Deepti joined Watsi on November 11th, 2013. 6 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Deepti's most recent donation traveled 8,700 miles to support Loserian, a child from Tanzania, to fund orthopedic surgery.
Deepti has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 11 countries.
Deepti has funded healthcare for 43 patients in 11 countries.
Loserian is a child from Tanzania. He is the youngest in a family of six children. Loserian’s parents are both subsistence farmers. Loserian was diagnosed with genu varus. His leg is 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, he experiences pain and discomfort when walking. He has been having trouble walking to and from school. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare, is requesting $940 to fund corrective surgery for Loserian. The procedure is scheduled to take place on August 24. Treatment will hopefully restore Loserian's mobility, allow him to participate in a variety of activities, and greatly decrease his risk of future complications. Loserian says, “Please help me get the surgery needed to enable me to go back to school.”
Andrew is a baby from Haiti. He lives with his mother and father in a small fishing village on the west coast of Haiti. Andrew has a cardiac condition called Tetralogy of Fallot. This condition involves several related defects, including a hole between two chambers of the heart, and a muscular blockage of one of the valves. These defects prevent oxygen from adequately circulating through his body. Andrew will fly to United States to receive treatment. On August 6, he will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will use a patch to close the hole in his heart and will remove the muscular blockage near his valve. Another organization, HeartGift Foundation, is contributing $18,000 to pay for surgery. Andrew'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 Andrew's family overseas. His father says, "Our family is very grateful to everyone who is helping us travel for this surgery."
Elizabeth is a cosmetics vendor from Kenya. She separated with her husband a few years ago. She lives in a rental house in Nairobi. Elizabeth has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Elizabeth. The procedure is scheduled to take place on June 27. After treatment, Elizabeth will hopefully return to a cancer-free life. Elizabeth says, “My hope and prayer is to fight off this cancer and lead a healthy life."
Tinsaye is a cute baby girl from Ethiopia. She is an only child to her young parents and loves playing and laughing with her mother. Tinsaye was born with an anorectal malformation, a congenital abnormality that leads to a complete or partial intestinal blockage. She needs to undergo a series of procedures to eliminate bowel dysfunction. Tinsaye is scheduled to undergo surgery to correct her condition on June 19. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,500 to cover the total cost of Tinsaye's procedure and care. After her recovery, Tinsaye will no longer experience bowel dysfunction or be at risk of developing health complications in the future. Her father says, "We can’t afford the medical bills and raised funds for transportation to come to the hospital. It is our hope to get the surgery and to see our child healthy."
Lewis is a student from Kenya. He is the second child in the family. His father is a cobbler, while his mother is a vendor in town. Lewis has clubfoot of his left foot. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Lewis traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, AIC Cure International Hospital. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on May 14. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $1,224 to fund Lewis's clubfoot repair. After treatment, Lewis will be free from pain. “I will be happy to see my son walking," says his father.
Mon is a palm sugar farmer from Cambodia. She has three sons, two daughters, and two grandchildren. She likes watching thai dramas on TV and listening to monks pray on the radio. One year ago, Mon developed a cataract in each eye, causing her blurred vision, tearing, irritation, and photophobia. She has difficulty seeing things clearly, recognizing faces, and going anywhere outside. When Mon learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, she traveled for three hours seeking treatment. On February 12, doctors will perform a phacoemulsification surgery and an intraocular lens implant in each eye. After recovery, she will be able to see clearly. Now, she needs help to fund this $398 procedure. She says, "I hope I can see everything clearly so I can learn more about Buddha and I can easily look after my grandchild or go anywhere independently."
Sideth is an electrician from Cambodia. He has four siblings. He enjoys watching boxing matches and Korean TV shows. In 2017, he was burned by an electric shock. Burn scar contractures have developed, tightening the skin around the burns on his face, hand, and mouth. It is difficult to open his mouth. When Sideth learned about our medical partner, Children's Surgical Centre, he traveled for half an hour seeking treatment. On February 6, surgeons at CSC will perform a burn contracture release surgery to to move his hand and mouth. Now, he needs help to fund this $448 procedure. He says, "I hope I feel better after the operation and I can move my hand, mouth and have more beautiful skin."
Abigael is a 13-year-old girl from a village in Kenya. When she was two years old, her mother noticed that her legs were bowing and her gait was changing. Since then, the condition has worsened. Abigael is now unable to walk properly. Abigael has bilateral genu valgus, or knock knees. She needs surgery to help her walk correctly and attend school. Fortunately, on January 30, she will undergo an osteotomy to re-align the bones and joints in her legs. Now, her family needs help to raise $1,165 to pay for surgery. Her mother says, “I am appealing to Watsi to assist my daughter to go for surgery. The estimated bill is too big for us, considering I am a farmer and my husband works as a casual cook. I hope my daughter will continue with her studies like other children.”
“I wish for my child to be able to talk,” shares Naserian’s mother, a woman from Kenya. Because she was born with congenital hydrocephalus (excess fluid in the cranium), spina bifida (exposed spinal cord), and hearing loss, Naserian has already been to the hospital many times in her seven years of life. Her parents first focused on addressing the first two conditions, as they were immediate risks to Naserian’s life and development. Now that Naserian has been treated for these two disorders, Naserian finally visited the audiologist clinic last month to address her hearing problems. Her ear issues have left her unable to understand others or to learn to speak, which has in turn made school very challenging for her. However, the audiologist believes that with hearing aids, Naserian will be able to do all of these things. Naserian’s family has raised $104 towards the cost of her hearing aids, but is unable to generate the additional $712 needed. Her father sells livestock in their local village in order to make ends meet for their family of five. With your donation, though, we can make sure Naserian receives the hearing aids she needs on November 27. “She has been through so many treatments,” adds Naserian’s mother. “It’s my hope that this one will also be successful.”
Jessika is a student from Haiti. She lives in Port-au-Prince with her mother, father, and younger sister. She has been studying diplomacy in a local university but has had to take time off because of her illness. Jessika has a cardiac condition called rheumatic mitral regurgitation. One of the four valves in her heart has been severely damaged from rheumatic fever, and can no longer adequately pump blood through her body. Jessika will fly to the United States to receive treatment. On December 7, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which surgeons will either repair her mitral valve, or replace it with an artificial valve.. Another organization, The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, is contributing $65,000 to pay for surgery. Jessika'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 Jessika's family overseas. She says, "I am very nervous but am looking forward to surgery so I can continue my studies."
Michenaida is a student from Haiti. She lives with her parents, two brothers, and two sisters. She enjoys attending school, as well as going to church and singing hymns. Michenaida has a cardiac condition called pulmonary valve atresia. Among other defects, including at least two holes in the heart, Michenaida was born without one of her four heart valves. Her multiple conditions leave her weak and short of breath. If not treated, they would lead to heart failure. Michenaida will fly to Cayman Islands to receive treatment. On November 6, she will undergo cardiac surgery, during which she will first be assessed with a catheter to determine the plan for treatment, and then if found to be operable will be taken to the operating room for closure of the defects. Another organization, Have a Heart Cayman, is contributing $22,000 to pay for surgery. Michenaida'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 Michenaida's family overseas. Michenaida's mother said, "Our family is all praying that our daughter's heart can be made normal so she can be healthy and active."
Meet Thidar, a 23-year-old woman from Burma. Thidar has worked as a housemaid in Chiang Mai and Bangkok. Thidar now lives with her parents and younger brother. When Thidar was two years old, she was diagnosed with a cardiac condition that could not be treated at her young age. When she was 13 years old, Thidar left home to become a housemaid for four years. Thidar is fatigued and often dizzy, which makes it difficult for her to work. She is scheduled for heart surgery to repair the condition. The procedure is scheduled for July 24 and will cost $1,500. Thidar hopes to return to work with renewed health following the surgery. "My condition has caused a lot of distress. My parents have had to borrow large sums of money in order to cover the costs of my condition. I want to get better for them, and I want a healthy life, and I want to walk like a strong woman," says Thidar.