and work again like before.” $1,255 covers the cost of a new prosthetic leg. Let’s help Mateo regain his mobility, independence, and self-esteem!
Sarith is a 40-year-old father and farmer who lives with his wife and two children in Cambodia. Sarith enjoys spending time with his family, working on his farm, and watching the news. Last month, Sarith was working on his rice and pig farm when he fractured his wrist operating heavy machinery. Sarith has been unable to work since his injury and his family has had to take turns caring for him. Our medical partners write, “Sarith says he is unhappy that he cannot work and feels like a burden on his family.” For $300, Sarith will undergo surgery to reset the bones in his right wrist. This operation will ensure that Sarith's wrist heals properly so he can return to work on the farm and continue supporting his family!
Meet Neserian, the first born and only girl in a family of four children. As much as she would have liked to, Neserian was not allowed to go to school because she is a girl. Making the best of her situation, this 12-year-old instead works very hard to help her mother with the daily chores around the house. What makes these chores (and even walking normally) difficult for Neserian, however, is the windswept deformity of her knees which causes the alignment in her legs to be skewed to one side. The added stress this knee disability imposes on the feet, ankles, hips, and spine not only causes her joint pain, but can lead to early osteoarthritis if left untreated. Neserian needs surgery in both of her legs to correct the alignment and fix her gait. The income her parents make from their small farm is not enough to pay for the procedure. Neserian says, “I would have liked to go to school, but I know that will not happen for me as my father made it clear. Now my dream is to be able to do good business of buying and selling potatoes. I’ve noticed people who do that earn good money.” Let’s help her raise the $555 she needs for her surgery to help make this dream come true!