Bruno joined Watsi on March 12th, 2013. 1,770 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Bruno's most recent donation traveled 8,500 miles to support Hellen, a 20-year-old mother and miner from Kenya, for a safe delivery.
Bruno has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Bruno has funded healthcare for 8 patients in 4 countries.
Meet Hellen, an expectant 20-year-old mother from Kenya. She lives with her husband and their first child. Hellen is a gold miner and her husband has a small farm with cows and chickens, proceeds of which support their daily family needs and are put in savings for the children's school fees. Even with all of their hard work, Hellen and her husband cannot afford the extra cost of health services for her pregnancy. Hellen is having a difficult pregnancy. She is experiencing back pain, severe headaches, and frequent lower abdominal pain. “I hope to continue with my usual duties and to be an accountable parent for my children,” says Hellen. For $215, we can give Hellen the support she needs to ensure the safe delivery of her second baby. She will receive expert care in a health facility during delivery and rapid access to advanced care in case of any complications. Let’s help Hellen have a safe and successful delivery!
Julio is a 43-year-old father of three living Guatemala. He has severe diabetes, and it's caused rotting in his teeth that prevent him from eating normally. "This causes severe pain and multiple life threatening infections," our medical partner writes. "Also, he is losing weight and is extremely malnourished, literally because it hurts to eat.” By raising $1330, we can provide Julio with dental work to allow him to eat normally. Our partner says, "this will allow him to be pain-free, give him some self-esteem, and help him gain weight and strength so he can get back to work!”
Zoila is a 52-year-old woman from Guatamala. She was helped in the past by Watsi donors, who supported her through a near-brush with cervical cancer! Unfortunately, we’ve heard from our partners that Zoila has been experiencing severe abdominal pain for several months. An episode of acute gallbladder inflammation has escalated into a situation where her gallbladder needs to be removed. This potentially life-threatening situation needs a quick response. Our partners in Guatemala are looking to raise the $490 necessary for surgery. Your donation will help her on her way to recovery, as well as avoid the serious risk of additional abdominal infections. Let's step up for Zoila one more time!
This is Amon's second time on Watsi. His first surgery didn't go as planned, so we're hoping to fund his second chance at health. Amon is a 17-year-old boy from Kenya who does well in school and hopes to become a policeman. He's been diagnosed with [cerebral arteriovenus malformation (AVM)](http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/brain-avm/DS01126), a disorder caused by an abnormal cluster of veins in his brain. Amon suffers from severe headaches, dizziness, incoordination, and is at risk of sudden death if his AVM hemorrhages (bleeds into his brain). Last month, Watsi donors [funded surgery](https://watsi.org/profile/7c2ddbf717e5-amon) to remove Amon's AVM. Unfortunately, when Amon's doctors began operating, they realized that his AVM is much larger and more complex than they originally thought. Now, Amon needs a second surgery. His doctors warn that his case is extremely difficult. But they say that if he doesn't have surgery, it's only a matter of time before his condition "will cause his death." When Amon's father found out that Watsi donors were going to have the opportunity to fund his son's treatment again, he said he was "speechless that people who have never met me and my son would carry our burden in their hearts." Let's show Amon and his family that they're not in this alone.
Marabel is pregnant and due any day now! Marabel and her husband are both farmers and together have seven children to provide for. Like most mothers, she wants only the best for her children. In Sub-Saharan Africa, 1 in 39 women will likely die in childbirth. The region also has the highest risk of death for newborns in their first month of life. Lwala Community Alliance can provide Marabel with essential healthcare that will change those odds in her favor. $215 will cover clinical antenatal care, several home visits, a hospital delivery and a post-birth checkup. Marabel recently shared her hopes for the future: “I hope to stay well and to educate my children for a better future.” The first step is a healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth.
Nora certainly is cute! She is in second grade, has one sister, and her favorite thing is playing "snake" on her dad's mobile phone. Making the smile in the photo must have been difficult, as Nora broke her jaw in a motorbike accident two weeks ago. Since the accident, she has been in a lot of pain and has swelling on the side of her face. Nora was referred to the Children's Surgical Centre in Cambodia from her local hospital so that she could get a small plate to fully repair her jaw. This special ORIF surgery (open reduction internal fixation, a method of surgically repairing a fractured bone that uses plates and screws) will decrease her pain. It will also reduce her risk of infection and improve her cosmetic outcome. The total cost of the surgery will be $300, a cost well worth a future of happy smiles for Nora!
Saran works in Cambodia's capital as a taxi organizer. He's only 19, but he already shoulders the heavy responsibility of sending money home to his family so they can buy medicine for his father, who has tuberculosis. Unfortunately, Saran hasn't been able to work since February because of a traffic accident that broke his arm and his leg. He sought medical attention from a traditional healer, but the treatment didn't work. Now, he needs surgery on both his arm and his leg to enable him to go back to work. The youngest of seven children, Saran says he hopes to be married soon like his siblings. He loves playing volleyball, and looks forward to having his arm and leg fixed so he can get back to living a healthy, productive life.
Gift is less than a year old. She was born to loving parents with a serious birth defect called nasal encephalocele. Nasal Encephalocele occurs when the neural tube (the embryo’s precursor to the central nervous system) fails to close completely during fetal development, resulting in a swollen area on the head or neck. In Gift’s case, her nasal encephalocele presents in the area between her forehead and nose. Gift’s condition is visibly affecting her life. It obstructs most of her face and her eyesight, and most critically, it’s starting to interfere with her breathing. If left untreated, it will continue to grow, causing more serious symptoms and threatening Gift’s life. Gift’s mother brought her to CURE’s hospital in Zambia in hopes they might be able to help. Gift’s condition is serious, but they believe that with surgery, they can remove the abnormal tissue and relieve Gift’s symptoms. In the email submitting her profile, Gift’s doctors tell us, “Her parents didn’t hesitate to take her to a hospital. We hope to help her the best we can.” The one thing her parents do need help with is funding. In Zambia, most people live on less than $2 a day. A surgery like the one Gift needs is financially unimaginable for her family. We need to raise the $1000 they need to get their daughter healthy and give her hope for a normal life.